News' by growing
inward through God's Word, Sacraments and Fellowship; and by growing
through words, actions and mission outreach." - St. John Lutheran Church
The Divine Service is the center of our life of faith in Christ. It is normally celebrated every Sunday at 9:00 a.m. (Due to COVID-19, please see a temporary worship schedule for the upcoming week below...)
Lenten Worship - Wednesday, March 10, 2021
The following may well represent the
schedule for the upcoming Worship Service, but please keep
watching here for updates. Please know that evaluations continue to be
performed during this fluid time.
We thank all who have been patient and understanding of our efforts to consider and meet the need for the safety of our members and community friends. We will continue to evaluate the worship needs and adjust services as needed. We look forward to seeing all who are able to attend in-person worship each week. Every effort will be made to accommodate our visitors when needed. God’s peace in Christ Jesus be with you all.
St. John’s members rejoice in receiving the gift of salvation from
God our Savior through Christ’s life, death, and resurrection. We
rejoice in the gift of Baptism through which our sins are washed
Many have been blessed to attend our in-person worship. Others have worshiped from afar through digital means. The ability to stream and record services is a blessing from God—but in-person is still preferable. If you are in the Crete, Nebraska, area and are considering worshipping with us in-person, we certainly welcome you to attend. Please contact us for times and sign-up.
If you would like to visit with me as Pastor, please send me an email with information on how best to contact you. We seek to serve others—especially in sharing the Good News of Christ—as Christ has served us with His gift of salvation. We pray that God’s peace would be yours in Christ Jesus. - Pastor Toensing
Lent, the church-year season that begins on Ash Wednesday, is a time of penitence and spiritual renewal. Some people give up a luxury or vice during Lent as a form of self-denial; others undertake a project that benefits others.
The point isn’t to denigrate ourselves or to see how much we can do without. Instead, Lent helps us reflect on Jesus’ death. As Timothy Keller writes in The Reason for God: “The Christian Gospel is that I am so flawed that Jesus had to die for me, yet I am so loved and valued that Jesus was glad to die for me. This leads to deep humility and deep confidence at the same time. It undermines both swaggering and sniveling. I cannot feel superior to anyone, and yet I have nothing to prove to anyone. I do not think more of myself nor less of myself. Instead, I think of myself less.”
Please see the Parish Services page for details of Easter and Lenten Service times here...
Worship services at St. John are scheduled each Sunday and Wednesday. Sunday morning Communion services are held on the odd numbered weeks each month with non-communion services held on the even numbered Sundays. (Seasonally adjusted Service Times...)
Join us on Sunday morning at 10:30 a.m. for adult Bible class where a variety of Christ centered topics are covered.
Jesus Christ brings the Gospel (from older English, "Good-spel," "good news") to the world. He announces that in His person the kingdom of God has come to mankind and that through faith in Him people might find new and eternal life. He is Himself the Good News, or Gospel.