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

We gather for worship every week at 9:00 (inside) and 10:45 a.m. (outside)  You should expect to be greeted with love and care, and always ask whatever questions you have while there.


The two services currently have the same format - and are being offered in ways that protect and love our neighbor during pandemic. 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. 


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.


The 9:00 a.m. service is in the sanctuary, and follows the Illinois mandate of being masked inside the building. There is singing and communion, all with solid Covid-19 protocols.


The 10:45 service follows the 10 a.m. community time outside. We are meeting outside, under the tent or broadcast to your car at 87.7.  There may be other music offerings as well, with a mix of style and instruments.


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 the beloved children of God in the week ahead.