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.

Sunday Worship: 8:00am and 9:45am
Saturday Worship: 5:00pm

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Pastor's Message
Dear Friends in Christ,

I'm not a frequent flyer, but I'm on my way to my godson's wedding in Billings MT, as I write this. And I'm remembering how important flight attendants are on a plane! We used to call them stewards/stewardesses. Their job has always been to take care of the passengers! (And of course, now they also have to take care of more rules, laws, and safety concerns than ever!)

It makes me think about how we are called to take care of the people around us! We're stewards and stewardesses for others. If we are raising children or grandchildren, we know much about that! If we are also a caregiver, we know that too. If we help take care of a neighbor's lawn, or their need for a ride, that matters too! Near and far, there are people who need care if they are to survive and thrive.

Come to think of it, there's a bunch of people we're called to take care of: As a church we are to take care of the growing faith of the children entrusted to us. As a society, we have a special obligation to care for the least, the last, and the lost-since that is what Jesus taught us to do.

Individually, and together, we are helping take care of God's people! Thank you for every way you are able to do that! Let's encourage each other in doing that! And let's support those who have made it their life's work to provide care in a multitude of ways.

Here's a prayer from the hymnal that might help keep us focused: Merciful God, we call to mind before you all whom it is easy to forget: those who are homeless, destitute, sick, isolated, and all who have none to care for them. May we bring help and healing to those who are broken in body or spirit, that they may have comfort in sorrow, company in loneliness, and a place of safety and warmth, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

-Pastor Paul

Events

Palm Sunday – April 14, 2019

Posted on Apr 12 2019
A few notes on the Passion According to St. Matthew: Each of the 4 gospels record Jesus’ arrest, his mock trial, and his crucifixion and resurrection. And each tells those stories in their own way. Matthew’s gospel basically follows the pattern set by Mark, but with these special
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Sunday, April 7, 2019

Posted on Apr 02 2019
The Greatest Commandment? =Matthew 22:34-40 Bible Background: In Matthew, this question comes up in the last week of Jesus’ life, as conflict between him and the religious leaders grows. This is the 3rd of 3 questions that are posed to Jesus, apparently to try to trap him in some
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Sunday, March 31, 2019

Posted on Mar 29 2019
John 6 = I Am the Bread of Life Bible Background: The Feeding of the 5,000 is perhaps Jesus’ most memorable parable, and the only one recorded in all 4 gospels! But John doesn’t “do” ‘miracles’. John calls them ‘signs’. Signs point to something
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Sunday, March 24, 2019

Posted on Mar 20 2019
DIGGING DEEPER INTO MATTHEW 22:1-14 Bible Background: Dr. David Lose calls this “an ugly parable.” None of the characters look good in it. Characteristic of other parables, this one uses hyperbole for ‘shock-value.’ There’s a softer version of this parable in Luke
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