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.

Saturday Worship 5:00 pm  – We’ll worship in the parking lot when the weather is good!
Sunday Worship 8:00 & 9:45 am 
9:45 worship is also on Facebook Live.

 

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Pastor's Message
Dear People of God,

For worship this summer, our theme is "Summer of Love!" And we're starting with the Ten Commandments, which basically boil down to this: Love God. Love your neighbor.

A year ago, I was out in Colorado Springs for a car show. The "Bible Belt" used to be a down south term. It also applies to Colorado Springs. At the hotel/conference center we stayed in, guests are met at the door by a 10' carving of the Ten Commandments! I'd never seen such a thing at a hotel entrance! I'm curious what's behind it. Here are some ponderings:

+Is it possible that the owners/operators of the hotel really hope that people entering there will remember the Ten Commandments?

+Is this business signaling that it is built, in some fashion, on the Ten C's? (If so, should they even be open on the 'Sabbath day'? Do they give their employees a break?)

+Or is this mainly a cheap marketing ploy? Something that might appeal to a particular group of Christians? (Religious symbols and the American flag are often used for such ends!)

Regardless of what's behind that ten foot version of the Ten C's, it made me pause and think. Martin Luther recommended that people sing or recite the Ten C's as they go through their day. Do we ever make time for that kind of reflection on God's instruction?

While the Ten C's are pretty good basics for any society to live by, they had and have a more narrow, target audience: They were given to people like us-who know we are called to be God's people-and who are to be growing each day in our ability and willingness to love God and love neighbor; people who aren't afraid to ask hard questions about "what does God require of us?"

And what's far better than a ten foot re-creation of the Ten C's at your hotel entrance? It's that God sent Jesus to dwell among us and show us how to live, how to love, and how to wrestle with difficult questions (and difficult people!)

Love God + Love Neighbor = Summer of Love. Actually, it equals a life of love and a mission of love!

Blessings on your summer! 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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