Invites freely, loves unconditionally, and serves with joy!
Empowered by the unconditional love of God as revealed in Christ, St. John's Lutheran Church seeks to be a diverse and compassionate congregation that embodies God's grace in Atlanta and in the world. All are welcome!
Happening at St. John's
MLK Day of Service
Commemoration Service - January 19, 3 pm
Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Marietta
All are invited to this annual service commemorating the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
A Foretaste of the Feast to Come
Day of Service - January 20, 8:30 - 1 pm
Christ the King Lutheran Church, Peachtree Corners
Join Lutherans of the Southeastern Synod on January 20th as we first learn together through the session "Beyond the Surface: Going Deeper with the Words of MLK" facilitated by Tiffany Chaney, Pastor and Mission Developer of Gathered By Grace. Janjay Innis, Director of Faith Formation at St. John's Lutheran Church and the children will be led by Deacon Mary Houck, Director of Children and Family Ministry at Redeemer Lutheran Church. Stay for service as we arrange kits for kids in foster care and those who have experienced disaster and more.
Register for your project of choice here. We look forward to having a team of St John's members there. You can sign up online.
For St. John's project we need donations of socks and underwear in adult men's sizes to use in the creation of drawstring bags of supplies for our homeless neighbors. You can bring your donations to church on Sunday, January 12 and 19.
Faith Formation in January
January 12, 12:00 p.m.-12:30 p.m.
Sacred Moments - Stay for coffee and treats and hear a short story about how a member of St. John's experienced the divine the previous week.
January 19, 12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m.,
Compassionate Intersectionality - A Talk by Intercultural Leadership Development Coach, Iyabo Onipede.
New Year, New Book Study
During Epiphany adults can join a study of First and Second Corinthians at 9:15 a.m. each Sunday in the Phoenix Room.
Labyrinth Creation and Meditation Retreat, January 24-26
Start the new year off right by joining us for a weekend of meditation, contemplation and relaxation at Lutheranch. Learn new techniques to help manage stress, improve mindfulness, and strengthen your prayer life as you grow closer to God. The weekend will include opportunities for group meditation, silent reflection, prayer, yoga and labyrinth building, ending with a Taize worship service on Sunday morning. Each participant will be asked to bring a small stone to contribute to our new prayer labyrinth.
Cost: $299 per person for a single room (encouraged for individual meditation)
Register online at Lutheranch.org
The New Learning Hour
Following worship, from 12:00 to 1:00 pm each Sunday, we invite you to learn and grow in faith in the following ways:
1st Sundays - The Children's Hour- An intergenerational but children-centered gathering where young disciples will learn bible stories, parables and fables that teach lessons pertinent to our faith. There will be art, song, dance, snacks and surprises of various kinds. Come one, Come all.
2nd Sundays - Coffee Hour and Sacred Moments - Stay for coffee and treats in the great hall and hear a brief testimony about where someone has seen or experienced the divine in the past week.
3rd Sundays - Lunch and Learn - An opportunity to hear from experts in our congregation and community on various social issues and how we as the church are called to respond.
4th Sundays - Mercy and Justice Sunday - Roll up your sleeves and engage in compassion and advocacy efforts at St John's such as making sandwiches for our partners in ministry who feed those with food insecurities and writing letters to national or local legislators to act on behalf of vulnerable and marginalized people.
Still in need of a morning Sunday School Fix? Sign up for "Hospitality and the Stranger: Welcoming the Company of the Divine" a short film and discussion series and facilitated by Janjay Innis, our Director of Faith Formation and a monthly book study, facilitated by Martin Jessiman. Classes begin at 9:15 a.m. starting October 6.
Our Contemplative Christian Life group will continue to meet on Sunday mornings at 9:15 a.m. in the conference room on the second floor near the elevator.
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.; Wednesdays @ 12:30 p.m.; 2nd & 4th Wednesdays @ 6 p.m.
Scriptures for 1/19/2019
1 Corinthians 1:1-9
Videos of sermons preached at St. John's since 2007 can be found on our Vimeo site. Below is a sermon from a recent service.
We offer multiple opportunities for Bible study. There are meetings every Tuesday evening and Wednesday midday to study the readings for the upcoming worship service; a dinner+study every other Wednesday, and a monthly breakfast group. It's a great way to grow closer to God and understanding of Scripture. For more info, see our Learning section.