Our main Sunday worship is the celebration of the Mass at 8:00 a.m. in traditional language (Rite I) and at 10:00 a.m. in contemporary language (Rite II) with hymns.
Both services are Eucharistic with the Sacrament of Holy Communion. We believe in the Real Presence of Jesus Christ as found in our Communion celebration, the community of the faithful coming together as the Body of Christ. Just as the bread and wine are transformed, so are the faithful, sharing in Christ's death and resurrection.
We say with great joy: Alleluia! Christ our passover is sacrificed for us! Therefore let us keep the feast! Alleluia!
At St. John's we celebrate worship with a sense of holiness and a living, time honored tradition that evokes the mystery of God entering our world. At every Mass we exclaim, "Holy, holy, holy!" This beautiful ceremony or liturgy (meaning, "the work of the people") isn't done for our sake or merit, but as celebration of God's presence. As the psalmist reminds us, "O worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness; let the whole earth stand in awe of him."
Our worship is also balanced with the reality that Jesus walked the earth with his disciples in all sorts and conditions, including difficult times. At every Mass we hear readings from Scripture, a sermon, and we bid our prayers and intercessions. The humanity of Jesus is also celebrated as we seek restoration from the sin and brokenness in ourselves, for others, and the world. Our worship does not neglect the Holy Spirit - that God is still with us, calling disciples today. Outside of Sundays there are other worship opportunities.
All are welcome.
At both services, nursery care is available for children under the age of four.
Candace Mitchell serves as our nursery care attendant. The nursery is located on the upper level. Children are encouraged to be with their families in worship. Children are blessings and children are not always quiet. St. John's is blessed with small children and we celebrate the voices and cries of children as a sign of health and a future generation in faith.
Sunday worship at St. John's is orderly and reverent.
Those gathering for worship sit, stand, and kneel in pews. When people enter for worship, common practices include reverencing the altar with either a slight bow or genuflection and quiet time in prayer, preparing for worship. Dress at St. John's varies from formal to casual.
Worship at St. John's includes both the Word of God as found in the reading and preaching of Holy Scripture and the celebration of the Eucharist.
All baptized Christians are welcomed to receive the Sacrament of Communion at the altar. Baptisms are celebrated during certain seasons of the year.