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Sunday, Sept. 15: This God seeks the lost!

by Trina Kleist

Feeling lost? This God comes looking for you! Youth @ PEACE Sunday School starts today — 9:45am in the Game Room! All ages welcome. We’re all lost, really. But Jesus promises that God comes looking for each one of us. Not to punish, but to embrace. To love and to redeem and to celebrate. Today […]

Sunday, Sept. 8: Jesus says, ‘carry the cross’!

by Trina Kleist

ONE WORSHIP Service today @ 10am Jesus’ warning to would-be followers doesn’t sound very attractive! “Carry the cross,” he says in today’s Gospel reading. What? Make you the most important thing in my life, Jesus? Put you at the center of my being? But, I’ve got all this cool stuff! I have all these great […]

Sunday, Sept. 1: Humility, welcome and service!

by Trina Kleist

ONE WORSHIP SERVICE TODAY @ 10am! Humility may not seem like an elevated quality. But when we turn our will over to God’s will, we become open to welcome and to serve others. That includes people who may appear very much unlike us. Even folks we don’t like or don’t agree with! Do not neglect […]

Sunday, Aug. 25: Healing – on God’s terms!

by Trina Kleist

What does healing look like to you? Healing can take many forms. In today’s Gospel story, Jesus heals a woman who had been bent over for 18 years. In our Old Testament reading, God promises to heal his people as a whole, freeing them from a political oppressor. Both stories point to God – and […]

Sunday, Aug. 18: Jesus’ Message – of division!

by Trina Kleist

God’s love can lead to human division, Jesus warns! Division plagues human relations. We want a god who will give us what we want. We want to be in charge – right?? When we attempt to walk the Jesus Path, we invite division between ourselves and the self-centered culture around us. Jesus calls us to […]

Sunday, Aug. 4: Get rich with God!

by Trina Kleist

Life in God leads to spiritual riches! Get rich – people have wanted that forever. We think material riches will solve all our problems. But it’s an illusion! “Vanity of vanities… all is vanity and chasing after wind!” This Old Testament lament couples with Jesus’ story in today’s readings. A man comes to Jesus with […]

Sunday, July 28: Teach me to pray!

by Trina Kleist

We Pray for God’s Kingdom among us! When Jesus’ followers ask that he teach them to pray, Jesus responds with what we now know as the Lord’s Prayer. It starts with a word of praise to God, then leads right into a request. But, this request is not for help, nor even for life’s basic […]

Sunday, July 21: Hear first, service second

by Trina Kleist

Hear Jesus, then serve with joy Hear me first, Jesus says to the distracted Martha. Today’s story offers a scenario every harried host or hostess can relate to. Martha invites Jesus into her home. Then, she gets so wound up trying to be an awesome hostess to this amazing teacher that she forgets the important […]

Sunday, July 14: A life of service

by Trina Kleist

Worship prepares us for service to each other Service forms the core of the Good Samaritan story. Perhaps the most well-known hero of the Jesus stories, the Good Samaritan usually gets viewed as offering service to the less-fortunate. Especially, we see the Good Samaritan as helping a stranger. Wanting to justify himself (the lawyer) asked […]

Sunday, July 7: One Worship Service today!

by Trina Kleist

Kingdom challenge: Will you labor for me? God’s kingdom is near, but God asks us to labor for it. We have to go out, perhaps into strange circles or uncomfortable situations. God asks us to love and to serve a hurting world. That’s the message of today’s Gospel lesson. Jesus said, “The harvest is plentiful, […]