Worship Services - Sundays 9:30 a.m.

 

At St. John Lutheran, we cherish biblical, confessional, liturgical, and traditional worship services and hymnody. In Christian freedom, our worship services reflect what has been handed down to us from the generations before us. We use the historic one-year lectionary, and our sermons are based on Holy Scripture, as confessed in The Book of Concord 1580, with a proper understanding of God’s Law and Gospel. Our goal is not entertainment or to please personal preferences. In fact, our worship services are not anthropocentric, or what we do for God. Our services are Christocentric, which is what we all need. True Lutheran (Christian) worship is about what Jesus comes to do for us, which is why our services are often referred to as Divine Services. The Divine, Jesus, comes to us in His Word and Sacraments, taught and administered by our Divinely Called pastor, to serve us forgiveness, life, and salvation for the sake of His life, death, and resurrection. Through these gifts The Holy Spirit creates and sustains our faith, which produces good works for our neighbors. In fact, faith in Christ, not outward forms, is true worship. We believe that we are declared righteous by God by grace alone, through faith alone, for the sake of Jesus alone, found in Scripture alone.

To that end, we use the Lutheran Service Book by Concordia Publishing House for our liturgy and hymnody, chiefly Divine Service, setting three. For more information about the liturgy and the parts of the service click here. During Advent and Lent, we also offer Wednesday Vespers services at 7:00 p.m. We also observe Holy week and other festivals, feasts, and occasions. We also have a choir for children and adults.

What about infants and young children in worship? Jesus says, “Let the infants and little children come to me.” We believe, as Scripture teaches, that babies need and can have faith, which receives the forgiveness of sins. That’s why we baptize them. Faith is created and nurtured by God’s Word from cradle to grave. Jesus wants you and your children in worship with Him. Yes, children can be noisy, but that’s okay. I’m sure when Jesus preached to and fed the 5,000 men, plus women and children, there was noise too. Yes, the church is a reverent place, but never stuffy and unwelcoming. It takes time to train and teach children how to follow along in the service. So, don’t fret about it, just bring your children to Jesus. We also have available Children’s bulletins that help the K-6th ages follow along with the service.

Never heard of Divine Service, liturgy, or sacraments? That’s okay, we are here to teach the one, holy, Christian, and apostolic faith. Consider visiting, talking with our pastor, or taking a class of instruction (catechesis)

 

Holy Communion

We warmly welcome and invite all visitors, infants through adults, to come and hear the wonderful Gospel of Christ proclaimed and to enjoy our liturgy and hymnody. However, Scripture teaches that we cannot invite everyone to the Lord's Table to eat the true body and blood of Christ under the bread and wine. Along with the Christian Church of all times and in accordance with Scripture, we at St. John practice Closed Communion. This means we normally commune only active communicant members of St. John in good standing and those guests who are active communicant members in good standing of another Lutheran congregation in our fellowship (In the United States, that means typically, The Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod). We also, in accordance with Scripture, don’t commune infants or young children who haven’t been instructed in the faith. We do ask ALL GUESTS to talk to our pastor before coming up for communion, either by phone, email, or at least 10 min. before the worship service begins.

If you would like to learn more about the doctrine and practice of Holy Communion, or about anything else that Lutherans believe, teach and confess, please contact Pastor Stark during the week. You may also read about Closed Communion and Liturgical Worship on our Resources page. Closed Communion is a loving and Biblical practice and is not elitist. It is our hope, and the hope of Christ, that divisions cease and that we can all enjoy communion fellowship together.

We currently offer Holy Communion every Sunday and on other festivals in both common and individual cups.

Christian Education For All Ages

 

[19] Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, [20] teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:19-20 ESV) 

Everything that we believe, teach, and confess comes from the Bible Alone (Sola Scriptura). While many congregations claim to “teach just the Bible,” this simply isn’t the case. Jesus doesn’t say in the Bible about Holy Communion, “Take, eat; this is My body,” and, “Take, eat; this symbolizes My body.”  One is Biblical; one is not. The Bible also doesn’t teach that we are saved by grace alone, through faith alone, apart from works, and, we are saved by works. One is Biblical; one is not.

We believe that every Word of the Bible is inspired by the Holy Spirit and is truly the Word of God. We also believe that God speaks clearly in His Word and so we cannot just agree to disagree, or decide which parts of God’s Word are fundamentally important and which ones are not. We take Jesus seriously when He said to the apostles, “…teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.” We do make the claim that we do just teach the Bible and, in a spirit of brotherly love, encourage you to examine what we teach with the Bible.

In addition to the teaching that goes on in the Divine Service, that is the repetition of the liturgy, the lessons, and sermon, we also currently offer these opportunities to hear and learn God’s Word:

 

Bible classes taught by Pastor, open to all ages:

10:45 – 11:45 a.m. Sunday Mornings after Divine Service

10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Wednesday Mornings

 

Youth Catechesis:

A two-year program of instruction for youth, starting around 5th grade, leading toward confirmation and communicant membership. The primary textbooks are Scripture and Luther’s Small Catechism. For more information, speak with our pastor or Board of Elders.

 

Adult Catechesis:

The purpose of the 15-18-week class is to teach what we believe, teach, and confess here at St. John Lutheran Church as part of the Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod. To accomplish this task pastor will primarily teach from the Bible and Martin Luther’s Small Catechism. The class is designed so that you are free to ask questions when they arise. The class is also for informational purposes and is not intended to pressure you into becoming a member. However, if you decide that you agree with our teachings, we are happy to proceed with confirmation and/or membership upon completion of the class.

*Depending on the dynamics of the class, we may need a few more sessions.

**Our pastor is willing to teach this on an individual basis too, if scheduling is an issue.

 

Other Opportunities:

We also offer other opportunities periodically for adults, youth and children, such as:  conferences, retreats, book clubs, monthly Bible studies, Sunday school and Vacation Bible School. See our Newsletter for current information.

 

Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod?

Our congregation is a member of the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS). For more information about the LCMS please visit www.lcms.org and also check out the Q and A page.

 

The History and Plans of St John Lutheran Church

In May of 2014, several families asked Faith Lutheran Church in Plano to help start a mission in Frisco. These families wanted a church which uses the hymnal and is a faithful Lutheran Church.

The Elders at Faith decided to look into the possibility of starting a mission in Frisco. Financial assistance came from several outside sources and from various individuals. Pastor Kieser was available to preach and to lead the service on Sunday mornings.   Pastor Woelmer was able to provide the ground work. A donor purchased hymnals, communion ware, a cross and other items. The Voters of Faith in Plano resolved to offer prayer, support and guidance for this new mission. The pieces came together.

The first worship service was Sunday, April 19, 2015 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Frisco. It was “Good Shepherd” Sunday. Pastor Kieser preached, led the service and administered the Lord’s Supper. There were 25 present.

In May of 2015, the worship service was moved to Holiday Inn Express 3400 Parkwood Blvd in Frisco. Those who attended decided to call the new mission, “St. John Lutheran Church.” A website was established and advertisement began in the local paper. Prospective members visited on a regular basis.

On Sunday, December 13, 2015, St. John Lutheran Church in Frisco held their “Charter Sunday.” They were recognized as a congregation and were officially received as a member of the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod – Texas District.   Pastor Kieser preached on the theme “Rejoice in the Lord always” (Phil 4:4). He talked about giving God all the glory for His work in establishing this new congregation. Pastor Woelmer led the liturgy and administered the Lord’s Supper. There were 44 present.

The first Voters’ meeting and election of officers took place on January 17, 2016 at John and Mary Junkers’ home. Our first pastor, Thomas Clinton Stark, was installed on October 30, 2016.

As of May 2017, our Elders and Church Council are now in the process of looking for a larger facility to rent to accommodate our growth. Additionally, the long-term hope is to purchase a permanent location. The Lord’s gracious will be done.

A note from our Pastor about St. John being successful.

To God be all the glory

 

Our Pastor

Pastor Thomas Clinton Stark

Pastor Thomas Clinton Stark was born and raised in Dallas, Texas. He graduated from The University of Texas at Austin with a double Bachelor of Arts Degree in Latin American Studies and History. During college Pastor Stark was converted to Lutheranism from the Southern Baptist creeds while at Trinity Lutheran Church in Austin. After college he taught high school Spanish and coached the boy’s junior varsity basketball team at Lanier High School in Austin. During this time he met his future wife, Brianne, at church while she was finishing up her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at The University of Texas. Pastor and Brianne were married in 2003, which was also the same year that Pastor began his studies at Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne, Indiana, and Brianne started as an R.N. in the ICU at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne. Pastor Stark’s vicarage was at University Lutheran Chapel in Boulder, CO.  After vicarage Pastor and Brianne celebrated the birth of their daughter, Mary, in January 2007. In April 2007, Pastor Stark received a Divine Call from St. John’s Lutheran of Topeka, KS, to serve as their associate pastor, and graduated from seminary in May. During their time in Topeka, Pastor and Brianne were blessed with Henry (July 2008) and Wyatt (July 2010). Brianne spent most of her time in Topeka as a stay-at-home mom, but also worked part-time as an RN in labor and delivery.  In 2011, Pastor received and accepted a Call to Zion Lutheran in Chippewa Falls, WI to serve as their pastor. In December, 2012, Pastor and his family were blessed with the birth of another son, Simeon. In 2016, Pastor accepted the Call to serve as the pastor of St. John and was installed October 30. Pastor also enjoys playing and watching most sports, cooking, and spending time with his family.

 

Our Board of Elders

 

Our Church Council

 

 

Resources

The Book of Concord (Lutheran Confessions)

 

Explanation of Worship Services

 

Why Closed Communion

 

Opportunities for Participation 

Other:

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