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22 February, 2019

Worship

Our weekly Worship Services and public gatherings have been suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We are currently moving our ministries to online groups. See NEWS for more details, or click here to go to our St John's Worship@Home weekly worship videos.

God has created us to worship and praise him.

We do this by loving God through serving others. Jesus says, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘Love your neighbour as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.” (Mark 12:30, 31)

Christians have always worshipped on Sundays, the day of Jesus’ resurrection from the dead, and on other days that remember events in Jesus’ life, such as Good Friday.

As we hear God’s word, receive Jesus’ body and blood in holy communion, and encourage one another in our singing and praying, we are strengthened to worship God 24/7.

St John's offer four opportunities to regularly worship together:

8:30am Service HAS BEEN SUSPENDED FOR NOW (See NEWS page for online worship resource)

The 8:30am Service is a warm and welcoming service held weekly in the St John’s Ministry Centre. Various Lutheran liturgies are used on a rotational basis with either a piano, organ or occasionally guitars, to lead the hymns. We also celebrate Holy Communion every week and our Service includes a Children's Talk as well as offering all children Worship Folders containing fun activities.

A team of friendly volunteers offer tea and coffee after each service to allow for some social fellowship.

10:00am Service HAS BEEN SUSPENDED FOR NOW (See NEWS page for online worship resource)

The 10:00am Service is a vibrant and friendly weekly service held in the Concordia College Chapel. It is an instrumental service, using contemporary songs, we celebrate Holy Communion most Sundays.

This service includes a weekly Children's Talk as well as a teaching and craft time ministry for children called Bible Detectives for children in ELC-Year 2 and 36’ers for children in Years 3-6, these are held in the Chapel foyer during the Sermon time. Additionally there are Children's Worship Folders for all the children containing fun activities.

A team of friendly volunteers offer tea and coffee after each service to allow for some social fellowship.

10:00am Combined Service HAS BEEN SUSPENDED FOR NOW (See NEWS page for online worship resource)

Every fifth Sunday of the month as well as at Easter and at Christmas we have the special and exciting opportunity of the whole congregation, from both services, to worship together in the Concordia College Chapel at 10:00am. The purpose of this service is to bring our two major worshipping communities together. This service includes the celebration of Holy Communion, a Children's Talk and Children's Worship folders containing fun activities for the younger worshippers.

A team of friendly volunteers offer tea and coffee after each service to allow for some social fellowship.

Our 10.00am Combined Services in 2020 are on: March 29, May 31, August 30, November 29

6.00pm Reconnect Evening Service HAS BEEN SUSPENDED FOR NOW (See NEWS page for online worship resource)

St John’s also offers a 6.00pm evening service for those who are unable to attend the morning or who prefer to worship in the evening. 

Reconnect includes a conversational sermon and Holy Communion. It is held on the third Sunday of the month in the Church Ministry Centre.


We welcome you at any and all of our Worship Services and we would love to have you join us.

 

Through baptism, God pours out his unconditional love on us and connects us to all the blessings of Jesus’ life, death and resurrection. All people are born dead in sin and need the “washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit” (Titus 3:5) that God gives in baptism. Through baptism we set out on the life-long journey of being a follower of Jesus.

St John’s pastors prepare people for baptism by meeting with them, or their parents, and leading them through the Lutheran Church’s teaching and practice of baptism.

Baptisms take place during regular Sunday worship services, because through baptism children, young people and adults are welcomed into the community of those who have been baptised. St John’s congregation rejoice in welcoming those who have been baptised into the life of this faith community.

Please contact the Office if you would like to find out more having a Baptism at St John's.

Marriage is a precious gift of God and part of God’s creation plan - a relationship between a man and a woman that reflects God’s love for his church through his Son Jesus. As Jesus says, “Haven’t you read that at the beginning the ‘Creator’ made them male and female, and said, ‘For this reason a man will leave his father and his mother, and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh’? So they are no longer two, but one.” (Mark 10:6-8)

St John’s pastors work with couples to prepare for their wedding by offering pre-marriage instruction. This includes a pre-marriage survey which enables couples to discuss the strength and growth areas in their relationship, and planning the wedding service, using the Lutheran Church’s order of marriage.

Please contact the Office if you would like to find out more having a Wedding at St John's.

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