Make this the summer of (God’s) Love!
Summer is a time when Earth’s living things grow, ripen and bear fruit – and our spirits are the just the same! If you are looking for a place to nourish your spirit, we welcome you to grow with us at PEACE Lutheran Church this summer.
At PEACE, we walk together during this period of planting, growth and harvest. We encourage each other as we find nourishment. Understanding the message of the Bible – that God loves us and seeks us – helps us to put down strong roots and send them deeper. The bread and wine of communion, worship together and fellowship with each other help us to grow stronger.
Service to others – in our words and actions – is the fruit that we bear.
“The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.” – Galatians 6:22-23a
Youth & Family events
We have an exciting event for youth and families this summer!
Rolling River Day Camp – This year’s summer program is 9 a.m.-12 p.m. July 16-19 at Grass Valley United Methodist Church. Our focus is on becoming faithful stewards of God’s amazing creation, especially our beautiful, life-giving waterways! Registration is open now. Volunteers of all ages are warmly welcomed – see the sign-up sheet in the Atrium! (NOTE TO TEENS: This program fulfills 12-14 hours of community service!) For more information, call (530) 272-6966.
Faith is a Journey
Our social rhythms reflect the natural world, too. Summer comes between graduations in the spring and school resuming in the fall. Vacations and altered schedules refresh and renew us.
In our spiritual lives, we ponder the links among endings, journeys and new beginnings. If we look, we find signs of God’s generous love in the many Bible stories offering lessons in patience and trust. Seeds of faith, planted in good soil and tended, do something mysterious in the dirt of our earthly life, bursting out of darkness and into light!
A Calendar to Nourish Your Spirit
We call this period Time After Pentecost – the time in the church calendar between Pentecost Sunday (this year on May 20) and Christ the King Sunday (this year on Nov. 25).
Pentecost marks the time when God sent his Holy Spirit to Jesus’ followers. They were mired in confusion and fear: Their teacher, Jesus, had been persecuted and brutally executed, had risen from the dead, had walked and eaten with them but was somehow changed. This transformed Jesus had given them instructions to share his Message of God’s love with all creation, then had ascended into Heaven.
But Jesus had promised his friends he would not leave them alone, that he would always be with them: He would send a helper and advocate that would give them amazing power, strength and courage! That advocate came to them, whooshing into their lives and setting them on fire!
“My kingdom is not from this world.” – John 18:36
On Christ the King Sunday, we Lutherans remember that Jesus is the forever-king of both the spiritual and the material world, working in both realms, through the Holy Spirit, to bring about God’s plan for all people. We remember that Jesus is our forever-pastor, walking with us today, leading us in his Path, always at the right hand of God the Father, praying with us when we pray and bearing our worries and troubles for us.
Advent is the next season in the church calendar, this year starting on Sunday, Dec. 2. It marks the beginning of a new church year and a new spiritual cycle. We start by preparing for the coming of God’s Anointed One as a baby at Christmas.