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, July 14, 2019

Posted on Jul 12 2019
Psalm 40 = The “Mud” Psalm Bible Background: Psalm 40 starts out more as a testimony than a prayer, as in: “I waited patiently for the Lord” and he helped me! The writer wants what God desires for him/her. And, this person who feels like God has answered past prayers is
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Sunday, July 7, 2019

Posted on Jul 02 2019
PSALM 27 – A PSALM OF TRUST Bible Background: While most of the Psalms are attributed to King David (as the Proverbs are attributed to Solomon) it is likely that multiple writers wrote the psalms, especially for worship in the temple. Psalm 27, is a psalm of trust in God. (Compare to
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Sunday, June 30, 2019

Posted on Jun 28 2019
Luke 9=Jesus on a Mission Bible Background: In Luke’s Gospel, this is a pivotal point. After his transfiguration, Jesus has his “face set” to go to Jerusalem (which will mean facing arrest and death). Nothing will deter him. So there is a sense of urgency, that he transmits to
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Sunday, June 23, 2019

Posted on Jun 21 2019
REFLECTIONS ON PSALM 69 Bible Background: Psalm 69 fits in the category of a “personal lament” psalm, as when a troubled individual cries out to God for help. (The other kind of lament psalm is the “communal lament”, where the whole community or nation cries out.) Lament
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