Sunday School & Adult Bible Study: 9:30 AM

Sunday Morning Worship & Holy Eucharist: 11:00 AM

WHAT WE BELIEVE

With the universal Christian Church, and as part of the Lutheran Church, St. John's Lutheran Church teaches and responds to the love of the Triune God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. We accept that the Holy Bible is God's Word, and teach the Bible-based teachings of Martin Luther that inspired the reformation of the Christian Church in the 16th century. The teaching of Luther and the reformers can be summarized in three short phrases: Grace alone, Scripture alone, Faith alone.

36 N. Fourth St, Allegany, NY 14706 || (716) 373-0025 || Rev. Derek J Cheek, DMin – Pastor

Coronavirus Update

Due to the pandemic, the State and County Health Departments have officially and unequivocally closed all congregations for worship until further notice. See below for worship services.

Service for May 24, 2020

Ascension Sunday!

Service for May 17, 2020

The sixth Sunday of Easter!

 

Announcements for May 17, 2020

Devotions

Sunday, May 17 – Matthew 6:19-33 and Psalm 54

Monday, May 18 – Deuteronomy 30:1-10 and Psalm 24

Tuesday, May 19 – Psalm 116:12-19 and Psalm 114

Wednesday, May 20 – John 14:15-21 and Psalm 136:1-3

Thursday, May 21 – Acts 1:6-11 and Psalm 130

Friday, May 22 – Isaiah 6:1-7 and Psalm 48

Saturday, May 23 – John 17:1-11 and Psalm 106:1-5

Readings

Acts 17:22-31
Then Paul stood in front of the Areopagus and said, “Athenians, I see how extremely religious you are in every way. For as I went through the city and looked carefully at the objects of your worship, I found among them an altar with the inscription, ‘To an unknown god.’ What therefore you worship as unknown, this I proclaim to you. The God who made the world and everything in it, he who is Lord of heaven and earth, does not live in shrines made by human hands, nor is he served by human hands, as though he needed anything, since he himself gives to all mortals life and breath and all things. From one ancestor he made all nations to inhabit the whole earth, and he allotted the times of their existence and the boundaries of the places where they would live, so that they would search for God and perhaps grope for him and find him–though indeed he is not far from each one of us. For ‘In him we live and move and have our being’; as even some of your own poets have said, ‘For we too are his offspring.’ Since we are God’s offspring, we ought not to think that the deity is like gold, or silver, or stone, an image formed by the art and imagination of mortals. While God has overlooked the times of human ignorance, now he commands all people everywhere to repent, because he has fixed a day on which he will have the world judged in righteousness by a man whom he has appointed, and of this he has given assurance to all by raising him from the dead.”

1 Peter 3:13-22
Now who will harm you if you are eager to do what is good? But even if you do suffer for doing what is right, you are blessed. Do not fear what they fear, and do not be intimidated, but in your hearts sanctify Christ as Lord. Always be ready to make your defense to anyone who demands from you an accounting for the hope that is in you;
 yet do it with gentleness and reverence. Keep your conscience clear, so that, when you are maligned, those who abuse you for your good conduct in Christ may be put to shame. For it is better to suffer for doing good, if suffering should be God’s will, than to suffer for doing evil. For Christ also suffered for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, in order to bring you to God. He was put to death in the flesh, but made alive in the spirit, in which also he went and made a proclamation to the spirits in prison, who in former times did not obey, when God waited patiently in the days of Noah, during the building of the ark, in which a few, that is, eight persons, were saved through water. And baptism, which this prefigured, now saves you–not as a removal of dirt from the body, but as an appeal to God for a good conscience, through the resurrection of Jesus Christ, who has gone into heaven and is at the right hand of God, with angels, authorities, and powers made subject to him.

John 14:15-21
“If you love me, you will keep my commandments. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate, to be with you forever. This is the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, because he abides with you, and he will be in you. “I will not leave you orphaned; I am coming to you. In a little while the world will no longer see me, but you will see me; because I live, you also will live. On that day you will know that I am in my Father, and you in me, and I in you. They who have my commandments and keep them are those who love me; and those who love me will be loved by my Father, and I will love them and reveal myself to them.”

Service for May 10, 2020

The fifth Sunday in Easter!

Dear Brothers and Sisters of Immanuel & St John’s,

I’m writing with sad news…the State and County Health Departments have officially and unequivocally closed all congregations for worship until April 22 (though it will probably be a bit longer in my estimation). They are threatening a $10,000 fine on any group religious meeting in-person, no matter how small.

We have been two of the few congregations who have continued to hold in-person worship services, and up to this point we have been carefully following their previous rules of social distancing and minimal occupancy guidelines. But those have now been rescinded. Any further assembling will be a clear breach of the law.

In consultation with leadership from both Immanuel and St John’s we have decided that we will comply with this order. We will not hold worship services until the Public Health officials deem it safe to do so.

We are doing this to minimize the spread of the very dangerous COVID-19 virus. This isn’t an attack on us as religious people; it is a public health issue. As Christian people we obviously care deeply about the health needs of both our own members, and of the general population around us. The NY State Dept. of Health, and our local Health Dept. deem this break in public assembly critical to local Public Health.  

At this time we are planning to postpone Maundy Thursday and Good Friday Services until the next Thursday/Friday we can safely meet again. For Sundays between now and then I will (with the help of technology angels) post a brief service of word and reflection on both congregations’ websites. Please check in with those sites for further information.

Immanuel: http://www.lutheranolean.org/  & St John’s: http://www.stjohnsallegany.com/

The Peace of Christ be with you!

Pastor Derek

Wednesday Prayer Meeting 04/15/20

At St. John’s, we come together every Wednesday evening at 7 o’clock to join in prayer. These days, we pray together – apart!

We have a variety of issues we lift up to the Lord. This list changes from week to week. Everyone is welcome! Bring your own concerns and we’ll pray together. God is listening!

 
 
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The Lord be with you

And also with you

Move among us, O God; give us life.

Make our hearts clean within us.

John 20:19-31

When it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and the doors of the house where the disciples had met were locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” After he said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord. Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.” When he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.” But Thomas (who was called the Twin), one of the twelve, was not with them when Jesus came. So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord.” But he said to them, “Unless I see the mark of the nails in his hands, and put my finger in the mark of the nails and my hand in his side, I will not believe.” A week later his disciples were again in the house, and Thomas was with them. Although the doors were shut, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here and see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it in my side. Do not doubt but believe.” Thomas answered him, “My Lord and my God!” Jesus said to him, “Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have come to believe.” Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book. But these are written so that you may come to believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that through believing you may have life in his name.

Prayer for Peace 

Renew us in mind and spirit.

Sustain us with your spirit of freedom.

Almighty God, give us wisdom to perceive you,

Intelligence to understand you,

Diligence to seek for you,

Patience to wait for you,

Vision to behold you,

A heart to meditate upon you,

A life to proclaim you.

 

The Lord’s Prayer

 

Prayers – 

Thanksgivings

Sick and homebound/ caregivers

Pandemic:

  • Those sick/ families
  • Medical personnel
  • Those affected economically
  • Those living in fear

Grieving

Those with dementia/ mental illness

Families/ the young/ Majengo

Leaders/ Churches

Those who travel

Prayer cards

Let us bless the Lord

Thanks be to God

“We do not come to God as strangers pleading for special favors, but as those He calls His children”

Father, we thank You for all Your answers – the “no” answers, the “not yet” answers, and the “yes” answers, because we know that You know best!

Lord, hear too the other prayers of our hearts – the prayers not mentioned aloud – the prayers that are deep inside us. Hear our prayers for healing – for peace – for forgiveness – for quiet – for grace upon grace…

All these things we ask in the name of Jesus.  Amen.