Traditional Anglican worship is not passive. At St. John's you will find yourself doing a lot more than you normally would in a typical Evangelical church. But our goal is not to be formal and legalistic, but to be engaging and transformative. As the body of Christ, we all take part in making worship happen, and we seek to proclaim the gospel and glorify God through word, song, symbol, art, and posture.
Here's what to expect at a St. John's 10AM Sunday service:
- Beautiful chapel surrounded by a grove of trees
- Warm welcome from St. John's community member or two
- Service begins with a praise hymn
- We launch into the liturgy of the word, which includes interactive prayers, Scripture reading, and a sermon
- Then we pass the peace and begin our communion liturgy, which includes gospel proclamation, prayer, and prayer
- Then our worship ends with a final praise hymn
- Followed by fellowship time with coffee, tea, and snacks
That might sound complex, but with our bulletins it's easy to follow along; and don't worry about "messing up" (pastor Jeff is known to get mixed up at least once a Sunday).
The whole point of liturgy is that prayer and worship of God is something we do as a community and when it is full of grace and the Spirit, it becomes transformational.