Life At St. John's
Worship is the core of our entire life here at St. John’s. In particular the Sunday celebration of the Holy Eucharist or the mass is the central act of our community life. All that we do flows from this source. In the Eucharist we experience the presence of the Risen Jesus:
through the Word of God in Scripture and in preaching,
through the beauty of music,
through the bread and wine of communion where Christ is truly and fully present,
and in the hearts of all our brothers and sisters around us.
In this experience we receive the transforming love of God strengthening us to do our mission in the world.
Our worship is grounded in the traditions of the ancient Church. It is also fully sensory -engaging sight, sound, smell, taste, touch, and motion. We seek to engage our community in a participatory experience in which every person realizes they are worshippers not observers. While the texts of our liturgy are solidly Anglican, based in the 1979 Book of Common Prayer of the Episcopal Church, and Common Worship from the Church of England, our Bishop has invited us to be more experimental in our liturgical life so that we can find new ways to excite our religious imagination. Our music is of the highest quality while always inviting everyone to sing as an act of worship to God. Each season of the liturgical year has its own individual character and is marked by different colors, music, actions, symbols, readings all to convey the epic story of God’s love for us in the story of the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ and the proclamation of God’s life-changing message to the whole world.
As Episcopalians, we believe that in order to know what we believe you need to worship with us. We express our beliefs as a Church through our prayer and liturgy. Come and see for yourself!