Posts from 2017

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Resolution: Live anew in the New Year

by Trina Kleist

Keep your resolutions alive in 2018! Making New Year resolutions is a way for us to imagine a new and better life. Eat right. Get fit. Do better. Do something special. This year. This time. Yet life grinds on in its ordinariness. We go back to work, back to school, back to the routine. Pretty […]

Sunday, Dec. 31: New Year’s Eve – Try salvation this year!

by Trina Kleist

Salvation given for free – here, today! God’s plan all along was salvation for everyone. That meant something to people when Jesus was born 2,000 years ago (see today’s Gospel reading, below). But what does salvation mean today? For smart, modern, First-World folks like us who already enjoy every material blessing? Simeon said, “My eyes […]

Sunday, Dec. 24: Christmas Eve – experience the miracle!

by Trina Kleist

Services morning & evening today!      Experience the miracle of Christmas with us! Christmas Eve falls on a Sunday, so we hold our regular worship services in the morning, at 8:30 & 11 a.m. Please stay for the Christmas carol sing-along between worship services, starting at 9:45 a.m. in the Old Fellowship Hall. Greetings, favored one! […]

Sunday, Dec. 17: Who are you?

by Trina Kleist

  God’s calling: Do you know who you are? The religious honchos of the time asked John the Baptist: “Who are you?” They knew he was someone special – and it scared the daylights out of them. John knew who he was: “I am the voice of one crying out in the wilderness,” John answered. […]

Litany in Times of Fire

by Trina Kleist

We pray for those affected by fire Fire in California and the American West has left thousands of people homeless and communities devastated. Many more people feel the trauma as the impacts of the destruction ripple through their world. At PEACE Lutheran Church, we hold all those affected by fire in our thoughts and prayers.  […]

Sunday, Dec. 10: Prepare – He’s Coming!

by Trina Kleist

God tells us: Prepare, I’m coming! This time before Christmas helps us to prepare. God calls us – not to shop, not to decorate, though these activities are fun, and there’s nothing wrong with them. As long as we keep our eye on the important stuff. God calls us to prepare, because Jesus is coming […]

Sunday, Dec. 3: Awake and trust!

by Trina Kleist

God tells us: Stay awake, I’m coming! We just don’t know when, so we stay awake and alert, watching for signs. Because new life – Jesus’ new Kingdom-here-on-Earth – pops up all the time. A lot of our Bible readings this time of year have to do with “end times.” Apocalypse. The Day of Judgment. […]

Colla Voce kicks off free concerts Dec. 6

by Trina Kleist

Concerts offer Relief from the Rush The Colla Voce Youth Chorus performs lively and enchanting Christmas music for free at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 6, at PEACE Lutheran Church, 828 W. Main St., near downtown Grass Valley. The Youth Chorus performs under the direction of local music teacher Anne Vaaler, opening Peace’s annual series of […]

Sunday, Nov. 26: Christ is King!

by Trina Kleist

But not the world’s kind of king … When Jesus talks about God’s kingdom in today’s Gospel, he shows special concern for the most vulnerable folks. The hungry, the thirsty, the naked, the sick, the imprisoned, the lonely. God calls His people – us – to look after them. Then, He invites us into His […]

Sunday, Nov. 19: Share in God’s joy!

by Trina Kleist

God invites you to feel the joy! And remember: worry kills joy! When we trust completely in God’s love and care for us, we can do anything. We can use the talents He gives us to manifest our purpose on this Earth. And in bad times, we stay strong in hope and faith; we keep […]