Conference on the Media, October 14th, 2017

Grace and Peace Presbyterian Church Presents: Conference on the Media

October 14, 2017 – 12:30-5:00 pm

Additionally, a flier advertising the event may be found here.

“MEDIA WARS:  A BATTLE FOR THE HEART AND THE MIND”

The conference will focus on the media, including broadcast, print, and social media. These media shape our society more than almost anything these days. How can Christians make proper use of the media? What are the dangers to individuals, families and the society?

PRESENTER: REV. BILL SHISHKO, Regional Home Missionary, New York and Southern New England

Rev. Bill Shishko, a minister in the Orthodox Presbyterian Church, is frequently heard on WXMD 89.7 FM Redeemer Broadcasting’s Proclamation program at 9 PM weekdays, and more recently on a new program on Saturdays called A Visit to the Pastor’s Study. He is the founder of Reformation New York and is also actively helping start new churches in New York and southern New England.

SESSION 1:   AMUSING OURSELVES TO DEATH (REVISITED)

In 1985 Dr. Neil Postman, Professor of Communications at New York University, fired a shot across the bows in what would soon become “The Media Wars.” In this session we’ll revisit Postman’s prophetic book, Amusing Ourselves to Death, and learn of its chilling accuracy in predicting the decline of the power of the word as a medium of communication.

SESSION 2:  THE WORD IS WORTH A THOUSAND PICTURES:  CHRIST, CHRISTIANITY, AND MEDIA

What should we learn about media as we consider the Bible, and particularly the coming of Christ into the world?   How has the Christian Church used (and abused) media over the centuries?  What lessons did the Protestant Reformation provide for us?  Put on your seat belts for a fast and fascinating ride through church history in this session.

SESSION 3:  WINNING THE WAR OF THE MEDIA WORLDS

No war is won by cursing the darkness.  Let’s light a candle for ourselves and others as we face the “Media Wars”.  This session will help you get over the sense of defeat that comes by pessimism.  By following Christ seriously (that’s what true Christianity is all about!) we’ll be in the right path in the media battle for our hearts and our minds.  We’ll learn battle strategies for ourselves, our families, our churches, and our world.   And they are strategies that always win!

Community Hymn Sing, October 27th, 2017

Do you like to sing great Hymns of the Christian Faith?

Join us on Friday October 27th at 6:30PM at

22646 Benswood Road, California, MD 20619!

Many hymns are very rich in lyrics and musical quality! We welcome singers from any church or no particular church as we join our voices. Singing is fun and spiritually enriching.

We will be singing some of the traditional and seasonal hymns as we celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. The audience will be asked to choose some favorite hymns.

A free-will offering will be received as a gift to WXMD 89.7FM, the wonderful Christian radio station serving our St. Mary’s County Community. Checks should be made out to Redeemer Broadcasting.

Refreshments will be served following the hymn sing.

2017 Choir Camp Registration

Sign Up Now for the 2017 Choir Camp

Where: Grace and Peace Presbyterian Church. 22646 Benswood Road, California, MD

Please download the registration form (PDF), and follow the instructions.

 

Why Lessons & Carols?

Christmas and the Covenant

Grace and Peace Presbyterian Church will hold our annual Festival of Nine Lessons & Carols  Christmas EveDecember 24th at 6 pm.

The value of Lessons & Carols, in short, is this: Lessons and Carols tangibly reminds us of the unity of Scripture, with the story of Christ and the incarnation of our Lord at its very center. Promise and fulfillment is the basic pattern of the Old and New Testaments of the Scriptures, and that this pattern should guide all our reading and interpretation and application of these texts. This value is not to be underestimated, as we live in a day of biblical illiteracy.

Briefly, Lessons and Carols is a service of nine scripture readings interspersed with the singing of Christmas carols. The most famous and perhaps “original” L&C was held on Christmas Eve at King’s College Cambridge in 1918, and every year there since.

Advent Candles

 

Community Hymn Sing, Oct. 28

Do you like to sing great Hymns of the Christian Faith?

Grace and Peace Presbyterian is hosting a community hymn sing October 28 at 7 PM.

We have an excellent Piano and Organ as well as several other instruments to accompany the singing.

We welcome singers from any church or no particular church as we join our voices.

The audience will be asked to choose some favorite hymns.

Refreshments will be served following the Hymn Sing.

Good Friday at Grace and Peace

Good Friday marks the death of Jesus Christ. It’s called ‘good’ because of what Jesus’ death means for the redemption of the world. Worship this evening focuses on three aims: (1) to narrate and remember the events of Jesus’ death, (2) to open up the meaning of these events for our understanding of God and the redemption accomplished by the cross, and (3) to invite worshipers to renewed prayer and dedication.

Please enter humbly, worship deeply, and leave quietly this evening with your heart centered on the suffering of Christ for you and your salvation. You will observe a diminishing of light through the service in the pattern of tenebrae worship. Tenebrae means shadows, and so our worship will include an experience of some of the shadows that Christ endured. At the close of the service the bell will toll seven times to represent the fullness of Christ’s sacrifice for us.

Redeemer Broadcasting Network in St. Mary’s County

There is a wonderful new radio station here in St. Mary’s County!

WXMD 89.7 FM features excellent teaching programs and edifying music. Grace and Peace is a supporter of WXMD and encourages everyone to listen! Tune your home and automobile radios.

A Festival of Lessons and Carols

Why Lessons & Carols?

Christmas and the Covenant

Grace and Peace Presbyterian Church will hold our annual Festival of Nine Lessons & Carols  Christmas Eve, December 24th at 7 pm.

The value of Lessons & Carols, in short, is this: Lessons and Carols tangibly reminds us of the unity of Scripture, with the story of Christ and the incarnation of our Lord at its very center. Promise and fulfillment is the basic pattern of the Old and New Testaments of the Scriptures, and that this pattern should guide all our reading and interpretation and application of these texts. This value is not to be underestimated, as we live in a day of biblical illiteracy.

Briefly, Lessons and Carols is a service of nine scripture readings interspersed with the singing of Christmas carols. The most famous and perhaps “original” L&C was held on Christmas Eve at King’s College Cambridge in 1918, and every year there since.

Please Come!

Grace and Peace is a family of people in Southern Maryland. We are all about worshipping God as we study the Bible, and caring for each other. We welcome new persons, families, young or older, all races. We are all learning together led by our pastor and other leaders. PLEASE COME!

Good Friday Service

Good Friday Service at Grace & Peace will be at 7:00 PM on the 29th. Friday marks the death of Jesus Christ. It’s called ‘good’ because of what Jesus’ death means for the redemption of the world. Worship will focus on three aims: (1) to narrate and remember the events of Jesus’ death, (2) to open up the meaning of these events for our understanding of God and the redemption accomplished by the cross, and (3) to invite worshipers to renewed prayer and dedication.

Please enter humbly, worship deeply, and leave quietly with your heart centered on the suffering of Christ for you and your salvation. You will observe a diminishing of light through the service in the pattern of tenebrae worship. Tenebrae means shadows, and so our worship will include an experience of some of the shadows that Christ endured.

Behold the Lamb of God that takes away the sins of the world