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

Greetings Brothers and Sisters of Immanuel and St John’s!

Churches have now been given state permission to resume worship. Which is great news!  We will have some rules to follow:

We can only fill the sanctuary to 1/4 of the occupancy load—which is kinda close to “normal” summer attendance anyway…we can work with it;

We must wear facemarks;

We must stay 6’ apart from non-family;

We aren’t supposed to sing (unless we enforce a 12’ distance…which is a lot!);

We aren’t to distribute bulletins;

We aren’t to pass the peace with shaking hands; etc

All of this is quite possible to do. So we will plan on resuming worship this week, following these guidelines—and sanitizing the buildings both before and after (which we’re also doing).

With that in mind, please plan to join us, if you are healthy and feel safe doing so.

Obviously if you are not comfortable being in a group yet, then feel no pressure to attend.  

If you are healthy, and comfortable attending, join us at our regular worship times…and tell anyone who may not have received this email.

Sadly, I don’t have email addresses for MANY of our members (that’s something we’re going to have to work on when we get back into the swing of things!).

It will be wonderful to see many of you this Sunday!

Blessings!,

Pastor Derek

Sermon for 9/13/20

15th Sunday after Pentecost

Sermon for 9/6/20

14th Sunday after Pentecost

Sermon for 8/30/20

13th Sunday after Pentecost

Sermon for 8/23/20

12th Sunday after Pentecost

Sermon for 8/9/2020

10th Sunday after Pentecost

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.