St John's Lutheran Church, La Grange IL 60525 (LCMS)

St. John's Lutheran Church and School
47th Street and Brainard Avenue, La Grange, Illinois 60525

 
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Weekly Worship at St. John's
St. John's worships weekly on Sunday mornings.

Sunday Worship
8:00a and 10:45a

Holy Communion on the 1st, 3rd and 5th Sunday on every month

Sunday Education Hour
9:25a-10:25a

We invite you to join us in giving glory to God as we continue our journey. St. John’s is giving glory to God in our church and school (Jerusalem), glory to God in the communities where we live (Judea), glory to God in nearby communities cross-culturally (Samaria) and glory to God even to the ends of the earth! (Acts 1:8).

 


Pastor Bruening's Message

Spending most of my life on the East Coast had given me the opportunity to observe and be deeply moved by events from our history:

A Sunday afternoon visit to St John’s Church in Richmond, VA. There was a reenactment of the Second Virginia Convention on March 20, 1775. An actor captured the powerful moment when, representing Patrick Henry, he proclaimed in the final words of his speech, “Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!”



A visit to Yorktown, VA. I was able to stand at Redoubt #10 and picture American troops storming the fortification and breaking the British line of defense on October 14, 1781, allowing the American and French troops to completely surround the British forced leading to the surrender on October 17, bringing an end to the Revolutionary War.


 


A visit to Fort McHenry in Baltimore, MD. I heard the story of how Francis Scott Key was led to write the words of our national anthem, “The Star Spangled Banner.” He had been captured and was aboard a British ship bombarding Fort McHenry. On September 14, 1814 after hours of bombardment he looked at the Fort and saw the American flag still standing. There is a very moving video that leads to the showing of that flag while the national anthem is played.

This next moment for me was not tied into any significant event in history. It was simply a very moving experience for me.

When I was a seminary student, another student and I flew to Europe out of what had just been renamed John F Kennedy Airport. Because the winds were blowing from east to west, which is somewhat unusual, we had to fly west of JFK and then circle back to the airport which meant we flew over the New York harbor and I looked down and saw the Statues of Liberty there, tears welled up in my eyes as I thought about coming home to my country.

Having taking you on this tour of experiences I have had, I end with a prayer:


O beautiful for spacious skies,
For amber waves of grain.
For purple mountain majesties,
Above the fruited plain!
America! America!
God shed his grace on thee.
And crown thy good with brotherhood,
From sea to shining sea!



O beautiful for pilgrim feet,
Whose stern impassioned stress.
A thoroughfare of freedom beat,
Across the wilderness!
America! America!
God mend thine every flaw.
Confirm thy soul in self-control,
Thy liberty in law!

In His Service,
Pastor Bruening

 


 


 

 

 

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Sunday Worship
8:00 & 10:45 a.m.

Sunday Education Hour
9:25-10:25 a.m.


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