St John's Lutheran Church, La Grange IL 60525 (LCMS)

St. John's Lutheran Church and School
47th Street and Brainard Avenue, La Grange, Illinois 60525


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Vacation Bible School

July 31 - Aug 4, 2017

9:00 - 11:30 am


Weekly Worship at St. John's
St. John's worships weekly on Sunday mornings.

Sunday Worship
8:00a and 10:45a

Holy Communion on the 1st, 3rd and 5th Sunday on every month

Sunday Education Hour


Pastor Bruening's Message

April 2017

Call Process
After Pastor Hoem declined our first Call, The Call Committee has gone through a number of new candidate information forms. They will be meeting after Easter to decide which candidates they will interview. Please realize that until the Call committee is ready to present a name to the congregation we need to keep the discussion confidential concerning the names. Please keep the Call committee in your prayers.

Easter, the Christian Passover
Throughout the season of Lent, we said in the communion liturgy, “You bid Your people cleanse their hearts and prepare with joy for the paschal feast.” As far as I know, the only two languages that refer to the celebration of the resurrection as “Easter” are English and German—in German it is Ostern. “Some sources claim the word Easter is derived from Eostre, a Teutonic goddess of spring and fertility.” Most other languages use a form of the word Passover as the name for their celebration of the resurrection of our Lord. For example in Greek it is Paskha, Danish – Paaske, French – Pâques, Italian – Pasqua, and Spanish – Pascua. Passover for the Jews was a celebration of their freedom from slavery by the blood of the lamb. Think of Easter, therefore, as the Christian Passover where we celebrate our freedom from slavery to sin by the blood of Lamb, Jesus Christ. Freedom from sin is always something we want to celebrate.

First Holy Communion
This is a very important time for a number of our youth as they complete a series of classes with their parents on communion and will be making their First Holy Communion with us on Maundy Thursday. They now feel that they are ready to take this spiritual step in their journey with the Lord. These young people will be receiving a blessing from their parents as they prepare to make their First Holy Communion.

This year we have thirteen youths preparing to make their Confirmation. They have been through instruction over the past two years, covering the essentials of our Lutheran faith. They will be sharing their faith with the congregation as they read essays they have written. On Sunday, May 7, they will be professing their Christian faith as they participate in the service in various ways. These young people will be receiving a blessing from their parents as they also receive their Confirmation blessing.

Youth Participation
Throughout the season of Lent, we had youth participate in our services in addition to serving as Acolytes. On most Sundays, it was a young person who carried the cross to its place in the front of the sanctuary. Since the Gospel reading was often long dialogues, we had our High School students read parts of the Gospel. As we continue through the Church year we will be using more of our young people in these important roles.

Pastor Phil




Weekly Worship

Sunday Worship
8:00 & 10:45 a.m.

Sunday Education Hour
9:25-10:25 a.m.

How Can We Pray for You?

St. John's is committed to being a fellowship that blesses people near and far with the offerings of our prayers. We'd like to pray for you and invite you to share your requests with us. All requests will be kept confidential among our prayer team members who are standing by to pray for you and your loved ones. (Connect with us here!)

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