St. John’s has two worship services each Sunday year-round at 8:00 am & 10:15 am in the sanctuary. Both of our services blend the styles of a traditional worship service with elements of contemporary worship. On Communion Sundays, the Sacrament of Communion is offered at both services as part of the services.
Our 8:00 am service has a less’ formal’ feel than our 10:15 am service, is shorter in length (about 35 – 40 minutes), and does not include choir anthems, liturgy, or a children’s message. For many, its appeal is its more intimate atmosphere, created by both a smaller crowd and the close proximity of the pastors to the worshiper. This service is also geared toward those who must work or participate in other activities on a Sunday but still desire an opportunity to worship. The basic elements of worship included in this service – the opening and closing hymns, scripture reading, sermon and prayers – are the same as the 10:15 am service. For a more ‘intimate’ setting, the pastor conducts the full service, including the sermon, from the lectern side of the sanctuary and many of the congregation sit on that side (the side closest to the Library).
The only exceptions to our schedule: there are no 8:00 am services on Easter Sunday, when our outdoor Sunrise Service is held at Whites Road Park at 7:00 am, the second Sunday of December, when we join services to celebrate our traditional Advent “White Gift Service” at 10:15 am, and sometimes on the Sundays following Christmas and New Year’s Day – check our publications at that time each year.
“For where two or three are gathered in my name, I am there among them.” Matthew 18:20 (NRSV)