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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Worship Schedule

February 3 – Fourth Sunday after Epiphany

Readings: Jeremiah 1:4-10; Psalm 71:1-6; 1 Corinthians 13:1-13; Luke 4:21-30

All spiritual gifts given by God's Holy Spirit are signs of God's love. In love, we are called to share the gifts given to each of us in order to reveal (make manifest) God's glory. Jeremiah, a prophet consecrated by God while still in his mother's womb, makes God's love known to all nations. The psalmist sings of God's glory, echoing God's powerful Spirit within all of God's people, "From my mother's womb you have been my strength" (Ps. 71:6). In Luke, we hear Jesus announcing that God will free the oppressed. The good news is that God's mercy is extended to all people - not only those seen as "insiders."

Hymns: “I Love to Tell the Story” (661); “He Comes to Us as One Unknown” (737); “Son of God, Eternal Savior” (655)

Assisting with Worship:
Cathedral Choir: “See What Love,” Felix Mendelssohn

February 10 – Fifth Sunday after Epiphany

Readings: Isaiah 6:1-8 [9-13]; Psalm 138; 1 Corinthians 15:1-11; Luke 5:1-11

God's glory is made known in unexpected and surprising ways. Isaiah is reluctant to heed the call he received through a vision in the temple to proclaim judgment against Israel. Aware of his own unrighteousness, he nevertheless responds: "Here am I, send me." In Luke's gospel, we hear the story of the calling of Simon, James, and John. Like the early followers, Jesus calls each of us into a life of discipleship despite our unworthiness and shortcomings. Through the waters of baptism, we are sealed and strengthened to share the good news.

Hymns: “Rise, Shine, You People!” (665); “Will You Come and Follow Me?” (798); “How Firm a Foundation” (796)

Assisting with Worship:
Cathedral Choir: “Holy, Holy Lord God of Hosts” from Gospel Mass, Robert Ray

February 17 – Sixth Sunday after Epiphany

Readings: Jeremiah 17:5-10; Psalm 1; 1 Corinthians 15:12-20; Luke 6:17-26

Contrasting words of blessings and curses pervade the Old and New Testament readings for today. In the reading from Jeremiah, the prophet reminds us that life with God brings blessings in abundance. By contrast, life without God brings about curses. In the New Testament lesson, Paul reminds us that Jesus' resurrection is central to our own hope of everlasting life with God. Because Jesus was raised from death, we share in the hope of life beyond death. Our gospel lesson from Luke shares Jesus' great sermon where he reveals who truly finds favor and blessing in the eyes of God.

Hymns: “We Know That Christ is Raised” (449); “If You But Trust In God to Guide You” (769); “Praise to the Lord, the Almighty” (858)

Assisting with Worship:
Cathedral Choir: “Do Not Be Afraid,” Philip Stopford

February 24 – Seventh Sunday after Epiphany

Readings: Genesis 45:3-11, 15; Psalm 37:1-11, 39-40; 1 Corinthians 15:35-38, 42-50; Luke 6:27-38

Mercy. Today's readings call us to live mercifully in the power of forgiveness and reconciliation. Despite being sold into slavery by his brothers, Joseph offers them his forgiveness - recognizing that God transformed their evil intentions and actions for good. In 1 Corinthians, Paul preaches about the mystery of following Christ's life-giving teaching using the metaphor of a planted seed and the story of Adam. Luke's gospel shows Jesus teaching his followers about radical inclusiveness. Jesus encourages us to shower our enemies with blessings, generosity, forgiveness and love. Living in harmony with God's vision brings about an abundance of blessings.

Hymns: “Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing” (807); “Love Divine, All Loves Excelling” (631); “O Christ, Our Hope” (604)

Assisting with Worship:
Cathedral Choir: “Grant Us Thy Peace,” Felix Mendelssohn

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