God’s calling: Do you know who you are?
The religious honchos of the time asked John the Baptist: “Who are you?” They knew he was someone special – and it scared the daylights out of them.
John knew who he was: “I am the voice of one crying out in the wilderness,” John answered. “Make straight the way of the Lord!” He knew his job was to announce that Jesus was about to arrive – an itinerant preacher who would turn the world upside-down.
“He himself was not the light, but he came to testify to the light.” – John 1:8
God is calling you, too. Do you know who you are? God has some jobs lined up for his people: love justice, hate robbery, bind up the brokenhearted, bring good news to the oppressed and proclaim liberty to the captives, for starters. (See the full job description in today’s reading from Isaiah.)
Learn who you are, and feel God’s light shining on you, as we worship together at PEACE Lutheran Church – 8:30 & 11 a.m. today.
At PEACE This Morning
Children’s Christmas Program TODAY! Our young disciples present “Advent Devotions with Papa Luther” during the sermon time at both worship services.
Today’s Bible readings: Isaiah 61:1-4, 8-11; Psalm 126; 1 Thessalonians 5:16-24; John 1:6-8, 19-28. Read them here.
The Rev. Eileen Smith Le Van presides today. Youth @ Peace presents “Advent Devotions with Papa Luther” during the usual sermon time.
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!
TODAY we present our Children’s Christmas Program during the sermon time at the 8:30 & 11 a.m. worship services. We invite you to enjoy “Advent Devotions with Papa Luther,” based on readings from this fall. It’s part of our celebration of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation!
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, sorry! But please check it out in January, when we resume our usual schedule. Please call for information, (530) 575-6132.
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.
- Free Holiday Mini-Concert – 5 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 20, in the Sanctuary. Bells of Peace Handbell Choir and the Thursday Night Recorder Group playing classical works from the 1400s through 1700s, including a piece by Mozart.
Office Hours – 9am-12pm & 12:30-3:30pm Monday through Friday.
Your spiritual growth
We are in the season of Advent – when we prepare for both the Christ Child’s arrival at Christmas, and also the arrival of the Christ Spirit in our hearts and in our lives, here and now, right here in Grass Valley. Learn more about Advent here.