“Jesus came to John at the Jordan to be baptized.’” – Matthew 3:13
Jesus Gets Baptized – How about You?
God loves all people! But when you get baptized, you belong to God in a special way. You become God’s daughter or son. Through water and God’s words, baptism marks you for a special inheritance. Interested in more about baptism at PEACE, please call the church office at (530) 273-9631.
Even Jesus got baptized! In today’s readings, we meet John, known for baptizing people in the Jordan River. John proclaimed that something long-promised in God’s plan for humanity was starting to happen. So Jesus wants John to baptize him, like others who had opened their hearts to God working in their lives. What happens next? Come and see!
Today is the first Sunday in the church season of Epiphany. It’s Greek root means, roughly, “to make known all around.” It seems a bit strange to follow the Christmas stories with the story of Jesus’ baptism. But through baptism, God made it known that Jesus truly was his Son. Through Jesus, God would make his love plain to all people. In short, we do that because God loves us first!
At PEACE Lutheran Church, we seek to make God’s love plain to western Nevada County. Today we worship at 8:30 and 11 a.m. We invite you to work with us as we deepen our relationship with God and with each other. Then, we go out together to serve the world. That’s why we would love to grow with you and support your spiritual growth in 2020!
Holy Light of brilliant abundance, make yourself known to me and my family. Please guide me through life in 2020. Use me to shine your light all around! Amen.
Today at Peace – Jesus gets baptized!
Coffee Fellowship: Enjoy baked goods and beverages after today’s worship service in our Fellowship Center.
Adult Bible Study: The Adult Forum meets at 9:45 a.m. in Classroom 5. Jim Line leads a discussion on “Resolutions for the New Year,” based on St. Paul’s 2nd Letter to Timothy. But first, pick up coffee & cookies on the way over!
Today’s Bible readings: Isaiah 42:1-9; Psalm 29; Acts 10:34-43; Matthew 3:13-17. Read them here.
Officiating: The Rev. Bill Wong officiates most other Sundays. 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, 9am-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. So, we welcome all who yearn to learn about our loving, gracious Creator.
We are learning about some amazing faith ancestors, including King David, Queen Esther, Daniel and Jonah. Plus, we offer stories of Jesus’ life and ministry – healings, parables and miracles.
Kids in church: PLEASE bring your young children to church! Their squirming 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.
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
- Exercise class – Get fit at PEACE! Fun, inspiring exercise at 11 a.m. most 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 – Baptized like Jesus!
We would love to grow spiritually with you!
Like natural seasons, our church seasons have a special meaning for our spiritual lives. The church year resembles a pilgrim journey: Each season helps us focus our spiritual growth in a different way.
Today is the first Sunday in the church’s season of Epiphany. The word’s Greek roots mean “to make known all around.” Our Bible stories show how God made known Jesus’ mission on this Earth. As the days slowly grow lighter, we think of Jesus as the Light of the World. God’s Anointed One offers hope to all people!
Thank you, God for making your Son known to us. Shine your light on us and the whole world today! Amen.