Altar Guild exists to care for the Altar and sanctuary and to reverently prepare for worship through the Eucharist. Guild members consider it a sacred and holy privilege to work with the clergy to prepare for all services throughout the church year, including weddings and funerals or memorial services. Guild members work in teams to maintain supplies and to care for the Altar linens, vessels, candles, banners, and clergy vestments for each liturgical occasion.
On three Sundays a month, the choir leads in congregational worship and performs a variety of choral pieces, ranging from classical works to spirituals. Although some members are professionals, the choir is open to volunteers who can sight read music and attend regular rehearsals on Thursday nights at 7:00 in the St. Mary’s Chapel, located behind the altar in the sanctuary.
On the third Sunday of the month, a Rite III service features contemporary music accompanied by guitar, flute, piano, and dulcimer.
The Coulter Concert Series has brought amazing musical experiences to St. John’s over the years from classical singers to Gospel musicians, from the American Boys’ Choir to a Russian choir, from swinging jazz to Broadway belt, from a fully staged production of Hildegard of Bingen’s 12the century masterpiece Ordo Virtutum to the upcoming fully staged production of Jesus Christ Superstar on April 6 and 7, the Friday and Saturday before Palm Sunday.
Trumpeters, flautists, vocalists, pianists, and other musicians provide additional worship music. To participate in this ministry, please call the parish office (503) 245-3777 and ask for music director Scot Crandal’s email address.
Altar flowers are provided through the generous donations of parishioners, often in gratitude for God’s blessing or in memory of a loved one. If you are interested in contributing to the flower fund, fill in one of the forms found with the flower chart on the back wall of the narthex. Your gift will be acknowledged in the bulletin. For Easter and Christmas flowers, turn in an envelope with a check with the notation “flowers” and with information telling for whom the flowers are given.