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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(8:00 & 10:00 lectern/microphone placement updated 8/26/16)

You should receive a copy of the lectionary in the mail or via email prior to your scheduled service.   Please practice reading the passages out loud, so that you are comfortable with any unusual words or pronunciations and so that you feel confident reading it out loud.  There will always be a copy of the lectionary on the Lector’s stand for you, so you do not need to worry if you don’t bring your copy from home.  Notice that there is usually a brief introductory paragraph preceding each reading.  It is important to read these.  The readings are usually part of the larger context of a book of the Bible, and the introductory paragraphs explain that context and help people better understand the reading.  

  • Please arrive a couple of minutes early to step up to the lectern and check the microphone placement.
    • 8:00 and 10:00 lectors:  please do not move the microphone! Instead find the appropriate height box to stand on.  There are three different sizes available either in the lectern or under the pews by the lectern. 
      • While standing on the height box the microphone placement should be level or slightly below your mouth. (If it is not, please choose another height box.) 
        • When you step up to read the lessons:
          • 8:00 lectors - please project and speak up. The audio level is preset.  (It is easier to speak a little softer if you think that you are too loud than it is to speak up to be heard.)  The automatic mixer will automatically turn the lectern microphone on within a microsecond when you start speaking.
          • 10:00 lectors - when you step up to read please count to 5 silently to allow time for the audio technician on duty to turn on the microphone.  Please project and speak up.  (The audio technician will adjust the volume for the congregation to hear you.) 

To make you more visible to the congregation and for microphone placement, there is a height box available to pull out at the lectern or under the pews.  

  • Before the reading, you begin with:  People of God, listen for the Word of the Lord and the congregation will respond with:  Our ears are open!
  • Then read the introductory paragraph and the first reading
  • After the first reading, pause briefly, then say:  Word of God, Word of Life and the congregation will respond with: Thanks be to God.
  • A notation, “Silence for reflection” appears in the bulletin following each reading.  This is an important way for the congregation to internalize the Word by pausing momentarily to let it resonate with their own thoughts and experiences. 
  • If a psalm is sung between the readings step down from the lectern during it then step back into the lectern to read the second reading
  • As lector, you control the length of the silence if a psalm is not sung between readings.  If there is no psalm, count to 10 here, just standing at the lectern, to allow time for reflection.
  • Read the second reading and end with a short pause and say:  Word of God, Word of Life to which the congregation responds: Thanks be to God.
  • If you are also a communion helper please see the Communion Instructions for your responsibilities.

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