Worship at St. John’s
At St. John’s United Methodist Church we have two worship services on Sunday morning (from the second Sunday of September through the first Sunday of June. In the summer months we have one service, at 9:30 AM). While both services have a traditional United Methodist order of worship the services are slightly different from one another.
The 9:00 service has many elements of contemporary worship with upbeat, praise and worship music, accented by our praise band. We use both the traditional “United Methodist Hymnal” and the supplement, “The Faith We Sing” as a part of worship. Our families are together for the start of the service and young children are dismissed for Sunday School, which happens concurrent with the service. Our Pastor asks for prayer concerns that are offered to the Lord and the sermon is delivered in traditional style from the altar area. The choir shares an anthem during the offertory and the closing is upbeat and the benediction sends us forth to the world.
Coffee fellowship is a time for us to connect with members and visitors in Hartford Hall.
The 10:30 service is a more traditional service often accented by the use of our pipe organ as accompaniment to our hymns. Traditional elements of this service, like the Gloria Patri and the “Old One Hundredth” is often used. Both hymnals are used in this service. Prayer concerns are raised up from the congregation and the sermon is delivered in the altar area by our pastor. We are sent forth by the benediction and a song of praise.
In the summer time — approximately the middle of June through the Sunday after Labor Day, we offer one service each Sunday, at 9:30 AM.
Communion is open to all who are at church the first Sunday of each month during both services at the altar or at our communion rail. The bread which is broken is to be for us the body of Christ, and the cup (which is grape juice) is to be for us the blood of Christ.
Home Communion is available to members of St. Johns who are not able to be with us when communion is served at the church.
Volunteers are needed and may contact the Church Office, if you interested in any aspect of serving communion.
St. John’s has an adult choir community that ministers as mentioned at both the 9 and 10:30 services almost every Sunday throughout the calendar year and at other special services (Christmas Eve and Holy Week). Those participating in the 9 service are called the Jubilation Choir and those at the 10:30 are called the Chancel Choir. Both choirs rehearse together at 7:15 on Thursdays and many members sing at both services. The combined choirs along with children’s choirs, bell choirs and other instruments present a Christmas concert in December.
There is an Adult Handbell choir that meets during the school year. New members are welcome.
Instrumentalists and singers of all kinds are welcome to participate in worship at either service. The 9 AM service incorporates (at a minimum) piano, drums and synthesizer. This group is known as the Revelation Band and at various times has included trumpet, bass, sax, congas and guitar. At 10:30 individuals and small groups often present offertory or other special music.
The newest addition to our Music Ministry is the Brass Choir. This choir rehearses for and participates in worship during the Advent/Christmas season as well as Lent/Easter. New members are always welcome.
For more information or to sign up for any of these aspects of our music ministry, contact our Music Director, Steve MacKenzie through the Church Office.
Healing Touch Spiritual Ministries
We offer the laying-on of hands and anointing with oil modeled by Jesus during communion monthly. This ministry is based upon a philosophy of caring, and starts with the premise that we are conduits for the healing energies of God. The Healing Team also presents Healing Services about four times a year, as well as Spiritual Touch Healing Clinics. Please check the church’s calendar for the schedule. Individuals that are interested can pursue training in this ministry by contacting our Congregational Health Minister, Jana Marie Whitten.
Weekly Aspects of Ministries
Acolytes – youth are taught about different seasons of the Christian year. They bring the light of Christ into the church and take the light of Christ out into the world. Supervision and scheduling is coordinated by a member of the worship committee in conjunction with Sunday School and parents.
Liturgists – both youth and adult liturgists participate in worship services at St. John’s welcoming the congregation, reading the first scripture and leading the opening prayers.
Altar flowers – adorn our altar weekly based upon the generosity of the members of the church. The flowers are ordered from local vendors and can be placed in our brass vase(s). We will coordinate these arrangements and assure that the remembrance is listed in our worship bulletin. The contributor may wish to have the flowers donated to someone in need which will be delivered with a card indicating that they have been on the altar and it is hoped that they bless the person receiving them.
Ushers – welcome you and will help you with any needs you have during the service. They oversee the distribution of the worship bulletins to the congregation. They assure that the altar candles are ready for each service. The attendance of the congregation is taken and the friendship pads are distributed and collected by the ushers at each service.