Special Worship Services

Throughout the year we enjoy a number of special services graced with music, dance, and spectacular liturgical art.

These services provide us with a way to take special note of key events in the Christian year or to celebrate key milestones as a congregation. Join us!

Special Worship Events

At Table – Several times a year we worship in the early church tradition of gathering around a meal and telling stories of Jesus. The name references the Biblical story of Jesus breaking bread “at table” with the disciples.

Holy Humor Sunday – Holy Humor Sunday is an old Easter custom begun by the Greeks in the early centuries of Christianity celebrating Jesus’ resurrection with joy and laughter. We carry on this tradition with our own unique flair on the Sunday after Easter.

World-Wide Communion Sunday – A festive celebration the first Sunday of October with special liturgy and music with guest musicians.

Fall Jazz Fest – First Sunday after Labor Day, the Jazz Fest is the event marking the return to a full Fall schedule of activities. An all-church old-fashioned ice cream social follows worship.

Choral Special Events – On the first or second Sunday of June and the second or third Sunday of December, singers from the Marin community join our choir in presenting a major choral work during the worship service which takes the place of the sermon.

“My Labor, My Work, My Ministry” – The Sunday before Labor Day each year, the sermon is presented by members of the congregation speaking about their work and their faith.

Thanksgiving – In 1915, St. John’s Episcopal Church (Ross), St. Anselm’s Roman Catholic Church, and our church held our first ecumenical Thanksgiving Day service.  The tradition has continued every year since in annual rotation.  In 2015, our friends at St. Nicholas Orthodox Church (San Anselmo) joined us and we also began a new tradition of holding the service on Thanksgiving Eve.  In 2017, we will gather for worship at St. John’s on Wednesday, November 22 at 7:30 pm.

Blue Christmas –People who are not having a very merry Christmas and friends who support them are invited to come and sit with one another in a liturgy that speaks of the love of God for the grieving, and offers us an experience of the One who loves us in sorrow and joy.

Christmas Eve – A pageant of the Christmas Story is presented by the children and youth at the family service at 6:00 pm, and a traditional service of Lessons and Carols occurs at 9:00 pm.