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Lutheran Preaching and Teaching from St. John Random Lake, Wisconsin

Lutheran Preaching and Teaching from St. John Random Lake, Wisconsin

By Rev. Christopher Gillespie
St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church & School (Sherman Center) is in Random Lake, Wisconsin and is served by Rev. Christopher R. Gillespie. St. John Lutheran is God's place for Christians to gather around our Lord's Word and be edified by His gifts. We are a congregation of the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS). We unconditionally subscribe the Unaltered Augsburg Confession. St. John Lutheran School has been approved for accreditation through the accreditation process of the National Lutheran School Accreditation of the Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod.
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St. Matthias, Apostle—The Congregation at Prayer for February 24, 2021

Lutheran Preaching and Teaching from St. John Random Lake, Wisconsin

The Valley of the Dry Bones—The Congregation at Prayer for April 10, 2021
Text: Ezekiel 37:1-14
April 10, 2021
Bible Study: Hebrews -- Excursus: Sacrifice of the Mass
Wednesday, April 7, 2021
April 8, 2021
"The stone is rolled away" Easter 2021
Because the stone is rolled away, your debt is cancelled, your punishment is atoned for, and the one who did it all in your place is free. Every stone that lays heavy on your heart and conscience has been rolled away into the depths of the sea. God has reconciled the whole sinful world to Himself in Christ, who was given up for our sins and rose again for our righteousness.
April 4, 2021
"Easter is the eighth day, the beginning of a new week and our new life with Christ" - Easter Vigil 2021
But that’s not the end of the three days. The sign of Jonah doesn’t end with the sealed tomb. Just as the fish could not contain God’s man, so also the grave could not contain the Son of God. He burst the chains of death’s prison, destroying its captive hold forever.
April 4, 2021
"Jesus’ universal forgiveness transforms us from being murders into being forgivers" Good Friday Tenebrae Vespers 2021
You have no problem forgiving those who love you, serve you, and show you due humility. But forgive those who hate you, who slander you, who impose their will on you, who oppress you, or who tyrannize you? That takes some real effort and more than you have. What you want is sacrifice before forgiveness. You want them to grovel, beg, plead. This is your natural religion.
April 3, 2021
"Blood and Water" Good Friday Chief Service 2021
Preached on April 2, 2021
April 2, 2021
"Love and the Sacrament" Maundy Thursday 2021
We Christians should... cherish this Testament as a treasure of the highest value, should love it dearly, and should make use of it cheerfully and frequently, deriving from it much joy and consolation, thus fulfilling the will of our dying Lord and Savior. His command in this regard is plain; He urges upon us the use of this Sacrament. True Christians will never disregard this command, but will readily and often find comfort in its fulfillment, even until that day when the Lord, who Himself gave us such a Testament, shall again come from heaven to judge the living and the dead. (Martin Luther, Maundy Thursday Sermon)
April 2, 2021
Holy Thursday: Passion According to St. John 13-14
Thursday, April 1, 2021
April 1, 2021
Holy Tuesday: 
Passion According to St. John
John 12:1-50
March 30, 2021
Holy Monday: Passion According to St. Mark
Join the congregation of St. John in prayer each day and for Divine Service each Sunday at 9:30 am and Wednesday @ 7 pm, where God serves us with His gifts of forgiveness, life, and salvation.
March 29, 2021
"Bless Him and give Him thanks for all that He has done" Palmarum 2021
Words matter. Your entire life is dependent on you knowing words, what those words mean, and how to speak those words in a way that is intelligent and intelligible. Literacy is essential to for life and for faith. Without words, you cannot know the truth from error. Without words, you cannot hear of Jesus and His salvation. Without words, you lack the knowledge of what love for neighbor looks like. Words matter.
March 28, 2021
Bible Study: The Liturgies of Holy Week
We considered the liturgies of Holy Week, especially some of the more difficult texts.
March 28, 2021
"The love of Christ is stronger than the hatred of the world" Lent Midweek 5 2021
According to the best stories we have, and there’s no reason to doubt them, Peter was crucified upside down, and his brother Andrew died on an x shaped cross. Philip died by beheading or possibly stoning, Bartholomew was skinned alive, Thomas was killed with a spear, for Matthew it was a halberd, James the Less was crucified, or perhaps clubbed to death, Simon and Jude died together, sawn in half by some accounts. That only leaves James, the on