Worship

Sunday Services

We celebrate the Holy Eucharist each Sunday at the 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. services.

Children are always welcome in church, and we also have friendly childcare from 8:30-12:00 in our beautiful atrium.  

9 a.m. – A Relaxed, Family Style Service

Our 9 a.m. service is family-friendly. Kids are encouraged to explore the church space as they feel called. Sometimes, they give real meaning to making a “joyful noise,” and we love it!  At St. John’s, children are made to feel comfortable and welcome in church! Our priests are both moms (and get it!)!

The service at 9:00 is traditional, but a little shorter. We use two readings, instead of three, and the sermons are shorter. We have beautiful music but it is easier to sing. A cantor leads us in singing instead of the full choir.  Don’t be afraid to belt it out! We love to sing!

The best feature of this service is how we celebrate the Holy Eucharist. We call it “Family Style.” We gather around the altar form a circle (you can see that in the picture at the top of this page), hold hands as we recite The Lord’s Prayer and serve each other Holy Communion. It is a wonderful way for kids to learn about Communion because they can see everything! Come and see!

11 a.m. Eucharist – Celebrating in a More Traditional Way

At the 11 a.m. service, we delight in our deep Anglican roots, but without the staunch formality that Anglican services can sometimes bring. The 11 a.m. service is marked by our gorgeous music – with our spectacular organ and our amazing choir.  From our opening hymn to our closing hymn, you will hear (and sing) music from both classic composers and from contemporary masters.

Most people new to the Episcopal church don’t realize how much we read from the Bible. But every Sunday you will hear three Scripture readings and a Psalm. Our sermons aim to explain the Bible text, and connect it with the struggles of our modern lives and current events in our world. Following an ancient pattern,  our service builds to the service of Holy Communion.  We welcome all to join us in this great feast and mystery of our faith.  Two or three times a year we even have an Instructed Eucharist, where we teach what we’re doing and why! Join us!

Variations on our Typical Sunday…

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We want to nourish and grow the hearts and souls of all those who come to us, so we work hard to find creative ways to worship. Twice a year – in the winter and in the summer – we have a theme Sunday. We have had Harry Potter Sunday, with music from the Hogwarts choir, sermons about the power of discovering your gifts, and a coffee hour that featured chocolate frogs, Bertie Botts Every Flavour Beans, butter beer, and a photo booth! Click here to watch our video invitation! Our first theme day was on an appropriately cold February day in 2015, when we had Frozen Sunday. Since then, we’ve had themed Sundays for Star Wars, super heroes, Moana, The Lion King, Beauty and the Beast, and even The Sound of Music! These days aren’t JUST fun (for kids of all ages). They employ an ancient technique to use modern stories and myths to help teach the stories of God. And on the third Sunday of every month, it’s LEGO my Bible, as kids of all ages listen to a Bible story and respond with LEGOs (and DUPLOs!) after the 9:00 service!

We have also created two Virtual Morning Prayer services when we have had to cancel in-person Sunday services because of snow. Click here to watch the service from last year which features more than 20 souls, including folks from the choir and vestry, Georgetown students, two dogs and even guest clergy from across the country! Who says you can’t teach a historic parish some new tricks?

WEEKDAY SERVICES

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The Chapel of the Carpenter

Holy Eucharist with Centering Prayer happens every Tuesday Evening at 5:30 p.m. in The Chapel of the Carpenter. Centering Prayer is an opportunity for a deeply spiritual experience. Read about the extraordinary experience of centering prayer.