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  – We’ll worship in the parking lot when the weather is good!
Sunday Worship 8:00 & 9:45 am 
9:45 worship is also on Facebook Live.


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Pastor's Message
Dear People of God,

For worship this summer, our theme is "Summer of Love!" And we're starting with the Ten Commandments, which basically boil down to this: Love God. Love your neighbor.

A year ago, I was out in Colorado Springs for a car show. The "Bible Belt" used to be a down south term. It also applies to Colorado Springs. At the hotel/conference center we stayed in, guests are met at the door by a 10' carving of the Ten Commandments! I'd never seen such a thing at a hotel entrance! I'm curious what's behind it. Here are some ponderings:

+Is it possible that the owners/operators of the hotel really hope that people entering there will remember the Ten Commandments?

+Is this business signaling that it is built, in some fashion, on the Ten C's? (If so, should they even be open on the 'Sabbath day'? Do they give their employees a break?)

+Or is this mainly a cheap marketing ploy? Something that might appeal to a particular group of Christians? (Religious symbols and the American flag are often used for such ends!)

Regardless of what's behind that ten foot version of the Ten C's, it made me pause and think. Martin Luther recommended that people sing or recite the Ten C's as they go through their day. Do we ever make time for that kind of reflection on God's instruction?

While the Ten C's are pretty good basics for any society to live by, they had and have a more narrow, target audience: They were given to people like us-who know we are called to be God's people-and who are to be growing each day in our ability and willingness to love God and love neighbor; people who aren't afraid to ask hard questions about "what does God require of us?"

And what's far better than a ten foot re-creation of the Ten C's at your hotel entrance? It's that God sent Jesus to dwell among us and show us how to live, how to love, and how to wrestle with difficult questions (and difficult people!)

Love God + Love Neighbor = Summer of Love. Actually, it equals a life of love and a mission of love!

Blessings on your summer! Pastor Paul

Sunday, May 22, 2022

Posted on May 19 2022
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, May 15, 2022

Posted on May 13 2022
John 14:23-29 = Farewell, Promise, Peace Bible Background: 1. We’re stepping back into the lengthy ‘farewell discourse’ in John’s Gospel, which is fit into the Last Supper scene in John. Chapter 14 begins with: “Do not let your hearts be troubled….in my
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Sunday, May 8, 2022

Posted on May 07 2022
John 21:15f Jesus, Peter, and the Beloved Disciple Bible Background: 1. This is that final appearance of the risen Jesus in John’s Gospel, having ‘breakfast on the beach’ with 7 disciples. Part of why this story with Peter seems to be here, is to ‘rehabilitate’
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Sunday, May 1, 2022

Posted on Apr 29 2022
John 21:1-14 The Risen Jesus and the Disciples, Scene 3 Bible Background: 1. Matthew and Luke give us relatively brief appearances of the risen Christ, limited to that first Easter day. Mark gives us none! John gives several reports that spread out over many days. And like all of the encounters
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