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Prince of Peace Church is called to know, love, and serve Jesus

as Savior and Lord, to share his healing and transformation with all people.

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Readings:

Acts 1:15 - 17, 21 -26

John 17: 6 - 19

May 16th - Easter 7

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At four a Sunday, the hymns prepared for our YouTube services now number two hundred! But we may have missed your favorite. To make a hymn request, notify music director Boude Moore, or the church office of your choice from the 1982 hymnal. Requested hymns will be featured in August. Please let us know by the end of May to give us time to prepare.


The Deacon’s Den May 12, 2021

I’m thinking, one of the wonderful things about being an Episcopalian, besides the top 10 pointed out by the late Robbin Williams (e.g., 1. “No matter what you believe, there’s bound to be at least one other Episcopalian who agrees with you.”), is that we are a liturgical community that follows the Revised Common Lectionary for our daily scriptural readings. And that gives us the opportunity to read through most of the entire Bible (and then some) every three years. If you’re in a hurry, you can participate in daily Morning and Evening Prayer and do it in two years.


 The past few weeks at Morning Prayer we have been reading through the Book of Wisdom, aka the Wisdom of Solomon. We read through parts of all 19 chapters and truly got a sense of what a powerful and uplifting book this is. “Wisdom is radiant and unfading, and she is easily discerned by those who love her, and is found by those who seek her. She hastens to make herself known to those who desire her.”


Now, before you run off and pick up your pew Bible to start looking for the Book of Wisdom, (why do you have a pew Bible at home?), just know that you won’t find it there, because our pew Bible doesn’t contain the so-called Apocryphal Books of the Old Testament.In a nutshell, the size of a pistachio, the term "apocrypha" comes from the Greek word meaning "hidden" or "secret." Originally, the term was applied to sacred books whose contents were too exalted to be made available to the general public. Gradually, the term "apocrypha" took on a disparaging connotation, since the orthodoxy of these “hidden books” was often questionable.


In the late fourth century C.E. St. Jerome was tasked with translating the Greek Septuagint (the Greek version of the Old Testament) into Latin (to become the Latin Vulgate in 405 C.E.), but he also based his translations on the original Hebrew in the Old Testament. In the translation process, St. Jerome doubted that the apocryphal books were divinely inspired. He believed they could be helpful to people, but he clearly stated his belief that they were not divinely authoritative. His assessment of the Apocrypha was ignored. The Apocryphal Books of the Old Testament became known in the Roman and Orthodox Church as the Deuterocanonical Books, meaning “belonging to the second canon” and the books are placed in the “intertestamental section” of the Bible, in other words between the Old and New Testament. But if Wisdom is “radiant and unfading, and easily discerned by those who love her,” why is the Book of Wisdom considered to be too exalted to be made available to us, the general public, or to be excluded to the intertestamental section, the “second canon” section of the Bible?

 

Perhaps it’s because of our misunderstanding of just what “Wisdom” really is: “Wisdom is the appropriate application of knowledge.” If we acquire knowledge through reading, study and education, then Wisdom would be our applying that accrued knowledge appropriately. But how do we know what the “appropriate application” is? Proverbs 1: 20-22 tells us that “Wisdom cries out in the street; in the squares she raises her voice. At the busiest corner she cries out; at the entrance of the city gates, she speaks: “How long, O simple ones, will you love being simple? How long will scoffers delight in their scoffing and fools hate knowledge?”


The author of Proverbs seems to be telling us that, like Grace, Wisdom is a gift from God, and all we must do is ask for it. James tells us in the very first chapter of his letter that “If any of you is lacking in wisdom, ask God, who gives to all generously and ungrudgingly, and it will be given you.” That is all you must do, in any situation; ask God to give you Wisdom. If you read Proverbs chapter 8, especially verses 22 to 31, it really sounds like Wisdom was not “created” by God along with the rest of creation, but “acquired” by God and “born” of God before the very act of creation. Theologian and philosopher Peter Enns puts it this way: “When we seek to live our lives “by Wisdom”, we are participating in the “life force” by which God created the universe…When instead of simply reacting to a jerk coworker or an internet troll, we pause and calmly seek wisdom for that moment, even if imperfectly (for surly we are all on the journey of gaining wisdom), we are tapping into something big that created and sustains the cosmos.” We are tapping into the Wisdom of God through his son Jesus Christ. Just as St. Paul wrote to the Corinthians in his first letter: “but we proclaim Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles, but to those who are the called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God.” This then, sisters and brothers, is Wisdom.        AMEN.


Deacon George Packer+

OUTDOOR PATIO WORSHIP SERVICES:

9am Patio Worship services continue each week. We will continue requiring reservations with social distancing and mask requirements in place. Each service will now be available to the first 70 participants who sign up on Sign Up Genius. Please prayerfully consider when you and your family are ready to return in person to worship.

CLICK HERE to sign up for Sunday, May 16th,       9am Outdoor Worship Service
CLICK HERE to sign up for Sunday, May 23rd,       9am Outdoor Worship Service

THE ALTAR GUILD will be giving out blessed wafers THIS Saturday, May15th from 9:30 -10:30am. All safety measures will be enforced. Enter from the patio side door and exit through Rudnick side door. If you would like delivery of wafers, please call the office.

“The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.” (Galatians 5:22-23)

 

Every Christ follower aspires to a life defined by these character traits. Yet living them out is as much a challenge today as it was when the apostle Paul addressed them to the believers in Galatia two thousand years ago – and possible, now as then, only when one walks daily in step with God’s Spirit.

 

The next Small Group Study, beginning the week of May 23, will be “Fruit of the Spirit.” This 8 week study will allow the Spirit of God to use the Word of God to produce his fruit in your life.

 

Being part of a small group gives you the opportunity to connect with other people. Small groups give you a place to socialize with old friends, make new friends as well as opportunities to learn and share spiritual truths.


We currently have small groups meeting on Wednesday and Thursday mornings, and Tuesday and Wednesday evenings. If you are interested in learning more and participating in this study, please contact Bill Prescott at BPrescott60@yahoo.com.

Children and Family


Be sure to view our Sunday Morning Children's Time this week:

A New Apostle Is Chosen      

Check your email for specific Sunday School lessons, videos, and activities for your whole family to experience this week's Whirl Bible lessons! Questions? Email Linda Sawyer here.


Youth at PoP meets twice per month for ZOOM classes on Christian topics and discussion for Middle and High Schoolers. Please contact Dave Dumas with any questions. This month's topics: Discipleship & Forgiveness

CPR/First Aid Class: There are a limited number of spots for people from Prince of Peace to join the West Valley Food Pantry for a CPR/First Aid Class. The class will be offered at Prince of Peace on May 28th. Please contact Ann Lowe for more details if you are interested.

Our Sexton, Chris Smith,

is currently recovering from heart surgery in the hospital.

If you would like to send him a card,

you can drop it off or mail it to the office.

Please keep Chris in your prayers - they are working!.

A parishioner is looking for a room to rent with kitchen and bathroom privileges. Please let the office know if you have one available to rent.

Prince of Peace Church

5700 Rudnick Ave,

Woodland Hills, CA 91367

+1 818-346-6968

office@popwh.org