Posts by Trina Kleist

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Sunday, Sept. 23: Welcome God like a Child!

by Trina Kleist

The child in you yearns for God’s love!      A child is so vulnerable! People can be mean or take advantage of the child. And yet, that’s how Jesus says we should be toward God. More, God asks us to welcome children and lead them to Him. Taking (the child) into his arms, Jesus said to […]

Sunday, Sept. 16: How can I follow Jesus?

by Trina Kleist

Take up Jesus’ “cross” — it leads to God-life! Jesus is the One God Sent. He shows us how to live in relationship with God and with each other. To do that, Jesus says, we need to reject the things that keep us from living truly in those relationships. Jesus asked them, “But who do […]

Sunday, Sept. 9: Open to Outsiders?

by Trina Kleist

God loves everyone equally!         Outsiders and insiders. Things open and things closed. Salvation and mercy. These are some of the themes you’ll hear in today’s Bible readings. Today’s stories surprise us, and they make us stop and think. Then looking up to heaven, (Jesus) sighed and said to him, “Ephphatha,” that, “Be opened.” – Mark […]

Sunday, Sept. 2: God wants doers!

by Trina Kleist

ONE service at 10am today! Be a doer, not just a talker! God promises us many blessings if we do what he asks. Be doers of the word, and not merely hearers who deceive themselves. – James 1:22 What does God ask doers to do? “Care for the orphans and widows in their distress.” Check. […]

Sunday, Aug. 26: God’s Word is our Bread!

by Trina Kleist

This bread comes from God’s spirit!           Jesus is bread? We eat him?? Jesus understood that his words can be hard to understand. For some, they are even harder to accept. But he promises they are true! Jesus is more nourishing than regular bread, because this “bread” comes directly from the source of all life – […]

Sunday, Aug. 12: God will nourish you!

by Trina Kleist

Let God’s Spirit feed you!             Nourish yourself lately? Yeah, it’s OK to enjoy the material things. Our human bodies and minds need some of that. But they leave you hungry and thirsty, sooner or later. That’s because the material goodies don’t feed your spiritual self. And you know that’s true! So God invites you to […]

Sunday, Aug. 5: God’s bread lasts forever!

by Trina Kleist

ONE Worship service today @ 10am!        Forever – that’s how long you’ll get the nourishment God gives. Bread has long been the western world’s most basic food. People called it “the staff of life.” In today’s stories, bread symbolizes all the deeper things that we hunger for – food of the spirit. This food comes […]

Sunday, July 29: God offers bread for the world!

by Trina Kleist

Eat your fill of God’s bread here!   Bread plays both a real and a symbolic role in two stories today. In the first, the prophet Elisha feeds 100 people with 20 loaves of barley and a sack of fresh grain. In the second, Jesus – God’s own Son! – feeds 5,000 people with even less: […]

Sunday, July 22: Jesus is our leader!

by Trina Kleist

He’s a leader of healing and compassion!   Today’s readings offer two visions of leadership among God’s people. Jesus is the best of all leaders. Because he is God’s own Son, he sees his people with God’s eyes. That’s why he has compassion for us! Jesus had compassion for them, because they were like sheep without […]

Sunday, July 15: God’s word – How will you respond?

by Trina Kleist

Embrace God’s word with us at PEACE!  Today’s readings offer two ways to respond to God’s word. People either embrace it, or they don’t. But God promises an abundant “inheritance” for those who do, adopting us as his own children. Anything we’ve done wrong, any way in which we’re less than perfect, it doesn’t matter! […]