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, August 11, 2019

Posted on Aug 09 2019
Psalm 139 = God Knows Me?! Bible Background-Psalm 139 fits in the category of a Psalm of Personal Thanksgiving. The writer seems to experience God’s closeness as almost ‘too close’ at first; but then welcomes God’s closeness! Digging Deeper: 1. The Hebrew word ‘to
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Sunday, August 4, 2019

Posted on Aug 02 2019
Psalm 103=Bless the Lord! Bible Background: Psalm 103 is classified as a “Thanksgiving” psalm. Gratitude for God’s many blessings well up from the heart of the writer, who may have experienced a serious illness and a good recovery (v.3-4), but the praise goes so much farther
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Sunday, July 28, 2019

Posted on Jul 26 2019
PSALM 146 “PRAISE THE LORD!” Bible Background: Psalm 146 leads off the final 5 psalms, which all begin and end with “Praise the Lord!” This one is more of an ‘individual hymn of thanksgiving’. By the closing line of Psalm 150 “everything that has
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Sunday, July 21, 2019

Posted on Jul 18 2019
Mary & Martha Luke 10:38-42 Bible Background: This is in the same chapter as the “Mission of the 70”, and the “Good Samaritan”, where Jesus has emphasized some pretty important things! The challenge of this short reading is the challenge between “being”
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