ONE WORSHIP Service today @ 10am
Jesus’ warning to would-be followers doesn’t sound very attractive! “Carry the cross,” he says in today’s Gospel reading. What? Make you the most important thing in my life, Jesus? Put you at the center of my being? But, I’ve got all this cool stuff! I have all these great plans for my life!
ONE WORSHIP SERVICE TODAY @ 10am – God’s Work, Our Hands Sunday – join us as we serve our neighbors today!
Yeah, it sounds grim – in human terms. So let’s look at the spiritual terms. Our Old Testament reading sheds some light on that. In that story, God gives his people a choice. They are poised at the banks of the Promised Land after wandering for 40 years. But, they still have to decide: Who will they follow? What will they put at the center of their lives? God sketches out the options: Life and prosperity – if we follow God, and carry the cross of Jesus and God’s love for all humanity. Or, we can follow the false gods of this world, and we get death and adversity.
At Peace Lutheran Church, we gather each Sunday in worship and equip ourselves to carry the cross of Jesus. We know God helps us with that! God welcomes us and promises to strengthen and inspire us. Then, we go out and do our best, Monday through Saturday, to show God’s love to others.
Jesus told the crowds, “Whoever does not carry the cross and follow me cannot be my disciple.” – Luke 14:25-33
Great Giver of all that is good in life, help us to carry the cross of Jesus, Amen.
Today at Peace – Carry the cross of Jesus!
Coffee Fellowship: Enjoy baked goods and beverages after each worship service in our Fellowship Center.
Today’s Bible readings: Deuteronomy 30:15-20; Psalm 1; Philemon 1-21; Luke 14:25-33. Read them here.
Officiating: 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.
We will resume Sunday School classes on Sept. 15 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
- Silent Movies with Walt Strony presents “A Silent Film Medley.” 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 22. Admission by donation; a free reception follows. Three silent classics include “A Trip to the Moon” and “Sherlock Jr.” Live musical accompaniment by the amazing Walt Strony on his own Walt Strony Signature Series theater organ.
- 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.
OFFICE HOURS – 9 a.m.-12 p.m. & 1-3:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday.
Your spiritual growth –God’s Spirit helps us carry the cross!
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.