Music in Worship

Christmas Season continues Jan. 2 with French Baroque Noëls and beloved carols.  (See the “Worship with Us” page for details.) Our 2020 Lessons & Carols service offers an hour of musical reflection online. Cyber Choir prepares seasonal anthems and welcomes new participants! Learn how to sing with us by contacting our Music Director at Follow our offerings on the Music @ St. J’s YouTube Channel.

Join us in-person or online for Sundays in worship @ 10:30 am with pipe organ, seasonal  hymns, and cyber anthems.  Each week’s bulletin is online with hymns for you to follow along.  Live stream links are on Facebook and YouTube.

Past services are archived so you can participate on your own schedule. Some past services with plenty of music include

Before or after worship, or anytime at all, you can listen to our Chancel Choir.  Many of you can sing along with Peter Lutkin’s Benediction

The Lord bless you and keep you, the Lord lift his countenance upon you, and give you peace; the Lord make his face to shine upon you, and be gracious unto you. Amen. [Numbers 6:24-26]

Offering of Letters 2021 to End Hunger through Advocacy

Over the past year we have seen seemingly endless images of long lines of people and cars queuing for food and other groceries. In the Philippines, a director of a feeding program said that many poor people “will tell you that they’re more afraid of dying from hunger than dying from Covid.” Internationally, a mind boggling 270 Million could face a hunger crisis due to the pandemic. God calls us to advocate for an end to hunger and poverty. Join faith communities in Ithaca and across the country in writing emails and letters to urge our representatives in Congress to pass legislative acts that reduce hunger in the U.S. and around the world.

To write your members of Congress:

Go to the Bread for the World website at
Scroll down to Offering of Letters to Congress
In the body of the email message make sure to include your Name, Address [Street, City, State, Zip Code], and Email address. This information will identify you as a constituent.

Personalize your message by writing one or two sentences about why you care about people struggling with hunger and poverty. Personalizing your message triggers an algorithm that directs your email to the “make sure to read” pile. Your email will automatically be sent to Senators Schumer and Gillibrand, and Rep. Tom Reed.

If you are willing, email or text Cora or John to let us know that you wrote your members of Congress. When we meet with Congress representatives staff in the summer we want to be able to say to them, “Our church sent 20 emails and letters to your office advocating for the expansion of the Child Tax Credit and increasing U.S. leadership and funding for global nutrition programs.” That is a very helpful and powerful testimony.

Thank you for advocating for people struggling with hunger and poverty.

The St. John’s Podcast

We’re happy to announce weekly updating of our podcast, “Weekly Sermons from St. John’s Episcopal Church”! You can listen to Mtr. Megan’s sermons any time you like! Subscribe now on Apple Podcasts or on ANY podcast outlet or mobile app you use to listen to podcasts. If you wish, please like, subscribe, and leave us a review!

Don’t have a podcast app? No problem! If you listen primarily on your PC, go to to get every recording.

Volunteer to help at Loaves and Fishes

Regular volunteer help is urgently needed at Loaves & Fishes of Tompkins County for two or more hours every Monday or Friday from 9 am – 2:30 pm.

This is a great opportunity for seniors or recently retired people to engage in our community in a meaningful and very helpful way or for people wishing to gain experience in the hospitality industry.

If interested, please simply come to our back kitchen door at the St. John’s Church on the corner of Buffalo and N.Cayuga Streets or call 272-5457 or email

Holy Week Services

St. John’s is planning a mix of in-person and virtual observances for Holy Week and Easter this year.

All services, except for the Easter Vigil, will be streamed on Facebook and YouTube. Follow the links to sign up to attend in-person, or call (273-6532) or email ( the office to be signed up. For attendance in person, please plan to wear a mask, and to remain 6 feet apart.

Maundy Thursday — Worship at 7pm (in-person available – sign-up here)

Good Friday — Worship at 12pm noon (in-person available – sign-up here)

Easter Morning Vigil — Worship at 6:15am at Cass Park Field (in-person only – sign up here)

Easter Day — Worship at 10:30am  (online only), Bulletin Here!


Ithaca Kitchen Cupboard & Samaritan Center

St. John’s Mission Committee has designated the 1st Sunday of the month as non-perishable food item donation week, and the 3rd Sunday as personal hygiene donation week, to help address needs of the  Ithaca Kitchen Cupboard and the Catholic Charities of Tompkins Tioga (CCTT) Samaritan Center, the Your assistance is needed and appreciated!

If you have questions or concerns contact any of the Mission Team membersFlorianna Blanton, Marcia Baum, John Jackson, Margaret Johnson and Cora Yao.

3rd Sundays – Personal Hygiene Items

1st Sunday: Non-Perishable Foods

  • Pasta
  • Spaghetti
  • Macaroni and Cheese
  • Canned Stews
  • Vienna Sausages
  • Tomato Sauce
  • Pizza Sauce
  • Canned Vegetables
  • Canned Fruits
  • Cereals
  • Oatmeal
  • Cookies
  • Tuna Fish
  • Canned Chicken
  • Canned Salmon
  • Soups
  • Ramen Noodles
  • Peanut Butter
  • Jelly
  • Breakfast Bars
  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Dried Beans
  • Dried Lentils
  • Dried Peas
  • Cake Mix
  • Frosting
  • Jello
  • Pudding
  • Baby Foods
  • Baby Formula (Powdered)

The Ithaca Kitchen Cupboard provides 3 days of emergency food to local families in need daily, every week. Over 7,000 people yearly are fed. St. John’s needs two volunteers to join our team, to help distribute food from 1–3 on Fridays, every third week. Generally, volunteers serve once every 2–3 months. If you can assist, please use the form at Contact Us; enter “Kitchen Cupboard” in the “Subject” field. For more information, contact the church office at 273-6532.

Our New Rector – Megan Castellan!

Mother Megan’s first Sunday with us was Palm Sunday, 2018! (See Clergy Corner for more information.) On Sept. 24th the entire parish celebrated her new ministry at St. John’s Church in a Festive Choral Eucharist with Bishop DeDe, area clergy, friends, family and guests.  (The full installation service can be seen on Facebook, and the program for the liturgy is here.) We give thanks to God for this joyous outcome and officially welcome The Rev. Megan Castellan as our new Rector.