What should I expect when visiting at St. John's?

We currently gather for worship at 9:00 a.m. every Sunday.  You should expect to be greeted with love and care, and always ask whatever questions you have while there.

 

Worship is offered in ways that protect and love our neighbor. People of all ages come together to pray and be strengthened in faith. We come completely as we are, confident that God receives all God’s beloved children. We are fed and nourished to be sent into the world to live more fully as the people God calls us to be. 

During pandemic, we often pivoted to digital worship when the local numbers were high. Digital upgrades allow us now to live-stream to the parish hall for those who are less comfortable in the sanctuary, and live-stream to homes for those who are most cautious and at risk. This is part of how we live out our core value of Healing - we want to be a healing presence in the community, and during a pandemic, sometimes that meant we do not gather in person. 

Kids are welcome in every part of worship - participation, leadership, specific roles as candle lighters, readers, communion assistants. There is a prayground area in the front of the sanctuary, provided activities for little hands that are related to the theme of the day. While we are outside, there are activities for the kids on the main table.

 

 

What happens in worship?

The 9:00 a.m. service is in the sanctuary. Masks are currently recommended but not required. There are vulnerable people in our midst and scripture calls us to take special care with them. There is singing and communion, all with solid Covid-19 protocols.

The elements of historical Lutheran worship are all there: Confession and Forgiveness, readings from the Bible, a sermon, Holy Communion, Prayer, and Music. An offering is received to support the ministry of the community locally and in the world. At the end, we are blessed and sent, with a reminder that this worship strengthens us for being and treating others as beloved children of God in the week ahead.

We are part of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, and a welcoming and reconciling community fully welcoming all sexual orientations, gender identities, and gender expressions.

Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Reconciling in Christ Community