St. John Lutheran Church

The season of Epiphany begins on January 6 as the Christmas season comes to a close. This special celebration of the incarnation recalls many events in Jesus’ life: his birth, his baptism, and even his first miracle at a wedding feast in Cana, when he turned water into wine. Epiphany first draws...
In the first chapter of Luke, the Holy Spirit makes us witnesses of two miraculous encounters. First, the angel Gabriel appears to the priest Zechariah and reveals to him that his wife, Elizabeth, will bear a child even in her advanced age. They were to name this miracle child John, and he would...
Festival of Nativities committee member Kristy Loosbrock places one of 206 nativity sets and 35 ornaments on a display table Thursday, Dec. 2, at St. John Lutheran Church in Luverne. In the first-time event, an estimated 250 people walked through the displays located in the church basement, atrium and sanctuary.
Stories and memories flowed from St. John Lutheran Church in Luverne Saturday as the first Festival of Nativities took place with excellent participation from both nativity owners and the public. Parishioner Janet Marshall suggested the activity and assembled a committee to help organize and...
Ryan Arnold of Denver, Colorado, knew what was important to him. He also knew the risks. In fact, there were many risks to consider, but the decision he made demonstrated that he had his priorities straight: the life of his brother was worth risking it all. Before the surgery, where Ryan planned to...
With a rise in yet another variant of COVID, the discussion around vaccines is getting heated again. Around dinner tables, out in public, and even in the parking lots of our churches, people are divided about what they believe is the right answer. Nowhere is this battle more fervent, however, than...
The very first Pledge of Allegiance, written in 1892, simply read, “I pledge allegiance to my flag and the republic for which it stands: one nation indivisible with liberty and justice for all.” In 1923, the words, “the flag of the United States” were added to the pledge. In 1924, the words “United...
Think back to when you were a child. Do you ever remember doing something wrong and trying to hide it from your parents? As a kid you probably got yourself in all sorts of trouble. Sometimes your parents knew what you had done and other times they had no clue! But that still didn’t keep you from...
Is there a more iconic Christian image than Jesus as the Good Shepherd and his people as his sheep? It’s in Psalm 23, “The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not be in want.” You can find it in Revelations 7, “The Lamb at the center of the throne will be their shepherd.” And in the Gospel of John 10:27,...
Rev. Dr. Phil Booe
The Rev. Dr. Phil Booe is the new pastor at St. John Lutheran Church in Luverne, filling a vacancy left by the Rev. Gary Klatt, who recently retired. He and his wife, Becky, and their two children, Katie, 9, and Alex, 13, moved into the St. John parsonage in Luverne earlier this month. His...
In October we took a “Sheracation,” the first-ever trip where our dog, Shera, was able to come with us. I’ve heard some people express that they love seeing places and experiences through their children’s eyes – but have you ever thought about seeing things through a pet’s? Traveling with Shera was...

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