The operations of Christ Lutheran Church continue even though we are presently not meeting publicly for worship. Your tithes and offerings are appreciated. Feel free to mail them to Christ Lutheran Church, 2020 W Malone, Peoria, IL 61605. You can also leave a one time or recurring gift at our website. Click on an online giving tab below. THANK YOU!

Worship 3-22-2020 is posted on the Resources Page above
This file for this service was very large so it come in parts A-D. Click on download. Then click view. Though remember this is an audio file. No pictures.

Dearest Members of Christ Lutheran:
Christ Lutheran Church will be canceling all services through April 1 due to the CDC restrictions on gatherings of 50 people or more and President Trump’s request to limit crowds to 10. We are in the process of setting up to host services via Facebook Live.  Please stay tuned as this is a rapidly evolving situation and we will continue to provide updates here and on Facebook.

If you are not on FACEBOOK this would be a great time to connect with one of our young millennials and have them help you. 😉

There are also plans to place an audio version of the service at the Resources Link above and a printed copy via email. If you know someone who needs a printed copy please call the church office and leave a message with Laura or Pastor. Please request printed media only if needed. We are trying to limit  costs as much as possible.

I’m also working on LifeLight and other resources to post here. Call the church office with any mail requests.

“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble,” (Psalm 46:1). He is great, and we do not need to be afraid. Indeed, as St. Paul reminds us “If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things?” (Romans 8:31-32).


Fellow redeemed at Christ Lutheran,

Grace, mercy and peace to you from God, our Father, and our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!

When facing the threat of death, one of my favorite go to devotions highlights how quickly our good fortunes can end. “Today prosperous and secure, tomorrow unemployed. Today cheerful and content, tomorrow broken and weak. Today confident in the loving concern of our Savior, tomorrow wondering whether He (our Lord) cares.” But He does care, and on the night He was betrayed, that evening when it seemed like the end of the world to our Lord’s disciples, He assured them, “"Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me” (John‬ ‭14:1‬ ‭ESV‬‬). 

It occurs to me, as we approach the memorial of those fateful days, that those words are equally applicable to us; especially in the sudden wake of the Corona Crisis.

“Don’t leap to any false conclusions about me and my concern for you. I cared enough to join the human race when I could have just continued in my majesty forever. I suffered for the human race, more than you will ever suffer. I did my Father’s will and finished my Father’s work. I carried out his plan of salvation as your representative before his bar of justice. He raised me again to demonstrate that his justice is satisfied. You are forgiven. See my hands. See my side. See my empty tomb... We quickly find out how weak our faith is. But our God... our God is strong.”

So let us pray. Many of you know and cherish these words given to Solomon in 2 Chronicles 7: 14 “if my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land” (2 Chronicles‬ ‭7:14‬ ‭ESV‬‬). These words remind us that sin has consequences and there are many we have willingly committed or stood tacitly by while others did. There’s much we might confess individually and as a people. But we do knowing that our God is a god of grace and mercy. That He will forgive. That above all He loves and cares for us; and stands ready to hear us. So let us pray for God to relent and stunt this virus, that He would shorten this time of chastening. Let us pray for our leaders, for their wisdom and their success, no matter what their party or politics. Let us pray for us and ours, that we remain safe; and that those who are ill be healed. Let us pray for our church, her workers and families, for the work and ministry that takes place at Christ Lutheran and that we embrace this time as an opportunity to things we never had time for. Let us pray.

And let us seek God in His Word. Brother Matthew Schneider reminded his flock in Indiana, “We might be tempted to let disruptions in the news or in our daily lives derail long-established (or not-so-long-established) habits of gathering around God's Word either individually or as members of Christ's body.  Whatever happens in the next months, or whenever the next scare comes along, I encourage you to continue with your own daily Bible study and devotion as well as, where possible, group Bible study and the Divine Service (worship).” I ditto that. This is an excellent time for parents, especially you fathers, to step up and be the spiritual leaders God has called you to be.

I’ve provided some resources. I will continue to do so. I can’t post everything, but I hope to show you the vast array of resources that are always available online, but that we’ll need to rely on in these perilous times. AND SHARE THEM WITH YOUR FRIENDS. What an easy, non-threatening way to share your faith at a time many folks are looking for comfort and hope. As one of my colleagues said, while we can’t gather in the church, we can still BE The Church, the body of Christ to our families, neighbors, co-workers and friends. Be good to each other and others.

Until we can gather again in God’s House know that the church staff is exploring a number of innovative ways to minister to you so you can minister and serve others. Stay tuned to our website,, and our FACEBOOK page. Get out your church directory and look for someone who likely isn’t connected here and call them. Make sure they are aware of what’s happening. Perhaps help them find us on-line. Don’t assume they are as connected as you. And as you are able, please give. It’s going to be a tough few weeks and things are likely to be different even if some of these restrictions are removed. Mail your checks to church. Even better get signed up for online giving. I’m not sure I’ll be able to get mail with any regularity.

I’m self-quarantining with you as much as possible, but I will go wherever I’m needed. If you desire The Sacrament, call me. 309-712-4268. We’ll work something out. Copies of our old hymnal, Lutheran Worship, will be placed in the entry way to the church office, between the 2 sets of double doors from 8-4pm tomorrow through Friday for you to pick up, use and then keep. We plan to use these for worship ThIs weekend on Facebook. I’ll let you know when we will be going live again. If you have a copy of LSB at home, I’ll try to let you know where to turn. If they allow we will have music and still be live from church.

Finally, be mindful of what President Miller wrote to the pastors of our Central Illinois District, “Our loving God assures us, “I will never leave you nor forsake you!”  We commend ourselves into His gracious care and keeping.”

See you soon!

Pastor Eckhoff 

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Welcome to Christ Lutheran Church's web page. There is also
an affiliated school whose website can be accessed here.

We're excited to share a bit of ourselves and the work our Lord Jesus is doing in us and through us on the south side of Peoria. If you're not currently a member of our church - we'd like to take this opportunity to invite you to one of our weekly services. And of course, feel free to reach out and call our Pastor or one of our Ministry Leaders.

We hope you and your family will have a warm and spirit-filled experience with us as we worship and fellowship together at our services, events, and ministries.

Feel free also to share any comments or questions that might be on your mind.

God's richest blessings to you and yours.
In Christ's Service,

Pastor Karl Eckhoff

Gifting Made Easy

Christ Lutheran has secured some new gifting mechanisms. By clicking on the "online giving" button below you can set up regular Electronic Funds Transfers, debit and credit card gifting, etc. It's easy. It's secure and it's a helpful tool for faithful stewardship. Check it out today.

125th Anniversary Offering

Christ Lutheran is in the midst of a five year celebration that started last year that seeks to give thanks to the Lord for what HE has done for us and through us; here on the south side of Peoria and into the world. For 120+ years Our Lord has made Christ Lutheran a light shining in the darkness of this sin-broken world through our preschool, K-8 Grade School and other outreach efforts; and He promises to do more. To that end we have established a special thanksgiving offering with the goal of raising $1,000,000 to secure our future even as we celebrate the past. The offering will be used for capital improvements and the growth of our endowment for the perpetuation of the work and ministry in this place. If you would like to join your gift to ours, it's safe, it's secure, it's flexible and it's easy to do. Click on the "Online Giving" button below and get started today.

Boldly living Christ's Extreme Love; Building Faith and Community!