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Prince of Peace, Cedar Crest, New Mexico

A Congregation of the Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod

WELCOME!

Prince of Peace welcomes you to our services of Word and Sacrament each Sunday at 9:00am. We preach Christ as our crucified and risen Savior! With angels and archangels and all the company of heaven we are gathered together by our Lord in beautiful, yet simple liturgical service with Christ at the center. Please join us this week and let our Lord serve you with His divine gifts!

Prince of Peace Lutheran Church joyfully retains the reformed historic liturgies of the evangelical Lutheran church with their beautiful Gospel focus. We do not do this merely for the sake of tradition. In our world of constant change and loss of reverence, these tried and true forms are reverent and faithful theological settings for the principal reasons of our being assembled together by our gracious God: to receive our Lord God’s unchanging Gospel Word and Sacraments for our forgiveness, life, and salvation. Indeed, at a time where more and more Lutheran churches have abandoned historic liturgical worship in favor of so called "contemporary style" services, Peace of Peace maintains its rich, Gospel-centered liturgical forms at all its servicesOur historic Lutheran liturgies unite and direct our community to learn and confess the one true Christian and apostolic faith summarized in the Apostles', Nicene, and Athanasian Creeds. As a confession and expression of the one true saving faith, Lutheran liturgy directs and forms our life of prayer as we pray, praise, and give thanks to God and seek to love and serve our neighbor in the east mountain community. Lutheran liturgical worship greatly helps us self-centered sinners to turn our attention away from ourselves, our feelings and personal performance, and directs our attention to the Gospel-filled Scriptures with their testimony to God's redemptive history from the good news proclaimed in the Garden, to Noah, Abraham, Moses, David, and Elijah, all the way to the promise fulfilled in the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world. Our liturgical practice at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church sets us apart from the popular non-denominational evangelical churches so common today. Here you realize that Christian worship and the Gospel message have been present and active long before the start of "Community churches" and contemporary Christian rock and roll music came on the scene. At Prince of Peace be prepared to hear and receive the Word of God as we follow a printed liturgy from the Lutheran Service Book, chant or speak canticles, psalms, and prayers, confess creeds, and sing hymns accompanied by an organ. At the heart of it all we have Christ centered liturgical services, and we're thankful for it, for He provdes all that we ever need; here, now, and forever.

What We Believe

Grace Alone: Salvation is the free gift of God. Compelled by His love for us, God sent His only begotten Son to save us. Jesus accomplished this salvation when He, as our perfect substitute, suffered death on the cross for our offenses and was raised again to declare us righteous. He takes away our sin and freely gives to us His righteousness. Faith Alone: We can not earn this free gift or become more deserving of it by our good works. Whosoever trusts in Christ alone for salvation has eternal life. Scripture Alone: Holy Scripture is the inspired, inerrant, and infallible Word of God. The Bible is the ruling norm, standard, and guide for all doctrine and practice and all matters of faith and life. God: In accordance with the Holy Scriptures and the ancient catholic creeds we confess the Holy Trinity, one God in three persons. The Father, Son and Holy Spirit are the three persons of the One True God. Man: All people are by nature sinful from the time they are conceived. We then sin against God by thought, word and deed. We are in desperate need of a Savior. Christ: Jesus is the eternal Son of God, the Second Person of the Triune Godhead, who in the fulness of time became man to redeem us. He lived a perfect life for us sinners and died the death that we deserve. He is the Savior of the world because His death by crucifixion paid for all of our sins and His resurrection provides for all who trust in Him with newness of life, His life that never ends. The Holy Spirit: The Holy Spirit is the Third Person of the Triune Godhead, who with the Father and the Son is the one true eternal God. The Holy Spirit is the author of Holy Scripture and the fellow advocate with Jesus on behalf of mankind. He takes what belongs to Jesus and His Gospel Word and gives it to us. He calls, gathers, enlightens, and sanctifies the whole Christian church on earth and keeps it with Jesus Christ in the one true faith. The Church: The one, holy, catholic, and apostolic Church is the Bride of the Lamb, the Body of Christ, the sheep gathered around their Shepherd, listening to His voice. She was made such by the Holy Spirit through water and the Word of Christ in Holy Baptism. She is kept holy and safe for time and eternity by being cleansed with the Gospel’s absolution and by being fed with the Sacrament of the Body and Blood of Jesus. Justification: Through faith in Jesus, God has declared us to be righteous and innocent of all sin on account of the active and passive obedience of Jesus. That is to say, all of our sin is imputed to Jesus Christ the Crucified, and all of His righteousness is imputed to us. God doesn’t need our good works; our neighbor does. While our good works show evidence of our faith, they are foremost expressions of love to others and so are a fitting response to the love that God has poured out upon us. Baptism: Water applied in the name of the Triune God and by the authority Christ has given His Church. It is a gracious work and gift from God whereby He washes us clean of all our sins. That is, through the Sacrament of Baptism God applies the saving merit of Jesus to us personally. When facing doubt of our salvation we can confidently remember our Baptism where God has marked us as one of His own, adopted us as His own dear child, and put His own Name on us.

Lord's Supper: In, with and under the forms of bread and wine, we miraculously receive the very body and blood of Christ and are joined to Him. As the Word of Jesus teaches, this sacrament is given to us for forgiveness of sins and for eternal life, and thus strengthens the faith of those who in true faith receive it. Communion Practice: In joyful adherence to the teaching of Scripture our congregation practices the unity of our faith with closed communion; that is to say, those who commune at St. Paul’s are baptized Christians who fully agree with us in our orthodox historic Lutheran confession of the one true faith and whose pastors teach and practice the same. To announce your desire to commune here at St. Paul’s please notify your own pastor and call Pr. Jones at (562) 596-4409. Confessions: We believe, teach and confess that the articles of faith expressed in The Book of Concord correctly explain the teachings of Holy Scripture.

Worship at Prince of Peace

Prince of Peace Lutheran Church joyfully retains the reformed historic liturgies of the evangelical Lutheran church with their beautiful Gospel focus. We do not do this merely for the sake of tradition. In our world of constant change and loss of reverence, these tried and true forms are reverent and faithful theological settings for the principal reasons of our being assembled together by our gracious God: to receive our Lord God’s unchanging Gospel Word and Sacraments for our forgiveness, life, and salvation. Indeed, at a time where more and more Lutheran churches have abandoned historic liturgical worship in favor of so called "contemporary style" services, Peace of Peace maintains its rich, Gospel-centered liturgical forms at all its services

Our historic Lutheran liturgies unite and direct our community to learn and confess the one true Christian and apostolic faith summarized in the Apostles', Nicene, and Athanasian Creeds. As a confession and expression of the one true saving faith, Lutheran liturgy directs and forms our life of prayer as we pray, praise, and give thanks to God and seek to love and serve our neighbor in the east mountain community. Lutheran liturgical worship greatly helps us self-centered sinners to turn our attention away from ourselves, our feelings and personal performance, and directs our attention to the Gospel-filled Scriptures with their testimony to God's redemptive history from the good news proclaimed in the Garden, to Noah, Abraham, Moses, David, and Elijah, all the way to the promise fulfilled in the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.

Our liturgical practice at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church sets us apart from the popular non-denominational evangelical churches so common today. Here you realize that Christian worship and the Gospel message have been present and active long before the start of "Community churches" and contemporary Christian rock and roll music came on the scene. At Prince of Peace be prepared to hear and receive the Word of God as we follow a printed liturgy from the Lutheran Service Book, chant or speak canticles, psalms, and prayers, confess creeds, and sing hymns accompanied by an organ. At the heart of it all we have Christ centered liturgical services,

and we're thankful for it, for He provdes all that we ever need; here, now, and forever.Service Times: Divine Service with the Sacrament of Holy Communion is celebrated every Sunday at 9:00 a.m. Sunday School and Adult Bible Class are held every Sunday at 10:30 a.m. The Liturgy for Advent and Lent are regularly held Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m.The Private Confession/ Holy Absolution is available by appointment with Pastor Feuer. Adult Catechesis is available by appointment. Please contact the church office. Classes are regularly scheduled for new member applicants and for those wishing to brush up.At Prince of Peace we proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ. He is present here with us with His gifts, which are given out through the pure preaching of His Word and the faithful administration of His Sacraments.