Invites freely, loves unconditionally, and serves with joy!
Empowered by the unconditional love of Christ, St. John's Lutheran Church seeks to be a diverse and compassionate congregation that embodies God's love in Atlanta and in the world. All are welcome!
Happening at St. John's
Holy Week: We begin the observance of Holy Week this Sunday, March 29 with Passion Sunday and the Gospel of Mark during our morning worship. This is followed by "The Three Days" which encompass the time from Maundy Thursday evening through the evening of Easter Day. In particular, the services of Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and the Vigil of Easter unfold in a single movement, as the church each year makes the passage with Christ through death into life.
Maundy Thursday, April 2, 7:00 p.m. (6:30 p.m. Reception): The Maundy Thursday service at St. John’s is fundamentally a table fellowship, a time of gathering as the Christian family to enact our central mission to share a meal, to remind one another that we’re forgiven, to follow Christ’s mandate to love one another by washing each other’s feet. At St. John’s, we gather around tables for a meal and for conversation with one another. In the intimacy of holy community, we mark one another with the sign of the cross, wash feet, and pray for grace to enter these Three Days.
Good Friday, April 3, 7:00 p.m.: The Good Friday service continues the journey through the Three Days of Jesus’ suffering, death, and resurrection. At the heart of this service is the reading of the passion story according to John, which celebrates Christ’s victory on the cross. As Jesus draws all people to himself, we pray for the whole world for which Christ died. Finally, we honor the cross as a sign of forgiveness, healing, and salvation by laying red roses at the foot of the cross. With all God’s people we are invited to bow before this mystery of faith. Christ has died, so that we may live.
Vigil of Easter, April 4, 9:00 p.m.: On the night before Easter Day, Christians around the world gather to celebrate Christ’s passage from death to life. The service includes strong signs: new fire in the darkness, light spreading from the light of Christ, the water and Word of baptism, the first resurrection meal. And powerful words: the great saving stories of Hebrew scriptures and the first Easter gospel. We welcome new members. We keep this wondrous night in the spirit of vigil, our lamps lit, awaiting Christ’s coming both now and at the end of time. At the end of this amazing night, we enter the dance of Christ’s life, all of us together in one grand circle of grace. Alleluia! Christ is risen!
Easter Service, April 5, 10:30 a.m.: Christ is Risen. Alleluia! Our service will be followed by an Easter Egg hunt for our youngest members and visitors.
Please plan to join us for our Holy Week observances.
Community Conversation: On April 11, 2015 at 4:00 pm, St. John's will welcome Aimee Maxwell, Executive Director of the Georgia Innocence Project. The GIP's mission is to free those who have been wrongfully incarcerated and to educate the public on the issue. We will be engaging in a discussion with our congregation, other churches in our community, and our neighbors about the criminal justice system and the ways we can come together as a community to help deal with this issue.
On April 18, at 6 p.m. at St. John's, the Georgia Innocence Project's first exoneree, Clarence Harrison, will tell the story of his traumatic experience as a man convicted of a crime he did not commit. In song and story, he will tell of his journey and how he overcame the challenges of returning to society after almost two decades in prison.
Come and join the conversation and invite your friends and neighbors.
Hunger Walk 2015: The annual 5K fundraiser was March 15. Thank you to all the St. John's runners and walkers for a great showing! Thank you to all who supported the team by making a donation. Donations benefit the Atlanta Community Food Bank and thousands of families in North Georgia. It's not too late to donate! Please click here to love and serve our neighbors living on the margins. Thanks!
How to find us
St. John's is located at the intersection of Ponce de Leon Avenue and Oakdale Road in the heart of the Druid Hills community of Atlanta, near Emory University.
9:15 a.m. - Learning Hour
10:30 a.m. - Worship with Holy Communion
Bible Study - Tuesdays @ 7 p.m.; 2nd & 4th Wednesdays @ 6 p.m.
Readings for 3/29/15
A library of sermons preached at St. John's is available on our Vimeo site. Below is a sermon from a recent service.
St. John's holds certified community yoga classes every Monday at 6:30 p.m. Infused with song and scripture, we are uniting ourselves with Christ in body, breath, and spirit. This practice is adapted to all physical conditions. Be sure to bring a mat and comfortable clothing.
St. John's has an active program for youth in grades 6 through 12. All are welcome! Visit our Youth page to learn more about our upcoming activities.