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Sunday, June 10: ONE Worship Service @ 10am!

by Trina Kleist

Congregational lunch to honor Pastor Eileen! ONE WORSHIP SERVICE today @ 10am Our spiritual leader for the past three years, the Rev. Eileen Smith Le Van, will soon follow a heartfelt call to begin training in a chaplain ministry program this fall. So we gather one last time to worship with her in ONE WORSHIP […]

Sunday, June 3: What’s a Sabbath & what’s it for?

by Trina Kleist

Jesus had his own opinion! The word “Sabbath” comes from the Hebrew verb “sabat,” meaning “to rest.” God gave His people a day of rest – in part for a needed day off from their labors, in part so they would have time to worship Him. God knows what we need: Rest for our bodies […]

Sunday, May 27: Trinity – Seeking a 3-in-1 God?

by Trina Kleist

It’s Holy Trinity Sunday! Today, we ponder this remarkable and baffling truth about God: He is Father, Son and Spirit, all one, all together. That’s why we call God a “trinity” – “three” in “unity.” Yet throughout history, we humans experience God working in us and in the world in these three distinct ways. It […]

Sunday, May 20: Today is Pentecost!

by Trina Kleist

Pentecost celebrates the gift of the Holy Spirit! Our Sanctuary today is splashed with red and filled with beautiful balloons. We hope it helps you feel the mighty, sweeping, swirling, lifting up of God’s Holy Spirit! Jesus calls it “the Spirit of truth.” That’s because the truth is that God loves you, exactly as you […]

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 […]

Sunday, Nov. 12: Hard times? Wait in faith!

by Trina Kleist

Wait and be ready, that is! Getting through hard times – that’s a big theme in the Bible. God’s people fall away, they suffer, they repent, they call out, they wait for God to redeem them. Repeat. Gee, God, they were just like us! So, be ready! Today’s story highlights a key element of waiting […]

Sunday, Nov. 5: Saints and grace!

by Trina Kleist

All Saints honored today – and that means you! Today is All Saints Sunday. According to long church tradition, All Saints Day on Nov. 1 remembers the saints of the faith – people like St. Francis, for example. All Souls Day, on Nov. 2, honors all departed believers in the One True Faith – ordinary […]

Sunday, Oct. 29: Know the truth, be free!

by Trina Kleist

We celebrate Luther’s search for truth today! Martin Luther searched God’s Word, yearning to be free of the condemnation of God’s Law. Jesus’ message, Luther found, sets us all free. Will you embrace it? Today, we celebrate the 500th anniversary of Luther’s challenge to church authorities who taught a message contrary to the freedom Jesus […]

Sunday, Oct. 22: What do I give to God?

by Trina Kleist

Well, what belongs to God? What we give to God – of our time, talent and treasure – underscores much of our thinking during the fall months at PEACE. Today’s Gospel story presents a way to think about our possessions, the pressures of the world, and God’s invitation to a new Kingdom built on God-values. […]