Worship is at the center of all that we do at St. John’s. We value powerful liturgy and adhere closely to the core teachings of Holy Scripture and Episcopal tradition. We also value preaching that brings God’s Word alive with clarity and conviction.
St. John’s has a rich history. We were founded in 1829 and we worship in a historic space. But while we are grounded in tradition, we are an inclusive church that seeks to embrace all of God’s people. As we like to say, wherever you are on your spiritual journey, St. John’s welcomes you.
Most Episcopal worship services are composed of two parts: The Liturgy of the Word and Holy Eucharist. As part of the Liturgy of the Word, after readings from the Old and New Testaments of the Bible, clergy offer a sermon. In some traditions the Holy Eucharist (a word which means thanksgiving) is referred to as the Lord’s Supper, Mass, or Holy Communion.
Each week, the Eucharist — an ancient form of prayer based on the last meal that Jesus had with his disciples — helps us remember the sacrificial love that God has for each of us and our need to be nourished to live out our faith every day of the week.
|8:00 a.m.||Church||Rite I - Traditional Eucharist. Organ music, no singing.|
|10:00 a.m.||Church||Rite II Eucharist. Children's chapel and sermon for adults. Children's and adult choir. Instrumentalists. Live streamed.|
|11:15 a.m.||(Christian Education for all ages.)|
|5:30 p.m.||Church||Holy Eucharist with contemporary language, keyboard music, and parishioners sharing personal faith stories. (on hiatus)|
|7:30 p.m.||Church||Compline. Evening prayers based on monastic worship. Contemplative and candlelit. (paused until September 2023)|
On Wednesdays at 12:10 p.m., we offer Holy Eucharist in the church. This is perfect for those who can’t attend on Sundays or anyone seeking spiritual nourishment during the week. Gathering at this 30-minute service allows for prayer, reflection, and partaking in the Eucharist before continuing our day’s work. We also incorporate a special time for healing prayer.
St. John’s partners with the Westminster Communities in Tallahassee. Together with other Episcopal clergy we staff services on Wednesdays at Westminster Oaks and at Westminster Gardens. We are grateful to bring the presence of Christ to those who are no longer able to attend services at our campus and praying with these individuals in their own space.