We welcome you to worship with us! We gather for worship at 10:00 am each Sunday.
What is the service like?
Our service follows the centuries-old patterns of Lutheran worship while incorporating words and music from global Christian communities past and present. There is singing, speaking, standing, and sitting; there is loud and joyful music, and there is contemplative silence. The pastor preaches a sermon and we celebrate the sacrament of Holy Communion every Sunday. All people are welcome to receive communion. The service usually lasts for about one hour.
What should I wear?
“Business casual” is typical attire among those who worship at St. John’s. Some people dress up; others do not. Please come as you are!
Are children welcome?
Yes! We invite God’s children of all ages to participate in worship alongside adults. Crayons, colored pencils, books, and other quiet activities are available, and we have a “prayground” at the front of the sanctuary for very young children to worship and play alongside their families. Children enjoy sitting near the front of the sanctuary, where they can experience worship up close with all their senses.
Can I receive Holy Communion?
Yes! All people are invited to receive communion regardless of age, church background, ability, or life experience. Lutherans believe Christ is truly present in the bread and the cup, and that by receiving communion, we also receive God’s grace. In addition to the traditional wafers and wine, we offer gluten-free wafers and white grape juice so that all worshipers may participate fully. If you or your child prefer to participate in Holy Communion without receiving the bread or cup, the pastor will gladly offer a prayer of blessing.
Instruction in the purpose and Lutheran understanding of communion is available if you or your child wish to learn more before receiving the sacrament. The sacrament of Holy Baptism is also available. Pastor Linnéa Clark will gladly have a conversation with you about baptism, communion, or both.
What happens after worship?
At the end of the service, we listen to the organist play a postlude, a piece of music that helps to motivate us to serve God in the world. Afterward, we gather in the Hagan Room for coffee, light refreshments, and informal conversation. The Hagan Room also serves as a gallery for the rotating art exhibits of St. John’s creative arts ministry.
From September through May, we participate in a learning hour following worship. Topics are diverse and range from theology to social issues and beyond. No prior knowledge or experience is necessary to participate!