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Summer worship schedule

Believe it or not, summer is just around the corner! We will have worship on our regular schedule May 20 and May 23. Beginning May 27, we will move to a single 9:00 am Sunday morning service. On Wednesday, May 30 there will not be a service. On Wednesday, June 6 worship will resume. Still at 6:30 pm, but out by the fire pit as weather permits. Routines shift in the summer, but we still worship God every week!

Holy Week Worship

  • No Wednesday Worship
  • Maundy Thursday – 11:00 am & 6:30 pm with First Communion
  • Good Friday – 6:30 pm
  • Easter Sunday – 6:30 am (Blended Sunrise Service), 8:00 am (Traditional Festival Service), & 10:15 am (Traditional Festive Service)

Another chance to hear the Christmas message

If you weren’t here at Christmas Eve or Christmas Day, Pastor John’s Christmas Eve sermon and Pastor Nirmala’s Christmas Day sermon are available online. You can also find all our Wednesday and Sunday sermons on our website, so check in any time you want to catch up!

Listen at stjohnskasson.org/sermons

Time for worship this season

As we read through Unwrapping the Names of Jesus, our Advent devotional this year, we are reminded to slow down and reflect to prepare our hearts for Christmas. Here are some of the ways you can focus on Christ this Advent and Christmas:

  • Unwrapping the Names of Jesus Advent Devotions
    Now through Dec. 24
    This book is available in the Narthex – please take one for your family! And follow along with us on Facebook as we have daily prompts and ideas.
  • Lessons & Carols
    Dec. 10 | 8:00 am & 10:15 am
    Dec. 13 | 6:30 pm (shortened version)
    This joyous service of spoken word and music will tell the Christmas story from the prophesy of the ancient prophets to the celebration at Jesus birth. More…
  • Grief Support Gathering
    Dec. 14 | 11:00 am
    Anyone who has lost a loved one is invited to celebrate your memories at a dinner and program on Thursday, December 14 at 11 am in the Fellowship Hall. A grief support counselor from Season’s Hospice will be our guest speaker. Bring a dish to share as you are able. Please RSVP by December 10 to the office (507-634-7110). Come to receive comfort and peace.
  • Children’s Christmas Program
    Dec. 17 | 10:15 am
  • Senior Community Worship
    Dec. 21 | 2:00 pm
    Senior Christmas Worship will be held December 21 at 2:00 pm. Refreshments will be served in the Fellowship Hall following the service. All are welcome.
  • 4th Sunday in Advent
    Dec. 24 | 9:00 am
    Christmas Eve happens to fall on the 4th Sunday of Advent. We will still worship Sunday morning, but at one service at 9:00 am instead of our regular 8:00 and 10:15 am times.
  • Christmas Eve
    Dec. 24 | 2:30 pm, 4:30 pm, 7:30 pm
  • Christmas Day
    Dec. 25 | 9:00 am

Advent & Christmas Special Events

  • Lessons & Carols
    Dec. 10 | 8:00 am & 10:15 am
  • Grief Support Gathering
    Dec. 14 | 11:00 am
  • Children’s Christmas Program
    Dec. 17 | 10:15 am
  • Senior Community Worship
    Dec. 21 | 2:00 pm
  • 4th Sunday in Advent
    Dec. 24 | 9:00 am
  • Christmas Eve
    Dec. 24 | 2:30 pm, 4:30 pm, 7:30 pm
  • Christmas Day
    Dec. 25 | 9:00 am

Find a full schedule of events at stjohnskasson.org/calendar

Notes:

  • Dec. 27 – NO worship
  • Jan. 31- worship at 9:00 am

Service of Lessons & Carols

The music ensembles of St. John’s will present a service of Lessons and Carols Sunday, December 10 at the 8:00 am and 10:15 am services. A shortened service will also be presented the following Wednesday, December 13 at 6:30 pm. This is the twenty-fifth year the musicians of St. John’s have shared advent and Christmas music with the congregation. String players from the congregation and flutist Sarah Vinzant, from Kasson-Mantorville Schools, will join the ensembles this year.

A service highlight is four short movements from a Christmas Cantata entitled “For Us a Child is Born” for choir, bass soloist, and instruments. This piece was originally thought to be composed by J.S. Bach. Scholars now attribute it Johann Kuhnau, Bach’s predecessor at St. Thomas Church in Leipzig.

This joyous service of spoken word and music will tell the Christmas story from the prophesy of the ancient prophets to the celebration at Jesus birth. Please invite your friends to join us.

Senior Christmas Worship

Senior Christmas Worship will be held December 21 at 2:00 pm. Refreshments will be served in the Fellowship Hall following the service. All are welcome.

WELCA Thankoffering

The Women of the ELCA will lead us in Thankofferings on Sunday, November 12 at both worship services. On this day when the offering is brought forward, women, children, and anyone who wants to participate is welcome to bring food, blankets or whatever you like forward as an offering to those in need. You can use baskets, paper bags or however you like to bring this forward and leave it at the altar. All children are welcome to participate, parents also.

There will be offering envelopes available for anyone to use if they would like to participate with an offering of gratitude.

Thankofferings began in the late 19th century when boxes were placed in homes, the families usually women placed coins in them for times when they were blessed, usually this was every day. This traditions was started by the Episcopal Church women followed by the United Methodist women, later in the Lutheran tradition. This tradition is still active in all of these congregations. Please join the Women of St. John’s in this tradition.

Reformation Celebration Services Sunday, October 29

By Clark Johnson

What would you plan for a major anniversary party? St. John’s is preparing to celebrate the 500 Anniversary of the Reformation. When in 1517 Martin Luther stated that we are saved by faith alone, he had no intention of starting a movement that would eventually lead to a break with the Roman Catholic Church. Luther’s strong faith and that of others to follow resulted in the Protestant Reformation. Historians believe this Reformation was one of the most important and influential events in history. We certainly need to celebrate!

Every Monday we share a bit of wisdom from Martin Luther on our Facebook and Twitter feeds. Check out the full #MartinMonday series for more.

At the 8:00 and 10:15 services on October 29 we will celebrate with word and song. We will revisit the music and thoughts of Martin Luther with the help of ìClassic Brass,î an outstanding professional brass ensemble based in Rochester. Luther felt that music was a gift from God and a talent to be shared. He understood the tremendous benefit resulting from hearing the Word of God and then uniting as a congregation to offer thanksgiving in song. This is exactly our recipe for celebration. Please plan to join with the organ, brass, and choir as we celebrate our great heritage as Lutherans.

Celebrating the Saints Nov 5

Sunday, November 5 is the day we celebrate All Saints Day. We will be reading the names of members who have passed and lighting candles in memory of any saints for which you wish to come forward. If you have a loved one who has passed in the last year who you would like listed in our printed list, please contact the office by October 30 ((507) 634-7110 or office@stjohnskasson.org).

Worship by the Fire Schedule

We’ll be worshipping at St. John’s new fire pit every Wednesday at 6:30 pm. We do worship rain or shine! We just move inside if weather dictates.

Every week we’ll worship guided by a book called Liturgy of the Ordinary: Sacred Practices in Everyday Life. You bring a camp chair and we’ll bring the s’mores!

  • June 24: Blessing of the Pets
  • June 21: Celebration of VBS and Family Fun Night
  • June 28: Prayers for those on St. John’s mission & faith formation trips
  • July 5: Christmas in July
  • July 12: Celebration of Haiti Mission
  • July 19: Celebrate the County Fair
  • July 26: Prayers for confirmation campers
  • Aug 2: Celebration of Backpacking Trip
  • Aug 9: Festival in the Park/Celebrate our community
  • Aug 16: Celebration of Confirmation Camp
  • Aug 23: Affirmation of Baptism
  • Aug 30: Back to School Backpack Blessing

June Special Events

June 15 – Worship at Fairview @ 9 am
June 15 – Worship at Sunwood @ 2 pm
June 16-18 – Ironwood Springs Youth Retreat
June 19-23 – Dr. Seuss Vacation Bible School
June 21 – Family Fun Night @ 5 pm
June 23-29 – Haiti Mission Trip

Summer Worship Schedule

Worship by the Fire
Wednesday 6:30 pm service on the South Lawn by the Fire Pit. Schedule at www.stjohnskasson.org/worship

Sunday Worship
Sundays 9:00 am

More details & events available online at www.stjohnskasson.org/calendar

Summer Worship

Summer worship begins Sunday, May 28 and Wednesday, June 7 (no worship Wednesday, May 31). We will worship:

  • Sundays at 9:00 am
  • Wednesdays at 6:30 pm by St. John’s new fire pit

Reception for Linda Wunderlich

 

LindaWunderlichAfter 23 years of leading St. John’s ringing choirs (including starting them!), Linda Wunderlich is retiring. We’re saying “thank you” to her on Sunday, May 14 between services (approximately 9-10 am). Come and thank her for her time and plan to be in worship to hear the bells play!

A message from Linda:

St. John’ s ringing choirs began when three octaves of chimes were loaned to us in 1993. We had a group of youth that volunteered to ring. With the beginning of 1994 we had to return the chimes. I began a fundraising program that featured sponsoring a whole bell for $130, the bell casing for $60, the clapper for $30, or the handle for $30. We needed $4,810 for a thee-octave set (37 bells with cases). Within a month 50 plus individuals contributed enough to purchase the set of Malmark bells, gloves, stands, and music. Pastor Johnson wanted me to be on the stewardship committee. The bells were ordered and arrived in April 1994. In the fall of 1994 we began Senior and Junior Bell Choirs. A three-octave set of Malmark Chimes were purchased in March 2001 and a Children’s Chime Choir was begun.

The ringing choirs have rung for services, Dessert Concerts, Food Shelf Concert, Austin Area Ring Out, KM Christmas Program, 10 Area VII Festival Conference, 6 Area VII Young Ringers Camp, and 4 narrative/ringing of Bible stories. We have had 48 ringers in Senior Bells, 71 ringers in Junior Bells, and 93 ringers in Children’s Chimes. I have taken apart and polished a total of 851 bells, clappers, handles, and guards over 23 years.

It has been a privilege to be the director of these ringing choirsand see them sharing their faith through ringing at worship. My final service as director will be May 14th where Sr Bells will ring “In Christ Thereis No East or West” by John Behnke. It was commissioned to honor the dedicated service of the ringing choirs of St. John’s Lutheran Church, Kasson, Minn., and to the honor that I’ve had to be their director for the past 23 years.

God’s richest blessings,
Linda

Free AGAPE* Concert

On Wednesday, May 17, 7-9 pm (after Wednesday night worship), AGAPE* will be joining us at St. John’s for a FREE evening of music and storytelling. We will be collecting peanut butter and jelly (plastic containers only, please) for our Food for Friends program.

AGAPE* (Dave Scherer) combines rapping, dancing, storytelling, and his fluency in Spanish to connect with his listeners in a way that they really “get it.” His energy is contagious, and his stories of faith transcend differences. Even those who do not normally enjoy hip-hop find themselves dancing to his music and captivated by his unique presentation of the Gospel. You can find more information here.

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