St. John's Lutheran Church

In the City for Good!

St. John's Lutheran Church participates in God's mission to bless, save, restore and reconcile the world through meaningful worship and faithful witness in the city of Des Moines and around the world.

St. John's Lutheran Church invites and welcomes all people to experience the Good News of God's grace, forgiveness and unfailing love. The Good News calls and empowers us to share God's love in word and deed throughout our city, nation and world.


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  • Please come up to the altar after the Lord’s Prayer. Along with the Acolytes, you will be served communion first.
  • You will be given the pouring chalice and purificator (the napkin). The pastors will let you know which one of them you will be serving with while you are at the Altar.
  • Follow along after the pastor you are serving with and pour wine into the communicant’s cup. While pouring the wine, please say “The Blood of Christ, Shed for You”.
  • Fill the cup approximately half full. After pouring for each communicant, follow the pastor back up to the altar and place the chalice on the altar.
  • Then return to your seat.

*We have added a communion station at the cross-aisle at the 10:00 a.m. service. This means that after you have communed at the altar, two of you will be given bread and trays of pre-filled communion cups. You will leave the altar area by the side door and walk together down the center aisle to the cross aisle. There are tables there to place the extra trays on and baskets for the empty cups. You will face the entrance to the sanctuary and the ushers will guide the people to you.

 600 6th Ave. Des Moines, Iowa  50309 - 515.243.7691 - a member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America