La Jolla Lutheran Church

We follow Jesus

Worship with us Wednesday
and Palm Sunday
(an online experiment!)

April 5 is Palm Sunday. You can join us online for a worship service followed by time for everyone to check in and report how things are going for them.

You can get the bulletin on this website a few hours before the service. But you may need to refresh your browser to get it. In the upper left of your screen there's a circle with an arrow in it. Push that once. If nothing happens, press the ctrl key (control) and the circle with the arrow at the same time. That will force your browser to show what's current on our website rather than something it stored several days ago.

About 9:20 Sunday morning, go to

Or if you have Zoom loaded already, go to meeting 785-750-362.

Those instructions will also work for our midweek service, Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. Check in about 6:20 p.m. Wednesday.

If you want to worship right now, we have this Sunday's video below. Get your Bible, a piece of paper and a pencil, and enjoy a 36 minute service.

Call your friends

We encourage members to maintain phone or video contact with others on a daily basis. Call a couple people you haven't seen today!

Not sure what to say? Here's a script you can follow!

"Hi! This is _____. I go to La Jolla Lutheran. I'm just calling to see how you're doing and to ask if there's anything I can pray about with you."

We encourage members to maintain phone or video contact with others on a daily basis. Call a couple people you haven't seen today! Thanks!

Meet an obstacle? Persist!

Some obstacles are sent by God to keep us from harm and danger. But most obstacles are just in the way of our discovering something wonderful.

When you meet an obstacle, you can take a quick time out to evaluate: am I at peace if I continue? If so, persist! The world is counting on you to make advances that no one else can make.

God, thanks for helping us to persist when we're doing something good but the way is blocked. Thank you. We praise you. Amen.

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God is near to the brokenhearted

Psalm 34:18 has some comforting words for people who are sad or feeling overwhelmed. It says that God is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit.

When Jesus met a man with leprosy, the man begged, "Lord, if you choose, you can make me clean."

The law of the day required lepers to call out "Unclean! Unclean!", so people could avoid them and not be contaminated. Lepers had to avoid contact with others. They were essentially on a lifetime quarantine.

But Jesus wasn't afraid to get close to the man. He touched him and said, "I do choose. Be made clean." Luke 5:13 says the leprosy left the man immediately.

When you are brokenhearted, God cares.

If you're brokenhearted or just feeling stuck, there are some things you can do while you're waiting for God to act.

Car wash dial

If you've ever been to a coin-operated car wash, you know that you can turn the dial to eight or ten settings. But you can only choose one at a time. If you have it set to "mist," the foaming brush won't work. To get the foaming brush to work, you have to pass by all the other options.

People are like this, also. If you have set your dial to "resentment" or "jealously" or "envy" or "rage," you're not going to experience God's love, joy, or peace until you switch your setting.

When people meet you, if they discover you are in the "anger" mode, they will limit their exposure to you. You'll be much happier when you choose to set your dial to "praise," "trust," "hope" or some other positive setting.

God, thanks for helping us choose attitudes like love, joy and peace. And thank you for being with people who are brokenhearted. We praise you. Amen.

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About La Jolla Lutheran Church

Improve your life. Learn about Jesus and discover what the Bible says.

Pastor Mark's messages will give you something to think about each week. His clear teaching on the Bible will help you apply it to your life.

Our mission statement is simple: We follow Jesus. When you arrive, you'll find kids, parents, and grandparents, all worshiping together in one extended family.

Once public worship resumes, our worship service will be at 9:30 a.m. From September through June, kids are invited to be in the worship service for part of the time with us and then to go to Sunday School after the children's message. In July and August, kids are part of the whole worship experience. (A nursery is provided for kids under three.) Worship is followed by coffee at 10:45 and Bible Study at 11:05.

Pastor Mark is the author of How to Pray for Healing (and what to do if nothing happens).


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La Jolla, California, 92037

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You'll be amazed when you follow God

When you first hear what God thinks, you may decide it's outrageous. It'll never work. It couldn't be true.

That's what Peter thought, when Jesus told him how to fish. But Peter was willing to give Jesus a chance. He was astounded at the result.

You will be astounded also, when you do what Jesus suggests.

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Don't be distracted from your purpose

When you know your God-given purpose, it's easier to stay on course, whether you face opposition (like Jesus did in Luke 4:29) or praise (like Jesus did in Luke 4:42).

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Trust God's healing power

When you're not feeling well, you can trust God who loves you.

Similarly, you can trust God when you see someone who is ill or in pain. Connect them with God who loves them.

The video below talks about God's ability both to heal you and to heal others through you.

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What is your top goal?

Your top goal will set the direction for your life, whether it's to be safe or have adventures or something else. Your top goal will cause you to pursue some things and reject others.

Because Jesus knew what his top goals were, he was able to avoid distractions and pursue things that kept him on the path God had laid out.

The video below shows why your top goals matter and how - when they are well chosen - they can help you achieve what God has called you to do.

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