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
Lenten Services: 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!
Biblical Storytelling: The Biblical Storytelling Group will meet every first Sunday of the month after worship at 12:00 p.m. in the Phoenix Room. Pat Artis will be the teller next month, April 2, and we will study her story for the enjoyment of all. Please plan to join us.
Community Conversation: Dispelling Myths on Islam, Refugees, and Women Refugee Women's Network invites the community to hear Edward Mitchell of the Council of American-Islamic Relations speak and to engage in a question and answer session concerning myths and misconceptions regarding Islam, refugees and women. Please join us for this timely discussion to gain a better understanding of our refugee neighbors as well as ways to ease their transition to their new home. Join us on Sunday, Mar 26, 1:30 to 3 p.m. at Emory Presbyterian Church, 1886 North Decatur.
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 3/26/17
1 Samuel 16:1-13
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.