A New Year!

Our liturgical New Year began on Sun., Dec. 3rd, with the arrival of Advent. During this season we await the coming of Christ with prayerful anticipation. We remember the historic longing for a Messiah and reflect upon our own longing for forgiveness, salvation, and a new beginning.

Here’s a list of special opportunities to celebrate the season at St. John’s:

Advent Lessons & Carols
December 10th, 10:30 a.m.

Choral Eucharist in place of lectionary readings and sermon. Choir anthems, congregational hymns, and instrumental music will be integrated with scripture readings to create a special offering to prepare our hearts for the Birth of Our Savior.

Music by J. S. Bach, Boris Ord, Felix Mendelssohn, Crawford R. Thoburn, Healey Willan, and Charles Callahan will be offered along with hymns, spirituals and folk songs, by our 20-voice choir with pipe organ, violin, French horn, and our spirit-filled singing congregation.

Invite your friends and neighbors to join us for this distinctive, hour-long seasonal service of worship, or join us for the 8 a.m. Holy Eucharist on December 10th.  

Sunday, December 24 (Advent IV and Christmas Eve!)
One Morning Service at 9:00am

We will celebrate the 4th Sunday of Advent together with Eucharist (Rite 1) and Hymns.

Greening of the Church
Immediately following 9:00am service
We’ll begin our Christmas celebration by dressing up the Church in its holiday best!

The Altar Guild supplies the greens, fir trees, bows, and candles.
There will be warm cider and some sweet treats!

Everyone is welcome! You don’t have to be an interior designer to help; every pair of hands is welcome. Bring some gloves, wire cutters, screw drivers, scissors, and pruning shears. Children are welcome to attend and help since there will be no childcare provided. We’ll set up the sanctuary trees and nativity scene, too. It will be more fun if you come!


4:00 p.m.  Holy Eucharist w/ Handbells and Carols

11:00 p.m.  Festive Choral Candlelight Eucharist
preceded at 10:30 p.m. with a musical prelude featuring flute, soprano, and organ.


10:30 a.m.  Holy Eucharist  with Congregational Carols
Father Thomas Margrave will be the Celebrant and guest preacher for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

First Sunday of Christmas – Sunday, December 31st
Morning Prayer 
8:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.
Please join us for this special service, led by parish lay leaders;
Congregational Hymns and Canticles at 10:30 with Dr. George Damp, Guest Organist


We hope you will celebrate at St John’s often this season!

Wishing you the Peace, Joy, and the Love of Christ.

St John’s Episcopal Church, Ithaca