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.

Saturday Worship 5:00 pm
Sunday Worship 9:45 am (masks required, physical distancing)
9:45 worship is also on Facebook Live.

 

 

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Pastor's Message
Dear St. John's Friends and Family:

Sometimes, the Apostle Paul is "wordy" in his letters. (The opening 'sentence' in his letter to the Ephesians is about 240 words long!) And sometimes Paul is wonderfully succinct! Case in point, Romans 12:12 says: Rejoice in hope, be patient in suffering, persevere in prayer! Perfect words for these days!

It's been a whole year since the pandemic uprooted plans, routines, the world's health, and our sense of well-being. What are some of the learnings from this past year? To rejoice in hope, be patient in suffering, and persevere in prayer!

This last year has been a struggle in both necessary and unnecessary ways. I have grown in my respect for those among us who struggle continuously in life, with difficult things: with depression, with addiction, with cancer, with poverty, with doubts, with fears, with relationships, with shame, with racism, with governing, with aging, with injustice, with sin, with infertility, with alzheimers. (The list is really endless!)

Realistically speaking, this is part of life in this world! This is the struggle of being human-and living with other humans! This is the struggle of the baptized people of God! This is the challenge of faith! I invite you to cling to this concise teaching of St. Paul's: Rejoice in hope, be patient in suffering, persevere in prayer!

I also invite you to pause and give thanks that we get to celebrate Easter again! (Actually, remember that every Sunday is a mini-celebration of Easter!) Because Easter is God's biggest surprise, and God's biggest supply of hope in the face of all of these ongoing struggles. The resurrection of Jesus is God's way of showing that "love wins", and that nothing can separate us from the love of Christ! The resurrection of Jesus is also the beginning of God's promise to make all things new!

Pastor Paul

Sunday, April 11, 2021

Posted on Apr 09 2021
LUKE 24:13f=THE WALK TO EMMAUS Bible Background: Luke alone records this story of the 1st Easter afternoon. Emmaus is about 7 miles from Jerusalem. Two followers of Jesus (two men? a couple?) are getting out of town after an awful weekend of Roman crucifixions. It appears that the powers of
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Palm Sunday, March 28, 2021

Posted on Mar 26 2021
PASSION OF OUR LORD ACCORDING TO LUKE 1. As you know, the stories of Jesus arrest, trial, crucifixion, burial, and resurrection are told a bit differently in each of the 4 gospels. Of the 4, Luke approaches this as an historian, trying to write an orderly, believable account, so that our faith
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Sunday, March 14, 2021

Posted on Mar 13 2021
LUKE 16 – SOME WARNINGS TO THE RICH Bible Background: Luke sees wealth as a ‘spiritual barometer’. How you got it, what you do with it, means everything. Jesus warns “You cannot serve God and wealth.” The Pharisees are accused (perhaps wrongly) of being
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Sunday, February 28, 2021

Posted on Feb 26 2021
LUKE 13 TIME TO REPENT Bible Background: We’ve skipped over chaps. 11-12, where Jesus teaches about persistence in prayer; tangles with the scribes and pharisees; casts out demons; points out the Rich Fool; and teaches how to not worry. Keep in mind, that his ‘face is set towards
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