|Sunday Morning Services||8:15 and 11:00 a.m.|
|Sunday and Bible Classes||9:45 a.m.|
|Wednesday Evening Service||7:00 p.m.|
|Homebound Divine Service
Last Sunday of the month
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The message at St. John’s is simple: We preach Christ and Him crucified. In every Divine Service, Christ is with us, offering grace and forgiveness where He promises they’ll be: in His Word and in His Sacraments.
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This Gospel is not about finding the right word against thus and such a temptation, the right divine parry against thus and such a thrust of the devil. No. The word that it gives you is this: your strength and comfort in the face of every temptation and even the devil himself; your strength and comfort in the face of death and even hell itself — is this: You have a Substitute, the Lord Christ, who has overcome every temptation on your behalf.
This is the power of faith: not faith itself, but the One to whom it clings, Jesus. Faith says, ‘I can have blindness. I can have suffering. I can have loss, shame, and cross. But if I have Jesus, I have everything.’
At the end of our Gospel lesson Jesus speaks of having ”to hear.”
These aren’t ears made of cartilage and skin.
These are ears that only hear when our mouths are made mute, and our excuses have all run dry.
Might we all have ears like this, this morning…