Service will be live streamed on Facebook live Wednesday, March 25 at 8 p.m. at
and archived on our Youtube channel:
And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near. -Hebrews 10:24-25
And he said to them, “The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath.” -Mark 2:27
We have gathered as the Body of Christ. We have received the Body of Christ. Now in our scattering, let us be the Body of Christ and seek Christ in our neighbor to serve Him. -Rev. Bill Cwirla
Therefore, brothers, since we have confidence to enter the holy places by the blood of Jesus, by the new and living way that he opened for us through the curtain, that is, through his flesh, and since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near (Hebrews 10:20-25).
Continued Ministry at St. John’s during “Social Distancing”
We will continue to have all regularly scheduled worship services at St. John’s during the week of March 15. In addition to our 8 & 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. services, we will live stream our 11 a.m. service for those who are unable to attend in person. Lent services will continue on Wednesday at 4:30 & 7 p.m. We will suspend our coffee hour and Lent soup suppers for at least the next 30 days. Adult Bible class will continue between Sunday morning services. Children’s Sunday School will be suspended until after Easter.
While we want to avoid panic and rest in the assurance of our faith, we also want to take reasonable precautions.
What we are doing to facilitate “social distancing”:
What you can do to facilitate “social distancing”:
Because the news and recommendations from health officials are constantly changing, we will avoid making any decisions prematurely. We will continue to post an update every Saturday concerning our services for the following week. In addition, we will provide resources for individual and family devotions, especially for families who find themselves at home for the next several weeks. We will also provide some opportunities for meditation and prayer at St. John’s or online over the next several weeks. Please check back often at www.stjohnschicago.church/blog or follow our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/StJohnsLutheranChicago for updates.
Let us pray. Lord God, heavenly Father, You have daily and richly blessed us with all that we need to support our bodies and lives. Give us confidence that you will continue to deliver us from evil. Let us receive our daily bread with thanksgiving. Quiet our hearts and show us opportunities to love and serve our neighbors in this time of uncertainty. Protect us from all that would harm us, through Jesus and in His name. Amen.
Dear family and friends of St. John’s Lutheran Church & School,
Mr. Green and Pastor Ehrhard are continuing to monitor news reports and the recommendations provided by health officials concerning the COVID-19 pandemic. We have already enacted some basic precautions and healthy practices, including additional cleaning, disinfecting, and emphasizing basic hygiene and hand washing. As the situation evolves daily, we will act as necessary to provide a safe and healthy environment for all of the activities that take place at St. John’s.
School families will be notified of any school program changes via FastDirect. Public announcements will be posted on our website and posted on our Facebook page. Please make sure to check back often for updates on the activities and programs for both church and school.
As always, please exercise basic precautions such as thorough hand washing and avoiding unnecessary or prolonged exposure to crowds. And if you feel ill, please stay at home. Should you have an extended or severe illness, please contact the church office or call Pastor Ehrhard’s voicemail at 773-736-3053 to arrange for pastoral care.
A prayer from the Great Litany:
O Lord, have mercy.
O Christ, have mercy.
O Lord, have mercy.
To give to all peoples concord and peace; to preserve our land from discord and strife; to give our country Your protection in every time of need;
To direct and defend our president and all in authority; to bless and protect our magistrates and all our people;
To watch over and help all who are in danger, necessity, and tribulation; to protect and guide all who travel;
To grant all women with child, and all mothers with infant children, increasing happiness in their blessings; to defend all orphans and widows and provide for them;
To strengthen and keep all sick persons and young children; to free those in bondage; and to have mercy on us all:
We implore You to hear us, good Lord.
Rev. Jacob Ehrhard, Pastor
Mr. Dan Green, Principal
First Sunday in Lent
1 Samuel 17:40-51
March 1, 2020
St. John’s Lutheran Church—Chicago, IL
In the name of + Jesus.
Bigger is better. That’s the unwritten principle of our age. Business lives on growth. The story of Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak building Apple into the global giant of technology that it is today is the stuff of American legend. Mark Zuckerburg got a movie made out of his humble beginnings with The Facebook, and is there any area of life that Amazon has not grown into? (If you’re listening, Alexa, I’ve got an order on the way).
The news has been saturated with reports on the spread of the new Coronavirus (COVID-19) and many people are wondering how to best protect themselves against getting sick. Since the Church is a gathering of people in close proximity, it can potentially be an incubator for for infection. While the Coronavirus has the headlines, the following are good practices at all times, especially during cold and flu season.