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.

At this time Sunday service at 9:45 is on Facebook Live!  

Starting January 30th our 9:45 service will be in person, with masks required and social distancing.  We will also have it on Facebook Live!

 

 

 

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Church Service - January 17th at 9:45AM

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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, July 31, 2016

Posted on Jul 29 2016
JOB 38–42 GOD SPEAKS, JOB LISTENS-AND SEES!   Bible Background: Job has demanded and dreaded a ‘hearing’ before God. God’s speech is divided into two parts (#38–39, and then #40–41). Job gets in just a word of humility in between (41:3-5). The divine
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Sunday, July 24, 2016

Posted on Jul 22 2016
JOB 31-JOB RESTS HIS CASE. JOB 38-GOD ANSWERS!   Bible Background: Job makes his final plea for justice in chapters 29–31 and then ‘rests his case’. In 32–37, a new person, Elihu, speaks. His speech may be a later addition to the book to ‘soften’ some of
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Sunday, July 17th, 2016

Posted on Jul 12 2016
JOB 14–19: NO HOPE FOR ME…OR IS THERE?   Bible Background: Chapter 14 ends the ‘first cycle of speeches’ between Job and his three friends. Job is as down and out as ever! In chapter 19, Job lashes out at his friends for ‘siding’ with an unjust God. But
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Sunday, July 10th

Posted on Jul 08 2016
JOB: “STOP THE WORLD, I WANT TO GET OFF!” What’s up with Job 3–4? Job chapters 1–2 set up the story line. Now chapter 3 starts the long, complex poem where Job complains and argues with friends (the poem part finishes 38 chapters later after God speaks.) This
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