Hear Jesus, then serve with joy
Hear me first, Jesus says to the distracted Martha. Today’s story offers a scenario every harried host or hostess can relate to. Martha invites Jesus into her home. Then, she gets so wound up trying to be an awesome hostess to this amazing teacher that she forgets the important thing: Hear what Jesus has to say. “Martha!” Jesus says with love, determined to get her attention. Let your actions be shaped by what you hear me say! Let my words shape your service to me and to the world. Then, your actions become a faith-filled response to what you hear!
Martha welcomed Jesus into her home. – Luke 10:38
Even before we hear God’s word, we need a welcoming heart. That’s the message of other readings you’ll hear at PEACE today. Welcome God’s word. Maybe it sounds strange at first! But hear what Jesus has to say. Know that “all the fullness of God” lives in Jesus. Know that, in Jesus, God reconciles you to Him — no matter who you are or what you have done. Then, go and let your love and your joy shine in your service to others.
At PEACE Lutheran Church, we gather to hear Jesus in our worship every Sunday. Then, we go out and do our best to live lives of service to our neighbors.
God of mercy, teach us hear your voice and your words. Fill us with the joy of your redeeming love, so we can serve you and others, Amen.
OFFICE HOURS – 9 a.m.-12 p.m. & 1-3:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday.
Coffee Fellowship: Enjoy baked goods and beverages after each worship service in our Fellowship Center.
Today’s Bible readings: Genesis 18:1-10a; Psalm 15; Colossians 1:15-28; Luke 10:38-42. Read them here.
Officiating: The Rev. Judith Morgado – our very own! – while Pastor Wong is on vacation. Most other Sunday, the Rev. Bill Wong officiates. 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.
- Taize Evening Prayer – 6:30 p.m. this Wednesday, July 17, in the Sanctuary. Feel the mystery of God’s presence in our midst! Candles, music, Bible readings, song, prayer & chants.
- Silent Movies with Walt Strony presents – “Safety Last,” Harold Lloyd’s 1923 comedy-romance. 4 p.m. Sunday, July 28; entrance is by donation, and a free reception follows! Look for the iconic scene in which Lloyd dangles from a clock face above the streets of New York City.
- Exercise class – Get fit at PEACE! Fun, inspiring exercise at 11 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays in the Fellowship Center.
- Qi gong, Quilting, Bells of Peace, Choir Practice – Check out more events on PEACE’s online calendar.
We will resume Sunday School classes on Sept. 8 with an Ice Cream Party! (because God’s love is sweet…)
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. https://www.wearesparkhouse.org/store/category/286879/Frolic-Nursery
We would love to grow spiritually with you!
Like natural seasons, our church seasons have a special meaning for our spiritual lives.
We are now in the Time After Pentecost. For the next several months, we read stories about what it means to live our lives as God’s People. We think about what it means to be part of the Kingdom of God, here and now!
Thank you, God for sending your Holy Spirit – who fills me with the strength to tell the world of your love! Amen.