As a diverse community of faith, we affirm and embrace the reality that there are a variety of ways to come before God in worship and thanksgiving, with prayer and praise, to glorify and lament. We engage the rich cultures of our West Village context.
Our Sunday morning mass (11 AM) is a traditional liturgical expression that is rich with history in the Lutheran tradition and has been further enriched by the liturgical renewal movement of the 20th century. Our time of worship is enlivened through our strong musical heritage of early European hymns and new selections of world music. The liturgical calendar provides a rhythm of seasons and feast days that help to shape and inform our communal journey of faith. On a regular basis, we include the Healing Rite and Prayer Stations in our mass. (Inspired by the Thomas Mass.)
Inspirational Gospel Showcase: One Saturday night a month, we gather for a most unique worship experience. Think: Ballroom culture goes to church, POSE (TV show) and the word is Gospel, and Lip syncing for the Lord. On any given night we may have a transgender woman lip syncing, a sis male person lip syncing, a group of young women dancing, and someone else live singing. All is done to the glory of God. Usually, we also celebrate Holy Communion at this event.
Dance Before the Lord: Our newest expression of joy for and before God is our Sunday afternoon pop up house dance event. What better place to express our joy for all that God has done and is doing than in a sacred space. Our DJ mixes the most glorious sounds and folks stop in a take a dance break from life. Stop in just to witness the exuberance that fills the people and the place.
St. John’s is also the place in which Village Yontiff celebrates the High Holy Days of the Jewish tradition. On the second Sunday of November each year, St. John’s hosts a Kristalnacht Remembrance service.