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.  
Sunday Worship 8:00 & 9:45 am 
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Pastor's Message
Dear Representatives of our Living Lord:

I know Easter Sunday was a month ago, but we're still in the Easter season on the church calendar, and we're still in the business of celebrating new life!

Once upon a time, I pictured myself as a potential life-saver. I wasn't a strong enough swimmer to be a lifeguard (an important job to this day!). I did start donating blood as a senior in high school (an important gift still!). Beth and I did CPR training about as soon as it became widely available. (And I'm thankful we haven't had to use that yet! Though my older brother saved a guy who experienced cardiac arrest at the gym about 12 years ago!) I've saved the lives of a few turtles trying to cross the road in the springtime. And actually, I have saved a couple of people from suicide over the years-once by just being there at the right time to call 9-1-1. I thank God I was able to do that!

Come to think of it, aren't we all-as followers of Jesus and believers in the power of the resurrection-aren't we all called to be life-savers? And life-givers? In a world where there is so much senseless killing and so many lonely deaths, what do we have to offer?

One thing we do have to offer is the compassion, and the friendship, and the Good News of Jesus! And that was a life-saving and life-giving gift 2,000 years ago when the first apostles went out into the world. And that is a life-saving and life-giving gift today! We can give it in so many ways: There's are growing protests over the war in Gaza (and there probably should be peaceful ones!). But rather than pit one side against the other, can we agree to be pro-Palestinian? Pro-Israeli? And, try this: Pro-Iranian? Aren't all these persons and victims created in the image of God? Isn't war always abhorrent to God's will? Can we be for peace and for justice in every situation and place?

And the 'lifelines' we get to throw to people can be as simple as a kind greeting to a stranger or newcomer; a phone call to a friend or neighbor; a visit to someone who is lonely or struggling; a meal to someone who eats alone or has too many other things on their 'plate'. You never know when an invitation to worship, or to a study, or to youth or women's or men's group might be life-giving for someone as well, just to know they would be welcome and might have a change to 'belong' is a gift in itself.

In the Easter season's scripture readings, we see the work of the early church unfold, and it is life-giving stuff! Peter & John heal a lame man. The community shares its welcome, its food, and its possessions. The good news of a loving God and a living Lord turns people from dead-end paths. The promise that reaches from the last pages of scripture still beckons us: "See? I am making all things new!" Thank you for doing the life-saving that you do! Keep your eyes and ears and hearts open for even more opportunities!

- Pastor Paul

August 21, 2016

Posted on Aug 19 2016
  The Lord’s Prayer Martin Luther’s Small Catechism The Fourth Petition Give us this day our daily bread.  What does this mean? God gives daily bread, even without our prayer, to all people, though sinful, but we ask in this prayer that he will help us to realize this and to receive our daily
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Sunday, August 7

Posted on Aug 12 2016
JOB 42=”AND JOB LIVED HAPPILY EVER AFTER!?”   Bible Background: The first 6 vs. of #42 are in the ‘poetry’ form of most of the book, and Job responds humbly to God’s speeches. He is a changed man! Then the book picks up the ‘prose’ form that this
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Sunday, August 14

Posted on Aug 12 2016
  The Lord’s Prayer Martin Luther’s Small Catechism   The Introduction Our Father who art in heaven.  What does this mean? Here God encourages us to believe that he is truly our Father and we are his children.  We therefore are to pray to him with complete confidence just as children speak
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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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