Easter Sunday – worship with us!
Today is the highest holy day in the Christian year. Christmas is when we celebrate Jesus’ birth. Easter is when we celebrate the fulfillment of his mission on earth: to show that God’s love is more powerful than anything else in our lives, even more powerful than death! And that is better than anything anyone might find under any Christmas tree!
New life is what this great gift is all about. In our Gospel reading today, some of Jesus’ closest women friends were going about the routine procedures after a person dies. But they got to the tomb where Jesus had been laid a couple days earlier, after his cruel execution, and they found the surprise of their lives. Jesus is alive!
“Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here, but has risen.” — Luke 24:1-12
Beautiful music, flowers in the sanctuary, trumpets & song mark our celebration of Easter Sunday at PEACE Lutheran Church.
Easter marks the end of the season of Lent. In the weeks leading up to Easter, we have reflected on the many ways we fall short of God’s commandments to seek him and love our neighbor. We are humbled by the many ways in which God, nevertheless, showers abundance upon us. At Easter, we finally shout “Alleluia!” – God is great! – and celebrate the new life to which we are invited.
At PEACE, we welcome all those who yearn for new life!
Pastor Eileen Smith LeVan preaches today. To read more about Pastor Eileen, click here.
Today’s Bible readings: Isaiah 55:1-9; 1 Corinthians 10:1-13; Luke 13:1-9
Easter egg hunt
Children are invited to gather in the Fellowship Center for the Easter egg hunt at 12:30 p.m., following the 11 a.m. worship service; the hunt will be held downstairs in our Youth Room. Tiny tots will go first, then a second round will be held for older children. Parents are welcome to help hide eggs after the first round.
Continental Easter breakfast
We Lutherans really enjoy our coffee & baked goodies! Today, we go all out with a continental breakfast, including fruit and juice, in our Fellowship Center, starting at 9:45 a.m. We’ll also have coffee fellowship after the 11 a.m. worship.
Adult Bible Study
No Adult Bible Study today. Instead, come have coffee & baked goods and meet new friends in the Fellowship Center!
Youth @ Peace Sunday School
Help set up for the Easter egg hunt! Meet @ 9:45 a.m. downstairs in the Youth Room.
Youth @ PLC is our all-ages Bible study, where young disciples learn the core stories of our faith and what it means in our lives. Bring your questions, doubts and challenges to God, the Bible and the Church – they are welcome here!
Bible memory verses: Kids can earn Bible Bucks for verses they memorize and redeem them for cool prizes! These days, we are working on the Lord’s Prayer and the 10 Commandments.
Coming up at PEACE
- Women of Peace Annual Retreat – Our theme is Isaiah 40:31, “…they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength…” Our speaker is Holly LaChappelle, who describes her mission as “leading people to Jesus’ transformational heart healing and unconditional love!” Our retreat is at the beautiful and serene Mercy Center in Auburn; cost is $32. Sign up in the Atrium. Learn more about Holly by clicking here.
- Spring Spud Spectacular – Our annual baked potato luncheon will be hosted by Youth @ Peace and benefit ELCA World Hunger. NEW date: 12:15 p.m. Sunday, April 17, in the Fellowship Center. Cost is $5 for an organic baked potato, toppings, chili (meat & vegetarian), dessert & punch. Enjoy food & fellowship! Sign-up sheets to attend & to donate items will be in the Atrium on the first Sunday in April. (The date has been rescheduled due to conflicts.) To learn more about this fun fellowship event, click here.