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What We Believe


 

What do Lutherans believe? 

     We believe in God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.  We acknowledge one God in these three persons.

     We believe that the whole universe was created and is sustained by God.  Through God's loving care, God provides for us, protects us, and preserves us.

     We believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and is our Lord and Savior.  He became fully human, suffered, died, and rose again in order to redeem all of humanity.  Through Jesus' suffering, death, and resurrection, we are redeemed and become God's children. 

     We believe that the Holy Spirit calls us into relationship with God, gives us faith to believe in God, and helps us to become more fully the people God intends for us to be.
     We believe that the Holy Bible is the Word of God and that the Lutheran confessions help us to interpret God's Word faithfully.                


¬≠What is worship like?  We worship in two different styles here at St. John's, traditional and contemporary:


    Traditional Service

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Our Traditional Service is held at 11am on Sundays in our Sanctuary. The service incorporates time-honored liturgical practices including Confession and Forgiveness, the Kyrie and Gloria, and a beautifully-chanted Eucharistic liturgy.


Hymns for this service come from various Lutheran hymnals. Our Chancel Choir offers their praise to God weekly with inspiring pieces of classical music. From time to worship experience.

                       

We celebrate communion on the first and third Sundays of the month. Lutherans believe that God welcomes all baptized Christians to his table. Those who come forward kneel or stand at the communion rail. The pastor places bread in their hands and then they may drink either a glass of wine or white grape juice from the tray or from the common cup of wine. Children and adults who do not commune are invited forward for a blessing.


    Contemporary Service

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Our Contemporary Service meets at 9am on Sundays in our Parish Life Center. The service has a relaxed feel. It includes time to greet one another, readings from the Bible, and often a video element to enhance our experience of God's presence. Bulletins are available, but everything worshipers need to participate is projected onto screens on either side of the worship space.

                       

Many of the songs our Praise Band leads come from contemporary Christian radio. Some are new interpretations of well-loved hymns. All worshipers are invited to sing along and make a joyful noise to our Creator.

                

Holy Communion is celebrated weekly at this service. All baptized Christians are welcome to come and receive Christ's body and blood in, with, and under the bread and wine. As worshipers come forward, a wafer is placed in their hand. They may dip it into the chalice of wine. Children and adults who do not receive are welcome to come forward for a blessing.



How can I become a member?  We hold new member courses in the spring and fall for people who are transferring from other congregations, and those who wish to affirm their baptism. In them, we spend some time talking about what it means to be Lutheran Christians and about how St. John's in particular provides opportunities to grow in faith. If you're interested in baptism or confirmation, just talk with Pastor Erin or contact our office.


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