That new shoot is Jesus!
Today’s Old Testament prophecy about a shoot growing out from the stump of Jesse foretells Jesus’ coming. Jesse was the father of King David, and so an ancestor of Jesus. But Jesus doesn’t continue the same old line. Instead, this “new shoot” brings a message of new life. John the Baptist, in today’s Gospel reading, proclaims the new shoot has arrived. Jesus brings God’s kingdom of grace and peace to all people.
ONE WORSHIP SERVICE TODAY @ 10am. NEW! Advent Bible Study at 9am in Classroom 5. Jim Line’s Adult Forum will focus on celebrating Advent by looking at Abraham, Moses, David and Mary.
Bring your kids! Today, we light the second 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 in faith together! At PEACE Lutheran Church, we would love to grow with you!
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.
Today at Peace – New shoot, new life!
Coffee Fellowship: Enjoy baked goods and beverages after each worship service in our Fellowship Center.
Today’s Bible readings: Isaiah 11:1-10; Psalm 72:1-7; Romans 13:5:4-13; Matthew 3:1-12. 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.
“A shoot shall come out from the stump of Jesse.” – Isaiah 11:1
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.
OFFICE HOURS – 9 a.m.-12 p.m. & 1-3:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday.
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.
- 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.
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.
- 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.
Your spiritual growth – Grow a new spiritual shoot!
We would love to grow spiritually with you!
Like natural seasons, our church seasons have a special meaning for our spiritual lives. We are observing the season of Advent in the church’s calendar. 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.
Today, we also mark 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 Holy Spirit – who fills me with the strength to tell the world of your love! Amen.