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A Brief Guide to the Prayer Book and Lectionaries

A healthy dose of Holy Scripture is part of every Episcopal worship service. Thomas Cranmer, the great Archbishop of Canterbury who oversaw the compiling of the first Book of Common Prayer in 16th century England, believed people weren’t hearing enough from the Bible during weekly mass. He stressed the importance of Morning and Evening prayer, calling on all people, and especially priests, to find time several times each day to read the Bible and pray to our loving God. If you don’t have a copy of The Book of Common Prayer, you can read it online. In the back, you’ll see two lectionaries, or schedules of readings: A three-year cycle for Eucharistic services (the readings we use in church) and a two-year cycle, covering almost all of the Bible, called the Daily Office.
Online resources for both lectionaries can be found at:

  • The Lectionary Page —

  • The Online Daily Office:

    • The Daily Office includes readings, prayers, music — everything needed for personal worship except the worshiper’s loving, open, contrite heart. Some people bookmark this page at home and work and use it every day.

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Church service

Wherever you are on your journey of faith and life, you are welcome to join us at St. John’s!
At the link just below we invite you to let us know about you, how we may best serve you, and provide us with contact information so we may reach out and welcome you to the St. John’s community. Be sure to ask to receive our weekly email called the eVangelist which has information about what’s happening on the weekend and the coming week.
You are warmly and joyfully invited to worship and fellowship, and join the St. John’s community, where all are welcome!

Clergy, Staff, and Lay Leadership

The people of St. John’s are called to follow God in Christ through love, worship, and service in a nurturing, open, and affirming community where all are welcome. We promote lifelong spiritual growth and education through our church and Episcopal School. We serve those in need by sharing our abundance. In faith and our tradition of common prayer, we gather to celebrate and thank our loving God.

The Reverend Jerry Sather

Committed to
Faith and Thanksgiving

You are warmly and joyfully invited to worship and fellowship, and join the St. John’s community, where all are welcome!

Scuba Vacation Bible School (VBS) Camp

Registration

Take kids deep into an amazing undersea adventure where they’ll experience the ever-flowing, never-ending love of God. At Scuba VBS, kids will be immersed in the Word of the lord and discover what living water is really all about! Each day, kids will launch into field-tested rotations that reinforce relevant Bible Points and immerse kids in new adventures. Registration is now open. To signup, please click the button. We hope to see you all there!

SUPPLIES NEEDED!

We need your help to help make VBS magical and successful. Please click the link below to sign up and review the available slots for donation items being requested. Please bring items to the Godly Play/Bishop's Meeting Room no later than Sunday, June 2. Thank you!

Upcoming Events

  • Sunday 8am Morning Service
    Sunday 8am Morning Service
    Multiple Dates
    Sunday 8am Morning Service
    Sun, May 19
    St. John's Episcopal Church
    May 19, 2024, 8:00 AM – 9:00 AM
    St. John's Episcopal Church, 30382 Vía Con Dios, Rancho Santa Margarita, CA 92688, USA
    May 19, 2024, 8:00 AM – 9:00 AM
    St. John's Episcopal Church, 30382 Vía Con Dios, Rancho Santa Margarita, CA 92688, USA
    Sunday's 8am services are without music. We do have a communion and all are welcome.
  • Adult Forum |  The Land of Israel/Palestine led by Andy Guilford
    Adult Forum |  The Land of Israel/Palestine led by Andy Guilford
    Multiple Dates
    Sun, May 19
    St. John's Episcopal Church
    May 19, 2024, 8:40 AM – 9:45 AM
    St. John's Episcopal Church, 30382 Vía Con Dios, Rancho Santa Margarita, CA 92688, USA
    May 19, 2024, 8:40 AM – 9:45 AM
    St. John's Episcopal Church, 30382 Vía Con Dios, Rancho Santa Margarita, CA 92688, USA
    A two part series... The Land of Israel/Palestine (May 19, May 26), led by Andy Guilford
  • Sunday 10 am Holy Eucharist
    Sunday 10 am Holy Eucharist
    Multiple Dates
    Sun, May 19
    St John's Episcopal Church
    May 19, 2024, 10:00 AM – 11:15 AM
    St John's Episcopal Church, 30382 Vía Con Dios, Rancho Santa Margarita, CA 92688, USA
    May 19, 2024, 10:00 AM – 11:15 AM
    St John's Episcopal Church, 30382 Vía Con Dios, Rancho Santa Margarita, CA 92688, USA
    Holy Eucharist is offered at 10 a.m. on Sunday mornings. All are welcome! Zoom Meeting https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81383721660?pwd=ZEd4dDZUbWxBMnFYNkY2QWQxZ3ppZz09 Meeting ID: 813 8372 1660 Passcode: 5SbBN7
  • Piano Concert by Mrs. Mo Deng, Professional Pianist and Instructor - May 19
    Piano Concert by Mrs. Mo Deng, Professional Pianist and Instructor - May 19
    Sun, May 19
    St John's Episcopal Church
    May 19, 2024, 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
    St John's Episcopal Church, 30382 Vía Con Dios, Rancho Santa Margarita, CA 92688, USA
    May 19, 2024, 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
    St John's Episcopal Church, 30382 Vía Con Dios, Rancho Santa Margarita, CA 92688, USA
    Mrs. Mo Deng is a celebrated pianist, graduating with honors from the Tianjin Conservatory of Music and a St. John’s school parent. Mrs. Deng will play a piano concert at St. John’s Church on ...
  • Women's Breakfast
    Women's Breakfast
    Sat, May 25
    Learning Commons
    May 25, 2024, 8:30 AM – 11:30 AM
    Learning Commons, 30382 Vía Con Dios, Rancho Santa Margarita, CA 92688, USA
    May 25, 2024, 8:30 AM – 11:30 AM
    Learning Commons, 30382 Vía Con Dios, Rancho Santa Margarita, CA 92688, USA
    Spring is upon us and with it are thoughts of recharging, revamping, resetting. Many of us take inventory around our homes and begin spring cleaning our pantries, closets, and garages.
  • Adult Forum |  Reflections on India
    Adult Forum |  Reflections on India
    Sun, Jun 02
    St. John's Episcopal Church
    Jun 02, 2024, 8:40 AM – 9:40 AM
    St. John's Episcopal Church, 30382 Vía Con Dios, Rancho Santa Margarita, CA 92688, USA
    Jun 02, 2024, 8:40 AM – 9:40 AM
    St. John's Episcopal Church, 30382 Vía Con Dios, Rancho Santa Margarita, CA 92688, USA
    (June 2), led by Paul Hinson
  • Adult Forum | End of Life Considerations: An Attorney's Perspective (June 9), led by Andrea Patton and Paul Reza
    Adult Forum | End of Life Considerations: An Attorney's Perspective (June 9), led by Andrea Patton and Paul Reza
    Sun, Jun 09
    St. John's Episcopal Church
    Jun 09, 2024, 8:40 AM – 9:45 AM
    St. John's Episcopal Church, 30382 Vía Con Dios, Rancho Santa Margarita, CA 92688, USA
    Jun 09, 2024, 8:40 AM – 9:45 AM
    St. John's Episcopal Church, 30382 Vía Con Dios, Rancho Santa Margarita, CA 92688, USA
    (June 9), led by Andrea Patton & Paul Reza
  • Adult Forum | End of Life Considerations:
    Adult Forum | End of Life Considerations:
    Sun, Jun 16
    St. John's Episcopal Church
    Jun 16, 2024, 8:40 AM – 9:45 AM
    St. John's Episcopal Church, 30382 Vía Con Dios, Rancho Santa Margarita, CA 92688, USA
    Jun 16, 2024, 8:40 AM – 9:45 AM
    St. John's Episcopal Church, 30382 Vía Con Dios, Rancho Santa Margarita, CA 92688, USA
    A Chaplain's Perspective (June 16), led by Steve Green
  • Scuba Vacation Bible School (VBS) Camp
    Scuba Vacation Bible School (VBS) Camp
    Mon, Jun 17
    St. John's Episcopal Church
    Jun 17, 2024, 8:00 AM – Jun 21, 2024, 12:00 PM
    St. John's Episcopal Church, 30382 Vía Con Dios, Rancho Santa Margarita, CA 92688, USA
    Jun 17, 2024, 8:00 AM – Jun 21, 2024, 12:00 PM
    St. John's Episcopal Church, 30382 Vía Con Dios, Rancho Santa Margarita, CA 92688, USA
    SAVE THE DATE: June 17-21, 2024
  • American Red Cross Blood Drive
    American Red Cross Blood Drive
    Multiple Dates
    Sun, Jun 23
    St. John's Episcopal Church (GYM)
    Jun 23, 2024, 8:00 AM – 2:00 PM
    St. John's Episcopal Church (GYM), 30382 Vía Con Dios, Rancho Santa Margarita, CA 92688, USA
    Jun 23, 2024, 8:00 AM – 2:00 PM
    St. John's Episcopal Church (GYM), 30382 Vía Con Dios, Rancho Santa Margarita, CA 92688, USA
    Schedule your lifesaving appointment by clicking the link below....
  • Adult Forum |  Further Thoughts on the Old Testament
    Adult Forum |  Further Thoughts on the Old Testament
    Sun, Jun 23
    St. John's Episcopal Church
    Jun 23, 2024, 8:40 AM – 9:45 AM
    St. John's Episcopal Church, 30382 Vía Con Dios, Rancho Santa Margarita, CA 92688, USA
    Jun 23, 2024, 8:40 AM – 9:45 AM
    St. John's Episcopal Church, 30382 Vía Con Dios, Rancho Santa Margarita, CA 92688, USA
    (June 23), led by Mike DeVries
  • Adult Forum |  Further Thoughts on the Old Testament
    Adult Forum |  Further Thoughts on the Old Testament
    Sun, Jun 30
    St. John's Episcopal Church
    Jun 30, 2024, 8:40 AM – 9:45 AM
    St. John's Episcopal Church, 30382 Vía Con Dios, Rancho Santa Margarita, CA 92688, USA
    Jun 30, 2024, 8:40 AM – 9:45 AM
    St. John's Episcopal Church, 30382 Vía Con Dios, Rancho Santa Margarita, CA 92688, USA
    (June 30), led by Mike DeVries
  • PARISH COUNCIL MEETING
    PARISH COUNCIL MEETING
    Multiple Dates
    Wed, Jul 10
    St. John's Episcopal Church
    Jul 10, 2024, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
    St. John's Episcopal Church, 30382 Vía Con Dios, Rancho Santa Margarita, CA 92688, USA
    Jul 10, 2024, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
    St. John's Episcopal Church, 30382 Vía Con Dios, Rancho Santa Margarita, CA 92688, USA
    Our meetings will be held in the Learning Commons at 6 pm.

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FAITH-FILLED

GENEROSITY

Wherever you are on your journey of faith and life, you are welcome to join us at St. John’s!

FAITH-FILLED
GENEROSITY

Wherever you are on your journey of faith and life, you are welcome to join us at St. John’s!

SERVICES:


Sunday 8:00 am and 10:00 am
 
Childcare available at the Sunday, 10 am service.
 
ADDRESS:
30382 Via Con Dios
Rancho Santa Margarita, CA 92688

PHONE: 949-888-4595

St John's Bell tower lit by God's rays

“There is a poetry to the worship and I love the beauty of it.”

St John's Bell tower lit by God's rays

MISSION

Inspired by Christ and empowered by the Spirit, the people of St. John’s:

  • Love God

  • Love our neighbors… ALL of them

  • Gather and grow together as a spiritual, educational, and inclusive community

  • Rely on scripture, embrace tradition, and practice prayerful reflection

  • Exercise responsible stewardship of God’s gifts and resources

The procession into the church during Sunday Eucharist.

VISION

We are thriving as a grateful, open and affirming community of worship and learning; where love and welcome move us toward God’s reign by emulating Christ so hunger, isolation, and fear are no more.

Fr. Jerry at the alter blessing the communion.