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, January 10, 2021

Posted on Jan 09 2021
JOHN THE BAPTIST + BAPTISM OF JESUS + LUKE 3 Bible Background: John the Baptist appears and acts like one of the prophets. He attracts people and gets their attention! Jesus and John are cousins. John issues a call to real repentance, as in: “Turn your life towards God!”. People
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Sunday, January 3, 2021

Posted on Jan 02 2021
Luke 2:41-52 Jesus at Twelve Bible Background: This is our favorite story of Jesus as a kid-because it’s the only story we have! We meet a precocious 12 year old, who is showing his independence and worrying his parents. He’s also amazing the group of teachers at the Temple. Digging
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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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