Lutherans are a “Liturgical” church, which means our worship follows a set pattern. The typical St. John worship service includes prayers, readings, music, a message from one of our pastors and Holy Communion. When you arrive, an usher will give you a bulletin with an outline of the service. All hymns and responses are projected on the wall. If you have trouble seeing the wall, ask the usher for a large size bulletin. The Saturday Evening service is much more informal than the Sunday Services. In between the two Sunday Services we invite you to join us for coffee hour. Sunday School for ages 3-adult takes places between services as well.
Of course! Children are welcome to attend and we encourage you to pick up a “busy bag” by the main entrance, which will give your young children something to occupy them during the service. If you have young children, you may feel free to leave them in our fully staffed nursery that is available every Sunday from 9:30 to 11:30 AM for children six months to five years in age. It is a warm, welcoming environment and care is provided by a regular, paid attendant.
When you arrive, you will be greeted warmly, and you are free to introduce yourself or not. You will not be asked to stand or say your name. We do ask that you complete the communication card that you will find in your bulletin so that we can thank you for joining us.
Music is an important part of Lutheran worship. We hope you will join in when you feel comfortable. The words and notes for the hymns are projected on the screen. There are also hymnals in the pews if you prefer.
Please proceed up the innermost aisle at the instruction of the ushers. At the front of the sanctuary, you will be given the host. Proceed to the person holding the cup and dip the host in the red wine or white grape juice. (Don’t worry, if you forget and eat your wafer before dipping, your server will give you another.)