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Quick Information

9:00 a.m. - Sunday School and Adult Bible Study

10:30 a.m. - Sunday Divine Service
(Holy Communion is celebrated weekly).

We are located on Jefferson Ave., just south of I-44 in St. Louis, MO.

Map of 2241 S Jefferson Ave, Saint Louis, MO 63104-2237

Parking lot is accessible behind the church from Armand or Shenandoah.

(314) 776-1274


Farewell to Pastor Hellwege

Posted: July 3rd, 2015, by Alicia Rolland

It is with joy and sadness that Emmaus prepares for our final worship service with Pastor Hellwege before he transitions to a new call. We rejoice with Pastor and his family over the blessing of his opportunity to serve at Concordia Lutheran Seminary in Edmonton. At the same time, we will greatly miss Pastor’s faithful preaching, teaching, and spiritual counsel among us.
Please mark your calendars for Sunday, July 19, and join us for Pastor Hellwege’s final Sunday at Emmaus. Bible class is at 9 a.m. and Divine Service begins at 10:30 a.m. A reception for the Hellweges will follow the service.
“The saints in Christ are one in ev’ry place to serve the Gospel of His costly grace; From those first days to this, our hope the same: the love of Christ, one Lord, one saving name.”

—LSB 838:1

Rev. Dr. John Hellwege called to seminary professorship

Posted: June 28th, 2015, by bmayes

Beloved in Christ,

After much prayer and deliberation, I have decided that it is our LORD’s will for me to accept the call to Concordia Lutheran Seminary, Edmonton, AB of the Lutheran Church Canada.  This has been a difficult decision, and it will be hard for me to leave Emmaus after all these years.

I am very thankful for Emmaus and all of the love and support you have given me over these past 7 years.  I will always hold Emmaus and each of you dear in my heart and I pray for God’s richest blessings for each of you, and for His sustaining blessings upon Emmaus as well.

I do not know what God has planned for Emmaus, but I look forward to hearing how He will continue to work through you.

In Christ,

Pr. Hellwege

Rev. John Hellwege, Ph.D.

Pastor, Emmaus Lutheran Church

Ascension Service

Posted: April 30th, 2015, by hellwegej

On Thursday, May 14, at 6 PM, Emmaus will be holding our annual Ascension service.   So, what’s the big deal? Ascension has become a largely forgotten holiday in the contemporary Church. People don’t decorate their homes for Ascension; we don’t give gifts or have Ascension parties. Jesus’ Ascension has been upstaged by other Christian days.

Especially in this day and age, Jesus’ Ascension can seem insignificant. In a day when we worry about devastating earthquakes, beheadings and other martyring of Christians, police brutality and rioting in the US, and even possible government persecution of churches who maintain the biblical teachings about homosexuality, what difference does it make that Jesus ascended bodily into heaven?

All the difference in the world!

Jesus didn’t ascend into heaven as a dramatic way of leaving this planet after His earthly ministry was trough. Jesus didn’t ascend into heaven in order to enjoy a well earned rest after His death on the cross and subsequent resurrection. No, Jesus Ascended into heaven to, as the Apostle’s Creed so eloquently put it, to sit “at the right hand of God, the Father Almighty.” And this sitting at the right hand of God the Father means that Jesus now reigns, along with the Father, over all creation.

Therefore, when the world seems to be completely out of control, it is Jesus’ Ascension that reminds us that He is still in control. When we wonder if knife wielding terrorists will end the Christian Church, Jesus’ Ascension points out who is really in charge. When we look at uncertainty in our own lives, Jesus’ Ascension reminds us that the one who died for us, is the same one reigning over all creation.

I therefore urge you to celebrate Jesus’ Ascension this year. If your church does not have an Ascension service, please join us at Emmaus.


In Christ,

Pastor Hellwege

Holy Week at Emmaus, April 2-5, 2015 A+D

Posted: March 30th, 2015, by bmayes


Here at Emmaus Lutheran Church, our Holy Week Schedule is:

Maundy Thursday, April 2, 6:00 p.m.

Good Friday, April 3, 6:00 p.m.

Easter Sunday, April 5, 10:30 a.m.

We invite you to join us during this most holy of times.

A curious thing has happened in recent history of the Church in America.  Holy Week and Easter has been eclipsed by Christmas.  What is Christmas?  It is the celebration of Jesus’ birth, in fact the celebration of the miracle of God becoming flesh.  However, this would do us no good if God in the flesh did not also suffer, die and rise again for our salvation.  If there would be Christmas, but no Easter, Christmas would only mean the coming of a visitor, but not a savior.

Throughout history, the primary festival of the Church has been Easter, but even here there is more to it than just Easter.  Rather, it is a celebration and remembrance of Jesus’ passion for our sakes.  Thus, the celebration is actually over a week long.  The celebration of Jesus’ passion starts with Palm Sunday.  This day is set aside in the Church to remember how Jesus entered into Jerusalem, hailed as a king, in order to ultimately take His crown of thorns and ascend his throne on the cross.  The next major celebration is Maundy or Holy Thursday.  The term “Maundy” comes from the Latin for mandate, as Jesus gave the mandate to love one another.  This day remembers also Jesus’ institution of the Lord’s Supper, which was tied directly to His Passion.  It was after this, on what we would call Thursday night, but was part of Friday by the Jewish calendar, Jesus was then arrested.  Good Friday is then the time that we specifically commemorate Jesus’ suffering and death on the cross.  It was there that Jesus bore the guilt for all mankind and took God’s wrath for our sins that we might be forgiven.  Finally, Easter is the celebration of Jesus’ resurrection.  Because Jesus rose from the dead, as God’s people, we are now promised eternal life with Him.

These events are the core of the Gospel, of God’s salvation being won for us through Jesus.  This is what Christianity is all about.  Let us reclaim these as the central celebrations of the Church year.

We encourage you to take time this Holy Week to celebrate Jesus’ passion, suffering, death, and resurrection.

Spring Newsletter 2015

Posted: March 28th, 2015, by Alicia Rolland

God has provided Emmaus with wonderful opportunities in the last few months, and we’re excited to share!

Learn all about our school building’s new chapter thanks to Emmaus’ recent partnership with Educational Enterprises, Inc. Find out about Thrive Parent University’s new meeting space, and enjoy a devotional message from Pastor Hellwege.


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