‘Advent’ means ‘God is drawing near’!
10 a.m. worship today – ONE SERVICE ONLY!
When we watch for God-signs, we start noticing all kinds of things. Like, it’s hard to wait. Hard to trust. Where is God, anyway?
Jesus told his friends, “When these things begin to take place, stand up and raise your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.” – Luke 21:28
Jesus tells us to watch and to keep praying about it. So, we ask God to help us with patience and strength. Then, as we watch and pray, we start noticing things. Little things. A kind word. A “lucky” break. A calmer attitude. We start to see signs of God’s Kingdom, a kingdom of deep, devoted love for God and for each other. We see God’s Kingdom right here and right now, right in Nevada County. Amazing!
Today, we start the season of Advent. The word comes from Latin roots that mean “to come near.” We watch for signs that our loving, embracing, all-providing Creator comes near to us. The form he takes? A little child, born in a stable! Advent is the time we prepare for the arrival of the Christ, God’s Anointed One.
At PEACE Lutheran Church, we believe God calls each of us to watch, pray and look for signs of God’s Kingdom breaking into the world here and now. We have a role to play in bringing that kingdom to life, by loving and praising God, and by loving and helping our neighbors. We invite you to give praise and thanks to God with us, at today’s 10 a.m. worship services!
Embracing, guiding God, please give me patience, strength and trust, so that I watch for you and wait for you – no matter what happens! Amen.
Today at Peace
ONE WORSHIP SERVICE at 10 a.m. today. Other Sundays, worship starts at 8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m.
Today’s Bible readings: Jeremiah 33:14-16; Psalm 25:1-10; 1 Thessalonians 3:9-13; Luke 21:25-36. Read them here.
Preaching today: The Rev. Bill Wong. We are so happy to receive Pastor Wong as our interim pastor while we transition to a new, settled pastor.
Coffee Fellowship: After each worship service, please head down the hall to our Fellowship Center for coffee and baked goods.
Need pastoral care? Please call the office at (530) 273-9631. Our office opens Monday through Thursday, 8:30am-3:30pm; closed for lunch 12-1pm.
TODAY: We start right after worship (about 11:15 a.m.) in the Youth-Family Lounge (near the Office). We start working on our Christmas program, which we present at the 8:30 and 11 a.m. worship services on Sunday, Dec. 23.
Other Sundays: We meet from 9:45-10:45 a.m. Sunday the rest of the month. At 9:45, hang out in the Game Room (near the Fellowship Center). At 10am, we move to our new Youth-Family Lounge (near the Office).
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: If you’re interested in our special Sunday School program for the tiniest of disciples, call (530) 575-6132.
Exercise class – Get fit at PEACE! Fun, inspiring exercise at 11 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays in the Fellowship Center.
December Mini-Concerts – 5:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Dec. 5, 12 & 19, in the Sanctuary. FREE! Get relief from the holiday rush. A short service of evening prayer follows at 6pm.
OFFICE HOURS – 8:30 a.m.-12 p.m. & 1-3:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday.
Like natural seasons, our church seasons have a special meaning for our spiritual lives. For us, today starts the season of “Advent.” These weeks before Christ-mas mark a season of watching and waiting for God to come near to us in the form of the Christ Child. We would love to grow spiritually with you!