Jesus brings good news to you!
God’s news is sooo different from the world’s news! At a time when mistrust, accusations and fear abound, God assures us that His News of a new way of life is absolutely true. We can believe in complete safety that God is no fake.
In Jesus’ day, people felt confused, too. Today’s Gospel story tells us they were wracked by sickness and troubles. It says Jesus felt “compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.” So he sent out his followers, empowered with the ability to cure and work wonders, to take them God’s news of a new kingdom in which love rules.
Jesus told his followers, “Proclaim the good news.” – Matthew 10:7
That new kingdom continues to break in to the world. At PEACE Lutheran Church, we invite you to seek, with us, healing from our ills and assurance that God’s news is true and good for us – here and now.
This time of year is the growing season. In the church, we see it also as a season of spiritual growth. So in these weeks after celebrating Pentecost – when God sent his Holy Spirit to Jesus’ followers – we reflect on stories that encourage us to follow the Spirit wherever it might lead us. Today’s Gospel encourages to feel courage as we proclaim God’s Good News!
Today’s Bible readings: Exodus 19:2-8a; Psalm 100; Romans 5:1-8; Matthew 9:35-10:23. Read them here.
The Rev. Eileen Smith Le Van preaches today.
Happening at PEACE
Contemplative Prayer – 12:30 p.m. Mondays in the Narthex (the lobby between the Atrium and the Sanctuary). Experience deep peace and connection to the Divine in this 30-minute period of silence. Hear the “still, small voice” – really! Conducted by Pastor Eileen.
Monday Bible Study – No Monday Bible study June 19 and July 3. Other weeks, gather at 2 p.m. Mondays in the Meeting Room with Pastor Eileen. We work on the week’s Bible readings, read by thousands of Christians all over the world.
Earthcare Day Camp, our multi-church summer Bible camp, will be July 17-21. Learn more here.
Coming Up – Learn more about events at PEACE here.
Adult Bible Study
Introduction to Romans: Over the next few months, we will read portions of Paul’s letter to the church in Rome. Today and next week offer an introduction to this epistle. (Martin Luther’s spirituality transformed by reading Romans; here’s his commentary on the book.)
The Adult Forum meets in the Old Fellowship Hall at 10 a.m., led by Pastor Eileen. Stop in the Fellowship Center around the corner to pick up coffee & baked goods!
Sunday School is on break for the summer. We invite you to come in the fall as we celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation with fun stories about Martin Luther, told through the eyes of his children.
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. We welcome all who yearn to learn more about our loving, gracious Creator.
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.
In the fall, we will resume our special program for the tiniest disciples. God invites ALL children, so bring your babies and squirmy tots for this fun program!