St. John's Lutheran Church

Redefining Churchy Sacramento, CA
St. John's Lutheran Church

Who We Are

It was 1867, in what was then a young city named Sacramento, when a small group of men and women, German immigrants, came together with a dream, a vision and a mission. They wanted to start a church in the middle of town. And they did.

Today, St. John’s is a thriving congregation rooted in the heart of Midtown Sacramento and we are excited to celebrate our Sesquicentennial (150 Years!) in 2017.

Keep coming back to see what kinds of special events we have planned as we move closer to our big celebration in December 2017.

About Us

Traditional Liturgy, Downtown, Neighborhood-focused, Young families, Lots of kids, Progressive, Gay affirming, Spirit-filled

Community Service, Social Justice, Faith and Work, Children's Ministry, Youth Group, Choir, Nursery

Traditional Hymns, Contemporary, Chanting

Lutheran (ELCA)




Plan Your Visit



1701 L Street
Sacramento, CA 95811



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Our Services

What are services like?
St. John’s is an inclusive congregation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). Worship is central to everything we do. It brings us together in celebration, in understanding each other, in sharing and growing and living our faith. Our styles of worship are diverse, but all are meaningful and moving encounters with God, whose grace is a constant presence in all of our services. Each service, traditional, contemporary or contemplative, reminds always of what God is doing in our lives and what we can do to return God’s love and care.

What is the community like?
St. John’s is an inclusive Christian community, a vibrant urban church with an unbreakable commitment to transform its mission and vision and values, its dreams and its hopes of a world filled with God’s love, into realities. We believe that when the Bible says “for God so loved the world that He gave his one and only Son” those words really speak of the whole world. Of everyone. Regardless of your age, gender, race, socioeconomic status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other characteristic, we invite you to be a part of our community. St. John’s members understand that diversity is about inclusiveness and tolerance and giving all people an opportunity for spiritual growth; about helping to build a bridge across the abyss of our differences that has too long separated us; about recognizing all of our cultural backgrounds and all of our ideas and experiences so that we, as children of God, can better serve our neighbors wherever there is a need. In August, 2009, our denomination, The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, passed an historic Social Statement on Human Sexuality. The two major aspects of this social statement were to allow local congregations to recognize same-gender unions and to allow for ordination of pastors in committed same-gender unions. While we welcome the social statement, recognition of equality is nothing new to St. John’s. As a congregation we welcome members of the LGBT community. After all, the doors of our community of faith have been opened to all for nearly 150 years. We hope that you’ll join us because diversity makes each of us stronger as together we learn more about living God’s love in the world and doing God’s work with grace, in trust, by faith, through action.

What if I'm not a Christian?
Come anyway! We are happy to have you, and we want you to come discover the Love of Christ which is changing each of us every day.

Leadership View all

Rachel Marie Paquin
Communications Specialist

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