God says: “Listen to Jesus!”
To listen — that’s the hard part! Our stories today tell about exciting images of God. One describes God’s presence as “a devouring fire.” Another story describes “a bright cloud.” People’s faces shine “like the sun.” The light is so bright that it transfigures Jesus, changes his appearance.
A voice said, “This is my Son, the Beloved… listen to him!” – Matthew 17:5
But then, God gives a very, very difficult command. “Listen to him!” Listen to God’s Son, who came to earth as a boy from a poor family. A seemingly ordinary man in the backwater of the empire.
At PEACE Lutheran Church, we gather each Sunday to pray for the ears to hear what Jesus has to say. Funny how, when we listen together, we listen better! Then, we support each other as we struggle to walk the Jesus path Monday through Saturday. We invite you to listen and to follow Jesus along with us. Worship services start at 8:30 and 11 a.m. today.
Holy Voice of God, please open my ears each day to Jesus’ words. Help me to walk the Jesus path, filled with your all-overcoming strength! Amen.
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. TODAY. Pick up coffee & cookies on the way over!
Today’s Bible readings: Exodus 24:12-18; Psalm 2; 2 Peter 1:16-21; Matthew 17:1-9. 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, 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. 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; 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
- Ash Wednesday — Wednesday, Feb. 26. We are sharing our worship services with Grass Valley United Methodist Church. Services are at 12 p.m. at GV Methodist, 236 S. Church St., downtown. Pastor Wong will preach there. At 7 p.m., we have services at PEACE, with the Rev. Becky Goodwin, of GV Methodist, preaching. Imposition of ashes at both services.
- Lenten Soup Suppers and worship services — 6:15 p.m. Thursdays in Lent starting Thursday, March 5. The Lenten service of reflection starts at 7 p.m. Through Maundy Thursday.
- Call to artists! Get ready for PEACE’s Art Show & Wine Tasting, set for 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday, June 7. This event will include a silent auction for locally made art. Artists set the prices for their works. If sold, that amount goes to the artist. Anything beyond that benefits the PEACE Organ Fund. Our guests love smaller, less-costly works! Paintings, glass, ceramics, quilts, tapestries, mosaics, collages, sculpture, art books, CDs – all kinds of art is welcome! For more information, call the office at (530) 273-9631.
- 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 – Listen to God’s Beloved Son!
We would love to grow spiritually with you, no matter where you are in your spiritual path.
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 Transfiguration Sunday, the sixth and final 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.