But not the world’s kind of king …
When Jesus talks about God’s kingdom in today’s Gospel, he shows special concern for the most vulnerable folks. The hungry, the thirsty, the naked, the sick, the imprisoned, the lonely. God calls His people – us – to look after them. Then, He invites us into His Kingdom, now and forever.
It’s not a kingdom that follows worldly values. Instead, God’s Kingdom brings us into relationships of caring and concern that turn the world’s kingdoms upside-down.
“Come, inherit the kingdom prepared for you.” – Matthew 25:34
At PEACE, we work hard to feed, clothe and shelter our most vulnerable neighbors. We would love for you to work with us as we proclaim Christ as our king of this upside-down kingdom, right here in Grass Valley. Check us out at 8:30 and 11 a.m. worship today, at 828 W. Main St., near downtown Grass Valley.
At PEACE This Morning
Christ the King Sunday is the last Sunday of Pentecost – in the church calendar, a time of spiritual growth. TODAY we celebrate Christ the King Sunday with WHITE adornments in our Sanctuary. Next Sunday, we start a new church year with the First Sunday in Advent – the time when we await the fulfillment of God’s promises of a Messiah.
Today’s Bible readings: Ezekiel 34:11-16,20-24; Psalm 95:1-7a; Ephesians 1:15-23; Matthew 25:31-46. Read them here.
The Rev. Eileen Smith Le Van preaches today.
Fair Trade Sales – TODAY after each service. Look for the new Fair Trade cart in the Office Lobby. A small profit from each sale benefits our brothers and sisters in the Lutheran Church of Rwanda.
Christmas Rummage Sale – Today’s the last day! Stop by to see all the beautiful and VERY reasonably priced decorations. Proceeds benefit our Organ Fund. In the Fellowship Center.
Adult Bible Study
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!
We celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation this fall with stories about Martin Luther, told through the eyes of his children, and lessons on Luther’s Small Catechism. TODAY: We start practicing our Christmas program, to be presented on Dec. 17. Our theme: “Advent Devotions with the Luther Family.”
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.
No Toddler Time this morning. Feel free to call ahead if you are interested.
Most Sundays, we have a special program for the tiniest disciples. God invites ALL children, so bring your babies and squirmy tots for this fun program! Usually, we start at 9:45 a.m. with music downstairs in the Youth Room with the older children. Then, our youngest Followers of Jesus head upstairs to the Nursery for an age-appropriate lesson.
We encourage parents to stay – you are your child’s most important teacher!
At PEACE this week
- Monday Bible Study – Meet from 1:15-2:30 p.m. Mondays in the Meeting Room with Pastor Eileen. Readings from the book of Acts.
- Contemplative Prayer – We gather at 12:30-1 p.m. Wednesdays in the Conference Room by the Office. 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.
- Diaper Drive – We’re collecting diapers and wipes for Interfaith Food Ministry. Bring your donations to the basket in the Atrium today. Sizes 4 and 5 are most requested.
- Women’s Christmas Party – Dec. 2 at 11 am. All women are invited!
- Coming Up – Check out our online calendar for more events at PEACE.
Office Hours – 9am-12pm & 12:30-3:30pm Monday through Friday.
Your spiritual growth
Fall is a time of harvest. In the Church, we see it also as a season of spiritual harvest. So in these weeks after celebrating Pentecost – when God sent his Holy Spirit to Jesus’ followers – we reflect on what our Bible stories tell us about spiritual fruit. How do we live ever more closely with God? How do we bring other closer to feeling God’s spirit in their lives? Learn more about this Time After Pentecost.
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