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Are you nervous about visiting a new church?  Most people are.  St. John's hopes to make you feel comfortable and welcomed as you worship with us.  We offer the following questions and answers to help calm any fears and clear up any common questions.  Is there something we have left unanswered?  Please contact us.

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Lutheran worship is unlike anything else in this world.  It is reverent and respectful, a little "formal" in style, yet joyful!  In the course of the service, we truly believe that God comes to us, and gives the gifts of His Word and His Sacrament.  We are forgiven, and respond in thanks and praise. 

Lutherans, along with Roman Catholics, Anglicans, and others, celebrate the liturgy and receiving Christ's gifts in the pattern of the traditional liturgy.  The words of the service are centuries old -- much of it nearly 2,000 years old!  The words are taken from Holy Scripture, with much of the text being direct quotations. 

For those who are not used to the liturgical pattern of worship, it can be a little overwhelming at first, but the repetition and patterns are soon familiar.  Also, don't hesitate to ask a "neighbor" in the pew!  St. John's members will be happy to assist you in finding the right page or song in the hymnal, Lutheran Service Book.

Last updated on September 30, 2014 by St. John's Chicago Webmaster