8:00 a.m. communion service: a quiet service based on ancient liturgies lasts about 45 minutes. Coffee time follows.
10:30 a.m. communion service with full choir, organ, children's Sunday school and nursery care. The St. John's choir and organ master are known for their excellence in voice and performance. We are fortunate to have Marshall University faculty and graduate students as staff and seasoned performers in the choir and at the organ.
What if I have children?
Our nursery is located on our first floor, just to the left of our main lobby. Nursery is available for children of all ages, Sunday school is for children ages 5-11.
Children are welcome in church, always.
Wednesday Morning Worship
Each Wednesday we offer a Healing Eucharist service at 10:30 a.m. followed by coffee hour in the 2nd floor parlor(elevator available).
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Where to find us?
3000 Washington Blvd
Huntington, WV 25701
We're at the intersection of Washington Blvd and Wallace Circle. If you're coming from 60Hwy, turn at the Burger King and go up the hill. We're on the right.
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What it's like to worship at an Episcopal church?
Sunday is traditionally when Episcopalians gather for worship. The principal weekly worship service is the Holy Eucharist, also known as: the Lord’s Supper, Holy Communion or Mass. In most Episcopal churches, worship is accompanied by the singing of hymns, and in some churches, much of the service is sung.
Episcopalians worship in many different styles, ranging from very formal, ancient, and multi-sensory rites with lots of singing, music, fancy clothes called vestments, and even incense to informal services with contemporary music. Yet all worship in the Episcopal Church is based in the Book of Common Prayer, which gives worship a familiar feel, no matter where you go.
Liturgy and Ritual
Worship in the Episcopal Church is said to be liturgical meaning that the congregation follows service forms and prays from texts that don’t change greatly from week to week during a season of the year. This sameness from week to week gives worship a rhythm that becomes comforting and familiar to the worshipers. The scriptures read each week as lessons always change.
For the first-time visitor, liturgy may be exhilarating… or confusing. Services may involve standing, sitting, kneeling, sung or spoken responses, and other participatory elements that may provide a challenge for the first-time visitor. However, liturgical worship can be compared with a dance: once you learn the steps, you come to appreciate the rhythm, and it becomes satisfying to dance, again and again, as the music changes.
The Holy Eucharist
In spite of the diversity of worship styles in the Episcopal Church, the Communion service or Eucharistic Service always has the same components and the same shape.
The Liturgy of the Word
We begin by praising God through song and prayer, and then listen to as many as four readings from the Bible. Usually one from the Old Testament a Psalm, something from the Epistels (letters written to the ancient church) and (always) a reading from the Gospels. The psalm is usually sung or recited by the congregation.
Next, a sermon intepreting the readings appointed for the day is preached. The congregation then recites the Nicene Creed written in the Fourth Century and the Church’s statement of what we believe ever since. Next, the congregation prays together—for the church, the World, and those in need. We
pray for the sick, thank God for all the good things in our lives, and finally, we pray for the dead. The presider, or celebrant (usually the priest or bishop) concludes with a prayer that gathers the petitions into a communal offering of intercession.
In certain seasons of the Church year, the congregation formally confesses their sins before God and one another. This is a corporate statement of what we have done and what we have left undone, followed by a pronouncement of absolution (the assurance of God's unmerited and gracious forgiveness). In pronouncing absolution, the presider assures the congregation
that God is always ready to forgive our sins.
The congregation then greets one another with a sign of peace, usually a handshake and the words,
"Peace be with you."
The Liturgy of the Table
Next, the priest stands at the table, which has been set with a cup of wine and a plate of bread or
wafers, raises his or her hands, and greets the congregation again, saying “The Lord be With You.” Now begins the Eucharistic Prayer, in which the presider tells the story of our faith, from the beginning of Creation, through the choosing of Israel to be God’s people, through our continual turning away from
God, and God’s calling us to return. Finally, the presider tells the story of the coming of Jesus Christ, and about the night before his death, on which he instituted the Eucharistic meal (communion) as a continual remembrance of him.
The presider blesses the bread and wine, and the congregation recites the Lord's Prayer. Finally, the presider breaks the bread and offers it to the congregation, as the “gifts of God for the People of God.”
The congregation then shares the bread and the wine. The people all come forward to receive the bread and wine; those not baptized or not wishing to receive the bread and wine come forward and receive a blessing. This is indicated by crossing your arms over your chest.
Everyone is welcome
Everyone is welcome at our service, and all baptized Christian -- no matter age, marital status or denomination—are welcome to “receive communion.”Episcopalians invite all baptized people to receive, not because we take the Eucharist lightly, but because we take our baptism so seriously. If you are feeling hungry for the sacrament, speak with the priest about being baptized!
Visitors who are not baptized Christians are welcome to come forward during the Communion to
receive a blessing from the presider. Indicate this by crossing your arms over your chest.
At the end of the Eucharist, the congregation prays once more in thanksgiving, and then is dismissed to continue the life of service to God and to the World. Please sign the guest book and head to the parish hall downstairs to enjoy a cup of coffee and conversation!
Thanks to the Episcopal Church USA's visitors center for providing the above instruction and information on "What to expect" when visiting an Episcopal church