St. John Lutheran Church

The Purple Door Church

1100 North Main St.  Celina, OH 45822

419-586-2332

Traditional Service

We are a church whose unity is in Jesus, who gathers us around word and water, wine and bread.  Our worship is the foundation of faith for everything we do.  Worship is fundamentally about what God is doing and our response to God’s loving action in our lives. Worship is an encounter with God, who saves us through the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

We believe that the Holy Spirit gathers us together, speaks to us through the words of Scripture as well as through the sermon, the sacraments, the prayers and the music. Through worship, we are nurtured by God in order that we can grow in our faith and discipleship. From worship we are sent out into the world to be active participants in Christ’s mission in the world.

Our worship services have 4 basic movements: Gathering, Hearing, Celebrating and Sending.


Gathering: We sing, pray, and share God’s peace.


Hearing: We hear the Word of God proclaimed through the reading of the Bible and preaching. We respond in faith through confessing our sins, receiving the promise of forgiveness, songs, prayers and offering.


Celebrating: We celebrate Holy Communion at every worship service. It is the Lord’s Table so everyone present is welcome to participate.


Sending: Filled and refreshed by our encounter with God, we are sent out into the world for mission through singing and words of blessing.


Every Sunday morning at St. John we celebrate God through two traditional worship services which are held in the Sanctuary. These services take place at 7:45 am and 10:45 am. The traditional services are accompanied by organ, piano, vocal choirs, and bell choirs.  The hymns and liturgy for this service come from the Bible. The pastor and worship leaders wear robes. This service lasts for about 60 minutes.


Ushers will offer you a service bulletin and an announcement sheet (purple).  All you will need to fully participate in the worship will be projected on the screens.


Attire

Attire at all our worship services is however you feel comfortable for worship. On any Sunday at our church you may see athletic shoes, flip-flops, and heels, jeans, shorts, and suits, t-shirts, open collars and ties. When a person dresses out of love for the Lord, the choice of attire is acceptable to God . . . and us.


Offerings

God’s Word teaches that our offerings to God should reflect our belief that all we have is God’s gift to us. It teaches us that with our offerings we worship and honor God.


Our members bring offerings to God through the offering plate on Sunday mornings, automatic giving programs, and even texting. Since offerings are gifts of love for God, no one dictates what each person is to give. These offering give them the opportunity to not only show love to Christ, but also to support the work of our congregation as we bring the Good News of Christ’s love to more people.   


If you are a guest worshipping with us, we will not expect you to contribute an offering, nor do we want to feel pressured you into doing so. But you are welcome to participate as your heart leads you to give.


Holy Communion


What is Holy Communion?

Holy Communion is a sacred meal in which Christ comes to us in and through bread and wine. “This is my body given for you… This is my blood shed for you.” We believe those words to be true. Christ is truly present in Holy Communion. When we receive the bread and wine of this meal, we receive his body and blood.

Holy Communion goes by many names, Eucharist (meaning Thanksgiving), the Lord’s Supper, the Sacrament of the Table.


Who receives Holy Communion?

All of God’s people are welcome to our Lord’s table — it’s our Lord’s table after all, and all are invited. It is not “pastor’s” table, or “St. John’s” table or a “Lutheran” table. It is our Lord ’s Table, and Jesus sends out the invitations — to everyone.


There is no minimum age for receiving this sacrament. There is no sense of understanding or mental capacity necessary to receive communion.


What about allergies or other sensitivities to bread and wine?

As we seek to welcome all, we want to be sensitive to the special needs of all who gather with us.  We offer gluten-free bread and non-alcoholic juice to those who request it.

What Traditional Service has to offer

Children's Sermon

Children’s sermons are also offered each week. Children are called forward to hear a mini sermon based on the day’s bible lessons. Through stories or object lessons, our pastor and lay leaders help relate biblical themes in ways that kids can understand and apply to their lives.


Choir and Bells 

We have choir and bells for all ages. Once a month they perform for our 10:45 service