Grab a palm, Praise the Lord!
Palm Sunday marks the start of Holy Week with a fun and rousing procession of palm branches. Meet in the Atrium to get your palm & song sheet. That’s right, we’ll go in singing praises, just like that day so long ago.
Our palms and song remember Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem. It marked the culmination of his three years of ministry here on Earth. The next few days saw a whirlwind of teaching, crowds, shaking up the establishment and clearing out the Temple. Then, just as suddenly, the Jesus story shifts to the confusion of his “Last Supper” with his followers, the terror of his arrest and the horror of his crucifixion.
“Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord!” – Mark 11:9
Jesus knows it’s a lot for us to take in. He’ll walk us through it! Because it prepares us to appreciate the incredible, baffling, logic-surpassing, death-conquering love God pours out on the whole world at Easter. Jesus lives! (But that’s next week!) At PEACE Lutheran Church, we would LOVE to have you celebrate with us – and “have we got a palm for you!” Processions start at the beginning of the 8:30 & 11 a.m. worship services this morning.
Dear Jesus, thank you for having the courage to die so that I may live in you! Amen!
Today at Peace
Today’s Bible readings: Isaiah 50:4-9a; Psalm 31:9-16; Philippians 2:5-11; Mark 14:1 thru 15:47. 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. (And on YOU, too!)
Daily Discipleship: During Lent, we are studying each Sunday’s Gospel reading to discover the ways we are challenged by those scriptures to live out our calling as disciples of Jesus. We’re using a Bible study resource from the ELCA called “Daily Discipleship.”
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!
Meet us at 9:45 a.m. downstairs in the Youth Room. Today we read the Easter story!
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.
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 – 1:15pm Mondays, in the Conference Room. We’re reading Genesis. Our faith ancestors had some wild and woolly stories to tell!
- Lenten Soup Suppers & Reflection – 6:15pm Thursdays, we gather in the Fellowship Center for a simple meal together. This coming Thursday, March 29, is “Maundy Thursday.” Our evening prayer celebrates Jesus’ “Last Supper” with his closest followers. It includes a washing of feet by Pastor Eileen – all are welcome to feel the awesome power of this action of service. And, our soups are homemade & delicious!
- Check out PEACE’s online events calendar.
Office Hours – 9am-12pm & 12:30-3:30pm Monday through Thursday.