Friends and Family of Christ serving our Lord for 229 years.





We are inviting YOU and Yours to worship with 
 9AM
in the season 
of The Sundays 
after the Epiphany of Our Lord.



In these Sundays of the liturgical year our thematic emphasis is upon the light of Christ shining forth in the creation.  God, with and through this  same Lord Jesus we worship and adore throughout all the seasons of the church year, has seen the creation to be good.  In fact God delights in the creation - this is the biblical witness of the early chapters of the Book of Genesis.  At the same time, this same Bible, and in fact this same book of the Bible recognizes a brokenness, a tragedy, sin, in the creation in for example the stories told of Adam and Eve, of Cain and Able, of Jacob and his brother.   In the Gospel of John we hear that this same Lord Jesus through the world has been created is the light that comes into the darkness - our Lord is not necessarily received by his own, the darkness does stand, but it is our faith, our trust, and the witness of not only the Gospel of John but the whole church through centuries of witness that the darkness cannot overcome the light.

This light whom we celebrate comes into the world to save and redeem us NOT because we are "awesome."  We are not awesome; quite the contrary we are sinners one and all who, while we are capable of accomplishing good, are also quite capable of producing terrible deeds of violence against God (and God's purposes) and against our neighbors.  

It is God who is awesome, and in the awesome eternal love that our God is, our God seeks to redeem us, to bring us into the light and out of the darkness, to gift us the way of peace rather than violence, to encourage us into generosities rather than covetousness and hoarding, to give us love and spirits of confident strength in God rather than fear and dread about the future.  True, there are not only dark spots in the here and now but there are indications the future in this creation could become very bleak.  But in Epiphany as we celebrate the life that has come into the world in Christ Jesus, we have vision of the good and the true and the beautiful!  Come join us as together we explore the one who is the light, who bring us light, who brings us into the light and out of shadows of darkness, our Lord Jesus Christ.

In this season of Epiphany we will embrace 
liturgies of Word and Sacrament / Holy Communion on Sundays February 2 and February 23*.




*All who are baptized are welcome at the Communion Table at Saint John Lutheran Church.  We serve Holy Communion using wafers and wine with grape juice available for those who do not receive the wine; we serve by continuous table with ushers giving direction.

Sunday February 23 The Transfiguration of Our Lord

Two key liturgical events will occur within the context of our worship on this day:
The Sacrament of Holy Communion
and
The Burial of Our Alleluias

It is our tradition to bury our alleluias as both a sign and a symbol of the seriousness and the costliness of our Lord's engagement with life and ministry in the purpose of His Heavenly Father and the Holy Spirit, a ministry which prompts the forces of death to lash out.  As it was then, so it is now: wherever those forces of death congeal and gather the Light of Christ becomes NOT a gentle invitational flame but a cursing burn upon  our covetousness, our idolatry, our failure to keep the commandments.  Yet our Lord stepped forward in faith in accord with His, and our, Heavenly Father's intention for the creation, that the creation and we in it be saved for life rather than damned in death.  At the conclusion of our liturgy on The Sunday of the Transfiguration of Our Lord we bury our alleluias as we adopt a more somber tone and as we live into the hope of resurrection life, which we shall celebrate at the Resurrection of Our Lord on Sunday April 12, at both 6:30 AM and 9:00 AM.  At our 9AM liturgy on Easter Sunday we will joyously resurrect our alleluias!  

And as we invite YOU we want you to have some sense of the physical space which God has provided us and which we hope to share with YOU on these Sundays


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WE in the photo immediately welcome
 YOU 
who are considering our gathering in Christ 
as a possible experience 
of faithful worship in the life of God.



Greetings and blessings to you in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.  We welcome you and invite you to join us in worship and fellowship!

                   Worship Service Sundays at 9:00am           
                     

                                               
Welcome to Saint John (Sadler's) Lutheran Church

2916 Sadlers Church Road, Stewartstown, PA  17363

Church Office 717-993-3873            Pastor Ed Robbins 724-272-2683 (cell phone)

 

If you are looking for a place of Christian worship in which

Ø God is known to be Father, Son, and Holy Spirit;

Ø Scripture is read and revered;

(4 readings a Sunday, guided by the Revised Common Lectionary)

Ø Hymns are sung;

Ø A wonderfully sweet sounding choir supports us musically;

Ø Confessions of sin and faith are made;

(we alternate seasonally between the Apostles Creed and the Nicene Creed)

Ø Holy Communion is offered typically first Sunday of the month AND on all Festival Sundays as well as first Sunday of the current liturgical season;

Ø and Worship is Guided in accord with the Liturgical Calendar and its several seasons(Advent, Christmas, Epiphany, Lent / Holy Week, Easter, and Pentecost);

 

we may well be the place for you to visit, explore, and consider.

We are a Liturgical Church

keeping the Church Year.


Our church has ample parking. 
The church building is accessible for those with disabilities.  
Personal hearing-assist devices are available. 
We have an active choir and we always welcome new voices.    


Currently we have Two Primary Activities

Every Sunday a Worship at 9AM

Liturgy of the Word most Sundays of the month

           2/16/20 and then in March 2020 3/8, 15, 22, & 29

Liturgy of Word & Sacrament typically the first Sunday of the month

3/1/20 The First Sunday in Lent

AND on the Festival Sundays we also offer Holy Communion

2/23/20 The Transfiguration of Our Lord

&

An Every Other Week Bible Study on Ephesians

if you are interested in the Bible Study contact Pastor Ed

at pastored@nfdc.net or on his cell phone 

to express your interest and make arrangements 

to pursue your interest - our Bible study continues in its every other week, Fridays at 12:30 schedule


We are planning toward a Lenten Mid-Week service focusing upon 

Stations of the Cross.

Dates for this Mid-Week Lenten 

Liturgy of the Word 

have been established:

Tuesdays 12:30PM

3/3, 3/10, 3/17, 3/24, 3/31, and 4/7

  Our Hands 


God's Work, Our Hands
(and Hearts and Minds and Response)