WORSHIP

Sunday Worship

Our worship services take place at 10:00 am each Sunday morning. You can worship with us in the pews, or join the livestream on Zoom or facebook. The Zoom meeting stays open after the service for fellowship time.

If you are worshiping with us in the pews, you will find that we are taking precautions as a result of the pandemic. Please read the instructions here. When you arrive, please follow the direction of the greeters and ushers.

To join the Zoom: 

  • On your computer, tablet or mobile phone, use this link.

  • Audio only on your landline or mobile phone (long distance charges may apply):

        +1 929 205 6099

        +1 312 626 6799

Meeting ID: 753-4674-0584

You can also view the service live on our facebook page.

What to Expect in Worship

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 and Holy Communion.  All hymns and responses are projected on the screen. If you are joining via Zoom, we invite you to stay for our slightly chaotic but always friendly "Virtual Coffee Hour".  

Here are answers to some questions you may have. 

What should I wear?

There is no dress code at St. John.  God will be happy to see you, no matter what you’re wearing. However, until the pandemic is over, you will be required to wear a mask that covers your nose and mouth.

Are kids welcome?

Of course! Children are welcome to attend! During the pandemic, families with small children will be seated to the right .

Will I have to introduce myself?  

When you arrive, you will be greeted warmly, and you are free to introduce yourself or not.  Due to the pandemic, we will ask you to answer the usual health screening questions and give us a name and phone number for contact tracing.

 

How will I know when to stand or sit?  

You will see notes to stand or sit on the screen.  The pastor or worship leader may also invite you to sit and stand at the appropriate times. If you have difficulty standing, you are welcome to remain seated.

Will I be expected to make the sign of the cross?  

Some of our members choose to make the sign of the cross in remembrance of their baptism.  You may if you wish, or not, as you prefer.

Will I have to sing?  

Music is an important part of Lutheran worship, and we love singing together! Unfortunately, singing is one of the worst things you can do to spread germs, so during the pandemic, please listen to the hymns and hum along if you wish. (If you are at home worshiping online, you can sing as loud as you want!)

 

Do I have to be Lutheran to take communion? 

We are not the communion police! We teach that Christ is truly present in the bread and wine, and we don't want to deny anyone who wishes to partake. So all are welcome!

What do I do at communion?

As you enter, you may pick up a small cup that contains a small wafer and a sip of grape juice. The Pastor will indicate when it is time to partake.