“A Christian fellowship lives and exists by the intercession of its members for one another, or it collapses. I can no longer condemn or hate a brother for whom I pray, no matter how much trouble he causes me. His face that hitherto may have been strange and intolerable to me, is transformed in intercession into the countenance of a brother for whom Christ died, the face of a forgiven sinner.” Dietrich Bonhoeffer
Shared Ministries is the way that Peace Church nurtures and develops the faith of individuals and families within our congregation.
As Peace Church has grown as a congregation, we have developed more small group opportunities for members and friends to meet each other and find meaningful ways to connect into the life of the community. Here are ways we regularly come together for study, prayer, support, creativity, and reflection. Many more small group opportunities are happening throughout the year.
Wednesday Evening 6:00pm in the Fireside Room. Lectio Divina is listening for the still, small voice of God that speaks to us through scripture. This study asks us to reflect on what is happening in our lives and world. We read the coming Sunday’s Gospel lesson three times, pausing between each reading to share what word or phrase touches each of our hearts and why those words move us. No prior Biblical knowledge is needed. We close with prayer, each praying for the person on his or her right. Join us as we practice this ancient and yet very relevant method of Bible study with Pastor Kathy and Rev. Bob Stevens.
Lenox Women’s Spiritual Life Group
The 3rd Monday of each month 12:00 noon Lenox Place, 701 W. Superior St. Apt. 710 Duluth. All women are invited to join us at the Lenox Building (across from the Duluth downtown library). Loni Cran-Hovis prepares a delicious lunch and participants share and reflect on life issues of grief, forgiveness, change, and transitions. Women strive to connect with their own inner peace. If you have questions or need a ride, please call Cheryl Walsh, (218-525-4129).
Women’s Brown Bag Study Group
The 4th Monday of each month 12:00 noon in the Fireside Room. Bring your own lunch and share conversation and devotions. All women are welcome.
Monday Women’s Book Group
The first and third Mondays of each month 7:00pm in the Fireside Room. The books focus on faith and spirituality and are selected by the participants in the group. All women are invited to join the discussion. For further information contact Penny Cragun (218-727-2972, firstname.lastname@example.org).
“On Being” Podcast Lunch
The 3rd Tuesday of each month 12:00 noon in the Conference Room.
Bring your lunch and join us as we watch an interesting and often inspirational TED talk . Discussion follows. All are welcome. Coffee/tea provided.
PALS (Peace Adults Learning and Socializing)
Meets monthly, usually on the fourth Thursday of the month. Programs are varied and interesting, and include a yearly service project–check the current Peace Bell newsletter.
Soma Yoga Class
Monday mornings 9:00-10:15am in the Fireside Room. Do you want to improve your balance, strength, flexibility and mindfulness? Soma Yoga is safe and gentle, and involves a combination of chair, standing, and mat poses. You are also welcome to stay seated. This class is suited for all levels of ability. The class is taught by congregation member Robin Davidson, physical therapist and certified yoga instructor. A free-will offering to Peace Church of $3.00 per class is suggested. Questions? Call Robin at 218-728-0237.
The 4th Sunday of each month at 11:30am. Healing Prayer offers the opportunity to share a prayer of concern with a caring person. A blessing will be offered by your prayer companion. “For where two or three are gathered together unto My name, there am I in their midst.” Matt. 18:20.
Each Wednesday at 5:00pm in the Chapel. Centering Prayer is a modern Christian contemplative prayer practice, or a method of meditation. Like all methods of meditation the goal of Centering Prayer is to free us from what the Buddhists call “monkey mind” or the compulsive internal chatter of our minds. All the major faith traditions have recognized and placed a high value on the transforming power of meditation. Modern neuroscience gives a scientific description of the nature of the healthy changes meditation, including Christian contemplative prayer, brings about. Through this regular time of silence, Centering Prayer is simultaneously a relationship with God and a discipline to continually foster that relationship. Its purpose is to learn to open ourselves to God’s extraordinary love in ordinary, daily life. Its intention is to be a grounding force in our sometimes chaotic, and always changing world.
Prayers Around the Cross
Each Wednesday during Lent at 7pm in the Sanctuary. A meditative worship which includes quiet singing, silence, prayer and the lighting of candles takes place as we journey toward Easter. The liturgy lasts between 15 and 25 minutes, based on each participant’s need for silence and prayer.
Prayers Around the Cradle
Each Wednesday during Advent at 7pm in the Sanctuary. A meditative worship which includes quiet singing, silence, prayer and the lighting of candles takes place as we journey toward Christmas. The liturgy lasts between 15 and 25 minutes, based on each participant’s need for silence and prayer.
The 4th Sunday of each month worship at 8:30am is modeled after the services held at the Taizé Community in France, home to a community of Catholic and Protestant Brothers. It is a worship experience wholly dedicated to prayer and to hearing God’s word, using chanted prayers and meditative singing, scripture, and silent meditation. Communion is served; there is no preaching.
About the music: All of the music was composed for and by the Taizé Community. Each song is sung several times to allow meditation on the words, so that each song may become a prayer. About the silence: Following the scripture readings there is a period of silent meditation lasting approximately seven minutes. The silence is a time to still your hearts and minds, letting the word of God touch you wherever you are.
Intercessory prayer for members of our community and those they love is a gift that honors God and brings hope and encouragement to those for whom we pray. Prayer requests and requests to participate in the prayer chain may be left with the church staff (218-724-3637) or given to Bob and Kay Stevens
(218-724-4865). Participants in the prayer chain are called, texted, or e-mailed with a request.