We welcome you to come and experience the joy and blessings of being part of the body of Christ at St. John's!

About St. John’s

St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church is a congregation of baptized Christians who gather in central Topeka to hear God’s Word proclaimed, to commune with Him in His Holy Supper, and to worship Him as Creator, Lord, and Savior. Filled with Christ and His Spirit through these His gifts we share God’s love with others in our individual callings and in our community.

We are a member congregation of the Lutheran Church‐Missouri Synod, an association of about 6,000 congregations located throughout the United States. We confess the faith as revealed in the Holy Scriptures, and in accordance with the Confessions of the Evangelical Lutheran Church as contained in the Book of Concord. In our preaching and teaching we strive for a faithful and engaging proclamation of God’s Word that is neither shallow nor beholden to cultural whims, but rather speaks faithfully and clearly the word and will of God to the world in which we live. Our goal is to excel in this ministry of God’s Word to people of all ages, from the cradle to the grave. As Lutherans our worship is in keeping with the traditions of the "one holy catholic and apostolic Church". We cherish beauty in music and art and strive to employ these gifts of God’s creation in worship.

Established in 1874, we are the oldest LCMS church in Topeka. Since 1938 we have worshipped in the beautiful limestone building on the corner of 9th and Fillmore, just one block west of Topeka High School.

Since founding our own Lutheran parochial school in the first year of our existence, St. John’s has been continuously committed to quality Lutheran education. Since 1952 we have been a member of the Topeka Lutheran School Association.

Kansas District LCMS Installation Service July 31  6:00 p.m.
Neighborhood Block Party August 8  6 - 8 p.m.
Address 901 SW Fillmore, Topeka, KS 66606
Church Phone (785) 354-7132
Pastor Bruss' Email
Church Office Email

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You think you're great? Do a 180 and think of yourself as the opposite. Think you're holy? Do a 180. You're not. You're unrighteous. Think you're a saint? Try again, Charlie. See that you're a sinner. Because you are. But don't despair. Because if you are-then the kingdom of God belongs to you, through Christ! And then, truly!, you are greater in the kingdom of God-a citizen of the kingdom who's in it for what it alone gives and what alone it gives-the forgiveness of sins, won on the holy cross, made yours in Word and Sacrament.

      Pastor Bruss from The Festival of St. Michael and All Angels

[Jesus] chooses to draw near. He chooses to be in His Baptism, Word, and Sacrament. He chooses through these things to bring you His compassion, His comfort in the midst of your distress. To give you His life in the midst of your death. To restore you who have fallen in the ruin of sin through the forgiveness of sins.

      Pastor Bruss from The Sixteenth Sunday After Trinity
Invocation - Creed Track 1
Sermon - Pastor Jonathan Lange Track 2 Text
Rite of Installation - Service of the Sacrament Track 3