Advent means Jesus is coming!
Advent is the season of waiting and watching for signs of God coming among us. For Christians, Advent covers the four weeks before Christmas. (That’s right – Christmas for us doesn’t start until Christmas Day!) As the days grow darker, we light candles as a sign of our hope in God. Our Loving Creator guides us in a world darkened by self-centeredness, consumerism, addiction, divisiveness, violence, greed, injustice and despair.
Bring your kids! Today, we light the first candle of our Advent wreath. Each candle symbolizes an aspect of our spiritual focus as we await God’s coming among us. Besides, when we wait and watch together, we also grow stronger together! At PEACE Lutheran Church, we would love to grow with you in faith!
ONE WORSHIP SERVICE TODAY at 10 a.m. We hope you would join us afterward for coffee and baked goods!
Holy Source of true life, help us to feel your guiding hand as we wait and watch for signs of you among us. Send us into the world fearlessly, bearing the joyful news that your Chosen One embraces all people! Amen.
Jesus warned his followers, “Keep awake… for you do not know on what day your Lord is coming.” – Matthew 24:42
Today at Peace – Advent Season starts!
Coffee Fellowship: Enjoy baked goods and beverages after each worship service in our Fellowship Center.
Today’s Bible readings: Isaiah 2:1-5; Psalm 122; Romans 13:11-14; Matthew 24:36:44. 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 most weeks Monday through Thursday, 8:30am-3:30pm; closed for lunch 12-1pm.
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.
This fall, we have Old Testament lessons. We are learning about some amazing faith ancestors, including Ruth and Naomi, King David, Queen Esther, Daniel and Jonah. In winter, we’ll turn to stories of Jesus’ life and ministry – healings, parables and miracles.
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
- December Mini-Concerts – 5:30 p.m. every Wednesday before Christmas @ PEACE. Get Relief from the Rush at these free, half-hour time-outs. Each Wednesday Mini-Concert is followed by Holden Evening Prayer at about 6 p.m. This musically rich service offers a moving experience of God’s love and peace.
- Consecration Sunday – Sunday, Dec. 8. ONE WORSHIP SERVICE at 10 a.m.
- Blue Christmas – 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15 @ PEACE. A service that will feed your spirit when the holidays don’t seem so cheerful. A great salve for anyone suffering from the loss of a loved one or feeling despair for any reason.
- Christmas Eve services – 4 & 10 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 24, @ PEACE.
- 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 – Prepare for Jesus’ coming during Advent!
We would love to grow spiritually with you!
Like natural seasons, our church seasons have a special meaning for our spiritual lives. Today marks the first Sunday in the church’s season of Advent. During this season, the days grow darker and colder. Yet, we learn to wait and watch for the coming of God’s Anointed One in the form of a child.
Advent also marks the beginning of the church’s liturgical year. The church year resembles a pilgrim journey: Each season helps us focus our spiritual growth in a different way.
Thank you, God for sending your son Jesus into the world. Fill me with faith as I follow your guidance. Grow my trust as I wait for him. Make me strong enough to share your message of love for all people! Amen.