Pastoral Care

  Pastoral Care  
Please contact our church office if you would like to speak with our pastors, or are in need of any church service.
secretary@stjlutheran.org
    Weddings
  • Please visit our Wedding site
     

    Policy on Marriage

    We believe that marriage is the uniting of one man and one woman in a single, exclusive, lifelong union as described in Scripture (Gen. 2: 18-25; Matt. 19: 4-6). Marriage, as created and instituted by God, serves a sacred purpose as a picture of the marriage between Christ and His bride the Church (Eph. 5:32). It has been and remains the policy of this congregation that our pastors will not officiate over any marriages inconsistent with those beliefs, and our church property may not be used for any marriage ceremony, reception or other activity that would be inconsistent with our beliefs and this policy.

    We also recognize and support our pastors’ right of refusal to perform a wedding ceremony that goes against his conscience or conflicts with our congregation’s other stated beliefs. In such circumstances, we also do not permit the use of our facilities.

    Baptism
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    Catechisim
  • Catechism

    Please visit our Catechesis site

    Instruction leading to confirmation is held over the course of eight plus years for children in our Christian Day School as they learn Bible stories, memorize critical Bible passages, and study and memorize Martin Luther’s Small Catechism.

    Children attending public schools are instructed on Wednesday evenings. Children in the 5th and 6th grades study Bible history and begin memorizing Luther’s Small Catechism. In the 7th and 8th grades, catechesis becomes more intense as the young people are instructed more thoroughly in the doctrines and practices of the Lutheran Church.

    The pastors, due to their ordination vows and the importance of the task, serve as the catechetical instructors. The Lutheran Confessions state that "our churches teach that no one should publicly teach in the Church, or administer the sacraments, without a rightly ordered call" (Augsburg Confession, Article XIV). Martin Luther’s Small Catechism is the basic textbook used for catechesis. All catechumens are expected to memorize Luther’s Catechism and supporting Bible verses.

    Confirmands are examined publicly on their confirmation day which is always held on the first Sunday in May. The congregation is invited and encouraged to attend the examination.

    Confession & Absolution
  • INDIVIDUAL CONFESSION AND ABSOLUTION

    Available in the sanctuary on the first Thursday evening each month at 6:30 p.m. to hear the living Words of the Risen Christ spoken personally to you in the holy absolution by your pastors.

    You may prepare for confession by reading Luther's Small Catechism (LSB pages 321-330) or one of seven penitential psalms (Psalm 6, 32, 38, 51, 102, 130, 143).

    If you would like to preview the service that will be used in private confession and absolution it can be found in the Lutheran Service Book (LSB) on page 292. 


    We provide worship materials in each pew, but if you would like to learn more, or order a personal copy, contact our church office, or visit Concordia Publishing House

    Funerals and Cemetery

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    Counseling
  • "Rejoice with those who rejoice; weep with those who weep." (Romans 12:15)
     

    Your pastors are available to meet with members who are feeling troubled, conflicted, or afflicted. If this describes you, reach out to Pastor Briel or Pastor Johnson via phone or email to schedule an appointment.
    Homebound Visits
  • Your pastors welcome the opportunity to visit with and offer the Lord's Supper to members who are ill or otherwise unable to attend church. Please contact the church office to schedule a visit at 763-420-2426.