Services

All regular in-church services are cancelled until further notice. We are offering the following online services weekly.

All online services are listed on the Welcome page.


Once the Covid-19 crisis has passed, we will return to our regular schedule as follows:

SUNDAY SERVICES 

The Sunday 8:00 a.m. service features Traditional Rite One Episcopal Litergy and the Laudate Choir. 

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 three weekly Zoom sessions on Tuesday at 5 p.m., Wednesday at 7 a.m., and Friday at 7 a.m.

Centering Prayer adds depth of meaning to all forms of prayer and facilitates the movement from more active modes of prayer - verbal, mental or affective prayer - into a receptive prayer of resting in God. Centering Prayer emphasizes prayer as a personal relationship with God and as a movement beyond conversation with Christ to communion with Christ. 

After 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 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.”