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John Johns

John Johns

Monday, 18 September 2017 14:07

Go! Sermon Series

"Go!” This command shows up almost more than any other in the Bible. Go to Pharaoh. Go to Nineveh. Go to Jerusalem. Go up, go down, go over, and go between. Go tell, go find, and go share. Go and baptize. God is constantly telling people of faith to “Go!” We are a people on the move. God calls us out, inviting us to go to places and people in the name of Jesus. This fall, we’ll hear twelve “Go!” stories from the Hebrew Scriptures and see how they shape us to listen, learn, and go!

SEPT 10 Go Create - Genesis 1:1-2:4a
SEPT 17 Go Sacrifice - Genesis 21 and 22
SEPT 24 Go Bless – Genesis 27 and 28
OCT 1 Go Speak - Exodus 2, 3, 4
OCT 8 Go Share - Exodus 16:1-18
OCT 15 Go Hear - 1 Samuel 3:1-21
OCT 22 Go Look - 1 Samuel 16:1-13; Psalm 51:10-14
OCT 29 Go (W)holy - REFORMATION 500!
NOV 5 Go Reclaim - 1 Kings 19:1-18
NOV 12 Go Seek - Amos 1 and 5
NOV 19 Go Walk - Isaiah 9:1-7
NOV 26 Go Settle - Jeremiah 29:1, 4-14

Wednesday, 02 August 2017 10:39

The Ever-changing Fabric of Music

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What does church music look like to you? As Lutherans, we embrace a rich tapestry of styles and textures from traditional hymns to praise songs; from chants to global rhythms. We lift up the gifts of those who wish to offer them. Some days, that might look like piano, drums and singers. Other days we might hear guitar and violin. Every day, everyone assembled is invited to sing along to lift up our message and praise.

This year, as some of the threads of our musical brocade come out, what threads will we weave in to replace them? What musical gifts do you have to offer? Could you play your clarinet once in a while?

Do you play the cello and haven’t been sure if we might work it into worship? Please let me know the next time you see me or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.!

I’d especially like to work on special music offerings, as we build up to our 500-year Reformation celebration in October.

Thursday, 06 July 2017 16:54

The Other Sacrament

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For those of us who start our morning worshiping at St. Arbucks (that’s StarbucksTM, for those of you who don’t take your coffee as seriously as I do), coffee is our first step to facing the world each morning; it provides an opportunity to stop and think about the day ahead; it is a vehicle for conversation and fellowship. I could write a few chapters drawing parallels between coffee and our life as a worshiping community!

For now, I’d like to talk about fellowship and the opportunities we have at Lord of Life. So how does coffee affect our lives in fellowship with each other?

Thursday, 18 May 2017 09:05



The expanse of green space on our property gives us a unique opportunity to serve the community by growing food for our local pantries. The same expanse provides an especially fruitful hunting ground for one of nature's most keen predators. I love all the bunnies and chipmunks and squirrels so it is hard to stomach the idea that each day one of them becomes a victim of our resident hunter.

Mary Oliver, one of the greatest poets of our lifetime, gives beautiful imagery to the hawk's stalking of its prey.

Thursday, 04 May 2017 14:16

Making a Difference

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The good work we do at Lord of Life makes a difference in our community. From Stepping Forward to Faith Food Pantry; from big projects like Family Promise to actions as simple as helping to pay fines at Woodland Elementary Library so students can continue to explore and check out library books; we are always looking for ways we can help.

We're always glad when we find out what an impact we are having in the world.

Thursday, 23 March 2017 14:13

E = mc2

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We’ve all heard that E=mc2. I’m not a physicist, so I won’t pretend to understand how mass and speed come together to make energy or how energy divided by speed becomes mass or however that works. I was probably sitting at a piano when I should have been studying for a science test. I managed, at least, to rattle off for a test that the E in the equation stands for “energy.”

So what does the E in ELCA stand for?

Friday, 17 March 2017 10:05

Make Music with us for Easter


Do you play an instrument? Join us for Easter worship for the Easter Vigil (April 15, 8:30 pm) and/or Easter Sunday (8, 9:30, and/or 11 am) to add extra joy to our celebrations. Let John know at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Thursday, 09 March 2017 15:45


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I didn’t expect to find myself putting together a crib on Monday afternoon. My work day was almost over when I saw Pastor Lowell dashing from one part of the building to another, trying to prepare for Family Promise guests to arrive for their second day. A new family would be coming – one who was new to Family Promise and had an 18-month old and a 6-month old to care for.

Thanks to IKEA’s online assembly instructions, we finished the crib just as families began to arrive for the day. Kathy and Maddie Wagonfield were putting the finishing touches on dinner and Jenny Smith greeted several children and a few adults as they came in from a day of work, school, and job interviews.

Friday, 03 March 2017 08:26

A Brief Silence for Reflection

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Each Sunday there are several times during worship when a rubric indicates “A Brief Silence for Reflection” or some similar phrase. It is meant to be a time for us to prepare to pray, but the brief silence can be uncomfortable for us. Some of us fidget. Sometimes someone jumps into the next prayer before the worship leader starts it.

With all of our technology, it is rare to find a quiet moment. If you walk or run, you probably put some headphones in and listen to music. When you get home, you might turn on the TV. If you’re like me, you don’t even go to bed without some sort of intentional noise in the background to drown out ... what? Creaky house noises? My own thoughts? What is it about the quiet time that makes us squirm?

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