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

Lenten / Easter Services

February 25—March 25
10:45a and 7p

Palm Sunday, March 29
8a and 10:45a

Maundy Thursday, April 2
12p and 7p

Good Friday, April 3
12p and 7p

April 5
8a and 10:45a

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

The Season of Lent—beginning with Ash Wednesday

In the Gospel that we read for Ash Wednesday we heard Jesus say: “Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! For if the deeds of power done in you had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago, sitting in sackcloth and ashes.” [Matthew 11: 21] It was a clear sign to others when one would see ashes on the person that they were repenting of sin.

Martin Luther reminds us that such repentance really needs to be done daily when he says in the small catechism “our sinful self, with all its evil deeds and desires, should be drowned through daily repentance.” [What does Baptism mean for daily living?]

Ash Wednesday accentuates the importance of such repentance. It is important to recognize that the name of this day, Ash Wednesday, remind us that:

1.) We are sinners as Jesus says in the Gospel and deserve to sit in sackcloth and ashes. Jeremiah spoke to the people of his day saying that because of their sin “O daughter of my people, put on sackcloth, and roll in ashes.” [Jeremiah 6: 26]

2.) As sinners we are destined to death. When Adam and Eve had sinned, God reminded them that they would die saying, “dust you are and to dust you shall return,” [Genesis 3: 19] the very words we use when we impose the ashes on a person’s forehead.

3.) When ashes are placed on a person’s forehead, they are placed there in the form of the cross, reminding us that Jesus has taken our sin upon Himself and died for our sin and has also risen from the dead to assure us that because of the cross and resurrection we have that promise of eternal life.

Throughout the season of Lent, we are reminded that this is a penitential season. We omit the hymn of praise (This is the Feast, or Glory be to God on high) eliminate Alleluias to remind ourselves that we need that time to repent so that when Easter comes, we can pull out all of the stops and fill the air with Alleluias.

In His Service,
Pastor Bruening






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

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9:25-10:25 a.m.

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