As believers in Christ—or Christians, Jesus Christ is the center of everything we do. This is no more evident than when we come together for worship. Out of love and thanks for the forgiveness of sins and eternal life that Christ has won for us we regularly gather together to praise and worship our one and only Savior, Jesus Christ.
Some parts of our worship remain the same each Sunday. This is so that we proclaim Christ and him crucified each and every Sunday. Other parts of our worship service change each week. These changes are based on the portion of the church year and calendar we are in. This church calendar covers all the most important events of Christ’s life and work.
There are two important aspects to our worship services at St. John: God speaks to us through his Word forgiving our sins through the gospel in Word and Sacrament, and we speak to God in thankfulness with hymns of praise and thanks and in our prayers.
Life Changing Worship
Our worship is life-changing. Not because we are so clever, eloquent, or innovative in worship, but because God is at work here through his Word.
God’s Word, the Bible, has the power to change lives. Therefore wherever that Word is preached, there the Holy Spirit is at work to bring people to faith, strengthen them in the faith, and lead them to a life of commitment to the Savior. “Faith comes from heaving the message, and the message is heard through the word of Christ,” Romans 10:17.
“The Word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart,” Hebrews 4:12.
The emphasis on God’s Word throughout our services means that God’s power is here at work to change us from the inside out, to change our hearts and therefore our behavior as well.
What to Expect at Worship
We understand it can be intimidating to come to worship for the first time at a church you have never been to before. So we have provided a little bit of information to help you understand what to expect.
Where to Sit?
Feel free to sit wherever you’d like, whether the front, the back, or even up in the balcony. If you need assistance an usher will gladly help you.
There are many different aspects of our worship services including: singing, Bible readings, prayers, and a sermon. An outline of the service is printed in the bulletin you will receive when you come in to help you follow along in our hymnal.
Feel free to dress however you want! You’ll find worshipers at St. John wear everything from suits to casual attire.
God tells us “Let the Children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the Kingdom of God belongs to such as these” Matthew 19:14.
We welcome and encourage children to join their parents in worship. Our worship services are designed so that God’s children of all ages are able to follow along. We also offer up two sitting rooms (one off of the entryway and the other in the basement) for those who need to spend some time alone with their young child. You’ll be able to see and hear the worship service from both of these rooms.