St John Evangelical Lutheran Church

                   
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When there wasn’t enough toilet paper on the shelves last spring, there was more than enough at the church. Today, we have these and other leftovers. There are crayons not used by Church School children to make art, coffee grounds not poured into the big silver percolators for the Adult Sunday School Class, and because we have communed only with bread, enough Communion wine to start a small winery.

 

Your building was mostly quiet in 2020. In fact, there were some days it was hard to remember the usual

hustle and bustle of meals, meetings, education, community gatherings, and worship.

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The building may have been quieter, but the Holy Spirit was not.

 

You were part of new worship experiences like WorshipLab and Hinterland Christmas Eve. We learned over Zoom and the meal of Holy Communion (minus the wine) included people from across the country over

Facebook.

 

Of course, when you worship at home you can include wine with your bread. At my house, I became slightly concerned about this practice when my own family was setting up our Communion for Hinterland Christmas Eve. Beside the candle and bread, I poured wine into our little cups and set them on the tray. My daughter, who usually serves as the Altar Guild and pourer of wine for worship at home, took a supervisory peek and asked, “Is that good wine?” Good grief, what is “good wine” to an 8-year old?

 

In the quiet church building with 2020 leftovers here and there, we have learned the Spirit is not quiet just because the building is. It has been a joy to meet you wherever you are through Devotions from the Badlands on Facebook and on Sunday mornings wherever you are. Pastor Joe and I recently received a letter from a woman in Georgia who found St. John when she read one of Pastor Joe’s online devotions through Luther Seminary. Since then, she joins your Sunday worship services. Her letter shared gratitude for the gift of community she has found at St. John with you.

 

It took a quiet building with far too much leftover toilet paper to lead to that relationship.

 

Pastor Lisa Lewton

 


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St John Lutheran Church
146 6th AVE W
Dickinson, ND 58601

Phone: (701) 225-6747
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