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.

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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, October 16, 2016

Posted on Oct 14 2016
HANNAH’S STORY AND SONG What’s happened since last week’s reading? We’ve jumped ahead 150 or so years. The Israelites are in the Promised Land. They consist of 12 tribes which don’t always get along. “Judges” have ruled over them with mixed results.
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Sunday, October 9, 2016

Posted on Oct 07 2016
EXODUS 32 – The Day God Changes God’s Mind What happened since last week’s reading? We know the Israelites made the exodus out of Egypt; out of slavery. They are in the wilderness at Mt. Sinai, where Moses is up on the mountain-with God; and where God is giving the Ten Commandments (plus
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Sunday, October 2, 2016

Posted on Sep 30 2016
EXODUS 12–13 THE PASSOVER What’s happened since last week? We left the story of Joseph and his brothers and families all reunited down in Egypt. Joseph dies at a good old age. The Israelites grow to be a large population. The Book of Exodus begins with this foreboding note:
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Sunday, September 25, 2016

Posted on Sep 22 2016
GENESIS 30–50, THE STORY OF JOSEPH Bible Background: This is the longest story of the patriarchs of the Jewish people. Abraham and Sarah have a son, Isaac; Isaac and Rebecca have twin sons, Jacob and Esau; Jacob has 12 sons (this leads us to the 12 Tribes of Israel) by Rachel and Leah.
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