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.

At this time Sunday service at 9:45 is on Facebook Live!  

Starting January 30th our 9:45 service will be in person, with masks required and social distancing.  We will also have it on Facebook Live!

 

 

 

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Church Service - January 17th at 9:45AM

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Pastor's Message
Dear Friends in Christ:

It would be an understatement to say "we are living in challenging times!" It's more like very difficult times. If the pandemic were not enough, just add to that racial inequality, and political chaos, and personal crises for many folks, and we grasp how challenging these times really are!

Back in the little-known Book of Esther (a book that-amazingly-never mentions "God"!), things are very difficult. There is a system of racism (targeted at the Jews), there is a king who has been manipulated into misusing his power. There are people whose lives are threatened. And there is young Esther and her cousin, Mordecai.

Long story made short: The Jews are targeted for extinction; but Esther ends up as one of the king's favorite wives. Mordecai begs her to use whatever influence she has to change the status quo: "For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance for the Jews will arise from another place, but you and your father’s family will perish. And who knows but that you have come to your royal position for such a time as this?”

"...For such a time as this!" (Esther 4:14) We have faith, we have voices, we have the power of the cross and the Good News of the Gospel for such a time as this!

+Our trust in God teaches us that God is still God! That despair and evil are not the last word; That there is hope for this world.

+A theology of the cross calls a thing what it really is: Sin is sin. Evil is evil. Good is good. Racism is racism. It saves us from denial and complicity with the things of this world that have no room in God's realm.

+Our voices matter! Words matter! Truth matters! In a world of lies, disinformation, and conspiracy theories, we won't set everything straight. But we can do our part!

+The Good News of the Gospel is what people always need, and are sometimes ready to hear! God comes to us. Jesus saves (we don't save ourselves!) God is reconciling the world to God's own self in Jesus. God is the God who makes all things new!

For such a time as this we get to be "church". We get to worship the God who still loves the world. We get to speak the truth in love. We get to encourage one another. We get to reflect the light of Christ in the world. We get to strive for justice and peace in all the world. In these very difficult times, we have important work to do! Thanks for partnering in this work. It really is God's Work-Our Hands! -Pastor Paul

Sunday, December 27, 2020

Posted on Dec 24 2020
LUKE 2: SIMEON AND ANNA Bible Background: Luke has started his gospel with pairs of people: Zechariah & Elizabeth, Mary & Joseph, and now Simeon & Anna. He’s also included a series of ‘songs’ or poems that celebrate what God is doing: The Magnificat by Mary, the
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Sunday, December 13, 2020

Posted on Dec 11 2020
PROMISES OF RESTORATION + ISAIAH 61 Bible Background: The book of Isaiah is the most important book of prophecy in the Old Testament, and the one most quoted in the New Testament. The book is the work of at least 3 authors over a period from before, during, and after the time of Exile (approx.
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Sunday, December 6, 2020

Posted on Dec 09 2020
ADVENT INVITATION AND PROMISE + JOEL 2 Bible Background: Joel is one of the ‘minor’ prophets (shorter writings than Isaiah, for example, and less known about the author.) Scholars aren’t sure of the time frame for Joel. The short book is a call to repentance and lament and
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Sunday, November 15, 2020

Posted on Nov 12 2020
THE CALL OF ISAIAH Bible Background: Isaiah the prophet was from the Southern Kingdom (Judah), and appears on the scene in about 738 BC, at a time of major political uncertainty. The superpower, Assyria, was breathing down on smaller kingdoms. Israel (Northern Kingdom) would fall in 721 BC. The
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