Is this really the life you want, anyway?

Jesus’ idea about life might surprise you: Lose it to find it. And what you find will be way, way, way better than anything you imagined. Life for God. Life for others. Life fuller and sweeter than whatever you thought was so much fun before you lost it.

“Those who lose their life for my sake will save it.” – Mark 8:35

Jesus knows it doesn’t make any sense. Not in human sense or world-logic. His closest friend didn’t get it, either. He warned his followers, “You are setting your mind, not on divine things, but on human things.”

That’s because we’re… well… human. God knows it. He just wants us to see it, too. See that He is in charge, not us.

Not ready to lose control of your life? That’s OK, it’s hard for us at PEACE Lutheran Church, too. It’s hard for us humans to give up being in charge – no matter how much proof we have that it’s not working. But if we work on it together, our faith in this New Life grows stronger together, too! Check us out at the 8:30 & 11 a.m. worship services this morning.

Dear Jesus, give me the courage to lose my life to you! Amen!

In church today        

Today’s Bible readings: Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16; Psalm 22:23-31; Romans 4:13-25; Mark 8:31-38. Read them here. 

The Rev. Eileen Smith Le Van preaches.

Your spiritual growth

Like natural seasons, our church seasons have a special meaning for our spiritual growth. We now are observing Lent, a 40-day period of examining the zillion ways we fall short of God’s command that we love & seek Him, and love each other. It’s not about beating up on ourselves – it’s about learning to appreciate the healing, uplifting, surprising, astounding and utterly redeeming love God pours out on us.

Adult Bible Study

The Adult Forum meets in the Old Fellowship Hall at 10 a.m. Sundays. Pastor Eileen leads. Stop first in the Fellowship Center around the corner to pick up coffee & baked goods!

Sunday School

Meet us at 9:45 a.m. downstairs in the Youth Room.

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 about our loving, gracious Creator.

Toddlers & babies

Kids in church: PLEASE bring your young children to church! Their fussing and squealing may pain you, but they make us glad! Pick up an activity bag as you go into the Sanctuary (on the left in a basket, ask an usher). During the sermon, you can take your kids to our Nursery; a speaker is turned on so you can hear the sermon and follow the service.

Toddler Time: God invites ALL children to be His disciples. We offer a fun and special program especially for your squirmy tots and even your babies during our Sunday School hour. We start all together at 9:45 a.m., downstairs in the Youth Room, for music and prayer. Then parents & our youngest disciples head to the Nursery for relaxed and age-appropriate activities. We would love to receive you, just please call ahead – (530) 575-6132.

Happening at PEACE

  • Monday Bible Study – We’re reading Genesis.
  • Thursday Soup Suppers & Reflection – 6:15pm Thursdays, we gather in the Fellowship Center for a simple meal together. A Prayer Service of Reflection starts at 7pm as part of our observance of Lent. Every Thursday through Holy Week (final Thursday evening event is March 29). And, our soups are homemade & delicious!
  • Check out PEACE’s online events calendar.

Office Hours – 9am-12pm & 12:30-3:30pm Monday through Friday.

Get Involved at PEACE!