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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The letter kills; but the Spirit makes alive. The letter kills, but the Spirit gives Christ-and faith in Christ, for no one can say that Jesus is Lord except by the Holy Spirit. And having this Spirit-given Christ, He is our confidence before God

      Pastor Bruss from The Twelfth Sunday After Trinity

There's no picture of Paul-the-Pharisee-and-sinner-turned-saint in hall of fame in heaven. Instead the hero in Paul's story is Jesus. It’s neither Paul’s punctilious keeping of the Law nor his repentance over sin so deep he didn't know what a mess he was. Not Paul, but Jesus. Not Paul's attitude, but Jesus' action. Not Paul repenting to Jesus, but Jesus redeeming Paul.

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