WORSHIP


Worship is the heartbeat of St. John’s. We welcome all people to take their place at God’s table to renew Christ’s Body for our mission in the world. In worship, our hospitality is shaped to imitate his, our faith is trained to seek and serve God in all creation, and our hearts are freed to help build human harmony.

We value preaching. We’re committed to advancing the roles of children in worship. We practice silence together in the Eucharist. We hope you too will enjoy the beauty of this house of prayer and help make it resonate with praise.

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Liturgical worship is in some ways a dinner party. We gather, tell stories, share a meal, and are sent out. (Like dinner parties, sometimes that goodbye takes a while, thus the addition of coffee hour).

Worship at St. John’s is interactive and includes a large cast of volunteers. Our large choir leads us in beautiful song. Lay members read from scripture, lead prayers, assist at the Eucharistic table, and offer healing prayer.

All of us join together in prayer and song to worship God and encounter God’s beauty and presence in this place.

In addition to Sunday worship, we gather for special services each year. These include:

 

CHRISTMAS – On Christmas Eve an early family service and a later candlelight one. On Christmas Day a simpler but still celebratory service.

ASH WEDNESDAY – For prayer, confession, and to be marked with the sign of the cross

MAUNDY THURSDAY – To remember Jesus’ Last Supper and his commandment that we love one another, as he’s loved us.

GOOD FRIDAY – To mark Jesus’ death and commit to taking up his cross.

EASTER VIGIL – To retell the story of Christ’s redemption and celebrate with much fanfare the first moments of his resurrection.

COMMENCEMENT WEEKEND – When the center of town is packed for the Williams College Commencement, we join our brothers and sisters from First Congregational Church for a service out by the Clark Art Institute’s reflecting pool. This 8am service allows time to attend Commencement or head home before the traffic jams begin.

VESPERS – A simple, contemplative service of Evening Prayer on the third Thursday of each month that features chant and song and the highlighting of a saint who’s gone before us.

CONTEMPLATIVE PRAYER – Every Thursday afternoon a small group gathers for a service of simple prayers and an extended time of silence, in which to listen for God’s voice.

8AM | EUCHARIST RITE I

This service is based on the traditional language of the Book of Common Prayer with minimal music.

9:40AM | LIFT EVERY VOICE

Everyone warmly welcomed! The music and prayers we learn by heart in this festive gathering will be part of future services (and may echo in your head and soul all week.) Come begin your morning worship with song!

10AM | EUCHARIST RITE II

Contemporary language supported by organ and choral music. Childcare available.

10AM | GODLY PLAY (AGES 5-12)

Based on the Montessori method, Godly Play is a spiritual formation program that shares our tradition’s sacred stories and provides the time and means for reflection that is kinesthetic, prayerful, and playful. Children join the rest of the congregation before communion.

Click here to see which Sundays have LEV and Godly Play gatherings and which are Full-Community Sundays.

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