A Quick Overview of Prince of Peace

Welcome to the Prince of Peace website! We hope that what you find here will make you curious about our community, and more importantly, stir up in you a hunger to know God and serve others.

If you’re reading this, you’re most likely either a member of the church, interested in being a member, or someone who just stumbled upon us in the wilderness of the Internet. Whatever the case, here’s a bit about Prince of Peace.

  • First, the numbers. Approximately 200 people worship together here on a given weekend, but we have closer to 600 people who are actively a part of our life together.
  • We’ve been a force for good in Gaithersburg since 1982. We’ve seen suburban Maryland grow up around us and we’ve grown up too.
  • Prince of Peace is made up of some life-long Lutherans and some people who come from different Christian traditions or no tradition at all.
  • We’re part of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. We prioritize grace and helping the neighbor.
  • We worship weekly following a pattern of gathering, reading scripture, hearing a sermon, prayers, communion, and a blessing. The Bible grounds our life together. Lutherans are sometimes accused of not being “bible-based.” I always think that’s funny because we’re the people who coined the phrase “sola scriptura” (only scripture). We love the Bible, but we’re generally not fundamentalists. We read it and wrestle with it faithfully, trying to figure out what God is saying to us for our time. This sometimes results in disagreements. We welcome diverse views because we know that none of us has everything figured out. We also believe that through our weaknesses, we are made whole.
  • We gather asking for God’s wisdom and forgiveness. We receive God’s grace in weekly communion and the gathering of our church. We focus on serving others as the God-given pathway to a deeper life. Once again, service is important to our church. We have monthly service projects and we’re always looking for new ways to get outside ourselves and see Christ in our neighbor.
  • People often call us a friendly church. We hope so. It’s our aim to make all people feel welcome here, because we think that Jesus welcomed all people.
  • Music and playfulness are important to us. In worship you’ll hear and sing all kinds of music, from Handel’s Messiah to Tim McGraw.
  • You’ll also see lots of kids. We love kids (and their often overworked parents.) Our youth think that we’re teaching them about Jesus, but really they’re teaching us. We are blessed by their easy access to grace, their delight in faith, and their joy.
  • What else? We love our creation care ministries, especially our garden; our connection to Gaithersburg Help, a local food shelf; our annual high school youth workcamp, where youth spend a week serving others; our prayer ministry; and the small groups that gather to support one another. There’s too much to talk about here – but get to know us through this website and please email us if you have questions. Whoever you are, God is on your journey of faith with you.