For nearly half a century Divine Peace Lutheran Church has served as a beacon for the Gospel of Christ, an incubator of culturally inclusive Christian fellowship, and a place where community produces the fruits of the Spirit. Divine Peace seeks to cultivate a culture that is engaged, aware, compassionate, and open to all people.
The mission of the Church stems from Christ's command following His resurrection in which he conquered and vanquished Sin, Death, and the Devil. To all who follow Him he establishes his Church and commands disciples/followers to:
"Go into all nations Baptizing in the name of the Father, Son, and the Holy Spirit. And teaching them everything I have commanded." -Jesus Christ
Jesus' great Genius as a Teacher was simplifying a religious system and culture that had turned inward, grown greedy, and exploited people through complex rules and laws. Two millennia ago, when Christ walked the hills near the Jordan, Sea of Galilee, and Jerusalem there were over 600 laws the religious leaders held over the Jewish people. Christ, in a stunning act of defiance preached that all the Law is summed in 2 commands:
I) Love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind, and all your body
II) Love your neighbor (even your enemy) as you love yourself
Ultimately, Christ's Truth resonated deeply with common people. His message of the Kingdom of Heaven, his compassion for marginalized people, and his audacity in confronting corruption made him an indefatigable threat to the religious leaders of the time. Through deceptive plotting and scheming these religious power brokers managed to turn the crowds of people against Jesus. Even one of Jesus' 12 disciples betrayed him for 30 pieces of silver. Jesus was illegally tried at night and sentenced to death for Blasphemy. But the Jewish leaders needed a political excuse to gain approval from the Roman officials who ruled over Jerusalem. So they accused Jesus of crimes of sedition and provocation against the state. Yet Pontius Pilate, the Roman governor, interrogated Jesus and found nothing to charge him with. But the crowds became crazed screaming "Crucify Him! Crucify Him!"
Christ was crucified on a Roman Cross. As the soldiers nailed him in place Jesus prayed "Father, forgive them for they know not what they are doing." Jesus was placed between two other criminals. Above him a sign read in different languages "The King of the Jews." One thief mocked Jesus saying "If you're really the Son of God save yourself and us!" The other rebuked the mocker and said, "We deserve our punishment, but this man is innocent." The criminal on the cross who defended Jesus called out, "Jesus! Remember me when you enter your Kingdom." Jesus replied, "Today you will be with me in paradise."
We are the criminals who deserve the cross. While we may not have broken the laws of the land our sin separates us. Our sin has creates a chasm between ourselves and the perfection, beauty, goodness and Truth of God. Through repentance, as the thief who called out to Christ demonstrated, we become reconciled to God. Christ lays down his life so we might cross over from death to Life. We too, no matter how great the evil we have committed, can be flooded with the Light and Grace of God's Love. We can be healed. We can have peace beyond this world.
Christ is that Love. He is Pure, Divine Love in Human Form. That Love is so powerful, so unconquerable that not even Death could hold Jesus down. For as Jesus was the architect of the first Light of the Cosmos, a New Light dawned as He rose triumphantly from the grave on the 3rd day! This is why we celebrate Easter. It is Him, the Messiah, Jesus Christ, who lives in us through Baptism and the Lord's Supper. By the Holy Spirit we are brought back from spiritual death and made alive. We are cleansed and atoned and made a member of an eternal royal family. This is where our Divine Peace takes root.
Eternal Life, Forgiveness, Peace: All of these are Gifts of pure Grace which we receive by Faith. We do not earn these and these gifts do not eliminate pain or suffering in our life. Rather, they give us the courage, the will, the power to overcome all things through Christ. We see with spiritual eyes; and what we see is a vision of blazing glory, so brilliant and sublime that it downs out all darkness in this life. It illuminates us from within and inspires us to live a life of Love, Grace, and Compassion so that as Christ prayed, "Your Kingdom Come, Your Will be Done, On Heaven as on Earth."
Come and learn more about this wondrous gift. The Hymn "Abide With Me" sums up our attitude as Christians: "If the whole realm of nature were mine that would be a tribute far too small. Love so amazing, so divine, demands my Life, My Soul, My All."
On Sundays our Church offers a Bible study from 9AM - 9:45AM from September through May.
The worship service proceeds and takes place from 10AM - 11AM year round.
All are invited and welcome to join worship! We look forward to seeing you this Sunday!
We also offer Sunday School from 9AM-9:45AM. During this time children ages 5-16 receive spiritual instruction and guidance from a teacher who not only knows the Truths of God's Word, but deeply loves God through Christ.
Following a service filled with hymns, Scripture, and a sermon from Pastor Mittelstaedt the congregation gathers in the fellowship hall for refreshments and conversation.
Every year the Church and School come together for events that connect scholars with families around the region. Some of these Events include Harvest Festival and Homecoming in the Fall, Christmas and Easter Celebration, Black History and Culture Night, Awards Night, Graduation, and Vacation Bible School