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
If you’ve been reading this space for the past several months, you may have noticed that the theme has been “The Darkness Deepens,” playing off a line in the old favorite “Abide With Me.” It’s a biblical theme, to be sure, and it’s a theme of pure joy, if you want to do the work of digging around and down into the depths of human desperation.
But who wants to do that?
It’s the Gospel, plain and simple, looking for Spring in the deep midwinter. We know it’s there. We’re confident it’s there. We have promises from God himself that it’s there, but-hey howdy–what about all this darkness? What about the impending doom that we all feel all the time, some days more, some days less?
The subject comes up every now and again, as we study Jesus, of The End of the World. It seems that the end of the world is already here, and that it has been here all along, sometimes hidden, and sometimes quite obvious. For example, the forgiveness of sins is a characteristic of the end of the world, and we’ve had that since God made a promise to the Man and the Woman just before he threw them out of the Garden of Eden. Since the beginning, then, the end is nigh. And so we rejoice. The resurrection of the body and the life everlasting are ours already, and we have no anxieties.
On the other hand, we know from simple observation that something is yet to come that we can finally point to–as if anyone would need to explain it to us–and say, “Yep, that’s it.” As a famous comedian once said, the time is coming when God will whistle, and say, “Time’s up! Everybody out of the pool!” So the end of the world is both here, in full, in Jesus, and the end of the world is not here, and we’re waiting, very lonely, in fact, for the end of the world to come. So we pray frequently, “Come, Lord Jesus. And come quickly, would you?” And he says, “Yes, I am coming quickly.”
The darkness deepens, but Lord Jesus abides. All the grace of God is here, now, in Jesus, and in the darkness we have no fear, and we are…happy…aren’t we?
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.