Worship Services

Holy Eucharist Rite I

The service of Holy Eucharist, also known as Communion or Mass, is the most important celebration of the Christian church.  "Rite I" is the version of the liturgy that most closely follows the traditional language used in the Episcopal church and other Anglican churches for many generations in older versions of the Book of Common Prayer. Rite I was created in the Book of Common Prayer published in 1979.  The 8am Holy Eucharist celebrated at St. John's using Rite I from today's prayer book is a quiet and contemplative service without music.

Holy Eucharist Rite II

Holy Eucharist "Rite II" is the version of the liturgy using more modern American language, defined in the current Book of Common Prayer published in 1979.  The main Sunday service is usually celebrated at St. John's using Rite II and has music:  organ and, during the school year, one or more of the Choirs.

Kids Praise

A unique worship experience tailored just for kids - at the time adults are experiencing the sermon in church.  Kid's Praise is held in the choir room downstairs in Thaxter Hall.  All kids come back to the sanctuary to celebrate the Eucharist with their families during the Peace.

holy eucharist and Healing Service

Healing service is a weekday celebration of the Holy Eucharist (Rite I) followed by a laying on of hands for healing for those who wish to participate.  This is usually a small and intimate service conducted at the side altar.

Compline – During Lent

A meditative and expressive candle-lit liturgy that explores the passage of day to night, weaving together themes of peace, comfort, watchfulness and guidance.  Sung by the beautiful voices of the Men's Compline Choir.

BLUE CHRISTMAS SERVICE

Our service for Blue Christmas is a time when we can, with others, acknowledge the “blue” feelings we have at Christmas time, the reasons for them, and offer them to God.

Some of us may be experiencing a sense of loss: loss of a job, loss of health, loss of a relationship.  It is not accidental that this service coincides with the winter solstice – the shortest day and the longest night of the year. In this service of prayer, candlelight, and quiet music, we gather with neighbors and strangers,
a family made one by our brokenness.

We come seeking comfort that we are not alone, we come with our hearts full of hope and we invite our great sign of hope, Emmanuel, God-with-us, to break through the darkness of our lives.

celtic evening

Celtic Prayer on the third Sunday of the month during the September through May program year.  An evening of Celtic music, poetry and reflection.  Refreshments will follow the service.