At St. John's we practice a traditional style of worship. We read liturgy right from the hymnal because the carefully crafted responses between the Pastor and the congregation make for strong, doctrinal worship. Lutheran liturgy consists of speaking verses of Scripture back and forth to one another. There is no more profound truth that our lips can speak and no more powerful words that our hearts need to hear. Our worship is centered around God's Word.
For music, St. John's uses a traditional organ. There's nothing like a few hundred pipes sounding out the old tunes Christians have sung for hundreds of years. These are the same songs our parents and grandparents sang when they worshipped God, so hearing them played through the organ makes many of us feel at home. We will certainly use contemporary music now and then, but the organ remains our standard for worship.