Welcome to St. John's Lutheran Church!

God has blessed St. John’s since 1862 with faithful members, pastors, and newcomers. We’re a congregation of sinners and saints of all ages. Our worship blends traditional and contemporary, with opportunities for growth, fellowship, and service. We extend Christ’s welcome to all who seek to worship, know, and serve the Lord.

Sunday Worship: 8:00am and 9:45am
Saturday Worship: 5:00pm

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Pastor's Message
Dear Friends in Christ,

I'm not a frequent flyer, but I'm on my way to my godson's wedding in Billings MT, as I write this. And I'm remembering how important flight attendants are on a plane! We used to call them stewards/stewardesses. Their job has always been to take care of the passengers! (And of course, now they also have to take care of more rules, laws, and safety concerns than ever!)

It makes me think about how we are called to take care of the people around us! We're stewards and stewardesses for others. If we are raising children or grandchildren, we know much about that! If we are also a caregiver, we know that too. If we help take care of a neighbor's lawn, or their need for a ride, that matters too! Near and far, there are people who need care if they are to survive and thrive.

Come to think of it, there's a bunch of people we're called to take care of: As a church we are to take care of the growing faith of the children entrusted to us. As a society, we have a special obligation to care for the least, the last, and the lost-since that is what Jesus taught us to do.

Individually, and together, we are helping take care of God's people! Thank you for every way you are able to do that! Let's encourage each other in doing that! And let's support those who have made it their life's work to provide care in a multitude of ways.

Here's a prayer from the hymnal that might help keep us focused: Merciful God, we call to mind before you all whom it is easy to forget: those who are homeless, destitute, sick, isolated, and all who have none to care for them. May we bring help and healing to those who are broken in body or spirit, that they may have comfort in sorrow, company in loneliness, and a place of safety and warmth, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

-Pastor Paul

Sunday, August 11, 2019

Posted on Aug 09 2019
Psalm 139 = God Knows Me?! Bible Background-Psalm 139 fits in the category of a Psalm of Personal Thanksgiving. The writer seems to experience God’s closeness as almost ‘too close’ at first; but then welcomes God’s closeness! Digging Deeper: 1. The Hebrew word ‘to
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Sunday, August 4, 2019

Posted on Aug 02 2019
Psalm 103=Bless the Lord! Bible Background: Psalm 103 is classified as a “Thanksgiving” psalm. Gratitude for God’s many blessings well up from the heart of the writer, who may have experienced a serious illness and a good recovery (v.3-4), but the praise goes so much farther
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Sunday, July 28, 2019

Posted on Jul 26 2019
PSALM 146 “PRAISE THE LORD!” Bible Background: Psalm 146 leads off the final 5 psalms, which all begin and end with “Praise the Lord!” This one is more of an ‘individual hymn of thanksgiving’. By the closing line of Psalm 150 “everything that has
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Sunday, July 21, 2019

Posted on Jul 18 2019
Mary & Martha Luke 10:38-42 Bible Background: This is in the same chapter as the “Mission of the 70”, and the “Good Samaritan”, where Jesus has emphasized some pretty important things! The challenge of this short reading is the challenge between “being”
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