In addition to gathering for worship every Sunday, St. John’s also celebrates a number of special services during the year. We will have special services on Thanksgiving Eve and Christmas Eve, on Ash Wednesday, Maundy Thursday and Good Friday.
Thanksgiving Eve: Before the family, the football, the turkey, and the pumpkin pie, its good to take some time to remember that, as great as all those things are, they’re really not what Thanksgiving is all about. On Thanksgiving Eve (which is Wednesday, November 22nd, by the way) we gather to remember all the many blessings that God has given us, as people and as a community, over the past year, to offer our gratitude, and to ask God to be with us in the future as He has been in the past.
Christmas Eve: Christmas is kind of like Thanksgiving, only more so—so busy, so much to do, so little time to do it! But before Santa, the tree and the presents, it’s important to pause and remember that Jesus really is, as they say, the reason for the season, and that the gift that God has given us in Jesus really is the best Christmas present ever!
Ash Wednesday: Since the beginning of the seventh century Christians have observed Ash Wednesday both as a day to consider our human frailty and mortality and also as the beginning of Lent, the forty-day time of spiritual preparation for Easter. Here as St. John’s we keep Ash Wednesday (coming up on February 14th) with a special evening worship service.
Maundy Thursday: The first day of the historical Easter Triduum, the final three days before Easter and the most solemn days of the Christian year, Maundy Thursday is the day when Christian around the world remember Jesus Last Supper with his disciples; his new mondatum, or commandment, to his disciples that they should love one another as he has loved them; and his institution of the sacrament of Holy Communion. At St. John’s we observe the day with a special potluck supper followed by a special Communion service.
Good Friday: The holiest day of the Christian year, because for Christians it is the day that commemorates the central event of human history: the death of Jesus Christ on the Cross, the event through which humanity and all of Creation has been reconciled to God. To observe the day we gather for a special evening worship service here at St. John’s.
Prayer Services: In addition to the special services mentioned above, and because we believe that that prayer is central to the life and mission of the church we also gather for special evening prayer services on the first Wednesday evening of every month, beginning at 6:45 pm. During these services we hear readings from the Bible, sing songs of faith and hope, and take time to pray for our church, our community, our world, and ourselves and others.