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

July 7 - Time after Pentecost - Lectionary 14

Readings: Isaiah 66:10-14; Psalm 66:1-9; Galatians 6: [1-6] 7-16; Luke 10:1-11, 16-20

Isaiah calls those returning from exile to rejoice for Jerusalem, even though the hoped for restoration of Judah had not yet been accomplished. The prophet uses the image of God as a mother to remind the community that God comforts and sustains them just as a mother comforts her child. In Paul’s letter to the Galatians, he advises the community to “bear one another’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ” (Galatians 6:2). We hear Jesus’ commission to the harvesters and laborers in Luke’s gospel. This call to discipleship, while difficult, will be a sign of the nearness of God’s reign.

Hymns: “In Christ Called to Baptize” (575); “Will You Let Me Be Your Servant” (659); “The Lord Now Sends Us Forth” (538)

July 14 - Time after Pentecost - Lectionary 15

Readings: Deuteronomy 30:9-14; Psalm 25:1-19; Colossians 1:1-14; Luke 10:25-37

“What must I do to inherit eternal life?” Jesus’ Q & A with the lawyer in Luke’s gospel ultimately gets to the heart of the matter – that mercy shown to one’s neighbor is God’s expectation for our lives. We reflect God’s love and mercy, shown to us through the life, death and resurrection of Jesus, by responding to the needs of our neighbors.

Hymns: “Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee” (836); “Creating God, Your Fingers Trace” (684); “Will You Let Me Be Your Servant” (659)

July 21 - Time after Pentecost - Lectionary 16

Readings: Genesis 18:1-10a; Psalm 15; Colossians 1:15-28; Luke 10:38-42

God’s Word comes to us with the gift of life. In the familiar story of Jesus’ encounter with Martha and Mary, we are reminded that being present to the Word is the most important thing – not the many tasks and burdens which distract us. Modern culture tends to glorify busyness at the expense of time spent in worship, personal prayer and acts of discipleship. Jesus reminds us that we, along with Martha, “are worried and distracted by many things; there is need of only one thing. Mary has chosen the better part, which will not be taken from her.” (Luke 10:41)

Hymns: “When Morning Gilds the Skies” (853); “O Day of Peace” (711); “Be Thou My Vision” (793)

July 28 - Time after Pentecost - Lectionary 17

Readings: Genesis 18:20-32; Psalm 138; Colossians 2:6-15 [16-19]; Luke 11:1-13

God hears and answers prayer. In Genesis, Abraham boldly prays to God, asking for mercy for the sake of the few righteous in the city of Sodom. Watching Jesus pray, one of his disciples asks, “Lord, teach us to pray, as John taught his disciples.” Jesus teaches them (and us) how to pray in the full assurance that God hears and answers all who call upon him. “So I say to you, ‘Ask, and it will be given you’ ... how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask!” (Luke 11:10-13)

Hymns: “Open Now Thy Gates of Beauty” (533); “What a Friend We Have in Jesus” (742); “Jesus, the Very Thought of You” (754)

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