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Welcome to St. John, a small Lutheran Church that welcomes everybody. St. John has some exciting events planned for the next week. Read on to get the low-down, or check out our calendar.

Sept. 13          A new Bible study session starts; 12noon at the home of Heather Bajdik, 1511 Rosebella Ave. Luncheon followed by study. “Living the questions. If you have all the answers, this study is not for you.”  Everyone interested is welcome.LtQ

Sept. 15          New Edinburgh annual community garage sale! Volunteers needed –baked goods, bar-b-quers, set-up, clean-up…all the usual. Thanks in advance!

Sept. 16          ‘Food Cart Sunday’ for Partage VanierSouth American BBQ: The youth(OLY) are back from CLAY with another “Around the World” dinner! We will be hosting a Latin American themed BBQ at Faith Lutheran Church, 43 Meadowlands Dr., on Sunday, Sept 16th from 5pm-8pm. Join us for some authentic Brazilian food and enjoy trivia, games, and a presentation from a Peruvian missions trip!

Sept. 19          Church Council meets, 7:30pm in Ebinger Memorial Hall.

Reminder: You are invited to attend the Golden Retreat at Lutherlyn Camp & Conference Center in the beautiful Upper Ottawa Valley from September 10-14. This is a time for adults to get away for spiritual renewal, enjoy nature, & meet new people. Accommodation is in the comfortable Four Seasons Lodge. You can register by picking up a Lutherlyn 2018 flyer or on line www.lutherlyncamp.ca  Where else can you find 4 nights accommodation plus meals at a cost of only $225 for an entire week?  For more information contact Rev Charles Nolting at 705-598-2048 or email revc.nolting@gmail.com

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Do we follow the law for the sake of the law? Or do we walk with grace?

UnknownOn the drive back from Nova Scotia, I happened to catch the eulogy delivered by former president Barack Obama at the funeral for his political rival John McCain, the senator and war hero, who for many represents an ideal of public service and sacrifice. Perhaps you listened as well. Continue reading

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The Language of the Gospel

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This is a story about the damage that faith can do in the world, when it cannot bend, when it shakes off tolerance and takes on judgment cast in the false cloak of righteousness. It happened in a country of unrest far from here. In that country, the Atham-Lebbe brothers, after working as labourers in Saudi Arabia, had scrimped and saved for a restaurant. A man came in to this restaurant and took a seat – a man whose faith and language was different from theirs.  Shortly after have starting his meal, he began yelling. The brother in the kitchen came out to try to figure out what was wrong, but he could not understand, and a misunderstanding arose.  The friends of the customer badly beat one of the brothers, and not long after that, his restaurant burned down. Continue reading

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Who Are We Called To Shepherd?

UnknownJesus says: “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down their life for the sheep….No one takes it from me, I lay it down of my own accord. I have the power to lay it down, and I have the power to take it up again.”

Reading this gospel this week, these last words jumped out at me in particular – for they emphasize the choice involved. Both the free will choice that Jesus exercised throughout his ministry, and the free will choice Jesus made on Easter weekend. And sometimes that is lost in our notion of the shepherd and the sheep, for we see sheep as docile, and meek, hustling into the corral out of fear while the sheep dog nips at their heels. Continue reading

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The Wilderness of Freedom

UnknownIn the summer of 2012, Charlie Craig and Dave Mullins visited a bakery in Colorado to order a cake for their wedding. The owner, a man named Jack Phillips, refused to make them one, arguing that as a Christian, he couldn’t decorate a cake for a same-sex wedding. It was against his religion, he said. The couple filed a discrimination case, and that case, all these years later, has now landed before the Supreme Court of the United States.

The case has prompted many churches and religious groups to weigh in, including our sister church, The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Continue reading

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Righteous Resisters

440px-Gedenkkranz_im_Bendler-BlockToday, as we approach a week of remembrance, as we consider loved ones lost on this All Saints Sunday, we are presented with the Beatitudes in our Gospel. We are given a divine version of what makes a person powerful and worthy: not strength, and ambition, but humility, and peacemaking, and a willingness to lose for the sake of a greater good. It is a timely gospel, as we look ahead to Nov 11, where that lesson of sacrifice – and the warning for humanity of the alternative – looms large.

For Lutherans, the timing might feel even more complicated. We have just celebrated the 500th anniversary of the Reformation – where Martin Continue reading

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Come and join us for a special Reformation Event this Sunday.

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The Cloak of Character

Unknown-2This week, a King of sorts fell. Unlike the king in our gospel, if Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein hosted a party, all the A-listers came. He was thanked in Oscar speeches, as one writer put it, even more often than God. Famous actresses called him “Uncle Harvey,” until, Continue reading

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