INSPIRING WORSHIP

Sunday Worship

There will be no in-person worship at St. John until further notice. But we will have an online service each Sunday at 10:00 am.

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

  • Audio only on your landline or mobile phone:

        +1 929 205 6099

        +1 312 626 6799

Meeting ID: 753-4674-0584

You can also view our Zoom services 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. Following the 10:00 am service we invite you to stay for our slightly chaotic buy always friendly "Virtual Coffee Hour".  

Here are answers to some questions you may have. 

How do I see the service?

Use the links shown above or on the home page, or follow the instructions to call in for audio-only on your phone. If you can't get Zoom to work on your phone or computer, you can view the service on our facebook page. You can use the chat function on Zoom or the comment function on facebook to interact with others.

 

When you join on Zoom, you will be put into a waiting room until the service is ready to start. We try to do this right at 10:00 am, but sometimes we have technical challenges, so we thank you for your patience. When the service is about to start you will be admitted to the meeting.

What should I wear?

Before COVID, we said: "There is no dress code at St. John. God will be happy to see you, no matter what you’re wearing."
Now that we're on Zoom, a bathrobe and bunny slippers are a distinct possibility! Just remember Zoom etiquette rule #1: when your camera is on, everyone can see you, as well as any family members who are wandering around behind you. A word to the wise...

Are kids welcome?

Of course! Children are always welcome in worship at St. John! We all love to greet the little ones during the Virtual Coffee Hour and sharing of the peace.

Will I have to introduce myself?  

No, but we hope your Zoom ID will identify you so we know you're there and can greet you properly.

Will there be singing?

Yes! We intend for you to sing along with the hymns. The words and notes for the hymns are on the screen. But please make sure your mic is muted. Zoom doesn't sync voices very well.

 

Music is an important part of Lutheran worship. To read what Martin Luther had to say about music, click here.

Will there be communion?

Yes. Since we're worshiping online, communion is virtual, so you will have to provide your own elements. A bit of bread or a cracker will do, and you can have some wine or grape juice if you want. You don't have to have both - either one will do. The Pastor will indicate when it is the appropriate time in the service to consume them.

 

Do I have to be Lutheran to take communion? 

We invite all baptized Christians, regardless of denomination, to receive Holy Communion. We teach that Christ is truly present in the bread and wine.

 

What is Virtual Coffee Hour?

When the service is over, we open up all the mics and let everyone see and hear each other. It can be pretty chaotic, but it's a joy for us to be able to see and talk to one another during this time that we can't be together in person. We hope that you will stay and share fellowship with us.

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