Friday, May 30, 2008

Two Kinds of Worship at St. John's

Holy Eucharist is our communion service, and must be led by a priest or bishop. All baptized Christians are welcome to receive communion at St. John's. For the Biblical basis and more information on the Holy Eucharist service, please read this article in An Episcopal Dictionary of the Church.

Morning Prayer is a service consisting of prayers, Bible readings, and psalms. It may be led by a lay person, the usual practice at St. John's. The practice of morning worship traces its origins to Jewish sunrise worship that became part of the daily cycle of prayer in Christian monasteries. You can find out more from An Episcopal Dictionary of the Church; scroll down almost to the bottom of the page for three Morning Prayer links.

Friday, May 23, 2008

Music at St. John's

Yes, we have it. Our excellent organist, Marilyn Thompson, retired to Florida over a year ago. After some experiments with silence and a cappella singing, we settled on recorded music. The backbone of our music is the 1982 Hymnal, with other music as a supplement. We rely mainly on the CD Hymnal (organ, piano and orchestrations of traditional hymns), Forty Anglican/Episcopal Hymns, and Music Resources for Smaller Churches. The other music is from personal collections and ranges from folk to classical to rock to new age to techno to gospel. Singing and listening to music enhances worship, and we aren’t shy about mixing styles in our one Sunday service.