Worship Services

 “Over 20 years ago I began attending the 8:00 am service at St. John’s. The small quiet service suited me well, for I wanted no part of the social demands often attached to church-going. The early service provided a place for me to calm my anxious spirit before hurrying home to my two lively little boys. I could be alone with my thoughts. Though I was a doubter, I could try to pray. I could recite the beautiful words in The Book of Common Prayer, words penned by Thomas Cranmer more than 400 years earlier, words that had succored many generations before mine. Light pouring through stained glass windows comforted and inspired me. My favorite window was above the altar on the left, depicting a fair angel bearing white lilies. Her hair was pulled back gracefully, and behind her a branch could be seen moving in the wind beyond the glass. . .” [read more] – Carolyn Welcome

Congregational worship is central to the life of St. John’s. The congregation participates in the weekly renewal of our faith through the celebration of the Holy Eucharist. All baptized Christians are welcome to receive Communion. Visitors are always welcome, both at the service and at the coffee hour (lemonade in the summer) that follows the 10 a.m. service.

Worship is based on the Book of Common Prayer and the Episcopal Hymnal 1982.

Weekly Worship Services

The 8 a.m. celebration of the Holy Eucharist (Rite I) is a simple, quiet, and relatively short service that features traditional language in the prayers. (You can expect to hear and say “thee” and “thou” a bit!) There is no music at this service.

The 10 a.m. liturgy (Rite II) is the service most St. John’s parishioners attend. From September through May it features music sung by choir and congregation and accompanied by our organist. Babysitting for infants and toddlers is available during the 10 a.m. service all year round.

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Children’s Sermon

On the first Sunday of those months, the service is designed to be more child-friendly than our usual liturgies, and includes the junior choir, a children’s sermon (that adults, too, often find helpful), and children as lectors and oblation bearers.

 

Weekly Sunday Services

  • 8 a.m. Holy Eucharist, Rite I
  • 10 a.m. Holy Eucharist, Rite II
    • Choral service September through May
    • First Sunday of the month, September through May: children’s homily and junior choir

Special Holiday Services

  • Easter Sunday
    • 9 a.m. Festival Choral Eucharist, Rite II
    • 11 a.m. Festival Choral Eucharist, Rite II
  • Christmas Eve
    • 3 p.m. Holy Eucharist with children’s pageant (especially appropriate for younger children), Rite II
    • 5 p.m. Lessons and Carols with Holy Eucharist (led in part by middle- and high school students), Rite II
    • 10 p.m. Choral Eucharist, Rite II
  • Christmas Day
    • 10 a.m. Holy Eucharist, Rite II
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Christmas Pageant

Throughout the year, there are additional services, e.g., on Ash Wednesday. These are shown in the calendar and announced in the weekly newsletter.