What will it take to believe?
“Believe me and follow” – that’s Jesus’ message. Not, “you have to be good enough.” Not, “you have to know enough.”
Jesus revealed himself through moments of mercy, spectacles of healing forgiveness, and compassionate companionship with prostitutes, collaborators and untouchables. Those less-than-good-enoughs understood that the Jesus Path offered them new life, and they believed.
But the high and mighty of Jesus’ time couldn’t see what he was doing. They couldn’t believe his message that he was, in truth, the Son of God. It didn’t fit into their ideas of ritual do-all-this-stuff-and-then-you’ll-be-good-enough-and-God-will-love-you. And Jesus knew they didn’t really want what he was offering. “You don’t belong to me,” Jesus told them.
At PEACE Lutheran Church, we welcome all those who aren’t good enough, who don’t know enough, who can’t believe enough – but who yearn for God’s redeeming love!
“My sheep hear my voice.” – John 10:27
It’s Easter, the season when we celebrate Jesus’ selfless act of redemption for all who yearn to hear his voice!
Today’s Bible Readings: Acts 9:36-43; Psalm 23; Revelation 7:9-17; John 10:22-30
Today’s Sermon: Pastor Eileen Smith LeVan preaches today.
Spring Spud Spectacular!
Youth @ Peace is hosting our traditional baked potato lunch after the 11 a.m. worship service – starting at about 12:20 p.m. in the Fellowship Center. Enjoy organic spuds topped with your choice of chili, broccoli, cheese, sour cream and green onions, finished with cake and punch. Cost is $5, and proceeds benefit ELCA World Hunger.
We Lutherans really enjoy our coffee & baked goodies, so please, come have breakfast with us! After each worship service, we gather in our Fellowship Center for refreshments and conversation. Come make new friends!
ADULT BIBLE STUDY
Becoming a Good Samaritan. We continue our 6-week series to help us ponder the ways Jesus is calling each of us, as individuals and as a congregation, to care for our neighbors in need. Led by Pastor Eileen Smith LeVan
YOUTH @ PEACE SUNDAY SCHOOL
The story of Easter continues! Jesus gave his friends a “New Commandment.” (Oh, man, not more orders, puh-lease!) This one is easy. Plus, we’ll consider how we are called to care for those who are hungry as we prepare to serve our Spring Spud Spectacular. Meet @ 9:45 a.m. in the kitchen.
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
Scotten School Clean-up — 11 a.m. Saturday, April 30. We will help our neighbors at Scotten School by picking up litter, fetching lost items, pruning and weeding. Sign up in the Atrium.
Learn more about getting involved at PEACE here.