Worship at St. John's occupies a place of balance. It is a time apart from the worries of the world but it nurtures us to face the storms and stresses. It does not copy the traditional "front-of-the-hymnal" liturgy but makes participation, modern language and music the means to exalting God and humbling ourselves before Him. Sermons connect the Bible's teachings to modern life and send us out with words of courage, comfort and assurance of God's mercy; they are conversations, not lectures. .
Some people 'dress up" for worship, but mostly, this is a casual congregation. Before the service itself begins, there are the greetings you might expect, but also time for individual prayers led by the pastor in the church parlor. From time to time, there are Bible study and book discussions (which the pastor also offers at other times during the week). During the service, we are encouraged to speak up about what is on our minds, whether it is news, concerns or reasons for celebrations. At least once a month after the service, we get together for refreshments in our Fellowship Hall.
Sunday November 25th we are having a special worship service entitled “Let it Go” Many of us have a variety emotions about the holidays. This is a service where we seek healing and hope as we seek to release painful emotions and situations so we can find peace and joy during the Holiday Service. Service begins at 10 am and all are welcome, no exceptions.
Advent is upon us. Our theme for this Season will be “What Child is This?Christine Thatcher designed our bulletin cover.Our emphasis will be on the spirit of Christmas through music On December 2nd during our worship service, June Thomas will be coming to sing for us, and we will celebrate Holy Communion.In the afternoon Craig and Nyk will be doing their annual concert. December 8th at 5 pm will be our church Christmas Fellowship dinner.This is a potluck dinner and friends and family are invited to join us.If you need a ride please speak to Pastor Teresa.Patrick will be playing as we do a Christmas sing a long to round out the night. December 9th our own Patrick will be leading the special music.We will be having a Congregational Meeting right after service to approve the budget and nominations for Council.This will serve as the official call. December 16th the congregation will be worshipping and singing familiar songs at our 10am service. In the afternoon Kato will be our Vespers guests. December 23rdJohn Carelli will be performing during service. Christmas Eve will be a candlelight service at 7pm and Craig Thatcher will be performing. It will be a special season of music and preparing ourselves for the Christ child to once again take residence in our hearts and renew our faith. December 31st we will be having short worship service to prepare our hearts and minds for the new year.Service will be at 4pm with Holy Communion.This will be a simple service of music and reflection.