Parish Services

The Divine Service

The Divine Service is the center of our life of faith in Christ. It is celebrated every Sunday at 9:00 a.m. The Sacrament of the Altar is celebrated on odd Sundays of the month and festival days. Wednesday evening Services are scheduled during selected portions of the year, as well as the Advent and Lenten seasons.

The Season of Lent

Lent will begin this month. Ash Wednesday is February 14th. This season we will consider the wisdom and help we have in suffering from "The Book of Job: Blessed Be the Name of the Lord!"

One of the Bible’s greatest wisdom books is the book of Job. This Lent we will explore this magnificent composition that is numbered among the greatest literature of all time. The sermon themes will help us dig deeply into Job’s central message and supporting truths. We all suffer—personally and privately. We also suffer in more public ways. A husband loses a job. A child gets divorced. A parent dies. And now, thanks to the media, we are able to see and experience more and more of the world’s catastrophes and suffering. We need the book of Job, now, more than ever.

Martin Luther asserted that “Job is magnificent and sublime as no book of Scripture.” Others have called Job “the Shakespeare of the Bible.” The early Christian scholar Jerome perhaps put it best when he called the book of Job an “eel,” since the more one tries to contain it, the slipperier it becomes!

The purpose of our Lenten emphasis is to learn how to apply Job to our lives so that the book becomes less like an eel and more like a loving companion through life’s dark valleys. Preaching plans are as follows:

  • Ash Wednesday Flying Blind (Job 1:1–12)
  • Lent 1 Sweet Surrender (Job 1:13–21)
  • Lent 2 Learning to Lament (Job 3:1–26)
  • Lent 3 It Is Enough (Job 14:1–14)
  • Lent 4 Understanding How It All Works Together (Job 23:1–17)
  • Lent 5 God Speaks in the Storm (Job 38:1–11)
  • Maundy Thursday On Earth Is Not His Equal! (Job 41:20–34)
  • Good Friday Tearing Down the Spite House (Job 42:7–9)
  • The Resurrection of Our Lord I Know That My Redeemer Lives! (Job 19:23–26) Job’s most famous statement appears in 19:25, “I know that my Redeemer lives.”

Christ is alive. He has conquered death and the grave. His word is sufficient. His grace is enough. His love brings comfort and healing.

And this Lent these gifts come to us through the book of Job.

Sermon Audio
January, 2018 February, 2018
Sunday, January 7, 2018 - "Baptism"
Sunday, February 4, 2018 - "Isaiah 40 Renewed"
Sunday, January 14, 2018 - "Follow Me"
Sunday, February 18, 2018 - "Jesus Instead of Me"
Sunday, January 21, 2018 - "Sanctity of Life"
 
Sunday, January 28, 2018 - "Authority of the Word"
 

Opportunities for Further Growth in February

Those Serving During the Month of February - 2018 Greeter Schedule

Lenten Service Duties

Sunday School & Adult Bible Class

Sunday School is held after service from about 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. throughout the school year.

In January and February the Adult Bible class will be taking a quick look through the Gospel of Mark. The current plan will be to use three Sundays for this study and interrupt one week a month with a one session topic of interest. January 7, 14, and 21 we will look at Mark. Then, on the 28th we will look at a requested topic: Cremation. Please join us for all these studies. Read up on Mark and come with your questions. And if you have any suggestions for topics of study or interest please let Pastor Toensing know.

Catechesis & New Membership

Catechesis means "Instruction in the Christian Faith." Catechesis begins when one inquires about membership in the Evangelical-Lutheran Church and continues in various forms throughout the life of a Christian.

Those desiring membership at St. John are asked to speak with the pastor. In order to receive the Lord's Supper, instruction in the Christian faith according to the Scriptures and Luther's Small Catechism is necessary. There is no fee or obligation for instruction.

Those who are already members of St. John mature and deepen in their understanding of the faith and their love for the Lord and neighbor by attending Divine Service and, as schedules permit, partaking of one or more of the following forums for ongoing catechesis:

  • Adult Bible Class, held Sundays after service in the basement.
  • Youth Study, for high school students; meets Sundays after the service.
  • Midweek School, for Grades 4–8 preparing to receive the Lord's Supper; meets Wednesdays during the school year from 6:30 – 7:45 p.m. in the basement.
  • Adult Catechesis (new member instruction) contact the pastor for the current schedule or to schedule a time.
Visitation of the Hospitalized and Homebound

The pastor regularly visits those members of the parish who are hospitalized or homebound. Visitation includes Scripture readings, prayers and the Lord's Supper. Please contact the pastor or Elders if you know of someone in need of pastoral visitation.