SJLCY is resuming in-house worship on Sunday, June 21, 2020 (Father’s Day).
We urge anyone who does not feel comfortable or who has health concerns to stay home. Pastor Duke will continue conducting on-line services accessible through our church website YouTube link.
For questions or concerns, you may call Joe Pardee at (716)791-3544 (day or evening) or Bart Klette at (716)754-7565 (evening).
As always, we all should continue to pray for God’s continuing guidance and comfort!
The congregation of St. John Lutheran Church is close knit (approximately 225 members), welcoming, friendly, and actively involved in the life of the church.
Visitors are always encouraged and welcomed.
The congregation of St. John Lutheran Church is a community of diverse talents and backgrounds, gathered around the Word of God and what He gives in Baptism and the Lord’s Supper.
From the Pastor
What about God’s love, in all this?
It is exceedingly difficult to love. As we are learning during this challenging experience of the election, the pandemic, and a swiftly changing world landscape, anger is the rule. Things as ordinary as change make us angry in ordinary ways, but when the knob is turned to bring up the heat so that change comes a little faster, complete with people vying to undo what we love about life, well, then the anger become extraordinary. The miracle of instant information only intensifies how we see change, so that as a rule, we are generally bothered from the moment we awaken in the morning until after we lay our heads down to sleep at night. Love in our own hearts is fleeting.
How do you love those who gnash their teeth at you? Those who actively hate you? Who say to your face on a giant television screen how much they revile you and your influence on culture? How do you love them? So the command to love becomes another commandment we cannot keep, like the commandment to love the banker when he comes to foreclose on your farm. There is no conceivable way to stir up our hearts to find love for neighbor in moments like these.
Enter God. “I can love,” he says. In fact, “I am love.”
We erect a little glass pane between us and them, and we peer through it, pointing, “They are the bad guys. Look how much they hate us.” God has a way of arranging that little glass pane so that it becomes a mirror, and in the mirror we see us and them together. On the other side is God, saying, “I am love.”
He loves all of us together. As he says in another place, “I do not desire the death of anyone!” He himself dies instead, and he gives us his love. “Go forgive sins,” he says with his love. “Pray for your enemies.” We do much better acquiescing to our enemies than we do fighting them, because when we acquiesce, we are praying, and we are forgiving, and we are loving them. When we acquiesce to our enemies, we acquiesce to God’s command, and God’s command gives love to our enemies. This is a hard thing to do because it involves loss. It is exceedingly difficult to love.
Our Mission Statement
We, the members of St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church, Youngstown, New York, are dedicated to the worship of the Triune God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. We believe the Bible was written by the inspiration of God and are committed to spreading this Word throughout the community and the world. With the help of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, we will continue to grow in our efforts to bring others to know of His unfailing love for His people.