Pastoral Message on Mental Illness and Suicide

Posted by Pastor Linnéa Clark on June 11, 2018

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Dear St. John’s, This past Sunday, June 10, I used part of my sermon to reflect briefly on mental illness and suicide in the wake of the deaths by suicide of two celebrities. Because it resonated with many of you, I offer this adaptation of that message to you now. It includes suicide prevention resources. Please feel free to share this message with friends and loved ones whose lives have been affected by mental illness

Prayground FAQ

Posted by Pastor Linnéa Clark on May 2, 2018

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Prayground FAQ This month, St. John’s is exploring the possibility of adding a prayground to our sanctuary to help us welcome families with young children. We hope these frequently asked questions will be helpful to you in reflecting on the possibility of a prayground at St. John’s. What is a “prayground?” A prayground is a space in a church sanctuary for infants and toddlers to use during worship. Families can sit near it and participate

Sermon: Ash Wednesday 2018

Posted by Pastor Linnéa Clark on March 21, 2018

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What is the shape of love? Love is shaped like a singularity, infinitely small, from which all of time and space was born in an expanding whirl of heat and light. Suddenly, there was hydrogen; suddenly, helium; protons fusing in violent birth. Love is shaped like stars, coalesced into points of light, igniting the first elements of the universe and fusing them until they burn out. Love is shaped like brilliant death, the glorious explosion

Big Questions Sermon Series: August 20, 2017

Posted by Pastor Linnéa Clark on August 20, 2017

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Sermon August 20, 2017 St. John’s Lutheran Church Melrose Park, PA Big Questions: How do we hold onto our beliefs as the world changes around us? How do we overcome our own unfaithfulness?   This is the last sermon in this summer’s Big Questions series. It combines two related questions: How do we hold onto our beliefs as the world changes around us? and How do we overcome our own unfaithfulness? There is plenty in

Big Questions Sermon Series: August 13, 2017

Posted by Pastor Linnéa Clark on August 20, 2017

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Sermon August 13, 2017 “How does God know our thoughts if we are just a collection of biological impulses?” St. John’s Lutheran Church Melrose Park, PA   May the words of my mouth and the meditations of all our hearts be acceptable in your sight, O God, for you are our rock and our redeemer. Amen. I pray these words from Psalm 19 almost every time I preach. The prayer isn’t just for me. It’s