Services at St John’s
Why not drop in to St John’s to experience our worship? This happens both on Sundays, Wednesdays, and online. At celebrations of Holy Communion , please join us to share the consecrated bread and wine, or come forward to the rail for a blessing. If you would like to know more about Communion, please see below.
Occasionally there are changes to our usual pattern of services. You can find out about these on our home page.
Special details of services during the Edinburgh Festival will be published at our choir’s website – thechoir.co.uk
“Holy Communion (8am)
A quiet early morning service using the older style language of the Scottish Prayer Book. It lasts about 30 minutes.
Choral Matins (9.30am, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, & 5th Sunday)
Matins is the traditional service of Morning Prayer. The Scottish Prayer book uses a rich blend of bible texts many of which are set to music by some of the greatest composers. An opportunity to reflect, to prepare for the Sung Eucharist which follows or simply to enjoy the choir. Lasts for about 35 minutes. When the choir is on holiday, the service will be Morning Prayer with hymns.
Sung Communion service (10.30am)
This services uses contemporary language. There will be a sermon and we sing traditional and sometimes contemporary hymns. The choir provides musical leadership and any member of the ministry team might preside. Afterwards we meet for coffee in the church. The service lasts about an hour.
This service is similar to Matins, and offers a wide range of choral music. There is a sermon and the congregation participates in this through hymns and prayers. Evensong lasts just under an hour. When the choir is on holiday, the service will be Morning Prayer with hymns.
11.00am Eucharist – a thirty minute service of Holy Communion. The rite alternates between the 1929 and 1982 Scottish liturgies. The service lasts about half an hour.
All are welcome at any of our services.
We recognise anyone baptised with water “in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit” as a fellow member of the Body of Christ regardless of age, denominational affiliation, socio-economic background, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, ethnicity, nationality, education, or capability. If you have not been baptised, but would like to be, please speak to a member of the ministry team.
Holy Eucharist (aka “The Lord’s Supper” or “Holy Communion”) is a timeless act of intimate union, linking us to other members of the universal Church past, present, and yet to come. It equally connects us to God, as we are drawn into the birth, life, teaching, death, resurrection and ascension of Jesus Christ and claim for ourselves God’s liberating, sin-forgiving, evil-destroying, death-conquering, justice-creating, peace-proclaiming, creation-affirming and life-giving power and love. In bread and wine, Christ gives himself (body and blood) as food for our journey into God’s eternity, as nourishment for the ministry to which God calls us, and as a sacrifice to renew God’s grace and salvation in us: “My flesh is food indeed, and my body is drink indeed,” (John 6:55). Having said this, Holy Eucharist remains a mystery, never fully comprehend in this life, celebrated by and for the baptised members of the Body of Christ. You do not need to be Episcopalian to receive communion. Come, “taste and see that the Lord is good” (Psalm 34:8). Alternatively, you are invited to come to the rail to receive a blessing. Gluten-free communion wafers are available; please let us know.