At St. John the Divine you have your choice of three service types:
8:00 am in the Chapel
This service with traditional language in the Chapel includes hymns with organ accompaniment. Because of the smaller space, it has an intimate feel. This service lasts an hour or less.
9:00 am in the Church
This service of Holy Communion is rooted in the ancient traditions of Christian worship in contemporary language with sermon, organ-led congregational hymns, and choral music offered by the Chorale and children’s choirs as scheduled. At Communion, the service blends traditional hymns and the best of praise and worship music with the addition of piano and other instruments. This services lasts 55 minutes.
11:00 am in the Church
This service of Holy Communion is rooted in ancient traditions of Christian worship in traditional language with sermon, congregational hymns, organ, and choral music offered by the Chorale. This service lasts 65 - 70 minutes.
5:00 pm in the Chapel
The evening service of Holy Communion has a more casual atmosphere. While rooted in the ancient traditions of Christian worship, this is a flexible service that draws from both the more traditional language and the modern language services. The music is organ-led, and parish musicians periodically share their talents. This service lasts one hour or less. It is preceded at 4:30 p.m. by a Liturgy for Christian Healing offered by prayer ministers who are available for personal prayer and laying on of hands.
11:00 am in the Hall Life Center
The 11:00 am contemporary service is a come as you are service that blends the ancient structure of worship (Scripture, Creed, Prayer, and Communion) with sermon and band-led modern music.
9:00 am in the Hall Life Center
Awesome Worship is designed for children ages 3 through 3rd grade and their families. The music is band-led, and songs are taught with hand motions. All service elements (scripture, sermon, creed, prayer, and Communion) are tailored for younger children.
Service of Healing and Intercession
Wednesdays, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
During this time of the pandemic, we gather via Zoom to praise, worship, teach, and share followed by a time of individual confidential prayer. All are welcome to join us; no appointments are necessary. Please contact Ellen Mallay or JB Mallay for Zoom details.
When we are able to re-gather, we will meet on Wednesdays at 6:00 p.m. in the Sid Smith Chapel (L-25) and will also continue with the virtual gathering via Zoom.
Wednesday Prayer Service
Using the Daily Office of Noontime Prayer, a 30-minute prayer time at 12:00 noon on Wednesdays is offered through Zoom. You are invited to join in prayer for our community and nation led by The Rev. Louise Samuelson. Contact Carolyn Baker firstname.lastname@example.org for Zoom details.
When we are able to gather again, we plan to resume Wednesday services of
7:00 a.m. Rite I Eucharist;
10:00 a.m. Rite I Eucharist and Healing Prayer; and
5:30 p.m. Rite II Eucharist.
The Daily Office: Morning and Evening Prayer
Following in the Anglican tradition, SJD offers participation in the Daily Office—daily public worship in the church. Prayers, a selection from the Psalter, readings from the Holy Scriptures, one or more canticles, and the Lord’s Prayer are led by clergy and lay worship ministers.
Beginning in March 2020, SJD has offered online Morning and Evening Prayer. Morning Prayer is offered live at 7:00 a.m. every weekday by the clergy, The Reverends Reagan Cocke, Charlie Holt, and Louise Samuelson. Evening Prayer is offered by several lay worship leaders at 5:00 p.m. every weekday. Both morning and evening prayer are posted on the website, as well as our Facebook page, and may be accessed for replay for a week. The practice has been so well accepted by parishioners that plans are to continue to offer the services online, even after onsite gatherings are permitted.
Sundays, 6:00 pm in the Church as Scheduled
Rooted in the ancient patterns of monastic worship, Choral Evensong is a contemplative worship service with readings from scripture, chanted prayers, and music from the rich Anglican choral repertoire sung by the Chorale. Candlelight and incense encourage quiet meditation in a sacred space. The service is often preceded by a 30-minute concert featuring Houston area musical talent.
5:00 pm in the Church as Scheduled
Taizé is a contemplative, candlelit service of sung prayer. Simple chants, readings, prayers around the cross, and periods of silence lead us into the presence of God. The music is led by choristers from our children’s and youth choirs.