Worship at St. Johns
Our worship at St. Johns Lutheran Church is grounded in the historic and liturgical worship of the church. It is a worship which receives from God the gifts of life and salvation: the Word of God, Holy Baptism, Confession and Absolution, Holy Communion.
Our hymn book at St. Johns is titled Lutheran Service Book. As we pray from this book and as we live out the church year, the Spirit of God gathers us around Jesus Christ, His life and His work. Our music program is joyous, inspiring and well prepared. Our preaching is gospel preaching– full of the good news about Jesus and the salvation that is found in His name.
Should you join us at St. Johns as a guest on Sunday morning, you will be given opportunity to hear the Word of God, both in our services and in our Bible Classes. You will be warmly welcomed when you arrive and ushers will be available to assist you or answer any questions you may have. Much more information about what to expect when you worship with us can be found on the "Visiting St. Johns?" page.
The typical schedule we follow is
Concerning Holy Communion:
For further study, see Matthew 5:23f.; 10:32f.; 18:15-35; 26:26-29; 1 Cor. 11:17-34 or the CTCR Study Document, "Admission to the Lord's Table"(downloads a pdf).
In the Sacrament of Holy Communion we receive, not only bread and wine, but the very body and blood of Christ for the forgiveness of our sins. The Sacrament belongs to the Lord and He invites to His Supper only those who know and trust His words and who repent of all sin. We are truly worthy and well prepared to receive this Sacrament when we have faith in Christ’s words: "Given and shed for you for the forgiveness of sins."
In addition, to commune at a church’s altar is to be in fellowship with that church, to confess and believe the same faith that is taught in that church. For these reasons we practice closed Communion at St. Johns. Those who are baptized, confirmed members in good standing of congregations of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod are invited to join in receiving the Sacrament. Guests and visitors from congregations of other denominations are encouraged to join in the Divine Service, but to continue receiving the Sacrament in their own congregations.