*Dear saints of God at St. John, Palmer:  


Hear the words of Jesus: Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid (John 14:27). Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven (Matt. 5:16).  


As COVID19 and its related concerns have hit our area harder in recent days we are being given a once in a lifetime opportunity. We have the chance to show our children, family, and neighbors what matters most: God’s Word and love. There is nothing more important in life! This is a time to witness and encourage one another in our common faith and hope in Christ Jesus. We all wrestle with fear, but we are not afraid. Where is death’s sting? We live from faith in the risen Lord Jesus.  

The elders and I cannot prescribe what this specifically means for you. But the adage applies: “Where there’s a will, there’s a way.” Let me suggest the following thoughts on what those ways might include:  

  • If you are sick, stay home and get better. Please let me know if you need pastoral care.

  • Come to Sunday church and church events if you are healthy and not at high risk. We need to be together as the family of God.  

  • Make use of “car church.” I know it is not ideal, but it is still a way to be physically present. If you are at-risk or uneasy about being indoors, this is a powerful witness to what is worth sacrificing for. We have the radio broadcast and will bring communion out to you. We have several people who have continuously listened and communed outdoors since the pandemic began.  

  • The parish hall with live video is available for elderly and high-risk people who require social distancing and/or masking. Please respect this space and use it if appropriate.  

  • Step up home devotions. Read a portion of Scripture. Sermon audio is posted on our website. Ask me for help if you are stumped. Even if you are stuck at home, you can still be in the Word.

Only you can determine which category you fall into. Let us not judge one another or grow suspicious but love one another and explain our neighbor’s actions in the kindest way. And let us not use COVID19 as our excuse to fall into bad habits. Consider these words from Hebrews 10:24-25: And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near. To the early Christians, the temptation to neglect meeting together was not that it was inconvenient or that there was a game on that morning. The temptation was that going to church was risky and dangerous.  


There were times in the early church when Christians risked their lives and livelihoods by going to church. But they got creative. They met secretly. The found ways of meeting around the body and blood of Jesus. We will follow their example. If things get worse or there is new information, we can make further adjustments.  

I will remain your pastor and St. John will remain your church family no matter your situation. If you need something, let me know and we will find a way forward with God’s help and with his blessing.  


Do not be afraid of sudden terror, nor of trouble from the wicked when it comes; for the LORD will be your confidence, and will keep your foot from being caught (Proverbs 3:25–26).  



Pastor Hayes


*Higher Things has a devotion for the Second Sunday of Easter from John 20:19-31; click here to read it!

*Higher Things® is pleased to provide free daily devotions, called “Reflections” for youth and their families.  These Reflections are centered in the Gospel of Jesus Christ and are based upon each day’s texts from the weekly readings in the one-year lectionary and from Luther’s Small Catechism. They are offering Daily Reflections for Easter (April 4th - May 22nd). They are available as a printable booklet and in a variety of formats. Click here to access this! You may also click here to take you directly to the scrolling online PDF format.

*Concordia Publishing House (CPH) has a blog worth reading: "Understanding Worship: Service of the Word;"      click here to read it!


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Since 1878 St. John Ev. Lutheran Church of rural Palmer has been a community of faith that was, is, and always will be firmly built on the foundation of God's Son Jesus Christ.  This church is a member of Circuit 7, Kansas District of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod.



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New Cross and Ball

From Campbellsville Industries Inc.:

A decorative gold leaf cross for St. John’s Lutheran Church in Palmer, Kansas. The cross was given a 23 ½ K gold lead finish and turned out beautifully. The cross mast is fabricated from 3” x 5” aluminum tube, is 6’-0” in height with a 20” diameter ball, and cross arms and vertical mast that come to a 4-way point. The cross has a much larger decorative base assembly that goes below the cross and ball and is not shown, as it was not a part of the gold leafing.

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 St. John Ev. Lutheran Church is served by the men and women of the church council.  The church council is made up of the President, Vice President, Recording Secretary, Treasurer, Financial Secretary, the Board of Elders, the Board of Trustees, the Board of Education, and the Board of Evangelism Chairman.  Learn more about who is serving and what they do on Church Council.


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St. John Ev. Lutheran Church

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