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

Sept. 2 – Time after Pentecost – Lectionary 22

Readings:  Deuteronomy 4:1-2, 6-9; Psalm 15; James 1:17-27; Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23.

Jesus strongly cautions those who do not put the commandment of God (divine) above human traditions. The letter of James offers guidance as to how Christians should live godly lives. Jesus teaches that the observance of religious practices does not take the place of godly words and deeds, which are the fruits of faithful and obedient hearts.  

Hymns: “Awake, My Soul and With the Sun” (557); “Be Thou My Vision” (793); “Oh, That the Lord Would Guide My Ways” (772).

Sept. 9 – Time after Pentecost – Lectionary 23

Readings:  Isaiah 35:4-7a; Psalm 146; James 2:1-10 [11-13] 14-17; Mark 7:24-37.

The healing of the Syrophoenician woman’s daughter in Mark’s gospel marks the beginning of Jesus’ ministry to the Gentiles. The conversation between Jesus and the Syrophoenician woman is troubling. Was Jesus simply taken by surprise? Was he testing her faith? Ultimately, the story reveals that God shows no partiality. All who bring their needs to God will be received as equal members of God’s kingdom.

Hymns:  “Praise, My Soul, the God of Heaven” (864); “Light Dawns on a Weary World” (726); “Oh, For a Thousand Tongues to Sing” (886).  

Assisting with Worship:
Cathedral Choir:  “How Can I Keep From Singing,” arranged by Taylor Davis.

Sept. 16 – Time after Pentecost – Lectionary 24

Readings:  Isaiah 50:4-9a; Psalm 116:1-9; James 3:1-12; Mark 8:27-38.

A few weeks ago  we listened to John’s gospel account of Peter’s confession of faith. Today, we hear the version from Mark’s gospel when Peter says, “You are the Messiah.” Even as Peter acknowledges Jesus as the Messiah, he is not able to accept that Jesus will have to suffer. The image of the suffering servant, contained throughout the book of Isaiah, is echoed today as Jesus invites us into discipleship through his cross. 

Hymns:  “Lift High the Cross” (660); “Lord Jesus, You Shall Be My Song” (808); “Will You Come and Follow Me” (798).

Assisting with Worship:
Cathedral Choir:  “I Got a Home In-a-Dat Rock,” arranged by Stacey Gibbs.

Sept. 23 – Time after Pentecost – Lectionary 25

Readings:  Jeremiah 11:18-20; Wisdom 1:16-2:1, 12-22; Psalm 54; James 3:13-4:3, 7-8a; Mark 9:30-37.

The reading from James encourages us to live according to the wisdom of God. Guarding against the perils of selfish ambition, this wisdom from above is “pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without a trace of partiality or hypocrisy.” (James 3:17) Again, Jesus teaches us that our primary concern should be that of servanthood, not prestige, power nor worldly riches. 

Hymns:  “All Are Welcome” (641); “I Want to Walk as a Child of the Light” (815); “Praise the One Who Breaks the Darkness” (843).

Assisting with Worship:
Cathedral Choir:  “Open My Eyes,” by K. Lee Scott.

Sept. 30 – Time after Pentecost – Lectionary 26

Readings:  Numbers 11:4-6, 10-16, 24-29; Psalm 19:7-14; James 5:13-20; Mark 9:38-50.

When someone is seen casting out demons in Jesus’ name, John and the other disciples urge Jesus to put a stop to it. Moses, in the story from Numbers, had a similar reaction when he said, “Would that all of the LORD’S people were prophets, and that the LORD’S spirit be given to them all!” (Numbers 11:29) Those casting out demons and offering prophesies in the name of the Lord are to be welcomed – even if they do not come from Jesus’ inner circle of disciples. Gathered around the Word, we are called to value the good work done in Jesus’ name. 

Hymns:  “God of Grace and God of Glory” (705); “Lord, Speak to Us That We May Speak” (676); “Lord, Dismiss Us with Your Blessing” (545).

Assisting with Worship:
Cathedral Choir:  “The Heavens are Telling,” from The Creation, F.J. Haydn.

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