God’s love & healing shine in the darkness!
When Jesus starts out his ministry, he settles for a time in the lakeside village of Capernaum, by the Sea of Galilee. There, he heals the sick and suffering. He reaches out to people whose world seems clouded with darkness. As word gets out, folks flock to him from all over. Jesus teaches people that God’s kingdom – a good government – has arrived, the Gospel writer Matthew says.
Hundreds of years earlier, the prophet Isaiah had written: “People sitting out their lives in the dark saw a huge light; sitting in that dark, dark country of death, they watched the sun come up.” Matthew reminds his readers of that promise, then declares that promise “came to life in Galilee the moment Jesus started preaching.”
Aren’t you ready for some light to shine into your darkness? Wouldn’t it be a huge relief to know that God is in charge?
“Change your life. God’s kingdom is here.” – Matthew 4:17 (Msg)
At PEACE Lutheran Church, we often feel like we’re in the dark, too. But we support each other in seeking the light of God’s truth in our lives. We try our best to live out that light every day. We would love to support you, too, to see God’s light in your life!
Today’s Bible readings: Isaiah 9:1-4; Psalm 27:1, 4-9; 1 Corinthians 1:10-18; Matthew 4:12-23. Read them here.
The Rev. Eileen Smith Le Van preaches today.
Happening at PEACE
- Sunday, Feb. 5 – One Worship Service at 11 a.m., followed by a congregational lunch and PEACE’s Annual Congregational Meeting, in the Fellowship Center.
- Souper Bowl of Caring – Sunday Feb. 5. Watch for Youth @ PEACE in the Narthex before and after the 11 a.m. service. They’ll be collecting donations of nonperishable food and money to support Interfaith Food Ministry, our local food pantry supported by area churches. Please donate generously!
- Toddler Time – God welcomes even the tiniest of disciples. Toddler time is for all children from babies to 4 years old. Parents are welcome to stay and participate, or leave their little ones and attend Adult Forum. We start out with music in our all-ages Sunday School opening at 9:45 a.m., downstairs in the Youth Room. Then, parents and tots head upstairs to the Nursery. Our 45-minute “Frolic” curriculum is fun for children and parents. Call Youth & Outreach Coordinator Trina Kleist at (530) 575-6132 to learn more.
- Coming Up – Learn more about events at PEACE here.
Adult Bible Study
The Adult Forum meets in the Old Fellowship Hall at 10 a.m. Today, Pastor Eileen Smith Le Van leads. Stop in the Fellowship Center around the corner to pick up coffee & baked goods!
Sunday School for children & youth
Meet at 9:45 a.m. in the Youth Room downstairs. Young people of all ages are welcome!
Youth @ PEACE 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. This winter, we are learning about the life and early ministry of Jesus (he was a kid, too!). We welcome all who yearn to learn more about our loving, gracious Creator!
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! Our goal is for young people to bring God’s word deep into their hearts, supporting a lifetime of faith.