What do I wear to church?
St. John's is a laid back community that does not have a dress code or any
requirements. Whether you are comfortable in jeans and a t-shirt or a suit and tie,
you'll feel right at home.
Can I bring my kids?
We welcome people of all ages. We know that kids can get squirmy and loud, but we
don't discourage their attendance or participation in worship.
Can I bring my coffee?
You are welcome to bring your morning coffee, water, juice. We're just excited to have
you worshipping with us!
What time is worship?
We worship on Sunday mornings at 10:45. Worship lasts approximately one hour.
Can I arrive late?
Most of our members come right at 10:45 or after, so you're welcome to come
whenever you are able.
What type of worship can I expect?
Our worship is laid back, but reflects traditional liturgical Lutheran worship. We try to
offer a variety of musical stylings -- from a praise band to organ and piano music.
WHAT WE BELIEVE
St John’s is a congregation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America.
As such, we confess a triune God – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. We proclaim Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. In our preaching and teaching we trust that the good news (Gospel) of God’s saving love is the power of God for the salvation of all who believe.
Our teaching and theology serve the proclamation of the Gospel. They prepare our members to be witnesses, in speech and action, of God’s rich mercy in Jesus Christ. We do not have the answers for all religious questions, but we continually seek direction from God for how we should speak and act.
We identify the scriptures of the Old and New Testaments; the Apostles’, Nicene, and Athanasian Creeds; and the Lutheran Confessional writings in the Book of Concord as the basis for our teaching. The Holy Spirit uses these to strengthen and sustain faith in Jesus Christ and the life we have in him.
Marked with the cross of Christ forever, we are claimed, gathered and sent for the sake of the world. Members of St John’s are called and privileged to participate in God's work in the world. God calls and empowers us for mission through baptism. As a community of believers justified by grace through faith (Ephesians 2:8), we do not describe mission in terms of our own work but with reference to the healing, salvation and restoration that God accomplishes through Christ. We seek the guidance of the Spirit in our planning, while expecting surprising developments and unanticipated opportunities. Grounded in God’s love and forgiveness, we are equipped to live and serve here and now, in the world, with all its complexities, tensions and ambiguities. We have the courage to explore the world as saints and sinners because we are certain of God's promises and have a confident hope that all God's loving purposes will be fulfilled when our risen Lord Jesus Christ returns.
For more information on the beliefs of the ELCA, please visit: http://www.elca.org/Faith/ELCA-Teaching