News for Joseph: A son named Jesus?
News of a son probably was not good news for Joseph. He wasn’t even married yet! But the angel that appeared in his dream told him: Your fiancée, Mary, is with child. She will bear you a son. You are to name him Jesus.
A son, most likely, did not figure into Joseph’s immediate plans. Had his fiancée been unfaithful? What should he do? Joseph’s decision ran counter to all the conventional wisdom of his time!
Bring your kids! Today, we light the fourth candle of our Advent wreath. Each candle symbolizes an aspect of our spiritual focus as we await God’s coming among us. When we wait and watch together, we also grow stronger together! At PEACE Lutheran Church, we would love to grow with you in faith!
Holy Love of infinite abundance, give me courage as I wait for your surprises to unfold in my life. May trust in you blossom in me today! Amen.
“She will bear a son, and you are to name him Jesus.” – Matthew 1:21
Today at Peace – A son named Jesus!
Coffee Fellowship: Enjoy baked goods and beverages after each worship service in our Fellowship Center.
Today’s Bible readings: Isaiah 7:10-16; Psalm 80:1-7, 17-19; Romans 1:1-7; Matthew 1:18-25. 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
- Christmas Eve services – 4 p.m. & 10 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 24.
- Exercise class – Get fit at PEACE! Fun, inspiring exercise at 11 a.m. most Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays in the Fellowship Center. BUT NO EXERCISE class this coming Wednesday, Dec. 25 – Merry Christmas!
- 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 – Wait for God’s Son 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 is the fourth 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.
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.