St. John's Set Apart for Worship

St. John's Set Apart for Worship

article and photos by Caitlin Gutenberger, Communications Coordinator

"This beautiful building has become a visible symbol of the presence of Christ in our midst. It is a symbol that represents the foundation upon which we build our life - Jesus Christ. The cross atop our cupola proclaims this to our community and the world." - the Rev. Cliff Haggenjos

A culmination of six years of planning, work and prayers, the new church building for St. John's, Roseville was consecrated the evening of September 9, 2011. Hundreds of congregants, clergy, friends, local firefighters, police and politicians gathered to participate in the consecration presided over by the Rt. Rev. Barry Beisner.

Trumpet soloist Marc Marmorstein opened the service with the hymn "Praise to the Lord, Almighty." The music spread across the nave and over the congregation, gently reverberating off of the stained glass windows and triptych hanging above the altar. As the service of dedication and consecration continued, Bishop Beisner blessed the tools of worship as they were called into use. Following the blessing of the baptismal font, two children were baptisted into the body of Christ. A number of youth and adults were confirmed and received, as they were surrounded by family and close friends.

The musicians of St. John’s showcased their diversity of talents, offering a mix of traditional and modern worship music accompanied by guitar, piano, organ, voice and the ringing of bells.

The service that began with the baptism of small children poignantly closed with the committal of ashes to the columbarium – pointing the congregation towards the sure and certain hope of the resurrection.

To learn more about St. John's, visit

Click here to view additional photos taken by both Caitlin Gutenberger and Robin Whitlow during the consecration and celebration on September 9, 2011.

2 comments (Add your own)

1. Paul Frazee wrote:
It truly was the culmination of many years of work, prayer and lessons in patience. So many people did so much. St. John's Roseville has now completed the first part of a spiritual journey. Next, the hard part: Spreading the Gospel! With the Holy Spirit as our guide, I am sure it will happen!

Sat, September 10, 2011 @ 8:20 AM

2. Phil Reinheimer wrote:
There were representatives there from the Greek Orthodox and Mormon churches as well as several clergy...the church and steeple represent a bright beacon in West Park, Roseville. Congrats to all for a 10+ year successful voyage!

Tue, September 13, 2011 @ 5:13 PM

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