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St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church has been used mightily by God to deliver Christ Jesus and His gifts for over 167 years. Our mission statement summarizes the congregation’s ministry: We are gathered by the Holy Spirit to receive the Gospel of Jesus Christ through the means of the Spirit—Preaching, Baptism, Absolution, and the Lord’s Supper. Our mission is to respond with activities that directly strengthen Christian faith, including liturgy, prayer, catechesis, witness, spiritual songs, charity, and love for one another.
Divine Service: Sundays @ 9:30 a.m., Wednesdays @ 6:30 p.m., and on other Feast Days
Catechesis for Adults and Youth (Sunday School): Sundays after Divine Service ~10:30 am
A full calendar of our events is available at:
Latest Sermons & Catechesis
- Bible Study: Ezekiel 47:1-23 — February 18, 2024
- “The Son of David Goes Forth to War for You” Invocavit 2024
- Bible Study: Ezekiel 47:1-12 — February 11, 2024
- “Jesus promises to hear our cries of Kyrie eleison and answer them!” Quinquagesima 2024
- Bible Study: Ezekiel 46:19ff — February 4, 2024
Audio/Video Media of Preaching, Catechesis, and Liturgy https://stjohnrandomlake.org/church/media/
If you cannot join us in person for Divine Service or Bible Study, please use these resources to lead you in hearing the Word and in prayer. How to View or Listen Video Archive Audio Podcast Subscribe in your favorite player and listen to past podcasts here. All the work of St. John, including this … Continue reading Preaching, Catechesis, and Liturgy
The Holy Trinity continues to bless St. John Lutheran Church as He has always done through her 167+ year history in Sherman Center. While the names and faces have changed, God continues to keep His promise to call, gather, enlighten, and sanctify us through His Word and Spirit. Fifteen pastors preached, taught, baptized, and delivered … Continue reading Our History
Why does our Lord gather us for worship? The most precious gifts and treasures our Lord gives us are His forgiveness, life, and salvation. Through His innocent life and bitter sufferings and death, Christ has purchased and won us from sin, death and the devil. Through Jesus Christ, all the sins of the world were … Continue reading Divine Service
Dear Parents,In the liturgy of the Divine Service we tell and retell in ritual and song the story of salvation. We establish our identity as part of God’s family, finding our place in the long history of God’s people of which we and our children have become a part through Baptism. To gather for this … Continue reading Children and the Liturgy
We’re glad to hear you desire Holy Baptism! Before considering Holy Baptism in practice, first hear the Word of God. The Scriptures teach that a person is saved by God’s grace alone through faith in Jesus Christ alone. They also tell us that such “faith comes by hearing” (Rom 10:17). Jesus Himself commands Baptism and … Continue reading Holy Baptism
The Lord’s Supper is joyfully received here at St. John. At the altar, our Lord Jesus Christ delivers His true body and blood into our mouths. His gift of body and blood, given in, with, and under the bread and wine, bestows tremendous benefits. His body and blood forgives our sins, strengthens our faith, binds … Continue reading The Lord’s Supper
Youth and adults are formally taught (catechesis) to best appreciate what God has done in their lives with the gift of faith begun at their baptism. This guided ministry gives youth a chance to enrich their understanding and knowledge of our triune God so that they might make it their personal confession. After considerable study, … Continue reading Catechesis & Confirmation
A Catechetical and Devotional Tool The Congregation at Prayer is a weekly devotional and catechetical guide for use in the home, the congregation, and the Lutheran school. The Congregation at Prayer unites the congregation around the same sections of the Word of God and catechism and gives a common language for prayer and meditation upon … Continue reading Congregation at Prayer
We receive the Word of God individually from our pastor to comfort us when we are troubled by our sins, to strengthen us when we struggle in this life, and to give us counsel and guidance from God’s Word. Our pastor cares for each of our members, not only through the public preaching and teaching … Continue reading Confession & the Pastoral Care of Souls
Please read and review: Statement on Marriage, Gender, and Sexuality Practices, Policies, and Information: The willing and deliberate desire for a man and woman to live in mutual love “as long as [they] both shall live” was engendered in them by their Creator (Gen. 2:24; Matt. 19:4-6; Eph. 5:22-33). In God’s plan, they are to … Continue reading Holy Matrimony at St. John
How can I find out more about what Lutherans believe? The Lutheran Church is a confessional movement, meaning that to be Lutheran is to agree with certain clear, written statements about what God teaches about himself and about us and about our relation to him in the holy Scriptures. The Lutheran Confessions do not stand above … Continue reading The Lutheran Confession
The Nicene Creed is a Christian statement of faith accepted by the Roman Catholic, Eastern Orthodox, Anglican, and most Protestant churches. It gets its name from the First Council of Nicaea (325 A.D.), where it was initially adopted, and from the First Council of Constantinople (381 A.D.), where a revised version was accepted. Thus it may be referred to specifically as the Niceno-Constantinopolitan Creed to distinguish it from … Continue reading Interactive Nicene Creed
One distinctive that marks the Lutheran confession from all others is the love of congregational singing. We owe this to Martin Luther and his friends. Luther himself recognized the role of music in the life of the church, composing hymn texts and tunes that we still use today. Luther wrote: “Indeed I plainly judge, and … Continue reading Hymns to Know
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