We are a liturgical church…as represented in the cross.
We aim for every service—in both traditional and contemporary settings—to follow the ancient power and majesty of the liturgical pattern of Word and Sacrament worship. Liturgy, meaning “work of the people,” signifies a pattern of worship where all are participants, not spectators and all share in heartfelt, authentic worship.
We are an orthodox church…as represented in the Bible.
We believe in the authority of Scripture, the Word of God, submitting our lives to its truth. “Orthodox” describes this ancient believing of God’s Word. It comes from the Greek words ortho (“right”) and doxa (“thinking or belief”). Along with the Bible, we embrace the doctrines and creeds of the Great Tradition, and we believe it is essential to pass on these truths to all generations and to proclaim this saving Word to the world.
We are a sacramental church…as represented in the chalice.
We celebrate the power of Christ’s presence in the gift of His sacraments -- His “body and blood” in Holy Communion and the mystical joining by the Holy Spirit with Him in new life in Holy Baptism. Because we receive true fellowship with Christ in the sacraments, it leads us to yearn for a “sacramental way of life,” that embraces authentic relationships and fellowship as believers in Him. We seek opportunities to join together to deepen our sacramental community. We also want to reach out to neighbors domestically and globally in love, mission, and service that they, too, might know Christ’s presence and true community in Him.
We are missional…as represented in the window.
We are committed to making a positive difference in the lives of others, near and far. We seek to have a consistent focus beyond the four walls of our church. We wish to encourage and empower each St. John member to be ready to impact their unique sphere of influence with the truth and grace of the Gospel of Christ. We also want to share the love of Christ in word and deed with those in need -- the hurting, the hungry, the addicted -- both locally and around the world. As the saying goes, “The church doesn’t have a mission; the church is a mission.”