About Us – St. John's Today...
God calls us to worship Him, and we do so with joy and great majesty at St. John’s.
We use the 1928 American Book of Common Prayer as our standard for community worship. We believe the old adage Lex Orandi, Lex Credendi, what we pray is what we believe (literally “the law of prayer is the law of faith”). Since the 1928 Prayer Book is the last American Prayer Book to uphold the 450+ year tradition of Anglican Prayer Book theology, language, and form, we know that our worship is formed by “right doctrine” that has been inspired by Scripture, and has been sanctified over the centuries by the prayerful use of the faithful.
This worship keeps us focused on the gift of God in his Son Jesus Christ, and our need to continually turn to Him for the Grace necessary to live lives worthy of our calling.
St. Augustine of Hippo said, “He who sings prays twice”. Music plays an integral part of our worship and identity as Traditional Anglicans, helping us to “pray twice”.
St. John’s has a professional choir, under the direction of Dr. Huw R. Lewis, FRCO. Working together with the clergy and people, the music ministry of the parish lifts up the heart, soul, and mind to contemplate the awesome majesty of our Good God.
Drawing deeply from our Anglican Heritage, as well as other Western Classics, the choir offers sublime anthems and Service settings, and leads congregational participation during the singing of hymns.
Additionally, special music programs are offered for the greater glory of God and the edification of His people. This includes Choral Evensong, Special Service Settings on certain Sundays and Holy Days, and concerts by outside choirs and artists.
We are all called to minister to one another, to witness by word and deed that Jesus is Lord, and to be prepared to make a defense of the faith that is in us. Therefore “Sunday School” is not just for children, but for all the people of God.
We strive to tap into the natural curiousity of youth, filling them with the Love of God and a desire to serve Him as He wills. During the school year, Sunday School begins at 10:00 AM in the undercroft, where nursery care is also available year-round.
Adults are also called to continue learning. Some of the ways this is done is through home bible studies, encouraging participation in outside academic programs, and our own recurring Adult Education Series and Bible Studies.
From the pulpit the Word of God is preached and made relevant to our daily lives, strengthening and equipping us to be “in the world, but not of the world”. We believe the Bible to be the Word of God, and the standard for our daily living (accomplished by His Grace!).
At St. John”s we like to be with each other, and to do things together! Whether it is a potluck after services, a talent show on Shrove Tuesday, or a pancake breakfast before the Thanksgiving Day Parade (which passes in front of St. John’s), our social fellowship is lively and enjoyable. The food is always great, and we treasure the opportunity to get to know one another in a social context.
St. John’s has seen many changes in our neighborhood since 1858. The current renewal of the area makes for exciting opportunities right outside our front door. In addition to all the new housing, apartments, lofts, and office space being built and/or renovated, we have within walking distance the Detroit Tigers’ and Detroit Lions’ stadiums, Little Caesars Arena, the Fox Theatre, the Fillmore (State) Theatre, and many restaurants and other venues. The nearby People Mover station, and the Qline streetcar system, which stops right in front of St. John’s, make the rest of the attractions in downtown Detroit readily accessible.
Parish outings are frequent, such as the yearly trip to Comerica Park, where the Rector may throw out the first pitch and the choir sings the National Anthem. Our large gated parking lot next to the church, and the parking structure behind, make for easy access to St. John’s events, as well as those social events which follow.
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