St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church, Waverly, IA
The family of St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church is called, gathered, and empowered by the Holy Spirit through Word and Sacrament to confess and proclaim the Gospel and love of Jesus Christ to our congregation, community, and world.
St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church is a member of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod (LCMS), a mission-oriented, Bible-based, confessional Christian denomination founded on the teachings of Martin Luther.
We strive to love each other as Christ has loved us (John 13:34) and to reach out to others with the Good News of God’s love in Christ (Matthew 28:19).We are a congregation of the one, holy, catholic, and apostolic Church, which gladly preaches, teaches, and confesses the doctrine found in the symbolical books of the Evangelical Lutheran Church. The congregation gathers in worship to receive God’s gifts in a beautiful sanctuary where the Historic Liturgy is observed with reverent joy and where Christ Jesus is present in His Word and Sacraments. We are glad to be the heirs of the rich liturgical and theological heritage of the Lutheran Reformation of the Church and are a member congregation of The Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod.
Worship at St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church is perhaps better described as Divine Service. Divine Service is a loose translation of the word used by our German forefathers, Gottesdienst (God’s Service). Gottesdienst confesses that, in the worship service, it is God who serves us with His gifts of forgiveness, life, and salvation in Jesus Christ. Therefore, our worship is always Christ-centered and cross-centered, and never man-centered. In our worship we employ liturgies and rites that stand within the historic western and catholic (universal) tradition. The Holy Eucharist is celebrated at every Sunday morning Divine Service and on Festival Days when they are observed. Confessing that Christ is present in His body and blood for the forgiveness of sins and the strengthening of faith, our worship is sometimes solemn and sometimes jubilant, always reverent, and never stuffy. We are a family of faith, the body of Christ, the Church gathered with angels, and archangels and all the company of heaven around God and the Lamb on His throne. Come and join us in receiving a foretaste of the heavenly feast to come.
Divine Service of Holy Eucharist – Sundays at 9:00 am; Wednesdays at 1:00pm
Advent Evening Prayer / Lenten Vespers – Wednesdays at 1:00 pm & 7:00 pm in Advent / Lent