Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Update on St. John's-in-Exile

As noted in a previous guest post, the sanctuary and parsonage of Historic St. John's Evangelical-Lutheran Church, a National Register of Historic Places location and Milwaukee Landmark, was stolen by two false members living and acting under false pretenses and without the authority of the St. John's constitution and member base.  That being said, St. John's Evangelical-Lutheran Church did not cease to exist when its sanctuary was stolen; a Church is not defined by its building.  A Church is wherever congregants are gathered around their called and ordained servant of Christ to receive the Holy Gospel in Word and Sacrament.  As such, right now St. John's is "in Exile."  This means that the parish has not given up fighting for her sanctuary, but will continue holding the Divine Service elsewhere until she gets it back.

At this point, the next scheduled Service is on the Solemnity of Solemnities, Easter Sunday (this Sunday, March 31st), at 6:00 P.M.  The location of the Service will be forthcoming.  But if you are in Milwaukee or know anyone in Milwaukee, we highly encourage you to share this information and consider attending.  St. John's is in a dire predicament, but the law and public support is on her side.  Consider showing solidarity with St. John's and sending a message to the thieves who stole her home and threw her undershepherd to the curb.

1 comment:

  1. Daniel -

    Thank you for the update!

    May the good Lord bless St. John's pastor and may He deal harshly with those involved with this apparent thievery extortion!

    Nathan M. Bickel