St. John offers three services on Sunday mornings each with its own character and with Christian Education offerings from 10:00-10:50. Our worship is steeped in the traditions of Anglican-Episcopal worship theology and the Book of Common Prayer.
Sundays at 7:45am
Our first service is celebrated with a traditional (Rite I) liturgy, or worship structure, that utilizes the formality of Elizabethan language. While there is less music at this early service, it offers the beauty of high liturgy through word and sacrament, prayer and movement, all with joyful warmth and community.
Sundays at 9:00am
A mix of contemporary and traditional music set the tone for our worship together in this service utilizing modern (Rite II) language. Here you will see the clergy and acolytes (altar servers) vested while the chalice bearers and readers serve from among the people in the pews. Communion is served at two standing stations on either side of the center aisle. Those unable to come forward for Communion are served in their pew. This is the most casual service of the day, and the joyful noise and bustle of children is welcomed and encouraged.
Sundays at 11:00am
The 11:00 service features the St. John’s Choir with traditional hymns and anthems. This is the most formal and “high church” service of the day, with a chanted liturgy (during some seasons) and organ, and incense for festival celebrations. Firmly rooted in ancient Anglican tradition and practice this service connects worshipers to the rich spiritual tradition of the Episcopal Church.
Children’s Chapel, Godly Play and Adult Formation
Both the 9:00 and 11:00 services offer Children’s Chapel where children can explore the day’s readings and hear a teaching appropriate for their age. Children’s chapel takes place during the service, from the reading of the Gospel to the passing of the Peace, when the children rejoin the assembly for Communion. We believe this is an important part of including children in both the proclamation and sacramental life of our community.
Children from age 3 to grade 6 also are invited to join us for Godly Play Christian Education in one of our Godly Play rooms from 9:50-10:40. Children attending the 9:00 service always are welcome to go to their Godly Play room after receiving Communion for Sunday School.
Adult Forums will be held in Marsh Hall on most Sundays with a Newcomers Forum once a month. Adult Forum will have a range of topics from various speakers. Fall of 2015 will feature a discussion of the book St. Benedict’s Toolbox, but you don’t have to read the book to participate. The Newcomers Forum led by our priests is welcome to everyone, newcomers and long-term members alike.
Wednesday at 10:30am
Our midweek service is offered on Wednesday mornings at 10:30 in the Chapel of the Good Shepherd followed by fellowship and bible study in Marsh Hall ending by noon. This service is an intimate Rite II Eucharist celebrating one of the feast days of the saints of the week. This is the principal service for many who are not able to attend on Sunday mornings.
What To Expect
Come as you are. Sunday mornings you will find people worshiping in suits and ties, and jeans and t-shirts. We include the full service in our bulletins each week for ease of participation by all, especially those new to the Episcopal Church. All you will need in addition to your bulletin is a blue hymnal or songbook and an open heart! Speaking of open… we practice an open table at St. John’s. The altar is not our table, but the Lord’s! So, no matter where you are on your spiritual journey you are welcome to receive communion at St. John’s.
We hope to see you soon and look forward to your joining our community in worship!