Worship Style at St. John's

We celebrate Holy Communion every Sunday at St. John's. Our worship is very traditional using the Lutheran Book of Worship settings One or Two and hymns, supplemented with seasonal worship texts from Sundays and Seasons and an occasional hymn from With One Voice. We use setting One during Lent and the Pentecost season and setting Two from the First Sunday of Advent through the end of the season of Epiphany and the Sundays of Easter. Our celebration of Holy Communion on Saturdays is equally traditional but is read instead of sung as it is on Sundays.

There is a very old saying in the Church, "Lex orandi, lex credendi," which means: the law of praying is the law of believing. In other words, the manner in which one prays shows that which one believes. At St. John's our corporate worship expresses the unity of the people of God and our continuity with Christians across the ages. We claim as our own the liturgical traditions, gestures, songs and words used by Christians throughout the ages in worship and prayer. The Lutheran Confessions sets our worship life within the mainstream of the worship life of the Church: "we do not abolish the Mass but religiously keep and defend it. In our churches Mass is celebrated every Sunday and on other festivals, when the sacrament is offered to those who wish for it..We keep traditional liturgical forms, such as the order of the lessons, prayers, vestments, etc." (Apology of the Augsburg Confession Article XXIV)