Our Ministry & Beliefs
Everything we believe and do here at Peace flows from our central belief that all people are fully loved and cared for by God. Nothing we do or say or think can separate us from the love of God. God’s grace is a wonderful gift that brings us faith, joy, and salvation. As Christians, we follow the teachings of Jesus and try to live out his commandment to love our neighbours as ourselves in our everyday lives.
As a community, we gather together to celebrate God’s love for all people, to support one another through life’s challenges, and to live out God’s kingdom on earth. We recognize that there is brokenness in each and every one of us, and that life can be tough at times. This is why it is so good for us to be together! We grow as Christians and deepen our faith when we can share our lives with one another.
At Peace, we provide a safe space for people to explore questions of faith and doubt. We encourage people to study the scriptures on their own and in groups and to be courageous in asking questions – even the difficult ones. Some of us have been at church for a long time, some of us are only getting started, yet we continue to learn from each other as we stay curious about matters of faith. We believe that the Holy Spirit guides us in all that we do, whether it be scripture study, community outreach projects, pastoral care, or just spending time with one another.
What is Lutheranism and the ELCIC?
Peace belongs to a church body named the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada, which consists of about 640 congregations throughout Canada. You may have not heard very much about Lutherans and Lutheranism here in Canada due to our small numbers, but there are lots of us around the world. In fact, Lutheranism is one of the largest Protestant denominations in the world, with over 90 million followers worldwide. Our numbers are growing drastically in some parts of the world – especially in the Southern hemisphere. Our theology is shaped by the thoughts of German theologian and monk, Martin Luther (1483-1546). Luther taught that salvation and eternal life are not something humans can achieve through their own actions and behaviour, but rather they are God’s gifts, freely given to us through God’s grace. Also, Luther thought it important for each person to be able to study the Bible and to participate in worship in their own native language, and so he translated the Bible into German and created a German version of the Latin mass. Luther’s criticism of the practices of the Catholic church resulted in him being excommunicated from the church and this, in turn, eventually led to the birth of the Protestant movement. In recent years, conversations between the Lutheran church and the Catholic church have resulted in a deepening relationship and re-examination of the position of each church body.
Here at Peace, we remember the spirit of reformation in our daily practices and try to shape our worship and study in ways that reflect contemporary realities. We use inclusive language and shape our worship services in such a way that they welcome people who have never been to church before as well as those faithful disciples that have called Peace home for decades. Most importantly, we rejoice in the freely given gift of God’s grace and love and live out our lives and the disciples of Jesus.