It is in worship that God gives us His gifts and we respond in prayer and praise!
Our style of worship is liturgical, which means that our services follow a pattern that has been used by Christians since the time of the Apostles! It is Christ-centered and focused on the Good News of forgiveness in Jesus. We believe that "faith comes by hearing" (Romans 10:17) and so we gather regularly to hear God's Word and be strengthened in our faith and life.
Don't worry though, we're not too formal here. In our liturgy we simply hear God's Word and promises spoken to us, learn about Christ's forgiveness, and recite Scriptural truths that remind us that God desires that all be saved and that until Christ returns we are here to serve our neighbor. St. John uses the newest Lutheran Service Book. If you are a visitor and have any questions about the worship service, simply ask anyone at St. John -- they'll be happy to help you!
THE LORD'S SUPPER
"This is my body...this is my blood" - Matthew 26:26-27
In the Lord's Supper, or communion, we hold to the Scriptural truth that in, with, and under the bread and the wine (in ways we cannot fully understand) the true body and blood of Jesus Christ are present.
When we partake of Christ's body and blood in the sacrament, He bestows upon us the forgiveness He won for us on the cross and strengthens our faith and life.
When we parktake of communion, it is not only a time to recieve God's gifts but is also a public confession of our unity in belief. Those Christians whose public confession is the same as ours are invited to partake with us at the Lord's Table.
If you're visiting, feel free to speak with the pastor before the service.
THE HISTORIC FAITH
Lutherans Confess the Historic Christian Faith
Lutherans confess with Christians throughout history the 3 ecumenical creeds:
THE APOSTLES CREED
THE NICENE CREED
THE ATHANASIAN CREED
These creeds are like road maps or summaries of what the Bible teaches regarding the Christian faith. In our worship services we recite one of these creeds each Sunday to help teach and remind us of what God has done for us throughout history and what He still does for us today.
IN THE TRIUNE GOD.
There is only ONE God, but in ways we cannot understand there are THREE persons of the one God: God the Father who created all that exists out of nothing; God the Son -- Jesus -- who became man and lived the perfect life we could never live, died the death we deserve to save us from our sins and then rose again; and God the Holy Spirit who creates faith through Word and Sacraments.
IN GOD'S GIFT OF FAITH
Through the gifts of God's Word, Baptism, and Holy Supper, God gives us faith as a gift and strengthens our faith and life. Faith is something God gives us and we cannot come to God or believe in Him by our own strength or reason.
GRACE ALONE, FAITH ALONE, SCRIPTURE ALONE.
God loves the people of the world, even though they are sinful, rebel against Him and do not deserve His love. He sent Jesus, His Son, to love the unlovable and save the ungodly. By His suffering and death as the substitute for all people of all time, Jesus purchased and won forgiveness and eternal life for them. Those who hear this Good News and believe it have the eternal life that it offers. God creates faith in Christ and gives people forgiveness through Him. The Bible is God's inerrant and infallible Word, in which He reveals His Law and His Gospel of salvation in Jesus Christ. It is the sole rule and norm for Christian doctrine.
The Bible is in every part the inspired Word of God, and that Scripture is God's true Word for us today.
God is one God, eternally existing in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
Man was created by God a perfect being with body and soul, but fell into sin and separated himself from God. As a result, all people need to be rescued from lostness to God. Rescue comes by the forgiveness of their sins, through Jesus Christ.
Jesus Christ, God in the flesh, came to this earth, was born of a virgin, lived a perfect life for us, took the punishment for our sins upon himself when He died on a cross, and rose again bodily. Through this sacrificial gift of love, He guarantees salvation, peace with God, and eternal life to all people who accept Him as their personal Savior. This salvation is a free gift of God, which cannot be earned by trusting in the good things we have done, but rather by trusting only in what Jesus Christ did for us on the cross. The question, "What must I do to be saved?" is answered clearly, "Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you shall be saved."
This saving faith is created and sustained by the Holy Spirit, who by faith lives in our hearts. He is the third person of our triune God who administers God's presence into our lives personally in Jesus' name.
The power of the Holy Spirit enables us to live victorious lives. He brings faith into our hearts. He heals us spiritually, emotionally, and physically. He leads us in the name of our Good Shepherd to do God's will here and now.
The Symbolical Books of the Evangelical Lutheran Church, contained in the Book of Concord of the year 1580, are the correct and true exposition of Christian doctrine drawn from the Holy Scriptures