A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. ~ John 13:34

Our Mission

As the Parish of St. John the Baptist we strive to share the Good news of God, to grow as Christian disciples, and to respond to the needs of the world in the power of the Holy Spirit.

Service Times


A prayer for the Sundays in March

Dear God, if we cannot be brilliant, let us be kind. If we cannot change the world, let us inspire just one other to do so. If we cannot give away riches, let us be loving. Let us be known for kindness, for it is the greatest glory. Amen.

St. John’s clergy is naming the 2017/2018 academic year THE YEAR OF THE HOLY SPIRIT. Each month will focus on one of the nine fruits of the Spirit mentioned in Galatians: love, joy, peace, longsuffering (patience), gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, and temperance. March’s theme is KINDNESS.


Holy Week and Easter Schedule

The deepest joy of Easter is the experience of life-giving love in the cross and in the grave.  Having tasted joy there, how can we contain ourselves at the empty tomb?

May your Easter joy be uncontainable!

The Sunday of the Passion:
Palm Sunday, March 25

8:00am – Said Holy Eucharist

10:00am – Liturgy of the Palms (at Bell Tower), followed by Holy Eucharist

At 10:00 a.m. the congregation gathers around the Bell Tower for the Blessing of the Palms and Procession, singing All Glory, Laud, and Honor in remembrance of our Lord’s triumphal entry into Jerusalem. The Eucharist features a dramatic reading of the Passion Gospel according to Mark, the story of the final events of Jesus’ earthly ministry. Our tone of worship changes from joy to solemnity. We end the morning in total silence.

Maundy Thursday, March 29

7:00pm – Foot Washing and Holy Communion

On the night recalling the Last Supper, the feet of parishioners are washed to symbolize the Christian life of loving service to one another. After the Eucharist, the shadows fall again as the altar is stripped and the sanctuary laid bare in anticipation of the stark events of Good Friday.

Rosary and Watch at the Altar of Repose

Following the stripping of the altar and the baring of the sanctuary, from 8:00pm until 9:00am on Good Friday, members of the parish take turns in 1 hour increments, keeping vigil at the Altar of Repose in the Lady Chapel. This discipline will begin with a group-praying of the Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary. Please sign up in Narthex.

Good Friday, March 30

9am – Morning Prayer

Concluding  the Watch at the Altar of Repose

Good Friday Liturgy – 7:00 p.m.

The sung Passion of St. John, the Solemn Collects, and the veneration of the cross focus our attention on the sacrifice of our Lord.  The abrupt conclusion of the service leaves us waiting for the dawn of a new day.  We leave church in darkness and wait for the light.

The Great Vigil of Easter
Saturday, March 31 –  7:30pm

Bishop Michael Hanley will preside over this Queen of Feasts. We enter a darkened church. A new flame is kindled at the baptismal font, and the Bishop lights the Paschal Candle, bringing “the light of Christ” back into the world. We confirm and receive members into the Episcopal Church (the parish of St. Stephen’s will join with us) on this most holy night when we celebrate the first Eucharist of Easter.

The Festival Celebration of Easter
Sunday, April 1

8:00am – Said Holy Eucharist, with hymns.

10:00am – Solemn High Mass. At our Easter day celebration with full choir, organ and brass, we give thanks and praise for the good news of the resurrection of our Lord!

11:30am – Easter Egg Hunt! Children gather in the church gardens for this traditional event.


Weekly Liturgical Schedule


 8:00 AM Said Eucharist
Traditional service of Holy Communion
10:00 AM Choral Eucharist
Sung service of Holy Communion (contemporary language)
(Nursery Care Provided)

9:00 AM Morning Prayer
9:25 AM Holy Eucharist & Healing Prayer

Wednesdays & Thursdays
9:00 AM Morning Prayer

Where to find us

We are located at on the campus of the Oregon Episcopal School.

6300 SW Nicol Road
Portland, OR 97223

Phone: (503) 245-3777
Fax: (503) 293-1105



On the Fourth Sunday in Lent, Father Colin answers “Who is in the Communion of Saints?”. Sermons help us to reflect on the scriptures that are shared during worship and to gain a new understanding on how these teachings are relevant in our daily lives. For additional sermons go to the menu tab titled “Sermons” at the top of this page to see and hear some of this year’s preachers.



St. John is active in a variety of events including special musical performances, lecture series, travel opportunities, and social ministry volunteer work. At one Sunday service, we partnered with Oregon Episcopal School; students shared some of the ways the church helped them in their faith and in social ministries:


Music Performances

St. John the Baptist is known for its musical talent! Hear the Schubert Mass in G sung by the choirs of St. John’s and St. Bartholomew’s, Beaverton.

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