The Worship Commission

The Worship Commission creates an environment where God’s presence may nurture us all. This commission also supports our clergy before, during, and after worship services. Contact:  Vestry Liaison: Lowell Wilson; or the clergy, 410-461-7793

 

Services at St. John's

St. John's offers worship services to meet everyone’s needs. There are services with traditional music, contemporary music, and without music. There are early morning services, mid-day services, and evening services. There are small, intimate services and large, expansive services. Below is a description of our weekly services. Nursery care is available at some of our services.

 

Thursday Morning, 7:00 a.m., Resurrection Chapel, Parish Life Center

Holy Eucharist with Healing

 

Saturday Evening, 5:00 p.m., Resurrection Chapel

This worship service style is Rite II, without music, and the service runs about 45 minutes. 

 

Sunday Morning, 7:30 a.m., Historic Church, Rite II

This service is for those who prefer quiet, early morning worship with traditional language and without music. The service runs about 45 minutes.

 

Sunday Morning, 9:00 a.m., Historic Church, Rite II

Our traditional family service enjoys the various choirs of the church, including the children’s choir. This full Eucharistic celebration concludes in about 60 minutes, allowing time for attendees to head to fellowship time with coffee and donuts before Christian Education starts at 10:30 a.m.

 

Sunday Morning, 9:00 a.m., All Saint’s Hall (ASH) in the Center for Ministry and Education (CME), Rite II

Our contemporary family service enjoys a large attendance by the youngest members of our congregation, as well as those who prefer a more relaxed, contemporary setting and music. Music is provided by the ASH Singers and band, a folk music ensemble. The service runs about 60 minutes, allowing time for attendees to head to fellowship time with coffee and donuts before Christian Education starts at 10:30 a.m.

 

Sunday Morning, 11:30 a.m., Historic Church, Rite II

This worship also enjoys the various choirs of the church. All ages can enjoy featured sung psalms and glorious anthems. Worship concludes in about 75 minutes.

 

Sunday Afternoon, 5:00 p.m., Recovery Eucharist (last Sunday of the Month), Resurrection Chapel, Parish Life Center

A worship experience for those recovering from any addiction and for those who support persons in recovery. Elements of the Recovery Eucharist are drawn from the Book of Common Prayer and 12 step program literature. Our Recovery Eucharist is mindful of all matters of recovery. Alcohol free wine is utilized.

 

Festivals and Feasts: During Lent, Holy Week, and the Christmas Season, additional services are added. The schedule for these services is communicated on our home page. Please note that these services are often quite well attended, so it is advised to arrive early – often there is a bonus music offering for the early arrivals!

 

Prayer Services: In addition, the Parish Life Center (PLC) is home to regular prayer services in the Resurrection Chapel.

 

Worship Links:

+ I Am an Episcopalian
+ The Book of Common Prayer
+ The Lectionary
+ Online Bible


 

Servers in Worship

Saint John's is able to fulfill its mission because of all the visible and “invisible” hearts and hands who volunteer their time, energy, and talents.

 

Acolytes

Acolytes serve at the altars of St. John’s in Sunday liturgies. Serving as an acolyte is one of the ways in which youth can become involved in the worship service, starting in fourth grade.

Contact: Jeff Capo (Historic Church)

Contact: Becky Daugherty (All Saints Hall)

 

Altar Flowers

Altar Flowers may be donated for Sundays in the church year to beautify the worship space and honor a loved one or an occasion of thanksgiving.

Contact: Teri Salmons

 

Altar Guilds

Altar Guilds prepare each worship space for liturgies.

Contact: Beth John, 301-725-1115 (Historic Church)

Contact: Cathy Nunley, 410-461-4081 (All Saints Hall)

 

Bread Bakers

Bread Bakers prepare the bread used for the Holy Eucharist in All Saints’ Hall.

Contact: Amy Sachs, 410-750-3842

 

Eucharistic Ministers

Eucharistic Ministers serve the chalice to the people during the Holy Eucharist. Opportunities to serve as an EM begin in ninth grade.

Contact: June Robinson, 410-465- 4020 (Historic Church)

Contact: Leslie Geist, 410-480-5286 (All Saints Hall)

 

Lectors

Lectors read lessons from the Bible during worship. Opportunities to become a lector begin in sixth grade.

Contact: Jennifer Wamble, 410-465-7342 (Historic Church) 

Contact: Leslie Geist, 410-480-5286 (All Saints Hall)

 

PowerPoint Operators

PowerPoint Operators run the Power Point slides used in worship in All Saints Hall. Power Point Operators are members of the congregation who are usually of middle or high school age.

Contact: Marlo Eldridge, 443-610-3250

 

Ushers

Ushers are part of the hospitality team, welcoming worshipers at each liturgy. Youth may serve as an Usher beginning at 13, or younger when serving with a parent.

Contact: Randy Boone, 410-997-7845 (9:00 a.m. service) or Adam Boozer, 410-381-5984 (11:30 a.m. service)

Contact: Ryan & Lyndsay Griswold, 908-692-4705 (All Saints Hall)

 

Youth Opportunities

Looking for opportunities for youth participation in worship? Opportunities start as young as second grade in the Children’s Choir, and as Acolytes, Lectors, Ushers and Eucharistic Ministers.