Part in Worship
is literally laos ergos, the work of the people. It is
that activity in which all the people (not just the clergy and
a select few others) have a part. This understanding is fundamental
to the worship of the ancient church, and is being recovered in
Certainly, a person can choose to remain in the pew and exercise
the simple but essential ministry of “congregant.”
Did you know that the Eucharist couldn't proceed without a congregation?
The priest cannot “do it” alone! So just taking that
part provided for “the people” is an important liturgical
But if you are interested in other ways to share in offering our
Sunday Eucharist, consider these:
As and Acolyte (server at the altar)
– Acolytes light and extinguish the candles, carry the
cross during processions, assist in receiving the gifts and
preparing the table for the Eucharist, and in other ways to
ensure that services run smoothly. An acolyte must be at least
9 years old, or mature enough to be comfortable apart from
parents during the service.
an Altar Guild Member
– The Altar Guild assists by caring for the vessels,
vestments, linens and candles of our worship. Members serve
once every four weeks, and cover Sunday and weekday Eucharists
and any funerals or weddings in their week. Periodic social
gatherings are scheduled during the program year.
a Member of the Choir
– The choirs provide the primary musical leadership
for the Sunday and other special services. Ours are volunteer
choirs, and anyone with an interest in singing is welcome
to give it a try. You must attend rehearsals to sing on Sundays,
and the rehearsals are on Thursdays from 7:15 – 9:00
pm and on Sundays at 9:15 am. (See also the separate brochure
on Music at St. John’s.)
a Lector (reader of the scripture lessons)
– The only qualification for this ministry is that you
are comfortable in reading in front of a crowd! Lectors are
scheduled at all services throughout the year and, yes, we
give you the readings in advance. A member of the congregation
is available to give some pointers on reading and speaking
in public – speak with one of the clergy if you think
this would help you.
a Lay Eucharistic Minister
– These persons are selected by the clergy and licensed
by the bishop to assist in the distribution of the Holy
Eucharist, and receive specific training for this ministry.
Persons called to this ministry must be active members of
the congregation and willing to assist at services other than
on Sunday morning (e.g. special Christmas or Holy Week services or occasionally a funeral). In addition to assisting in communion,
LEMs also lead the Prayers of the People and on occasion take
other roles in the liturgy under the direction of the rector.
– These persons assist in presenting the bread, wine,
money and in-kind gifts of the congregation at the Offertory
of the Eucharist of the later service. This is an easy activity
for families to do together.
As an Usher
– Ushers provide welcome and hospitality. They greet
people at the door, offer the service bulletin and answer
any questions visitors may have. They help find seats when
the church is crowded, oversee the collection and presentation
of the congregation’s offering, and move people forward in an efficient manner
at the time of communion. Then they help to straighten the
pews and book racks following the service. Ushers who are able
will often help at weekday funerals.