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.

Prepare for Worship

Worship Schedule

January 28 – Fourth Sunday after Epiphany

Readings:  Deuteronomy 18:15-20; Psalm 111; 1 Corinthians 8:1-13; Mark 1:21-28.

The authority of God’s Word frees us to follow in the path of discipleship with Jesus. In Deuteronomy, God promises to rise up a prophet like Moses, who will speak for God. Psalm 111 speaks of the power of God’s works. Throughout the New Testament we hear and recognize the authority in Jesus’ words and actions. 

Hymns:  “Oh, For a Thousand Tongues to Sing” (886); “Rise, Shine, You People!” (665); “The Lord Now Sends Us Forth” (538).

Assisting with Worship:    

  • Cathedral Choir:  “How Lovely Are the Messengers,” from St. Paul, Felix Mendelssohn.

Feb. 4 – Fifth Sunday after Epiphany

Readings:  Isaiah 40:21-31; Psalm 147:1-11, 20c; 1 Corinthians 9:16-23; Mark 1:29-39.

Through the poetic voice of Isaiah, we learn of God’s enormous power over all creation. This power, revealed by God’s creative hand, is evident through the healing works of Jesus. In his first recorded miracle in Mark’s Gospel, Jesus heals Simon’s mother-in-law. Along with Simon’s mother-in-law, we are restored by Jesus in order to live lives of service (diakonia). 

Hymns:  “Praise to the Lord, the Almighty” (859); “Praise the One Who Breaks the Darkness” (843); “Jesus Lifted Me” (860).

Assisting with Worship:

  • Cathedral Choir: “How Can I Keep from Singing?” arranged by Taylor Davis.

Feb. 11 – Transfiguration of Our Lord

Readings:  2 Kings 2:1-12; Psalm 50:1-6; 2 Corinthians 4:3-6; Mark 9:2-9.

The season of Epiphany began with the story of Jesus’ baptism and closes with the vision of the transfiguration. In Jesus’ presence, Peter, James and John hear the same words spoken by God at the Jordan River: “This is my Son, the Beloved, listen to him!” In the text from 2 Corinthians 4:3-6, we learn that the brightness of God’s light shines through Jesus. Through baptism, we share this light with others through lives of witness and discipleship.

Hymns:  “We Are Marching in the Light of God” (866); “How Good, Lord, to be Here” (315); “Beautiful Savior” (838).

Assisting with Worship:

  • Cathedral Choir:  “Christ, Whose Glory Fills the Skies,” by Walter Pelz.

Feb. 14 – Ash Wednesday

Readings:  Joel 2:1-2, 12-17; Isaiah 58:1-12; Psalm 51:1-17; 2 Corinthians 5:20b-6:10; Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21.

Lent begins with a solemn call to repentance as we journey through the 40 days in preparation for the Easter feast. The ashen cross received on our foreheads reminds us of our human frailty and finitude. However stark the cross appears, we can find comfort in this symbol of God’s mercy and forgiveness. 

Hymns:  “Kyrie” (151); “Be Thou My Vision” (793); “Beauty for Brokenness” (Reprint); “Our Father, We Have Wandered” (606).

Assisting with Worship:

  • Cathedral Choir:  “Create in Me a Clean Heart,” by Johannes Brahms.

Feb. 18 – First Sunday in Lent

Readings:  Genesis 9:8-17; Psalm 25:1-10; 1 Peter 3:18-22; Mark 1:9-15.

Throughout the Sundays of Lent, our lessons focus on five covenants made by God in the Hebrew Scriptures. The first Sunday in Lent begins with the story of Noah and the flood. After the destruction by the flood, God established a new covenant with all creation. Through the baptismal covenant, we are made clean with the death and resurrection of Christ. Renewed by the gift of baptism, we are as the hymn proclaims, washed “…in the waters of Noah’s cleansing flood” (“Thy Holy Wings”).   

Hymns:  “Bless Now, O God, the Journey” (326); “Thy Holy Wings” (613); “Lead Me, Guide Me” (325).

Assisting with Worship:

  • Cathedral Choir:  “Show Me Thy Ways, O Lord,” by Walter Pelz.

Wednesday, Feb. 21 – Midweek Lenten Series, “Continuing in the Covenant…”

Week 1:  The Covenant God Made with You in Holy Baptism.

  • Noon:  Chapel (Prayer, Study and Song)
  • 7:15 p.m.:   Sanctuary (Holden Evening Prayer)

Feb. 25 – Second Sunday in Lent

Readings:  Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16; Psalm 22:23-31; Romans 4:13-25; Mark 8:31-38.

The second covenant in the cycle of reading for Lent comes from the story of Abraham and Sarah – God’s promise to make them ancestors of many nations. In Romans 4:13-25, Paul uses Abraham as an example for how to live in a right relationship with God. This relationship comes through faith, not by works of the law. In Marks’s gospel, Peter confesses Jesus as the Messiah but does not fully comprehend the nature of Jesus’ cross and reign. 

Hymns:  “In the Cross of Christ, I Glory” (324); “Lord Jesus, You Shall be My Song” (808); “If You but Trust in God to Guide You” (769).

Assisting with Worship:

  • Cathedral Choir:  “None Other Lamb,” by Christina Rossetti /Craig Courtney.

Wednesday, Feb. 28 – Midweek Lenten Series, “Continuing in the Covenant…” 

Week 2:  To Live among God’s Faithful People, Hearing the Word of God and Sharing in the Lord’s Supper.

  • Noon:   Chapel (Prayer, Study and Song)
  • 7:15 p.m.:   Sanctuary (Holden Evening Prayer)

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