Worship Services are Sunday at 10:45am - Come Worship With Us!

When attending services at St. John’s please follow these recommendations:

  • Wearing a mask is required inside the church.

  • Please refrain from forming group conversations. Keep in mind “social distancing” recommendation of 6 feet.

  • No hand shaking.

  • Please take your bulletin home with you for disposal, used bulletins are not to be left at the church.

  • Hand sanitizer, soap and tissues will be available for use.

  • Remember to limit elevator passengers to family members only.

  • If you do not feel well, please stay home and take care of yourself.

Prayer of the Day:

Holy and righteous God, you are the author of life, and you adopt us to be your children. Fill us with your words of life, that we may live as witnesses to the resurrection of your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God , now and forever. Amen

A Note from Pastor Ann

So many aspects of our daily life have changed because of the pandemic. A new form of Communion, no congregational singing, less hugging and shaking of hands. Life is as unsettling as it was for the people of the Old Testament. But we know that God will get us through. God will give us His strength when we feel overwhelmed with the new manner in which we are living. God will not abandon us.

With God’s help, we will rejoice in 2021 that our lives, though changed, will be filled with gratitude for all God has done!

Call me if you want a visit.  I am here for you.



Your contributions to 

St. John’s Lutheran church 

& St. John’s cemetery to meet financial obligations

are very much appreciated!

Prayer Ventures -  April 2021 

These petitions are offered as guides to prayer for the global, social and outreach ministries of the ELCA, as well as for the needs and circumstances of our neighbors, communities and world. 

Thank you for your continued prayers for the life and mission of this church.

Reference:  ELCA.org

18 Lift up prayers of gratitude to God for the presence of the Spirit in our lives, which deepens our faith and trust in Jesus as the promised Messiah, helps us understand Scripture and moves us to respond to God’s call that we bear witness to the good news of Jesus Christ.


19 Give thanks for volunteers of all ages and gifts who serve in congregations, including teachers, assisting ministers, child care providers, committee members, greeters, singers, musicians, people who fix things and those who visit the ill or homebound. Praise God for the rich diversity of gifts, skills and passions we share in the body of Christ.


20 The Multicultural Youth Leadership Event (MYLE) is a pre-event to the ELCA Youth Gathering. Pray for the MYLE leadership team of youth, young adults and adults planning the summer 2021 event on the theme “Made Free.” Ask God to bless their work of creating a community, inclusive and accountable to all, that is inspired and woven together by the Spirit.


21 What a joy it is to be called children of God because of God’s great love for us! We may not know or understand everything about God or what lies in store for us, but we are still loved, forgiven and claimed without condition. Thank and praise God!


22 Earth Day  Give thanks and glory to God for the blessings and mysteries of creation, entrusted to us to sustain and enrich all generations. Pray that God will make us wise, generous and responsible stewards of nature and Earth’s resources for the glory of our Creator and the well-being of our neighbor.


23 Give thanks for our church’s partnership with Lutheran World Relief to support pandemic emergency response projects in Asia, Africa and Latin America.


24 Remember in prayer people who are confined in our jails, prisons and correctional facilities. Pray that they will be treated humanely and justly, be renewed by the good news of Jesus Christ, and find hope and strength in God’s love and mercy. Pray for the Spirit to help us — as individuals and as faith communities — empathize with prisoners returning home and boldly extend our hospitality, acceptance and support as they do the difficult work of building new lives in our communities.

© 2021 St John's Lutheran Church Essex, Iowa

Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

God's work.  Our hands.

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