About St. John’s

St John’s has been serving Coachella Valley communities for over 50 years. As Lutheran Christians, the good news of God’s unconditional love revealed in Jesus Christ through the Holy Spirit is the foundation for everything we say and do. We live out this belief in weekly worship services of Word and Sacrament, Christian education and spiritual nurture, prayer, fellowship, and reaching out to those in need in our community.

As a congregation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, St. John’s is in partnership with thousands of Lutheran congregations across the country in supporting Lutheran Disaster Relief and Lutheran Social Services, one of the largest non-profit social service networks in the U.S.

Please visit What We Believe to learn more about our faith, Ministries to learn more about how you can get involved, and New to St. John’s to learn more about joining us at St. John’s for worship.

Our Mission

“To Know Christ and to Make Christ Known”

Our Vision

As followers of Christ, we share a living, daring confidence in God’s grace, which forms us as a community of faith and frees us to love and serve God and our neighbors. We live this through

  • worship services in which we share the gospel through Word and Sacrament ­and song
  • educational opportunities for all ages that promote and develop spiritual maturity
  • pastoral care for those in need through prayer and caring ministries
  • fellowship experiences that celebrate our relationship with God and each other
  • community engagement through which we serve our neighbors, promote peace and justice, and seek the wellbeing of all people

Worship Schedule

St. John’s has three weekly worship services, each with a distinct style and all centered in the experience of God’s grace. All services include song, sermon, prayer, and Communion.

Saturday Night Lite Service

Saturday Night Light Service

Our Saturday Night Light Service is held every Saturday afternoon from 4 pm to 4:45 pm. In addition to contemporary songs, Scripture readings, sermon, Confession and Communion, this service includes lighting candles in prayer and joining together for Prayer Around the Cross.

Traditional Worship

Traditional Worship

Our 9:00 am Worship Service is built on a traditional Lutheran liturgy with an emphasis on beloved hymns, the Word, prayer, and Holy Communion. Laura Stave, our music director, leads the congregation in song, accompanied by Patrick Karst.

Contemporary Worship

Contemporary Worship

Our 11:00 am Worship Service includes a more contemporary liturgy with an emphasis on uplifting music, the Word, prayer, and Holy Communion. The service features Laura Stave leading the congregation in song, and band members Danny Flahive on bass, Patrick Karst on piano, and Wayne Boyer on percussion.

Calendar of Events

Saturday Night Light Worship
Jul 20 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Join us Saturdays at 4 PM for Contemporary acoustic service

Traditional Worship
Jul 21 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am

Traditional worship at 9:00 AM is a liturgically responsive worship service, based on the Bible and the Evangelical Lutheran Worship hymnal. St. John’s talented Patrick Karst accompanies this service on organ and keyboard and Laura Stave provides her beautiful voice as cantor and soloist. This service is formal, yet relaxed, allowing time for prayer and reflection, with communion each Sunday.

St. John’s choir, directed by Laura Stave, also provides special music on occasion.

Praise Worship
Jul 21 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Our 11:00 AM Worship is a “lighter” liturgy than the 9:00 AM service. The service’s jazz and praise beat encourages participation from the worshipers and although we mainly sing contemporary praise songs, we don’t neglect beloved hymns. The Praise team is directed by Bob Corwin and is comprised of Bob Corwin, pianist, Danny Flahive, bass fiddle, and Ron Mercier on the drums. Samantha Corwin and Laura Stave are the lead singers whose rhythmic harmony strengthens participation. These talented women also sing solos and duets each Sunday.

Lessons, sermons and announcements are the same at both services with Holy Communion every Sunday.

FIND Food Distribution @ St. John's Lutheran Church
Jul 23 @ 7:00 am – 10:00 am

FIND Food Bank offers this service for hungry and food-insecure residents of eastern Riverside and southern San Bernardino Counties. St. John’s offers food the 4th Tuesday of every month. 


Worship Times & Location


42-575 Washington Street,
Palm Desert, CA 92211

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Saturday, 4 PM
Sunday, 9 AM and 11 AM

Worship Schedule