Sunday Worship at 9:30 am
1235 Wilmette Ave. Wilmette, Illinois
In person (masks required) or Online (Zoom link below)
Children's Church on Sundays at 9:30 am
If you are advancing good in our community, we have a home for you. Our beautiful building is in the center of downtown Wilmette and has a variety of spaces that we share in support our community.
The church is at 1235 Wilmette Avenue in Wilmette, at the corner of Wilmette Ave. and Park Ave., across from the Wilmette Public Library. You can find a map here.
Wear what's comfortable to you. We gather as God’s beloved people - some casual and some more dressed up. We want you to be focused on the experience rather than what you’re wearing.
Whether you’re coming with friends, family, on your own, like traditional worship or something more modern - or even if you’re unfamiliar with a Lutheran church – you’ll find a home here.
Inside the entrance, greeters will welcome you and share a leaflet explaining what will happen during the service. 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 prefer to sit throughout the entire service, feel free. Many people do.
We do take a collection, but financial contributions are voluntary. If you don’t want to put anything in the plate, just pass it to your neighbor. Many members donate electronically, so you won’t be the only one passing.
Whoever you are and wherever you are on your spiritual journey, you are welcome to receive communion at St. John's. This includes people of all ages and religious affiliations. Jesus welcomed everyone, and so do we.
During communion, people walk to the front of the church, by row. The pastor places bread (or you can request a gluten-free wafer) in your palm and says, “The body of Christ given for you.” You don’t need to say anything, but some reply with a quiet “Amen,” or “Thanks be to God.” You'll then receive a small cup of wine (or you can request 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 bread or 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 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.