It is usually uncomfortable to think of going to a church for the first time. Walking into an unknown situation can be quite intimidating.
We hope we can answer some of your questions about our church before you visit. We’d like your visit with us to be relaxed and enriching. Our sincere wish is that when you visit St John, you will feel welcomed and comfortable and, most importantly, that you hear about your Savior, Jesus, and come to know the grace and love of God more and more.
Sunday Worship: 9:00 AM.
Sunday School and Adult Bible Study: 10:30 AM.
I rejoiced with those who said to me, “Let us go to the house of the LORD.” - Psalm 122:1
The high point of each week for the people of St John is gathering around God's Word and sacraments to worship our Lord Jesus. For our order of worship we use what is known as the liturgy. The liturgy is an order of service based on the historic worship rite of the Christian Church. It includes a set of song texts that summarize the most important teachings of the Bible and a set of readings, prayers, psalms, and hymns selcted to match the emphases of the Christian calendar (For a sample, please click the link on the side menu titled "Weekly Bulletin"). Each week the service is printed in the worship folder. Everything you will need for worship is printed there for you.
After the service, we enjoy a fellowship time together, which includes coffee or juice, and a snack.
Sunday school for all ages starts at about 10:30 AM.
As our guest, you may sit wherever you feel most comfortable. To assist families with small children, we have designated the back two rows for them.
Since the Bible presents no dress code, aside from simple decency and decorum, St John Lutheran Church doesn’t make any rules either. Like most people, our members try to make their worship time at church a special time. Some may choose to dress up a bit in reverence to the Lord. On any Sunday at our church you may see running shoes and high heels, jeans and suits, or open collars and ties. When a person dresses out of love for God, the choice of dress – casual or more formal – is acceptable to God and us.
The Bible teaches that our monetary offerings to God are a way in which we thank him for the undeserved and indescribable gift of his Son, and for all of his spiritual and physical blessings; the Bible also teaches that our monetary offering is a reflection of our trust that all we have comes from God and that he will provide us with all we need. Our offerings are, therefore, another way by which we worship and honor God.
Like most Christians, our members bring offerings to God through their church. Since offerings are gifts of love for God, no one dictates what each person is to give. Scripture teaches that out of love for God we set aside the first portion of what he has given us, and return it to him with a glad and willing heart. We pass an offering plate during the service so that our worship may include bringing gifts to God.
As a guest at St John, you are not expected to bring an offering. We are just happy that you have joined us.
But what if...
Perhaps you have had some of the following common concerns about attending church:
“I would just die if they made me stand up and say something.” We assure you, we won’t embarrass you in this or any other way. We want you to feel comfortable and at home with us. We promise to do all we can to make it that way.
“I know my child is going to be too noisy.” We welcome children of all ages.
“I know I will feel out of place.” We hope that this information will ease your mind, but if you have a question, please ask an usher or anyone for help. Don’t hesitate to say, “I am new. What is this about?” Our members welcome the opportunity to help.
“I am afraid I will say or do something wrong.” All of us have felt this way in a new situation. You will quickly see that the people of St John are ordinary people like yourself. We want to accept you as you are and together, encourage one another to become what Christ wants us to be.
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