Reverent, enthusiastic and prayerful worship is one of the strengths of the Episcopal Church. We strive to discern and live by the message of Christ. Walking a middle way between Roman Catholicism and more radical Protestant traditions, we are a sacramental and worship-oriented community that promotes thoughtful reflection about how God is calling us to live and act as baptized believers in Jesus Christ.
Our worship is centered on the Book of Common Prayer. The celebration of Holy Eucharist (also called “the mass,” “the divine liturgy” and “Holy Communion Service” in this and other Christian traditions) is our regular Saturday evening and Sunday morning worship service. We also occasionally pray as a community either Morning Prayer or Evening Prayer.
Holy Baptism is the sacramental means by which a person enters the Christian community, is freed from sin, incorporated into Jesus Christ and is “marked as Christ’s own forever.”
Holy Confirmation marks that moment when one (usually a person of high school age) takes ownership of his or her Baptismal Vows and makes a more mature commitment to the Lord.
The best way to learn about the Episcopal Church is to “come and see” as Jesus once said. Visitors are warmly invited to attend a liturgy at St. John’s or St. Paul’s to experience the unique combination of spirituality and community that the Episcopal Church offers. Contact us here for more information about the following:
In addition to celebration of Holy Communion (otherwise known as “The Mass” or “Holy Liturgy,” we also celebrate the other sacramental rites of the Christian tradition.
Holy Baptism which joins a person into Jesus Christ, makes one a full member of the Church and makes that person “a new creation” is celebrated at specific times of the year. If you are believe that God is calling you to commit your life to Christ, please contact us.
For those who have been baptized and are ready to make a mature affirmation of their faith through the prayer and laying on of hands by the Bishop, the sacrament of Holy Confirmation is available whenever the Bishop visits our parish.
Annointing the Sick
For those who are sick, the Rite of Anointing of the Sick is available. Also those who are sick or in any way unable to attend worship for any reason, please call the office and schedule a time for either our Rector or a Lay Eucharistic Minister by bring you Holy Communion at home / hospital.
The parish also marks those rites of passage. For those who have been members and wish to have their funeral liturgy celebrated here or who wish to marry here, our parish is a welcoming center of peace and prayer. Simply contact the parish office to begin to make arrangements. For those who are not members of this parish but wish to lease the church for such services, arrangements may be made with the Rector.
Time for Prayer
On Tuesday evenings at 7:00 p.m. between September – June, parishioners gather either in St. John’s Church or in the parish library and pray Evening Prayer according to the Book of Common Prayer (use of Psalms, Scripture Reading(s) and Intercessions for our needs and the needs of others.
Each year, during the Season of Lent, a special Lenten Program is offered either before/after the Sunday Eucharist or during the week. Also on Tuesdays in Lent, there is the opportunity to participate in the spiritual discipline known as the Stations of the Cross – and remember the path of Jesus on that final day of earthly life leading to our salvation.
This parish has had a wonderful working ecumenical relationship with the neighboring churches in South Salem: Stevens United Methodist Church and South Salem Presbyterian Church. From time to time we worship together as one community marking major events. We sometimes share mission outreach. The clergy among these churches minister as caring friends and brothers in Christ.
Children and adults are encouraged to participate as ushers, readers of the scripture lessons, acolytes and oblations bearers – there are many roles in our worship services that require many persons to serve.