St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church

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St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church has been used mightily by God to deliver Christ Jesus and His gifts for over 166 years. Our mission statement summarizes the congregation’s ministry: We are gathered by the Holy Spirit to receive the Gospel of Jesus Christ through the means of the Spirit—Preaching, Baptism, Absolution, and the Lord’s Supper. Our mission is to respond with activities that directly strengthen Christian faith, including liturgy, prayer, catechesis, witness, spiritual songs, charity, and love for one another.

Divine Service: Sundays @ 9:00 am, Wednesdays @ 6:30 pm, and on other Feast Days

Catechesis for Adults and Youth (Sunday School): Sundays after Divine Service ~10:30 am

A full calendar of our events is available at:

Latest Sermons & Catechesis

Audio/Video Media of Preaching, Catechesis, and Liturgy

Audio/Video Media of Preaching, Catechesis, and Liturgy

If you cannot join us in person for Divine Service or Bible Study, please use these resources to lead you in hearing the Word and in prayer. How to View or Listen Video Archive Audio Podcast Subscribe in your favorite player and listen to past podcasts here. All the work of St. John, including this … Read more

Our History

The Holy Trinity continues to bless St. John Lutheran Church as He has always done through her 165-year history in Sherman Center. While the names and faces have changed, God continues to keep His promise to call, gather, enlighten, and sanctify us though His Word and Spirit. Fifteen pastors preached, taught, baptized, and delivered Christ’s … Read more

Divine Service

Why does our Lord gather us for worship? The most precious gifts and treasures our Lord gives us are His forgiveness, life, and salvation. Through His innocent life and bitter sufferings and death, Christ has purchased and won us from sin, death and the devil. Through Jesus Christ, all the sins of the world were … Read more

Children and the Liturgy

Dear Parents,In the liturgy of the Divine Service we tell and retell in ritual and song the story of salvation. We establish our identity as part of God’s family, finding our place in the long history of God’s people of which we and our children have become a part through Baptism. To gather for this … Read more

Holy Baptism

We’re glad to hear you desire Holy Baptism! Before considering Holy Baptism in practice, first hear the Word of God. The Scriptures teach that a person is saved by God’s grace alone through faith in Jesus Christ alone. They also tell us that such “faith comes by hearing” (Rom 10:17). Jesus Himself commands Baptism and … Read more

The Lord’s Supper

The Lord’s Supper is joyfully received here at Grace. At the altar, our Lord Jesus Christ delivers His true body and blood into our mouths. His gift of body and blood, given in, with, and under the bread and wine, bestows tremendous benefits. His body and blood forgives our sins, strengthens our faith, binds us … Read more

Catechesis & Confirmation

Youth and adults are formally taught (catechesis) to best appreciate what God has done in their lives with the gift of faith begun at their baptism. This guided ministry gives youth a chance to enrich their understanding and knowledge of our triune God so that they might make it their personal confession. After considerable study, … Read more

Congregation at Prayer

A Catechetical and Devotional Tool The Congregation at Prayer is a weekly devotional and catechetical guide for use in the home, the congregation, and the Lutheran school. The Congregation at Prayer unites the congregation around the same sections of the Word of God and catechism and gives a common language for prayer and meditation upon … Read more

Pastoral Care of Souls

We receive the Word of God individually from our pastor to comfort us when we are troubled by our sins, to strengthen us when we struggle in this life, and to give us counsel and guidance from God’s Word. Our pastor cares for each of our members, not only through the public preaching and teaching … Read more

Holy Matrimony at St. John

Please read and review: Statement on Marriage, Gender, and Sexuality Practices, Policies, and Information: The willing and deliberate desire for a man and woman to live in mutual love “as long as [they] both shall live” was engendered in them by their Creator (Gen. 2:24; Matt. 19:4-6; Eph. 5:22-33). In God’s plan, they are to … Read more

The Lutheran Confession

How can I find out more about what Lutherans believe? The Lutheran Church is a confessional movement, meaning that to be Lutheran is to agree with certain clear, written statements about what God teaches about himself and about us and about our relation to him in the holy Scriptures. The Lutheran Confessions do not stand above … Read more

Interactive Nicene Creed

The Nicene Creed is a Christian statement of faith accepted by the Roman Catholic, Eastern Orthodox, Anglican, and most Protestant churches. It gets its name from the First Council of Nicaea (325 A.D.), where it was initially adopted, and from the First Council of Constantinople (381 A.D.), where a revised version was accepted. Thus it may be referred to specifically as the Niceno-Constantinopolitan Creed to distinguish it from … Read more

Hymns to Know

One distinctive that marks the Lutheran confession from all others is the love of congregational singing. We owe this to Martin Luther and his friends. Luther himself recognized the role of music in the life of the church, composing hymn texts and tunes that we still use today. Luther wrote: “Indeed I plainly judge, and … Read more


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