September through May:
Sunday Centering Service, 8:30 AM
Start your week quietly with an informal, contemplative service featuring music, readings and Holy Communion.
Sunday Celebration Service, 10:00 AM
Start your week with a celebratory service featuring music, readings, choir and Holy Communion.
Summer Worship: One service at 10:00 AM
Holiday service times may vary. Check the home page for details.
The Chancel Choir sings at the 10:00 am service most Sundays from September through mid-June. Rehearsals are most Wednesdays at 7:00 pm. The current schedule is here. No experience is necessary. All are welcome! If you can't rehearse every Wednesday, come when you can and sing when you are available. Contact Troy Nelson for more information.
The Handbell Choir rehearses on Thursdays at 6:30 pm. Positions are available and training can be provided! Contact JoAnn Adams for more information.
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. 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. Following the 10:00 am service we invite you to join us for coffee and goodies.
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.
Are kids welcome?
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. There is also a family area in the narthex (lobby) where you can sit with your kids if they become a little antsy during the service. You'll still be able to see and hear the service, but your kids will be able to move about a bit more.
Will I have to introduce myself?
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 sign the guest book so that we can thank you for joining us.
If I include my email and/or address in the guest book, will I be put on a regular mailing list?
Absolutely not! You may receive a follow up contact or two, but we will not bombard you with mail or email.
How will I know when to stand or sit?
You will see notes to stand or sit in your bulletin, and also 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. We hope you will join in when you feel comfortable. The words and notes for the hymns and liturgy are projected on the screen. There are also hymnals in the pews for you to use if you wish. (To read what Martin Luther had to say about music, click here.)
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 do I do at communion?
We usually commune by "intinction." You will proceed up the innermost aisle at the instruction of the usher. 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, the server will give you another.) If you do not wish to take communion you may stay in your seat or come forward for a blessing. Children not yet instructed for communion are encouraged to come forward for a blessing as well.