This 30-minute, pre-recorded service is designed with children in mind. It features storytelling, music, and prayers by our very own St. John's youth.
We gather each week for our Saturday contemplative service at 5 pm and our Sunday morning service at 9:30 am via Zoom conferencing. Bulletins can be downloaded through the link above. Please note that Christmas Eve services will NOT be accessed through Zoom. A YouTube link will be posted on this page on December 24th, where you can view and participate in the service without going through the steps below.
To connect to regular weekend worship services via a traditional telephone/landline:
To connect via your computer/smartphone:
If you have trouble accessing the service, you can call 847-251-1730, ext. 1 for assistance
by Lauren Wright Pittman
“Jesus is stretching out of the frame inviting the viewer to celebrate their own mysterious and wonderful calling from God as he basks in his own. I chose to paint a pelican for the Holy Spirit’s descent, because the scriptural texts leave some room for interpretation; the descending figure is described as “like a dove”. So, I decided to paint a pelican which is native to the bayou and was also used to depict Christ’s sacrifice in medieval Christian art. God the Creator is represented as the sun, with voice waves radiating from the center, expressing how pleased God is with Jesus.”
We believe that God is the loving source and center of all being, that God's image is present in everyone, and that God is always working for the liberation of the vulnerable and oppressed.
Our devoted staff is always looking for new opportunities to connect within and beyond the congregation. They would love to get to know you!
Learn more about how we make a joyful noise to the Lord here at St. John's.
St. John's provides a wide variety of service opportunities, because both those who need and those who serve reflect the diversity of our local body.
Contemplative Service - Saturdays at 5 PM
Looking for an energizing, participatory worship experience? Readings from the Bible, discussion, prayers, song, and Holy Communion create a time for building strong connections with God and with one another.
Worship Service - Sundays at 9:30 AM - online only until further notice
Our 9:30 AM service follows the traditional pattern of Christian worship in the Lutheran tradition. We gather to praise God, hear God’s word, share in the Lord’s Supper, and be sent out into the world refreshed and ready to witness to the love of God. All are welcome at the Lord’s Table.
Children's Church - Sundays at 9:30 AM - at-home only until further notice
Children's Church (a.k.a. Sunday School) is offered during our 9:30 am worship service. Children begin the service in the sanctuary with their families, and they are led to their classrooms after the opening announcements. Children in grades 4-6 attend pre-Confirmation class, and children in grades K-3 participate in Godly Play, a story-based curriculum designed to foster creativity, curiosity, and theological wondering. The children return to worship before the end of the service, usually in time for communion. Young visitors are very welcome to attend Children's Church (parents invited as well)!
Nursery - Sundays at 9:30 AM
Two paid caregivers are on duty to care for young children during the 9:30 AM service on Sundays. Please visit our nursery and introduce yourself!
Children in Worship - Sundays at 9:30 AM
Children of all ages who choose not to attend Children's Church or go to the Nursery are very welcome to join the congregation in worship! Our “pray-ground” offers children the opportunity to engage in quiet activities as needed throughout the service. Items from the pray-ground may also be taken to the pews and returned at the end of the service.
Special services include:
Handicapped Accessible Lift
Handicapped Accessible Washroom
Hearing Loop Equipped
Large Print Bulletins
Staffed nursery available on Sunday mornings
View our full calendar here.
The church is at 1235 Wilmette Avenue in Wilmette. We are at the corner of Wilmette Ave. and Park Ave. directly across from the Wilmette Public Library. You can find a helpful map at the bottom of the Contact Us page.
Wear what you’re comfortable wearing. We gather as God’s loved people; some casual, others more dressed up. It’s your call. After all, we’re thrilled that you’re joining us and want you to be more focused on the experience than what you’re wearing.
Whether you’re old or young, coming with friends or family, on your own, like more traditional forms of worship or prefer something more modern - or even if you’re totally unfamiliar with a Lutheran church – you’ll find a home here with people who have a lot in common with you.
Inside the entrance, you’ll meet greeters who’ll give you a friendly welcome and a leaflet explaining what will happen during the service. Just sit wherever you want. There are no reserved seats. There are times during the service when people stand or sit. The leaders of the service will guide you. If you have difficulty standing or are minding a baby or toddler, feel free to sit throughout the entire service. Many people do.
We do take a collection during the service. Like every other house of worship, we have to pay the bills, but making a financial contribution during the service is totally voluntary. If you don’t want to put anything in the plate the day you visit us, just hand the plate along to your neighbor. Many regular members donate by pre-authorized payment or write a monthly check, so you won’t be the only one passing .
All are welcome to gather at the table. When it comes time for communion, people walk up row by row to the front of the church.
The pastor will place a communion wafer in your open palm and say “the body of Christ given for you”. You don’t need to say anything, but a lot of us reply with a quiet, heartfelt, “Amen” or “Thanks be to God”. You dip the wafer into the chalice of wine or grape juice. The person assisting with communion may say “the blood of Christ shed for you”. You may say amen or remain silent.
It’s also okay to receive only the wafer. If you would rather not consume the wine or grape juice, you can pause at the cup to hear the words of communion, or you can just walk past the chalice bearers and return to your seat.
If you prefer not to take communion but would like a blessing, go up to the front with everyone else and just cross your arms over your chest. You’re also perfectly welcome to remain in your seat during this part of the service. If you have mobility concerns and would like communion brought to you, just signal an usher and they’ll make it happen for you.