Worship at St John's
The heart of the church’s life begins with worship. At St. John’s, these words are ever true.
We have two distinct worship experiences each week. Each compliments the other in our primary aim to praise God and feed the spirits of those who gather.
Sunday Morning Worship – 10:50am
Our worship style is more formal for this service – it is more high church.
The clergy wear albs. The choir wears robes. Powerful art portrays the story of the season.
Sermons bridge the teachings of Scripture to the context of our time. While you’ll hear all of our clergy team preach at the service, Johnny is the primary preacher.
We celebrate the sacrament of Holy Communion every Sunday morning as the people gather. Through the practice of constant communion we find our spirits are fed, the family of faith is drawn closer together, and our call to draw the circle ever wider around the Table of Grace is confirmed.
While the attire of the worship leaders is formal, you feel free to come as you are.
The Way – Fridays at 6:00pm
Every Friday night our worship space is transformed into a gathering of people from all over the city of Memphis seeking to find comfort and sanctuary as they seek sobriety or are living with those who are. We’re all in recovery of some kind. We all have a God-sized hole in our hearts that we’ve sought to fill with substances and behaviors. It’s a hole that only God’s grace can fill.
The Way is our service of Recovery. It begins with a meal shared and eaten in the actual sanctuary space. While not officially a “sacrament,” the act of giving sustenance to the physical body in advance of food for the soul is unmistakably sacramental. This service is profoundly different than our Sunday morning experience. It is led primarily by John both through the teaching moment and in his gift of music. At 6:00pm on Fridays in Memphis, the best music to be found comes from the sanctuary of St. John’s.
Music is a primary expression of praise for St. John’s.
From congregational singing to choral anthems and soaring solos, to Memphis Soul and rock and roll, music ties our words of worship together.