Additionally, Saint John’s follows the lectionary of the Lutheran Church which aligns very closely with the Revised Common Lectionary utilized in many Christian denominations around the world. A lectionary is a scheduled set of readings for use in the services of God’s house each week. The benefit of a lectionary is that it offers both clergy and congregation an opportunity to consider a wider scope of Scripture than they might wish to if left to select their own Scripture readings each week. To say that we follow a similar lectionary than other Christians is also to suggest that readings and sermons offered on those Scripture passages will be similar across denominations and can foster discussion and dialogue with other Christians throughout the week.
One stark difference you may notice about Lutherans is that we love to sing out of our rich hymnody. Music is very much part of our services and serves as another means by which the Gospel is proclaimed into our ears and through us in prayer and song. Many of our hymns are sung by other Christian denominations and come from a variety of traditions, while others are uniquely Lutheran. In all our singing, we seek to keep Christ at the center and connect God’s people to His promises of grace in Word and Sacrament.
The celebration of the Lord’s Supper is something that happens at almost all of our services every week and throughout the year. Lutherans consider the Lord’s Supper to be the pinnacle of our life together and how we tangibly receive Christ’s body and blood under bread and wine for forgiveness and for our eternal good. Lutherans confess certain things about what happens at the Lord’s Supper, what is received, and who should receive it, and as such, if you are visiting, we ask that you would speak to the pastor prior to receiving the Lord’s Supper for the first time at Saint John’s.
If you would like to get a sense of what happens at Saint John’s each week, feel free to watch the videos of our services. The most recent service is found on our website under Video Ministry, or you can view an archive here. If you have any questions about our services, please speak to the pastor.