Why is a reformation so hard?
God asks us to re-form our hearts. God asks us to open ourselves to his many gifts – they are free! When that miracle happens, more and more miracles ripple out – and our personal reformation flows to re-form all that is around us.
Today, we think about Martin Luther and how he must have felt when he read about this miracle in St. Paul’s letter to the Romans, chapter 3. All who believe are justified – that is, made right with God – by God’s free gift. And it comes by grace – which means, not because we deserve it, not because we have worked hard for it, but because God loves us so much and wants so badly for us to be right with him again.
Wowee! The chains of this mortal world come flying off. Well, if we want them to. Will I let God re-form me? Will I trust that God can use this personal reformation to change the world?
“All… are now justified by God’s grace as a gift.” – Romans 3:24
At PEACE, we beg God to re-form us daily, weekly, yearly, throughout our lives. We would love to celebrate Reformation Sunday with you!
Pastor Eileen Smith Le Van preaches today.
Today’s Bible readings: Jeremiah 31:31-34; Psalm 46; Romans 3:19-28; John 8:31-36. Read them here.
Children’s procession at the beginning of the 11 a.m. worship service. All are welcome to participate! Contact Trina Kleist at (530) 575-6132.
Coming up at PEACE
- “Family Night” @ 5:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 18 – People of all ages enjoy a spaghetti dinner & viewing of “Luther.” Joseph Fiennes plays the monk who challenges some practices of the Roman Catholic Church and sparks the Protestant Reformation. Children who don’t want to watch the movie can play games downstairs in the Youth Room. Sign up in the Atrium.
- More Coming Events – Learn more about events at PEACE here.
Adult Bible Study
The Adult Forum meets in the Old Fellowship Hall at 10 a.m., led by Pastor Eileen Smith Le Van. Stop in the Fellowship Center around the corner to pick up coffee & baked goods!
Youth @ Peace Sunday School
Today, we observe the 499th anniversary of the day Martin Luther challenged the Church with 95 points of disagreement. Reformation Sunday is marked by beautiful, powerful music and a procession by the young people at the beginning of the 11 a.m. worship service.
This fall, we also are learning stories from the Old Testament. Coming up: The Children of Israel wandering in the wilderness, moving at last into the Promised Land, and great stories from the period of the judges. In December, we will shift to prepare for our Christmas program.
We start at 9:45 a.m. every Sunday, downstairs in the Youth Room. Young people of all ages are welcome!
Youth @ PLC is our all-ages Bible study, where young disciples learn the core stories of our faith and what it means to walk the Jesus Path. 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!