St. John's Lutheran Church LCMS

July Pastor Message

July, the middle of the summer has arrived.  This month we Americans will
celebrate our freedom from the British on the 4th of July.  This is a
wonderful time to remember that by God’s grace, we live in the “Land of
the free and the home of the brave.”

Ironically, on the 23rd of this month, we also honor Mary Magdalene. Mary
was believed to have come from the town Magdala (Hebrew for strong
fortress).  This town name reflects the strong steadfast faith of Mary.

Mary enters with “certain women ministering to Jesus” (Luke 8:2); all of
them out of gratitude from being delivered from evil spirits and
infirmities. Of Mary it is written, that she was “delivered from seven
demons.”  (Mark 16:9)  Mary always remembered how much she suffered when
demon possessed, and then freed by Jesus.  Her response by faith was to
cling to Jesus no matter what.

Mary was numbered with the other women who “stood far off” (and watched
Jesus die on the cross).  After Jesus had died, Mary stayed at the cross,
and watched as the body of the Master was taken down, wrapped in linen,
and placed in the Garden where the tomb of Joseph of Arimethea was
located.  After the Jewish Sabbath, early on Easter Sunday morning, Mary
went with the women who went to anoint the body of Jesus with burial

It turned out to be a huge Sunday morning, for Mary Magdalene. When the
women arrived at the tomb, the stone was rolled away, and there was no
body of the Master, with angels inside the tomb.  They asked them, “Why do
look for the living among the dead?  He is not here.  He is risen from the
dead. Go back and tell the disciples.”  So, the women ran back to
Jerusalem and found the disciples in hiding and told them the great news.
John and Peter then ran back to the tomb, and Mary Magdalene followed

When they got to the tomb, John and Peter went inside and found the burial
linens, but no body of Jesus.  So, amazed, they returned to Jerusalem.
Mary stayed at the tomb.  Two angels appeared to Mary and asked, “Woman,
why are you crying??”  Mary replied,
“They have taken my Lord away, and I don’t know where they have put Him.”
Mary then turned and saw man she though was the Gardener, who a Jesus.  He
said to Mary, “Why are you crying?  Who is it you are looking for?”  Mary
replied, “Sir, if you have taken Him away, tell me where you have put Him,
and I will get Him.” Jesus then turned to her and said, “Mary.” (John 20)

The Psalmist, King David, tells us “in sin our mother did conceive us.”
When we came into this world, we are born as slaves to sin, Satan, and
death.  So, Jesus came down from above to conquer sin, Satan, and death.
Now, the freest anyone can be in this fallen and broken world, is by
having faith in Jesus as their personal Savior.

Have a Great July  Pastor Brad Rick

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June Message

On June 24, the Holy Christian Church observes, ‘The Nativity of St. John the Baptist.”

St. John the Baptist was the son of the Priest Zechariah, and his wife Elizabeth. St. John the Baptist was born into a “priestly” family. “Both of them were upright in the sight of God, observing all the Lord’s commandments and regulations blamelessly.”  (Luke 2:6)  This is shorthand for saying that both Zechariah and Elizabeth were numbered among the faithful, believing that one day, the Almighty would send the promised Messiah.

The privilege to serve in Herod’s Temple in Jerusalem, was determined by the drawing of lots. At the proper time, the lot fell to Zechariah, to serve in offering up Evening Prayer and the burning of incense. Many though it was just a coincidence that the lot fell to Zechariah. However in Proverbs, the Scriptures tell us that the Lord determines the outcome of every roll of the dice. It was no coincidence or accident. The Almighty wanted it to happen then, and so, it happened, according to His time table.

While offering up Evening Prayer, suddenly, the Angel Gabriel appeared.  The Angel said the Zechariah, “your prayer has been heard. Your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you will name him John. He will be a joy and delight to you, and many will rejoice in his birth, for he will be great in the sight of the Lord…many he will bring back to the Lord their God,” (Luke 2: 13-15a)

Zechariah, the aged Priest responded by being filled with the Holy Spirit and singing a Hymn of Praise (Luke1:67-79), “The Benedictus”, which is the traditional Canticle in the Church’s Service of Morning Prayer.

As God’s Word goes forth, it does what it says.  Words create reality and God’s words create God’s reality. So, miraculously, Elizabeth, even though she was old and barren, past the age of having children conceived, and St. John the Baptist was born.

Zechariah doubted the promise of the Angel Gabriel, (God’s Word) because of the age of his wife, Elizabeth. So Zechariah was not able to speak until all these things had passed.  What a great God you and I have. He is able to work outside of man’s reason, and even outside of His own creation, to do what He needs to get done for His will to be fulfilled.

At the proper time, St. John the Baptist did the work assigned to Him by the Lord.  His job was to turn the hearts and minds of the Jews, to make them ready to receive Jesus as their King and Messiah. St. John the Baptist did his work at the River Jordan, in the wilderness. His work was accomplished by the proclamation of the Law, “Repent for the Kingdom of God is at hand.” This was followed by the Gospel, “Be baptized for the forgiveness of your sins.”  In this repentance, the hearts and minds of the Jews were transformed.

This is also how we are transformed in the Divine Service through Confession and Absolution, hearing the Word in a Law and Gospel manner, and Holy Communion.

Have A Great June  Pastor Brad Rick

Corrected Council Meeting

Council Meeting is tonight, May 13th at 8:00 p.m.

Council Meeting

Council Meeting tonight 05/13/2015 at 7:00 p.m.

Council Meeting

Council Meeting tonight, April 8th at 7:00 pm.  See all Council Members there!

Happy Easter!


Easter Sunday Schedule


09:00 a.m.    Easter Breakfast
09:15 a.m.    Adult Bible Study, Sunday School
10:30 a.m.    Easter Worship Service

Easter Worship Bulletin

We will be printing the bulletin for our Easter Worship Service on Thursday, April 2nd. If you have anything to include, please let me know before then. THANKS!

Holy Week Schedule


Maunday Thursday Service in Culbertson at 7:30 pm coffee, cookies, & fellowship in church basement after Service.

Good Friday Service at 7:30 pm in Oberlin

LYF Breakfast will be from 9:00 to 10:15 on Easter Morning.

Sunday School 9:15 am on Easter Sunday with Easter Egg Hunt to follow.

Easter Service is at 10:30 am in Oberlin.