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 (9:30 AM Summer, 10:00 other seasons) 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.
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.
"Centering Prayer" is a method to practice the ancient prayer of the heart, commonly called contemplative prayer. It is a 20 minute time of silence where one seeks to be with God and consent to God's action and presence within. Following the period of silent prayer, there is a time for discussion of topics of spiritual importance ending with intercessory prayer. The Centering Prayer group meets every Thursday from 10:30 - 11:30 in the Philbrick Room. *Note: The Centering Prayer Group does not meet in July and August*
Every Sunday morning during the school year a Children’s Chapel service is held as part of the Sunday School program. Before joining the congregation for communion, children are led in an informal but structured program during which they hear a story, take offering, pray and learn about church rituals and symbols.
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. Offered Sundays during Lent at 7PM in St. John's church. (To confirm dates please see Worship Schedule).