Jesus’ miracles are for real!
Jesus did many amazing things during his brief ministry: He changed water into wine; he fed 5,000 people with a few loaves of bread and a couple dried fish; he made the blind see, the deaf hear and the crippled walk; he even reversed death.
Jesus’ miracles, like the tricks of modern magicians, amaze and baffle us. But unlike magic tricks, the works of Jesus never relied on distraction, deception or illusion. Rather than intending to hide something, Jesus was trying to reveal something: the real and powerful presence of God in the daily lives of ordinary people.
“Jesus did this, the first of his signs, in Cana of Galilee.” – John 2:11
It’s Epiphany, the season when we see how Jesus is revealed as God-in-the-flesh, God-among-us. At PEACE Lutheran Church, we welcome all those who wish they could see God acting in their lives, here and now. When we look with eyes of faith, we find our lives are full of miracles!
Today’s Bible Readings: Isaiah 62:1-5; Psalm 36:5-10; 1 Corinthians 12:1-11; John 2:2-11
Today’s Sermon: Pastor Eileen Smith LeVan preaches today. Our Gospel lesson describes Jesus’ first miracle: changing water into wine during the wedding at Cana.
Adult Bible Study
Pastor Eileen leads the study of the Gospel of Luke, using materials from the Book of Faith series developed by our church. Today’s focus: “Let God Be God!” from Luke 4:14-30. Adult forum starts at 10 a.m. Get your coffee & baked goods first in the Fellowship Center!
All ages are welcome as we learn about Jesus’ early ministry. Today’s lesson: The Disciples – just ordinary folks like us! Meet at 9:50 a.m. downstairs in the Youth Room. Get juice & baked goods first in the Fellowship Center!
Youth @ Peace is our all-ages Bible study, teaching key Bible stories – the cornerstone for a lifetime of faith. Younger readers, tweens and teens open each session together, have break-out groups for age-appropriate reading and discussion, then regroup for a joint closing. We also have large-group activities. Contact Trina Kleist for more information: firstname.lastname@example.org or call/txt (530) 575-6132.
Coming Up at PEACE
- “How Do You Know When It’s Time for Your Next Move?” – Our Contemporary Issues Study group presents eldercare expert Robbie Sellery, discussing dementia and Alzheimer’s disease and local care options. Coffee and goodies served at 9 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 20; presentation starts at 9:15 a.m., includes questions and answers, and ends at 10:45 a.m. Weekly sessions continue through Wednesday, Feb. 3.
- Souper Bowl of Caring, Sunday Feb. 7 – This annual food drive timed for Super Bowl Sunday benefits Interfaith Food Ministry. Our youth will be in the narthex after the worship service to receive your donations of checks, cash and nonperishable food items. Please make checks to PEACE Lutheran Church and write “IFM” in the memo line.