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

May 6 – Sixth Sunday of Easter

Readings:  Acts 10:44-48; Psalm 98; 1 John 5:1-6; John 15:9-17.

The risen Christ calls us into friendship as we serve others – just as Christ came to serve. Friendship captures the depth of love and joy into which Christ invites us. In 1st John, we hear that God’s children believe that Jesus is the Christ, and love of God is shown by keeping God’s commandments. In the gospel reading from John, we hear Jesus’ final testimony to his disciples – that they love one another just as Jesus loved them. 

Hymns:  “Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee” (836); “Jesu, Jesu, Fill Us with Your Love” (708); “We Are Called” (720).

Assisting in Worship
Cathedral Choir & String Scholars:  “Laudate Dominum,” by W.A. Mozart.

May 13 – Seventh Sunday of Easter

Readings:  Acts 1:15-17, 21-26; Psalm 1; 1 John 5:9-13; John 17:6-19.

On the night before his death, Jesus offers a prayer for his followers. Jesus prays “that they may be one, as we are one” (John 17:11). The desire for unity, expressed by Jesus, invites us into a joyful and loving life with God. This “oneness” is the work of the Holy Spirit, whom we have already received but also await at Pentecost. 

Hymns:  “Son of God, Eternal Savior” (364); “God Loved the World” (323); “Alleluia! Sing to Jesus” (392).

Assisting in Worship:
Cathedral Choir:  “One Faith, One Hope, One Lord,” by Craig Courtney.

May 20 – Day of Pentecost

Readings:  Acts 2:1-21; Ezekiel 37:1-14; Psalm 104; Psalm 104:24-34, 35b; Romans 8:22-27; John 15:26-27, 16:4b-15.

On the 50th day of Easter we celebrate the Spirit, through whom, and in whom, the people of God are created and re-created. Ezekiel’s vision shows the Spirit resurrecting and re-creating not just individuals but a whole people. In the reading from Romans, it is made clear that God is in the process of re-creating the entire universe. The Holy Spirit is also at work within each of us, praying in us “with sighs too deep for words” when we do not have the language to pray.

Hymns:  “Gracious Spirit, Heed Our Pleading” (401); “Like the Murmur of the Dove’s Song” (403); “I’m Goin’ a Sing” (reprint from This Far by Faith).

Assisting with Worship
Cathedral Choir:  “O Holy Spirit, Praise to You,” by Howard Helvey.

May 27 – The Holy Trinity – First Sunday after Pentecost

Readings:  Isaiah 6:1-8; Psalm 29; Romans 8:12-17; John 3:1-17.

When we say God is the triune God, we are saying something about who God is: beyond, before and after the universe. Our experience of this is reflected in Paul’s words today. When we pray to God as Jesus prayed to his Abba (a familiar, intimate parental address), the Spirit prays within us, creating the same relationship between us and God as Jesus has with the one who sent him.

Hymns:  “Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God Almighty” (413); “Come, Join the Dance of Trinity” (412); “Holy God, We Praise Your Name” (414). 

Assisting with Worship:
•    Cathedral Choir:  “Blessed Be the Name of the Lord,” by Dale Grotenhuis.

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