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Sunday, Dec. 16: Get baptized with holy fire!

by Trina Kleist

John says: Get baptized!               As we prepare for the Christmas baby, suddenly John the Baptist appears in our readings. Get baptized!, he cries. Because another one is coming – Jesus – and he will prune away everything that hinders your spiritual growth. So start now. Live your life worthy of the calling God has called […]

Sunday, Dec. 9: Prepare the Way for God!

by Trina Kleist

This is the time to prepare!           God calls us to prepare during Advent – the time spanning the four Sundays before Christmas. What do we prepare for? For God to come into our hearts. For God’s kingdom to break into our world. Meanwhile we might wonder: Where is God, anyway? John recalled the words of […]

Sunday, Dec. 2: It’s Advent – Start watching!

by Trina Kleist

‘Advent’ means ‘God is drawing near’!      10 a.m. worship today – ONE SERVICE ONLY! When we watch for God-signs, we start noticing all kinds of things. Like, it’s hard to wait. Hard to trust. Where is God, anyway? Jesus told his friends, “When these things begin to take place, stand up and raise your heads, […]

Sunday, Dec. 24: Christmas Eve – experience the miracle!

by Trina Kleist

Services morning & evening today!      Experience the miracle of Christmas with us! Christmas Eve falls on a Sunday, so we hold our regular worship services in the morning, at 8:30 & 11 a.m. Please stay for the Christmas carol sing-along between worship services, starting at 9:45 a.m. in the Old Fellowship Hall. Greetings, favored one! […]

Sunday, Dec. 17: Who are you?

by Trina Kleist

  God’s calling: Do you know who you are? The religious honchos of the time asked John the Baptist: “Who are you?” They knew he was someone special – and it scared the daylights out of them. John knew who he was: “I am the voice of one crying out in the wilderness,” John answered. […]

Sunday, Dec. 10: Prepare – He’s Coming!

by Trina Kleist

God tells us: Prepare, I’m coming! This time before Christmas helps us to prepare. God calls us – not to shop, not to decorate, though these activities are fun, and there’s nothing wrong with them. As long as we keep our eye on the important stuff. God calls us to prepare, because Jesus is coming […]

Sunday, Dec. 3: Awake and trust!

by Trina Kleist

God tells us: Stay awake, I’m coming! We just don’t know when, so we stay awake and alert, watching for signs. Because new life – Jesus’ new Kingdom-here-on-Earth – pops up all the time. A lot of our Bible readings this time of year have to do with “end times.” Apocalypse. The Day of Judgment. […]

Colla Voce kicks off free concerts Dec. 6

by Trina Kleist

Concerts offer Relief from the Rush The Colla Voce Youth Chorus performs lively and enchanting Christmas music for free at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 6, at PEACE Lutheran Church, 828 W. Main St., near downtown Grass Valley. The Youth Chorus performs under the direction of local music teacher Anne Vaaler, opening Peace’s annual series of […]

Sunday, Dec. 11: Advent – still waiting?

by Trina Kleist

Waiting in the wilderness can be tough. John the Baptist didn’t know about Advent, but he knew about waiting. In today’s Gospel reading, the prophet is in a prison cell, waiting to die a hideous death. He knows about Jesus – a distant cousin – and has prophesied that Jesus is the Messiah that God […]

Sunday, Dec. 4: Strange friends, loving God!

by Trina Kleist

God turns enemies to friends! In God’s kingdom, creatures that used to be enemies become friends. “The wolf shall live with the lamb… and a little child shall lead them.” That’s the famous prophecy from Isaiah we hear in the weeks before Christmas. We call this period Advent, a time of waiting for God to […]