God calls us to love even those people!
Early in his ministry, Jesus lays out the map for the God-revolution: Love. Everyone. Always. God calls us to love the way God loves, loving even the people who are mean to us, who hate us, who hurt us, who take from us.
Jesus told them, “Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you.” – Luke 6:27-28
So it doesn’t count to just love the folks who are easy to love – the people who are nice to me, the people who like me. And it’s not even enough to love our enemies: Jesus says we have to act on that love by doing good for them. (Yow-wee, that sounds hard, God!) But God promises to help us and to keep loving us, even when we slip up. “Your reward will be great,” Jesus promises.
All-loving God, may your excessive, no-limits love for me spill over in my life, so that I may share your lavish love with others. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.
Today at Peace
Today’s Bible readings: Genesis 45:3-11; Psalm 37:1-11; 1 Corinthians 15:35-38, 42-50; Luke 6:27-38. Read them here.
Officiating: The Rev. Bill Wong. We are so happy to have Pastor Wong as our interim pastor while we transition to a new, settled pastor.
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: When Jesus was a kid, did he make his parents mad, too?
Most Sundays, meet us at 9:45 a.m. in the Game Room (near the Fellowship Center). After a little fussbol, at 10 a.m. we move to our Youth & Family Lounge for a Sunday School lesson. On the first Sunday of each month, we meet right after the 10 a.m. worship – at about 11:15 a.m. – in the Youth & Family Lounge.
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.
- Mexican Train – Toot-toot! 1:10 p.m. this Thursday in the Fellowship Center. Honestly, this is so much fun!
- Next Sunday – ONE WORSHIP SERVICE at 10 a.m.
- Ash Wednesday – A moving, reflective start to the season of Lent. 3:15 & 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 6.
- “The King of Kings” – Silent Movies with Walt Strony presents Cecil B. DeMille’s 1928 classic treatment of the ministry, passion and resurrection of Jesus. 4 p.m. Sunday, March 24. Free!
- Qi gong, Quilting, Bells of Peace, Choir Practice – Check out more events on PEACE’s online calendar.
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, we now observe the season of Epiphany. During this spiritual season, we read stories that reveal Jesus as the Son of God and the Anointed One who mends this broken world. We would love to grow spiritually with you!