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 remember the encounter like it was yesterday: It was a lovely autumn Sunday in 2003. I was in Ohio to celebrate my Dad's 80th birthday. And we had gone to the church where my dad grew up, as he was invited to preach; and my brother John and I were to preside at worship. I got to St. Peter's in Delphos early. I lingered outside to enjoy the morning air. I watched the first person arrive for worship. Slowly, and with difficulty, a dear senior woman made her way up the sidewalk towards the church. I greeted her with "And how are you this morning?" And she gave the best one-word answer there is: "Grateful!" "I am grateful!"

The routine answer to my question would have been "Fine" or "I'm OK". But her answer was a beautiful, unexpected testimony. "I am grateful!" She didn't need to elaborate! I could tell she was grateful to be alive; grateful to be able to come to worship; grateful for a church that welcomed her and cared for her; grateful for a God whom she could count on for grace and strength sufficient for the day!

As we live into our Gifted & Grateful theme this fall, consider making this elder woman's mantra your own: "I am grateful!" is a powerful prayer; a wonderful response; and an outstanding witness! It can be on the lips of anyone who knows what it means to belong to God and to enjoy life in Jesus' name!

-Pastor Paul


Sunday, October 13, 2019

Posted on Oct 11 2019
John 15:9-17 Gifts of the Redeemer! Bible Background: In John’s gospel, this is part of Jesus ‘Farewell Discourse’, a long section on Jesus’ last night with his disciples. He’s sharing very personally with them. He’s praying for them. And he’s still
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Sunday, October 6, 2019

Posted on Oct 03 2019
GENESIS 32 – JACOB WRESTLES WITH GOD Bible Background: Jacob and Esau are the twin sons of Isaac and Rebecca, and they never got along! Mom favored Jacob, Dad favored Esau. As a young man, Jacob had to leave home. He moves in with his Uncle Laban in Haran, marries his two wives there; and
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Sunday, September 29, 2019

Posted on Sep 27 2019
Matthew 19 = Rich Man, Jesus, Eternal Life Bible Background: Matthew, Mark, and Luke report this story with slightly different details (young, rich, ruler). Wealth in those days would be seen as a sign of God’s favor. It shocks the disciples to hear how hard it is for a wealthy person to
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Sunday, September 22, 2019

Posted on Sep 20 2019
Genesis 24 = Rebekah + Isaac Bible Background: Genesis 24 is a detailed story about how Abraham sends his servant back to the homeland to find a wife for Isaac, and how the servant asks for-and receives-God’s guidance in finding Rebekah, who is willing to go along with this arranged
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