Altar Stewards set up our worship space for Sunday mornings. They care for and prepare the beautiful linens and embroidered cloths which adorn our altar. They set up the wine and bread for our weekly celebration of the Eucharist, Holy Communion. They check to be sure that the appointments of the altar, banners, and other decorations for worship are the proper color for the season of the Church Year in which we worship. Theirs is a job filled with the details which make all the difference when one sets up the table for a Feast
Altar Stewards for April 2020:
Greeters stand in the doorway with ready smiles and handshakes to welcome all who come to gather for worship. If you are a visitor, they’ll find out who you are and where you’re from and ask you to sign our guest book so we can stay in touch with you. If you are returning after an absence, they’ll extend our welcome back. And if you are a regular, you might get a hug as well as a handshake. Greeters love their job. They get to extend the welcome Jesus himself would give you, the same welcome they received when they came to church.
Greeters for April 2020:
Need a bulletin? Help with finding a seat? Directions to the bathroom? Our corps of ushers will see to it that you have all you need to relax and feel at home while worshipping with us. They are prepared to answer questions, guide you to Communion, and see to your comfort.
Ushers for April 2020:
Our talented, young people serve as Acolytes at the morning worship services. They carry the flame which symbolizes the Holy Spirit’s presence into our worship space, and light the candles on our altar. During worship they have many duties, and at the end of worship they pick up the flame of the Spirit to lead us out into the world to be God’s hands and heart.
Acolytes for April 2020:
During our worship, we hear readings from the Hebrew Bible, a Psalm, the New Testament letters, and the Gospels. A dedicated group of readers leads us in these readings each week. We have readers in their teens and some in their 80’s.
Readers for April 2020:
Members of the congregation assist the pastor during worship services by leading prayers, assisting with Communion, and often with other readings and tasks which make worship flow smoothly.
Worship Assistants for April 2020:
Our sound techs keep everyone on track by monitoring the sound in our worship services. Without them the words of the Word would not be heard by all.
Sound Board for April 2020:
In special processions, the crucifer carries the processional cross forward to open the worship service. The cross always leads the procession, as it tells us that we enter God’s presence through the saving work of Jesus Christ in his death and resurrection. The cross also leads us out of our festival worship as we go out into the world bearing Christ’s mission for all humankind
Flowers on our altar are another kind of offering from our worshipping community. Often they are brought to remember a special occasion or a special person. But just as often they are brought simply to make our worship space reflect the glory of God’s beautiful creation.