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Worship: Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ! You are invited to come experience the unconditional love of God in Jesus as it is proclaimed, experienced and extended when we gather to worship, to grow in faith, to participate in fellowship and to serve others.[More]
Disciple-Ship Quest: Moving towards God’s vision of “Growing Disciples of Jesus,” our creative Christian Ed Team has chosen the powerful name “Disciple-Ship Quest” for what was formerly called Sunday School. You are invited to join the journey. Classes are available for all ages from 3 year old through adult. [More]
St. John @ the Bay: Come and worship at Mother of Sorrows Church where our Lutheran Mission, St. John @ the Bay, is developing an emerging worship community that shares the Gospel and grows discipleship in those who live, work and visit on South Bass Island. [More]
Narrative Lectionary: The Narrative Lectionary is a set of Bible readings for our worship that tells the over-arching biblical story in a nine-month period. These texts sound the voices of Abraham and Sarah, Moses and Isaiah, Jesus, and Paul; and so enrich preaching and our life of faith.
[Summary & Schedule]
Maundy Thursday … April 18 … 6:30 pm
With nightfall, our Lenten observance comes to an end, and we gather with Christians around the world to begin the Three Days, during which we participate once again in the saving power of Jesus' passing over from death to life. At the heart of the Maundy Thursday liturgy is Jesus' amazing sacrifice for us that draws us into communion with God and each other.
Good Friday … Friday, April 19 … Noon and 7:30pm
It has been our custom to gather as a united community of Christ on Good Friday to worship together as our Lord Jesus is placed upon the cross to die for us and for the sin of the world.
Commmunity Good Friday Worship Service
Friday, April 19th 12 Noon
St. John Lutheran Church
This year’s community Good Friday Service will be held at Noon at St. John Lutheran Church. The hour-long worship will feature the drama “Passion Walk” by The Skit Guys, a dramatic retelling of Jesus’ last day, featuring the voices of six individuals who were close to Jesus before his death on the cross.
This ecumenical worship service is being planned by the Port Clinton Ministerial Association and includes participation from the pastors of Firelands Presbyterian Church, Immaculate Conception Church, Port Clinton Church of the Nazarene, St. John Lutheran Church, St. Thomas Episcopal Church and Trinity United Methodist Church.
Then, at 7:30 pm as the darkness begins to creep in, we will worship in a service of Tenebrae, as light is extinguished candle by candle, and we recall the suffering, the loneliness, the bitter agony, and finally the last breath of Jesus, who completes God’s plan of salvation.
We will hear the story of our Lord’s Crucifixion according to John. We leave in utter silence.
Easter Vigil … Saturday, April 20 … 5:00pm
We assemble in the Parish Hall as the Paschal candle is lit … “May the light of Christ, rising in glory, dispel the darkness of our hearts and minds.” This is our Passover with Christ from darkness to light, from captivity to freedom, from death to life. Tonight, is the heart of our celebration of the Three Days and the pinnacle of the church's year. The resurrection of Christ is proclaimed in word and sign, and we gather around a pillar of fire, hear ancient stories of our faith, remember our baptism, and share the food and drink of the Promised Land. Raised with Christ, we go forth into the world, aflame with the good news of the resurrection.
Easter Sunrise … Sunday, April 21 … 6:30am … OUTDOORS … AT WATER WORKS PARK!
In the darkness of the “first day of the week” we gather to anticipate the message of the angel of the Lord who announces to all, “He is not here, for he has been raised!” This service, weather permitting, will be held along the lake shore in Water Works Park. We will be gathering near the Port Clinton Light House. Please bring a lawn chair, and a blanket. If the weather is too severe, worship will be held at St. John. Youth from our congregation will be leading this Sunrise Service. Come and be among the first to shout, “He is risen indeed! Alleluia!”
The Resurrection of our Lord … Sunday, April 21 … 9:00am
On this day the Lord has acted! On the first day of the week God began creation, transforming darkness into light. On this, the "eighth day" of the week, Jesus Christ was raised from the dead. We celebrate this new creation in the waters of baptism and in the feast of victory. With great joy, accompanied by our Senior Choir, we celebrate this day of days, even as we begin the great fifty days of Easter. Filled with hope, we go forth to share with all the world the news that “Jesus Christ is risen! He is risen indeed! Alleluia!”
PLEASE NOTE THAT THERE WILL BE ONE WORSHIP SERVICE OF EASTER SUNDAY, THE EASTER BREAKFAST WILL FOLLOW AT 10:15 AM.
Off to Camp at LMC … June 9-14, 2019
Before we know it … spring will be in the air, school will be out … and will be time for us to head off for our week of Camp at Lutheran Memorial Camp. As we have shared with all of you parents and students, we expect that all our Confirmation Ministry participants WILL attend Camp at least once during the years they are in our Confirmation program. My recommendation is that all youth go to camp after their first year, so that they have the chance to attend camp TWICE!
PROGRAMS THAT ARE OFFERED THE WEEK OF JUNE 9-14 INCLUDE:
Slippery Seals … Grades: K-2
Rising Stars … Grades: 3-5
Confirmation … Grades 6-8
Sr. High …Grades 9-12
One of the reasons we have selected this date for camp is that there is a program for ALL AGES this same week! This means that we can have all our St. John youth at camp at the same time, PLUS Pastor Jim will be in residence.
THE INFORMATION BELOW APPLIES TO ALL PROGRAMS! TO LEARN HOW TO REGISTER ... SEE THE EAGLE OR CALL THE CHURCH OFFICE.
The Sermon on the Mount: A Call to Discipleship
In this Year of Scripture … we gather around God’s Word … specifically the Sermon on the Mount. Through these words of Jesus … Matthew 5-7 … we will hear and explore what it means for us to be called to discipleship. In a world and culture … where following Jesus may cause us to “swim upstream,” against what is popular … together we will read, talk and pray about what it might look like for us to live as “growing disciples of Jesus.”
This 6-week study has been written by Bishop Daniel Beaudoin. We will gather on Thursdays at 6:30 pm. Our last two studies will be held on Thursdays, March 7 and 21 at 6:30 pm.
CROS+GEN LIFE CONFERENCE 2018
One of our values … those characteristics that are a part of the DNA of this congregation … is that we are always about NURTURING DISCIPLES. We would stop being St. John … if we would end our commitment to providing “meaningful opportunities for children, youth and adults to hear, learn and experience the good news of God’s love in Jesus.”
From October 1 through October 4, Pam Boytim, Julie Frattaroli and Pastor Jim Lehman had a tremendous opportunity to learn about and to experience Cross+Gen Ministry. This event was held in Estes Park, Colorado at the YMCA of the Rockies. We were inspired and challenged by “big picture” presentations, case studies and workshops.
The basic thrust of this approach to nurturing disciples is to gather children, youth and adults into one community, versus breaking age groups into separate classrooms. Here’s a question that is at the heart of this Cross+Gen Life, “What happens when the wisdom of the elder and the wonder of the child collide in the same sacred space every week?” Promise. Hope. Joy. Depth. Fun. Cross+Gen Life.
The three of us who attended have met once to process our experience. We have identified some ways that we can implement some of what we have learned. You will have a chance to experience this at our Advent Events and at the Winter DSQ Kick-off. We will be doing some deeper reading of how this ministry has taken shape in congregations across the US. We will be praying about the ways that we can move into more significant commitment to nurturing children, youth and adults in Christian faith.
This adventure was made possible through the generosity that has been provided through the Shela Fund, which is a part of the St. John Endowment.
MUSIC MINISTRY NEWS
The Handbell Choir … under the direction of Lisa Rider rehearses on Tuesdays at 7:00 pm.
Our Senior Choir, under the direction of Shelvin Burns, rehearses on Sunday mornings, except when the Handbell Choir is ringing, at 8:00 am.
Come join one of our two outstanding choirs who provide leadership for our worship, as gifts and talents are shared!
We are a member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America , whose offices are located in Chicago, Illinois.
We are also partners with the 162 congregations of the Northwestern Ohio Synod. The offices of the NWOS are located in Findlay, Ohio.
Local ELCA congregations in Ottawa and Wood Counties share mission and ministry through the North Central Conference.
Our congregation also participates in the Port Clinton Clergy Association and it’s seasonal worship and service opportunities.
Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ! On behalf of the people who gather to worship, learn and serve at St. John Lutheran Church, I welcome you to our Web site as you learn more about our mission.
You are invited to come experience the unconditional love of God in Jesus as it is proclaimed, experienced and extended when we gather to worship. It is our church's desire to grow in faith, to participate in fellowship, and to serve others
I am available to visit with you by phone, at your home or work place, or via e-mail. I would enjoy getting to know you better and answering questions you might have about the Christian faith, or what Lutherans believe, or any specific practices of this Christian community. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with me.
Once more, in Christ’s name, welcome to St. John Lutheran Church. Come and join us as we seek to make Christ known.
Pastor Jim Lehman
We are a Christ-centered and caring congregation called by God to share the good news of salvation for all people.
“Growing Disciples of Jesus”