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.

St. John’s is canceling worship and in-person gatherings for 2 weeks. We’ll re-evaluate that on the 31st. We’ll do a simple Facebook Live worship on Sunday at 9:45. We’ll be emailing more details to everyone whose email we have. And we’ll use snail-mail for those folks who do not use email. Let’s hold each other in prayer; stay home as much as possible; Connect online as we can; and pray even more for the most vulnerable ones nearby and around the world.
Here’s St. Paul’s best words of wisdom for a time like this (and remember, he was writing from a dungeon),

Philippians 4:6-7 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

6 Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

 

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Facebook Live Services

Join us on Facebook for live worship services: Sundays 9:45pm and Wednesdays 7:00pm

Service From Wednesday April 6, 2020

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Pastor's Message
Dear Fellow Students of Jesus:

Did you know that a disciple is first a student who follows a teacher? That's what we are! We're also committed to being A Learning Church this year. About 100 of you did a quick survey in worship. Here are the top items of interest so far:

#1-Learning about our ELCA Social Statements on big topics, like Abortion, Care of Creation, Death Penalty, Human Sexuality, Race. While we put some plans together, you can access these online. Just Google "ELCA Social Statements".

#2-"Why Do Bad Things Happen to Good People?" Ah, yes. The age-old question, to which there is no easy answer. But wresting with this together will do some good! A good book by that title is still available. Rabbi Harold Kushner is the author.

#3-"Stess/Depression/Anxiety/Finding Peace" We do live in stressful times! We'll aim for a couple of ways to tackle this subject!

#4-is basically a 'tie' between "What Does it Mean to Be a Lutheran?", "10 Commandments for the 21st Century", "Hardest Questions from the Bible", and "World Religions". These will be relatively easy to jump into!

#5-And then there are those tougher subjects, that people added to the list: Suicide, Holocaust, Understanding/Overcoming Inequality (i.e. in Milwaukee), LGBTQ issues. These are worth stepping out of our comfort zone for! Because they affect sisters and brothers in Christ, these hard topics are for us too!

-I'm thinking that being A Learning Church starts with some humility-as in, "I don't know it all!"; and continues with some curiosity-as in, "There is so much more to learn!"; and also with some vulnerability-as in, "I'll be honest about what I don't know and what I do feel."; and some trust-that Jesus, our Teacher, will bless our learning and growing! -Pastor Paul

Events

Sunday, December 22, 2019

Posted on Dec 20 2019
Luke 1 = Zechariah and Baby John! Bible Background: Luke’s gospel carefully sets the stage for Jesus’ birth. John the Baptist’s birth is foretold, and then Elizabeth conceives. Mary is visited by the angel Gabriel, and then she conceives. John is born and his father tells in a
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Sunday, December 15, 2019

Posted on Dec 13 2019
Isaiah 35 = God Comes to Save! Bible Background: Isaiah 35 is a favorite Advent reading as it stirs up anticipation for what God can do. Is. 34 paints a picture of judgement (on Judah’s captors?) and desolation. But chapter 35 is a complete reversal, filled with fresh images and hope.
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Sunday, December 8, 2019

Posted on Dec 04 2019
ISAIAH OF THE EXILE Bible Background: Most Bible scholars agree that the book of Isaiah spans a large swath of Judah’s history (and more than one prophet’s lifetime.) Chapter 40 begins what is referred to as Second Isaiah, and we hear a prophetic message to the people in exile (587
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Sunday, December 1, 2019

Posted on Nov 26 2019
MARY: FAVORED AND FAITHFUL + LUKE 1 Bible Background: The Narrative Lectionary leads us into the Gospel of Luke now through Easter! Luke’s gospel starts out with the angel Gabriel visiting old Zechariah, and announcing that he will father a son who is to be named John. In Scene 2, Gabriel
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