We proclaim the Catholic Faith in Anglican Tradition.
St. John's Anglican Church is a community of Catholic Christians living a common prayer life in the Anglican tradition. Our mission is to experience God through prayerful worship, the Bible, and Sacrament. At the same time we seek to provide many paths of entry into our community so that you too may experience the Gospel and participate in the fullness of life in Christ.
At the same time we seek to provide many paths of entry into our community so that you too may experience the Gospel and participate in the fullness of life in Christ...
-Bishop Stephen Strawn. Rector
Living a common prayer life
To live a common prayer life means to be a community living under a common rule of life. The common rule of life we follow here at the Cathedral is embodied in the historic Book of Common Prayer (the 1928 edition).
A house of prayer
The Church, above all things, must be a house of prayer because it is through prayer that we experience and connect with God. So it becomes the responsibility of the Church to teach people to pray. It is the Book of Common Prayer that makes this life of prayer in community available to all people. That prayer is the Mass, the Daily Office, and individual personal prayer. This is the common rule of life of our community here at St. John’s Cathedral.
When we speak of being Catholic Christians, we are speaking of the Faith. We are Catholic because we believe and practice the universal (or Catholic) Faith of the Church. We inherit our worship, the creeds, the Apostolic Ministry of bishops, priests, and deacons, and the sacraments from the early church. Our apostolic succession is traced back to St. James the less, who is also known as St. James of Jerusalem. Our practice of the Catholic Faith is rooted in the Anglican traditions embodied in the historic Book of Common Prayer. As a result, when we worship, we do so in accordance with the biblical pattern of Word and Sacrament.
United with each other in Christ
The Anglican tradition places an emphasis on the Bible and the truth that we are saved by faith in Jesus Christ. As the Bible is read and preached, Jesus is revealed to us. As we receive the Body and Blood of Jesus, we experience union with God in Christ through the Holy Spirit; and we are united with each other in Christ. “We being many are one bread, and one body: for we are all partakers of that one bread” (1 Corinthians 10:17).
We hope you will visit
To all who seek our Lord’s holy companionship, we want you to know that the struggle with sin does not disqualify you from Jesus Christ. God accepts us in spite of ourselves because His grace is real.
Here may those who sorrow find comfort, the weary find rest, the saddened find joy, the stranger find friends, the troubled find peace, and above all may every one of us find at work in our daily endeavors a lasting sense of God’s Divine presence and unconditional love. We hope that you will visit St. John's Cathedral as it would be a great blessing to get to know you and tell you more about our community.
You are invited
St. John’s is the mother parish of the Anglican Church in America’s Diocese of the Missouri Valley and part of the worldwide Traditional Anglican Communion. We invite you to share in our community’s experience of life in the fullness of Christ. We believe that being a Christian means more than holding to certain doctrines or having had a past experience of conversion; it is a way of life. So, for the Christian, all of life is lived “in Christ.”
As I mentioned earlier, part of our mission is to invite people to participate in the fullness of life in Christ. We welcome people into our community through a variety of social events and gatherings. We invite people to learn about our faith through our Inquirer’s Classes, Bible studies and other educational opportunities. We challenge people to live out their faith through the practice of spiritual disciplines in our community, to live the life of prayer, discover and use their gifts, and become faithful stewards of all that God has given them. We encourage people to fast, pray, praise and celebrate with us as we live through the revelation of God in Christ from Advent, Christmas and Epiphany through Lent, Easter, Ascension, Pentecost and Trinity.
Don't hesitate to contact us
We hope that this website will give you some sense of who we are as a community of Catholic Christians living a common prayer life in the Anglican tradition. Please feel free to contact us, or even better, stop by and see us. We would be happy to visit with you.
My God bless you and may his face shine upon you this day.
Bishop Stephen Strawn
Bishop Ordinary and Dean of the Cathedral