Services


SUMMER SUNDAY SERVICES 

From June 18 through September 10, there will be only on Eucharist at 9:30 a.m. Rite One and Rite Two alternate weeks. 

Our normal schedule, which will resume on September 18, is:

The Sunday 8:00 a.m. service features Traditional Rite One Episcopal litergy, the Laudate Choir and organist Jim Harrod perform Early Music, plainsong change, and Episcopal favorites. 

The Sunday 10:00 a.m. service features a Rite Two Eucharist that includes Contemporary Gospel and popular sacred music.  A team of volunteer teachers offers a Godly Play Sunday School experience during the 10 a.m. service, September through June.  

 

WEDNESDAY SERVICE 

Wednesday afternoons at 12:15 p.m. throughout the year, St. John’s offers a simple, spoken celebration of the Holy Eucharist.  There are readings from the Bible, and a brief sermon, which sometimes takes the form of a group conversation.  Depending on the date, these may commemorate holy men and holy women from the calendar of the Episcopal Church.  After prayers for the needs of the church and the world, there is laying on of hands with prayer and anointing for healing, followed by communion around the altar in the sanctuary of the church.   This prayerful and intimate gathering is a welcome respite from the hustle and bustle of mid-week and your presence is welcome. 

 

CENTERING PRAYER 

Centering Prayer is a form of meditation with deep roots in the history of Christian Spirituality.  It begins with the intention to open one’s heart and mind to the presence of God within and without.  Our practice of Centering Prayer at St. John’s is supported by two weekly group sessions, on Tuesday evening at 6 p.m. The Wednesday morning prayer is on break until the Fall.

Participants sit "in choir" (in rows facing each other) as do members of monastic communities when they are paricipaiting in the Holy Eucharist or praying the Divine Office. There is an icon altar at the Sanctuary Gate to help focus participants' meditation and enhance the Sacred Presence. After settling into a relaxed but upright sitting position, and a brief instruction to guide us into the practice, we sit together in silence and stillness for one half-hour. Beginners to the practice, as well as experienced practitioners of all kinds of meditation, are encouraged to attend.  The groups meet in the chancel near the altar of the church.

The Center for Contemplative Outreach states, “Centering Prayer emphasizes prayer as a personal relationship with God and as a movement beyond conversation with Christ to communion with Him.”

 

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