What a joy it is to gather together for public worship! Public worship is where Christ comes to us in Word and Sacrament to satisfy our greatest need: the forgiveness of sins. With the forgiveness of sins we receive peace with God, freedom from sin, death and the devil and life everlasting in the mansions of heaven.
Our Mission Statement says that we are committed to making disciples and we do that first and foremost in worship by pronouncing and administering the forgiveness of sins in Word and Sacrament.
What are your services like?
Our services are centered entirely on proclaiming the good news of Jesus Christ from beginning to end. Because of the death and resurrection of Jesus, God has declared the whole world “not-guilty” of sin, in another word: forgiven! Therefore in our worship services we strive to stay focused on Christ and the forgiveness of sins in all we sing, say and do.
On a Sunday morning we follow a worship format called a liturgy. Our liturgies are largely inherited from previous generations of Christians. They are the product of centuries of experience of what serves the Christian faith well. They are designed to keep us focused on the life and work of Jesus Christ. They repeat many of the important teachings of the Bible. They express the worshipers’ unity by the things they sing, pray, say, do and hear together. They help to promote reverence and sincerity.
What do you preach about?
We follow a special calendar called the “Church Year.” Sunday by Sunday, the Church Year closely follows the events in the life and ministry of Jesus on earth. (For example, at Christmas we observe His birth.) Since we follow a “church year” the messages from week to week are relevant to our day to day struggles. There is nothing more relevant than the sinner’s need for forgiveness, the forgiveness given freely in Christ Jesus.
What should I wear?
Peace does not have a dress code. However, Sunday morning is an opportunity to give to God your best. When we enter into the house of the Lord, we want to give to God all the love and respect that he deserves. Some people choose to do this by dressing up, like you might dress to visit a dignitary or for your anniversary. If you don’t have a tie or a nice dress, don’t worry about it, you won’t be out of place. We’re happy to have you.
What do I do when I get to church?
When you arrive, one of our ushers will hand you a bulletin and you can feel free to sit wherever you like. If you are a little confused about where we are in the service, don’t be afraid to ask the person next to you for help. You will find Peace to be very friendly, helpful and welcoming.
Can I bring my children?
We are happy to have your children at church with us. The Bible says, “Faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word of Christ” (Romans 10:17). This truth is not only for adults, but children too. Having your children with you in church will only benefit them in the long run. If your child is getting a little restless and you need to take them out, there is a mother’s room and an area outside of the sanctuary where you can still hear the service.
On the first Sunday of every month, we have a children’s message at the beginning of the service. Your child is encouraged to come to the front of the church for that special children’s message.
There is Sunday School for your children as well. We do not have Sunday School during the summer months, but from Labor Day – Memorial Day, please bring your children to Sunday School. Don’t hesitate to ask someone where your child should go. And while your child is in Sunday School, you can stay for our adult Bible Study.
What about the offering?
The Bible says, “Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver” (2 Corinthians 9:7). Peace members are committed to supporting the work of Peace Lutheran Church. You are not expected to give an offering when you come to Peace.
What about the Lord’s Supper?
In the Lord’s Supper, we receive the Lord’s true body and blood. As Lutherans, we believe that Christ’s body and blood is really present in, with and under the bread and wine for the forgiveness of sins. The Bible gives us specific instructions regarding the Lord’s Supper. 1 Corinthians 11:26 says, “For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.” Since we are proclaiming something as serious as our Lord’s death, we do not take the Lord’s Supper lightly. So honesty compels us to ask, “Are we proclaiming the same thing together? How can we know?” As human beings, we are unable to read hearts (1 Samuel 16:7), only God can read the heart.
Since we are making such a strong proclamation in the Lord’s Supper, we do not want to put you in a position to make this public confession by communing with us if you do not know what we teach. Therefore, if you are not a member of a church directly affiliated with Peace (WELS/ELS), we ask you to respect the Bible’s and therefore our teaching of “close communion” and allow us an opportunity to teach you what we believe before you commune with us. We hope for the privilege to be able to share God’s Word with you and one day make this beautiful public proclamation together.
Our mission statement says we are “committed to making disciples.” It is natural, then, that Peace congregation is committed to Christian Education.
Lutheran Preschool & Elementary School
As part of our mission, Peace congregation operates a preschool & elementary school thru grade 8.
But our support of Christian Education doesn’t stop there. We are part of a larger church body (Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod – WELS) that offers Christian Education beyond 8th grade. Here are links to local high schools and colleges that are affiliated with WELS.
- Peace Lutheran School
- Lakeside Lutheran High School
- Luther Prepatory School
- Martin Luther College
- Wisconsin Lutheran College
- Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary
Our Christian Education endeavor also includes a Sunday School program for children age 4 thru grade 8. Sunday School takes place Sundays, 9:15-10:15 a.m. between Labor Day weekend and Memorial Day weekend.
Vacation Bible School
Vacation Bible School usually takes place the last week of July and is open to anyone from 4K – 6th grade. Along with Bible lessons, the children enjoy crafts, music, games, and snacks.
Other Opportunities to Grow in Faith
Classes and programs for Christian education remains a fluid thing, responding and adjusting to the needs and schedules of congregation members. In August and December, a mailing is sent out announcing all the upcoming Bible study opportunities for the semester.
Here are some examples of Bible studies:
- Sunday adult Bible study (9:30-10:15 a.m.)
- Bible Information class (Thursday nights, 6:30-8:30 p.m. – serves as entrance course for membership at Peace)
- Wednesday Morning Bible studies (Usually 10-11:00)
- Women’s Bible studies (Times & dates vary)
- Saturday morning men’s Bible study (Times & dates vary)
- Topical Bible studies (Times & frequency vary)
Peace is a place where God’s people worship their Savior together, grow in the knowledge of their Savior together, and also enjoy time with each other. Many of our “groups” have grown out of Bible study and have morphed into God’s people simply enjoying time together.
It would be a daunting task to include all the “groups” that have developed at Peace. Some are geared towards time to gather around God’s Word. Others have grown into specific service opportunities. There are opportunities for fellowship and service for EVERYONE at Peace, from our youngest members to our oldest. Here is just a snapshot at a few of the opportunities.
Choir and Instrumentalists
Peace offers its members many chances to sing. The adult choir usually meets on Wednesday evenings and sings regularly throughout the year. We also have a number of soloists, duets, and small groups that sing throughout the year. We also regularly have musicians that participate in the service.
Our teens get together to grow in God’s Word together and enjoy time together. We organize a number of events throughout the year to grow in our relationship with God and with one another. Teens also lead our Christmas Candlelight Service every Christmas Eve.
A group of moms with young children regularly get together at different parks. Information on the meeting places are shared and anyone is welcome to come. This is a great way to meet other mom’s for some fellowship and to get out of the house!
Our women’s group is for women high school age and up. We meet for Bible study throughout the year. We help serve and organize food for various events held at church. Occasionally we gather for a Women’s Brunch in which we enjoy a Bible study, fellowship, service opportunities, and a light brunch. We also hold Advent by Candlelight each year.
Girl Pioneers regularly meets for devotion, crafts, singing, and other activities. The boys will gather for similar activities suited to their interests. We also offer a Mommies, Music, and More class for the youngest children.
When? This 10 week class will be on Mondays starting in September (Sem 1) and again in January (Sem 2) from 9:30-10:45.
Where? At Peace Lutheran Church (lower level), 232 Windsor St., Sun Prairie
How much is it? $60 per semester or $100 for family if more than 2 chldren over the age of 18 months.
Call the school office to enroll at 834-1200 or come and try it out on the first day of class for free!
9:30-10:10 Bible story/ Music and Creative movement class
We’ll start the class with a short, age appropriate Bible lesson and then follow with a music class filled with fun music and creative movement. You and your child will be able to jam with tambourines, maracas, sticks, drums, etc. Dancing with scarves and playing with a parachute will be a part of every class too. If your baby is too young for art/sensory time, you may leave after the music portion.
10:10-10:45 Art/Sensory Exploration time
After music we’ll move to another room for sensory/art time. This is a time to roll up the little one’s sleeves and let them explore art at their own pace with different art mediums like watercolors, tempera paints, shaving cream, play dough etc. This is a time to not worry about messes but enjoy the process of making art! Almost all the kids love the sensory table which is filled with beans, rice, sand, etc. Children are free to choose whatever they are interested in. Most of the art builds on the Bible lesson.
10:45-11:00 Clean up time and goodbyes
If you have any questions, call the school office (834-1200)
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