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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, 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 […]

Thank you! Hurricane fundraiser nets $13K+

by Trina Kleist

Donations to Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund go to work! Thank you, western Nevada County! PEACE Lutheran Church’s appeal on behalf of Texas hurricane victims raised $13,718! In the wake of Hurricane Harvey’s battering of eastern Texas, we at PEACE organized an impromptu fundraising concert. We hatched the idea on a Tuesday, and held the concert […]

Sunday, April 23: Peace be with you!

by Trina Kleist

Resurrected Jesus proclaims – peace? Peace is the farthest thing from the minds of Jesus’ followers in the days after their beloved teacher’s execution. Painful, ugly and shameful – Jesus’ death, his enemies hope, will squash the dangerous nonsense growing among his followers. Then some women come along with an amazing – and seemingly nonsensical […]

Sunday, March 19: Gushing water!

by Trina Kleist

Jesus, a shady lady, and eternal-life water! Jesus compares new life in God to a gushing spring whose water brings new life. That’s amazing news to the woman in today’s story – and maybe to you, too! This woman has quite the history. In a culture that prized chastity, she has been married to five […]

Sunday, Dec. 18: Strangely righteous?

by Trina Kleist

Joseph was a “righteous” man. But God had a different idea of “righteous.” Not the conventional wisdom. Not the standards kept by “nice people” of Joseph’s day. Today’s Gospel lesson outlines the dilemma faced by Joseph, the first-century Jewish man engaged to a young woman named Mary. His fiancée had come to him with a […]

Sunday, Dec. 11: Advent – still waiting?

by Trina Kleist

Waiting in the wilderness can be tough. John the Baptist didn’t know about Advent, but he knew about waiting. In today’s Gospel reading, the prophet is in a prison cell, waiting to die a hideous death. He knows about Jesus – a distant cousin – and has prophesied that Jesus is the Messiah that God […]

Sunday, Nov. 20: Christ is King!

by Trina Kleist

Today is Christ the King Sunday! What kind of king? Jesus is not the kind the world is expecting! Jesus is a king that loves lavishly, forgives abundantly and opens his arms to all people from the cross. The world can think him foolish – and us fools for believing in Him. But we know […]

PEACE quilts warm Erskine Fire victims

by Trina Kleist

Quilts tell folks “they’re not alone” People left homeless by the Erskine Fire in central California know “they are not alone” after receiving 21 quilts made by women of Peacemakers. The quilting group meets every Thursday from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at PEACE Lutheran Church in Grass Valley. Members turn colorful scraps into art that warms […]

Talk now about your wishes for near-death care

by Trina Kleist

New law “indicts” state of near-death care, doctor says Talk to your loved ones and your doctor about the medical care you want to receive as you approach death. Then, write it down. It’s a tough conversation that will avoid family anguish and a “death that is not with dignity, expensive and not at home,” […]