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
Ash Wednesday March 1: Join us for our community Service of Holy Communion with the Imposition of Ashes on March 1 at 7 p.m. This is an ecumenical service with several congregations participating: Druid Hills Presbyterian, Druid Hills Baptist, Inman Park United Methodist, New Church United Methodist, Mercy Community Church, and St. John's.
On Wednesdays during Lent (March 8, 15, 22, 29, and April 5), we'll gather at 6:30 p.m. for a simple soup supper followed by a midweek Lenten series based on Luther's Small Catechism, called "With Awe and Love."
Five Weeks to Forgiveness, a Lenten Book Study: Christians talk a lot about forgiveness, but we frequently face difficulty practicing it. Beginning February 26th and continuing through Lent, the Adult Learning Hour will explore the difficult realities of forgiving ourselves and one another. We will examine shame, guilt, anger, and revenge as well as responses of repentance, acceptance, and denial of forgiveness. We will also explore the role of the Church in producing forgiving people and fostering reconciliation, as well as the theological and ethical foundations for forgiveness and reconciliation.
Whether you can identify issues of forgiveness in your own life, or are simply interested in picking up a spiritual practice for Lent, we are challenged to enter this significant journey.
We will use The Way of Forgiveness by Marjorie J. Thompson, which includes daily meditations, as a guide. Participants are encouraged to purchase this book ahead of time (available at Eagle Eye Books) or at the first meeting. Copies are also available to borrow.
February 26: The Psychology & Theology of Forgiveness
March 5: Living in God's Blessing, Releasing Shame & Guilt
March 12: Facing and Transforming Anger
March 26: Receiving God's Forgiveness, Forgiving Others
April 5: Seeking Reconciliation, Becoming the Beloved Community
Please note that we will begin at 9:00 a.m. not 9:15!
Elder Care: Loving in Tough Times
Caring for an elder relative or friend can be a rewarding experience; at the same time, it's easy to find yourself riding an emotional roller coaster. Experiencing frustration, physical and mental weariness, and even feeling resentment or guilt at times is common. This group will meet for four Sunday evenings starting in February to discuss experiences and address challenges when providing support to aging loved ones. Collectively the group will tackle concerns, offering new perspectives and strategies on how best to handle what can at times be a difficult situation. We will gather February 12, 19, 26 and March 5 at 6:30 p.m.
Hunger Walk Coming Soon! The annual Hunger 5K Walk/Run is March 5th! Join the St. John's team to take steps together in the fight against local hunger. Runners and walkers are welcomed. To register, go to www.hungerwalkrun.org, click Register and select "Lutheran Services of Georgia," scroll down a little bit and click JOIN a Team
Click on the Choose an existing company bar and scroll down until you find St. John's Lutheran Church, Atlanta. If you can't join us there, support a runner or walker by donating! Let's do our part to fight hunger!
Construction Update: Much needed restoration of our property continues with work on mortar and flashing. Construction will be going on around both the mansion and sanctuary to address water incursion issues. Pardon our mess and please watch out for scaffolding and work zones!
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 2/26/17
2 Peter 1:16-21
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. We meet every Tuesday evening 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.
St. John's has an active program for youth in grades 6 through 12. All are welcome! Visit our Youth page to learn more.