Worship at St. John's Lafayette
Regular Schedule (September-May)
8:00 AM - Holy Eucharist, Rite I (Traditional)
10:15 AM - Sung Holy Eucharist, Rite II
Summer Schedule (June-August)
9:00 AM - Sung Holy Eucharist, Rite II
Weekday Worship & Prayer
Monday, Wednesday, & Friday Evening Prayer at 5:30 PM
Tuesday Healing Prayer & Holy Eucharist at Noon
Thursday Holy Eucharist at Noon
Worship is at the heart of the Christian faith and life, but it is especially dear to Episcopalians. It is the foundation of this church community's identity. At its heart, our worship is rooted in ancient tradition, the sacraments, the incarnation, and beauty.
We worship using the Book of Common Prayer, first published in 1549 and revised and adapted many times since to meet the needs of changing times and peoples. Our worship also maintains an unbroken connection to the earliest forms of Christian worship. Many throughout the centuries have found this way of worshiping God to be both grounding and fulfilling. Many of us have found that this ancient worship speaks to us still, since it is responsive both to age old questions and new complexities. So while our worship can seem complicated at first, it is well worth the effort.
Our normal worship includes the celebration of Holy Communion or Eucharist (Eucharist from a Greek word meaning “thanksgiving”). In the Episcopal Church, all baptized persons are welcome to share in the Eucharistic feast. The Church teaches that this bread and wine are made holy, consecrated, by the community's prayers and that they become the actual body and blood of Christ. In this sense, the bread and wine are truly sacramental: they become an “an outward and visible sign of inward and spiritual grace, given by Christ as sure and certain means by which we receive that grace.”
The Christian faith is incarnational - celebrating the good news of God become incarnate or embodied in Christ - and so we believe that Christian worship should be incarnational as well. That is why we use real things in our worship: real bread, real wine, real candles, real music, real flowers. And, we worship as real people! We make missteps, mispronounce words or names, and sing out the wrong note from time to time. As you enter into worship with us, please don’t worry about mistakes. Mistakes are a part of the human experience. We also worship with our bodies. We move in worship - crossing, greeting, bowing, sitting, standing, and sometimes kneeling. Watch what others are doing and feel free to go along as you are comfortable. For some “official” guidelines, check the italicized instructions (rubrics) in the bulletin or in the Book of Common Prayer.
More than anything else, our worship is characterized by beauty - the beauty of our prayers, the beauty of stained glass, the beauty of candlelight, the beauty of sacred music, and the beauty of sacred mystery. There is nothing that Anglican Christians or Episcopalians do so well as beautiful worship.
Children of all ages are welcome in our worship. For more information about children in worship at St. John's, click HERE.