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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. 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. […]

Sunday, Oct. 8: Don’t grow nasty grapes!

by Trina Kleist

God expects sweet grapes from you! God’s kingdom here on earth looks something like a vineyard, Jesus says. God plants good vines, and he expects sweet, juicy grapes to grow. But it’s so easy for us to grow nasty, yucky grapes instead! Lots of vineyards grew in Jesus’ time, and Jesus used vineyard imagery a […]

Sunday, Oct. 1: Intention vs. action!

by Trina Kleist

Will you follow your good intention with action? God plants a good intention in your heart – will you follow through and take action? Lots of vineyards grew in Jesus’ time. In today’s story, Jesus tells of a family grape-growing business: A dad asks his first son to go work. The son says, “Yeah, I’ll […]