In the Episcopal Church, we worship God, study the life of Christ and celebrate the presence of the Spirit by gathering together for prayer, fellowship, study and important life-celebrations. St. Chrysostom's is a growing community with a wide age range and a panoply of viewpoints. All are welcome here to receive the blessings of God so freely given and to hear the call of God in our lives.
Transformative Worship, Music and Preaching
This is an extraordinary time for worship at St. Chrys: Our first-ever Summer MusicFestival that drew hundreds of visitors to Sunday morning worship in the summer months, with individual parishioners sponsoring one or more Sundays of sacred choral music. A guild of carilloneurs fell in love with our carillon (church bells) and now play every Sunday. Magnificent choral evensong services continued with world-renowned preachers advertised to the neighborhood and city, making St. Chrys a destination church. Workshops for local Chicago leaders started in partnership with Bexley-Seabury (Episcopal) Seminary on improving the common good of our city. The church started opening its doors for prayer on weekdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mondays throughThursdays. Healing services were overwhelmingly well-received. The coffee hour, no small part of Sunday worship, now includes Starbucks coffee and delicious treats in abundance from Corner Bakery.
The Book of Common Prayer organizes or worship life. We welcome all to our communion celebration. Whoever you are and wherever you find yourself on the journey of faith you are welcome to receive the bread and wine made holy.
Holy Eucharist and Morning Prayer
The two great sacraments instituted by Christ to his Church are HOLY BAPTISM and the HOLY EUCHARIST. Sacraments are outward and visible signs of inward and spiritual grace, given by Christ as sure and certain means by which we receive that grace. Other sacramental rites which evolved in the Church include confirmation, ordination, holy matrimony, reconciliation of a penitent, and unction.
Baptism is full initiation into the Christian Community. Baptism is celebrated throughout the Church Year. To be baptized at St. Chrysostom's, LINK HERE for more details.
To be married at St. Chrysostom's, couples must be pledging members known to the clergy who worship regularly. LINK HERE for more details.
At St. Chrysostom's, we consider it part of our calling as a Christian community to offer funeral and memorial services for anyone who asks. For more information, contact The Rev. Wes Smedley.