Peace Lutheran Church

Leduc, Alberta, Canada

Volunteers

There is still time for you to “volunteer” in one of the many Church ministries.  There is the Altar Guild, Ushering, Lectors, Sound or Projection to name just a few.

It only takes an hour or less of your time on Sunday morning. There is
on the job training. If you have any questions please call Pastor Matt Lyseng, Diaconal Minister Lorraine Schrader or the Church Office at 780-986-2688.

Sunday Services:

Communion is held on the 2nd and 4th Sunday of each month (and all Festival Sundays)

Service begins at 10:00 and Children's Church begins about 10:10 each week.

Prayers

Prayer for September 10th

Almighty God, Father of all mercies, we humbly thank you for your goodness to us and to all that you have made. We praise you for your creation, for keeping us and all things in your care, and for all the blessings of life. Above all we bless you for your immeasurable love in redeeming the world by our Lord Jesus Christ, for the means of grace, and for the hope of glory. And, we pray, give us such an awareness of your mercies that with thankful hearts we praise you, not only with our lips but in our lives, by giving ourselves to your service and by living in your gifts of holiness and righteousness all our days; through Jesus Christ our Lord, to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit, be all worship and praise, now and forever.

Amen. 
 
Prayer for September 4th

A Student's Prayer for a New School Year
Lord Jesus, I ask for Your help as I begin this new school year. Allow me to experience Your presence in the many blessings You put before me. Open my eyes to the new challenges and exciting opportunities that this new school year brings. Open my heart and mind to new friends and new teachers. Give me a generous spirit to be enthusiastic with my studies and courage to accept new opportunities. Help me to be attentive to my teachers and let me experience Your presence in my new friends. Jesus, inspire me to do my best this year! Amen 
 
Prayer for August 27th
Lord, thank you for letting us work with you to share your joy with the world. Help us not take for granted the gift it is to share you gospel to the nations, and to our neighbors. Help us have eyes to see the needs around us and to respond to those needs in joy and hope. Thank you so much Lord for your love and care over us. In Jesus’ Name, Amen. 
 
Prayer for August 20th
Loving Father I need You in my life. It is so full of stress and problems at the moment and I am incapable of sorting them out by myself. Please help me Father.

Things have piled up more and more over the last few months and I don’t know what to do – but You told us to come to You if we are burdened and heavy laden and You will give us rest – I come to You now - I come to Jesus and ask You to carry every single difficulty in my life because they are too burdensome for me to carry alone.

Thank You Father that You will never leave us or forsake us and that You have promised to be with us in all circumstances of life.

Thank You

Amen 
 
Prayer for August 13th

 
Lord our God, we thank you for the trust you have put into our hearts. We thank you for all the signs of your goodness that comfort us when we are in great need and when many deaths take place around us and touch each of us. We thank you for comforting us, for always giving us fresh courage wherever we may be, and for giving us hope for other people, who also struggle hard to find what is good. O Lord God, bless our world with power from on high, with your gifts that bring good to many people. Bless our world. Save it from sin, from ruin, from every kind of despair. Give your blessing, O Lord our God! As you bless us, so bless all the world, to the glory of your name. Amen. 
 
Prayer for July 30th
  Sovereign and almighty Lord, bless all your people, and all your flock. Give your peace, your help, and your love unto us your servants, the sheep of your fold, that we may be united in the bond of peace and love, one body and one spirit, in one hope of our calling, in your divine and boundless love.
Amen.
 
Prayer for July 24th 
(A prayer for the violence happening in Toronto and around the World)
 

PRAYER FOR THE VICTIMS OF VIOLENCE

Loving God, you are the author and sustainer of our lives.
You know the anguish of the sorrowful, you are attentive to the prayers
of the brokenhearted. Hear you people who cry out to you in their need;
strengthen their hope in your lasting goodness. 

We pray today for those who have died because of violence, of terrorism.
Draw them to yourself; let your face shine upon them. 
May they be greeted with choirs of angels and experience
your eternal peace and joy. 

Be near to all those who have been touched by violence:
those who have been hurt, lost their loved ones or lost their sense of security.
Be for them a steady comfort and safe resting place. 

Soften the hearts and steady of the minds of those who would do violence to
others. May hate be replaced with love,
violence with peace and darkness with your light. 

Amen.
 
Prayer for July 3rd

 Lord Jesus

help us to trust You

even when we are going through

the most trying times of our lives;

to know that You are there with us

and Your faithfulness is just.

Amen.

 
Prayer for June 25th

 
Almighty, eternal God, Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,

 

Creator of heaven and earth, and man,
together with your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, your word and image,
and with your Holy Spirit, have mercy upon us,
and forgive us our sins for your Son’s sake,
whom you have made our Mediator according to your wonderful counsels,
and guide and sanctify us by your Holy Spirit,
which was poured out upon the Apostles.
Grant that we may truly know and praise you throughout all eternity! Amen.

 

 Philipp Melanchthon (1497-1560 Lutheran Reformer)

 
Prayer for June 19th
 
Father, Creator of all, thank You for summer!

Thank you for the warmth of the sun

and the increased daylight.

Thank You for the beauty I see all around me

and for the opportunity to be outside and enjoy Your creation.

Thank You for the increased time I have to be with my friends and family,

and for the more casual pace of the summer season.

Draw me closer to You this summer.

Teach me how I can pray

no matter where I am or what I am doing.

Warm my soul with the awareness of Your presence

and light my path with Your Word and Counsel.

As I enjoy Your creation, create in me

a pure heart and a hunger and a thirst for You.

Amen.

 
Prayer for June 11th
 
Teach me, Good Lord,

 

to serve You as You deserve;
to give, and not to count the cost;
to fight, and not to heed the wounds;
to toil, and not to seek for rest;
to labour, and to ask for no reward,
save that of knowing that I do Your will.

Amen.
 

 

 

Ignatius of Loyola
(1491-1556)

 

 
Prayer for June 4th

 Dear Father in heaven, we thank you for guiding us, your children, here on earth. We thank you that whatever happens to us, we can again and again find joy because you give us what is good even when times are evil and when we go through sorrow. We thank you that your goodness and your faithfulness penetrate everything, and that at last, at long last, they penetrate our hearts. Then we can know and be glad that your Spirit guides us. We can know we are never alone but can receive strength to help us in the struggle and toil of our life. This we pray through Christ our Lord.
Amen.
 
Prayer for May 28th

Blessed are You, Lord God,

creator of the universe.

You are the giver and sustainer of life,

bringing forth the fruits of the earth

to feed and nourish Your people.

We cultivate the land and sow the seed,

but you alone, Lord, can give the growth.

Let Your blessing lie upon this land,

bringing gentle rains and ripening sun

for a joyful harvest.

Give us the grace to use Your gifts well,

that the poor may be fed

and the hungry filled with good things.

Then and always shall we give You glory,

Father of all. Amen. 

 

 

 
Prayer for May 22nd (for the Feast of Pentecost)
Holy One,
For all of the ways you speak to us –
    in rushing wind,
   in dancing flames,
      in words we understand,
   and in all that transcends language,
            we give thanks.

   Give us courage to speak your love,
everywhere we go,
      to everyone we meet.
             Amen. 
 
Prayer for May 14th
 Lord, you are our Teacher
and we would ask you to be kind to us,
your little children...

May we all live in your peace;
and as we journey toward your dwelling-place,

may we sail through the waters of sin
in such a way
that we remain untouched by the waves,

but carried calmly along by the Holy Spirit.

Amen.
 
Prayer for Ascension Day (May 10th)

 
Father in heaven,
our minds were prepared
for the coming of your kingdom
when you took Christ beyond our sight
so that we might seek him in glory.

May we follow where he has led
and find our hope in his glory,
for he is Lord forever.
Amen 
 
May 7th
May all I do today begin with you, O Lord.
Plant dreams and hopes within my soul,
revive my tired spirit:
be with me today. 

May all I do today continue with your help, O Lord.
Be at my side and walk with me:
Be my support today. 

May all I do today reach far and wide, O Lord.
My thoughts, my work, my life:
make them blessings for your kingdom;
let them go beyond today,

O God Today is new unlike any other day,
for God makes each day different. 
Today God's everyday grace falls on my soul like abundant seed,
though I may hardly see it. 

Today is one of those days Jesus promised to be with me,
a companion on my journey,
And my life today, if I trust him,
has consequences unseen.
My life has a purpose. 

"I have a mission... 
"I am a link in a chain, 
a bond of connection between persons. 
God has not created me for naught... 
Therefore I will trust him. 
Whatever, wherever I am, I can never be thrown away. 
God does nothing in vain.  
 
April 30th

 
The salvation of the righteous is from the Lord;
he is their refuge in the time of trouble. —Psalm 37:39 

 Come to my rescue, God, my help, whenever I’m in trouble. Turn me away from my tendency to block or avoid my difficulties. With you at my side, I can gain perspective on my problems and look for healthy ways to resolve them. I may even be able to grow through them. May I always turn to you first. 
Amen 
 
April 24th
Lord, in every need let me come to You with humble trust saying, "Jesus, help me."
In all my doubts, perplexities, and temptations, Jesus, help me.
In hours of loneliness, weariness, and trials, Jesus, help me.
In the failure of my plans and hopes; in disappointments, troubles, and sorrows, Jesus, help me.
When others fail me and Your grace alone can assist me, help me.
When I throw myself on Your tender love as a father and savior, Jesus, help me.
When my heart is cast down by failure at seeing no good come from my efforts, Jesus, help me.
When I feel impatient and my cross irritates me, Jesus, help me.
When I am ill and my head and hands cannot work and I am lonely, Jesus, help me.
Always, always, in spite of weakness, falls, and shortcomings of every kind, Jesus, help me and never forsake me.
Amen.

April 16th
 Your hope arises with each dawn, pushing back the rubble of our lives. Each new day reminds us of your grace, you paint hope across our skies.
Into the deafening cry of hopelessness you whisper love. Love that catches us, holds us. There is no end, just new beginnings. No finish, just new starts.

Into your resurrection we follow you to bathe in hope.
You are alive! Not only in the world but in us. And so we carry your hope within our souls. Help us to lift our eyes, and feel resurrection hope arise in our lives.

(a prayer of hope from www.lords-prayer-words.com)

 

Sunday School Letter

As we go forward into a new programming year, there are many wonderful ministries that are taking place here at Peace. There are opportunities in our worship, on our various committees, and of course in terms of our ongoing commitment to the Mission Shaped ministry initiative, an initiative that invites you to be bold as you consider ways of stepping outside these doors and following Christ in our neighborhood.
All of these are wonderful opportunities and I do encourage you to give of your time and talents as you are able.
One area that needs special attention going forward is our Sunday School program. It has been maintained over the last number of years by a handful of dedicated volunteers, to whom we are forever grateful. But due to changing circumstances in the lives of some of these volunteers and a renewed commitment on the part of the council to adhere to the policies that the National Church have put into place surrounding the care of vulnerable individuals (ie. our children, as one example), we will be in need of further volunteers to teach. For the Sunday school program to go forward, we will need to have two leaders per classroom. Leaders have to be a minimum of 12 (if they have a babysitting certificate) and there needs to be one adult per classroom. There will likely also need to be some sort of Criminal record check conducted, but the details of that are still being formulated. For the benefit of the children involved, we have been trying to run two classrooms, with one devoted to the younger students and one devoted to the older students. This means that we need four people per Sunday. Thus, we need as many people to teach as possible. If, for example, we have  24 people on our roster of teachers, then each pairing would only teach once every six weeks. Given the length of the Sunday school year, you may only teach four times in a given school year.
Please consider volunteering. It is a wonderful ministry interacting with the kids and teaching them about our shared faith and our shared faith stories. They are a joy to be with and are the future of our church. 
If you have any interest, please contact either Robyn Podelec or Pastor Matt Lyseng. 
God's richest blessings to you all.
Pastor Matt Lyseng 

As we go forward into a new programming year, there are many wonderful ministries that are taking place here at Peace. There are opportunities in our worship, on our various committees, and of course in terms of our ongoing commitment to the Mission Shaped ministry initiative, an initiative that invites you to be bold as you consider ways of stepping outside these doors and following Christ in our neighborhood.

All of these are wonderful opportunities and I do encourage you to give of your time and talents as you are able.

One area that needs special attention going forward is our Sunday School program. It has been maintained over the last number of years by a handful of dedicated volunteers, to whom we are forever grateful. But due to changing circumstances in the lives of some of these volunteers and a renewed commitment on the part of the council to adhere to the policies that the National Church have put into place surrounding the care of vulnerable individuals (ie. our children, as one example), we will be in need of further volunteers to teach. For the Sunday school program to go forward, we will need to have two leaders per classroom. Leaders have to be a minimum of 12 (if they have a babysitting certificate) and there needs to be one adult per classroom. There will likely also need to be some sort of Criminal record check conducted, but the details of that are still being formulated. For the benefit of the children involved, we have been trying to run two classrooms, with one devoted to the younger students and one devoted to the older students. This means that we need four people per Sunday. Thus, we need as many people to teach as possible. If, for example, we have  24 people on our roster of teachers, then each pairing would only teach once every six weeks. Given the length of the Sunday school year, you may only teach four times in a given school year.

Please consider volunteering. It is a wonderful ministry interacting with the kids and teaching them about our shared faith and our shared faith stories. They are a joy to be with and are the future of our church.

If you have any interest, please contact either Robyn Podelec or Pastor Matt Lyseng.

God's richest blessings to you all.

Pastor Matt Lyseng