Get relief from the rush!

Bells of PEACE handbell choir performs during a free holiday mini-concert at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 20, at PEACE Lutheran Church, 828 W. Main St., Grass Valley (near downtown).

Music of handbells will ring out in a free performance at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 12, at PEACE Lutheran Church, 828 W. Main St., near downtown Grass Valley.

Bells of Peace is our resident handbell choir. Members will play music of the season.

Every December going back about 25 years, PEACE has offered these free, 30-minute concerts, followed by evening prayers, as a gift to our community. We want people to take a break from the commercial madness and reconnect to the real spirit of this time before Christmas.

No offering will be taken during the concert. If anyone wishes to donate to the Peace Organ Fund, a basket will be available at the back of the church. (Peace has launched a campaign to replace the aging organ in the sanctuary.)

After the mini-concert, the audience is invited to stay for a short prayer service, starting about 5:30 p.m. This ancient tradition, called vespers, follows the uplifting musical format of Holden Evening Prayer. Music includes a beautiful, modern interpretation of “The Magnificat” – or, Mary’s Song.

More December Mini-Concerts

Other events in our series of December Mini-Concerts include:

  • 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 5: Colla Voce Youth Chorus will enchant you with the beauty of their voices! Under the direction of Anne Vaaler, one of PEACE’s worship music leaders and a local teacher.
  • 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 19: Strony & Greathouse. PEACE’s staff organist Walt Strony and Emmanuel Episcopal Church Music Director Thomas Greathouse will fill our Sanctuary with moving and uplifting sounds of the season.

For more information, call (530) 273-9631.

Learn more about Music at PEACE Lutheran Church