Assisting in Worship


Ministry Schedule Jan-Feb 2016

The word “liturgy” means the work of the people. The priest presides over the “work” of the whole community when we gather on Sunday mornings and other times for the Holy Eucharist. The entire gathered community participates in our services. Parishioners are called upon for particular roles of leadership.

Liturgical Ministries at St. Paul’s:

Acolytes: The role of the acolyte is part of an old and honored tradition dating back as early as the third century. We are blessed to have so many youth who volunteer their time and talents to this ministry at St. Paul’s. Each is subject to year-round training in order to perfect the skills necessary for the clergy to focus on their role and to make the service appear seamless. *Their Duties include lighting candles, processing various crosses, torches, and banners. Acolytes also assist the clergy with setting the altar in preparation for Holy Eucharist.  During special services, they serve as Thurifer and carry various symbols of celebration.  This ministry is open to all baptized children entering the fourth grade through High School. Ministry Leader: Lauriston Hardin


Flower Guild: The Flower Guild provides flower arranging services for the congregation and serves the Lord by bringing life in the form of beautiful flowers and greenery into our house of worship. Donations may be made by parishioners who desire to have flowers on the altar on a particular Sunday (often in honor of someone).  Ministry Leader: Louise Howard

flower guild

Altar Guild: The purpose of the Altar Guild is to care for and prepare the meeting of the congregation with God. Our mission is to prepare for worship service as directed by the Rector. This includes setting the altar for each service, as well as the care and cleaning of the silver, brass, linens, and all adornments and vessels used in worship.  Members work in teams, on a rotating basis, to ensure that preparation and cleaning follow all services are orderly, proper, and conducted in a dignified manner. In addition to Sunday services, the Altar Guild supports baptisms, weddings, funerals, and other special services. Ministry leaders: Renee Powell and Kathy Ellison

Eucharistic Ministers: Eucharistic Ministers serve on a rotating basis and assist the clergy by administering the chalice during the celebration of the Holy Eucharist. Our service is a humbling, meaningful opportunity to communicate God’s love to our congregation. Ministry leaders: Amy and Daryl Jones

Lectors: The Lectors at St. Paul’s proclaim the Scripture readings from the lectionary. On a normal Sunday, three lectors present readings from  the Old Testament, the Epistle, and the Prayers of the People.  We rotate reading assignments among the ministry volunteers so that each person has equal opportunity in each of these three readings. Ministry leader: Dean Eelman

Prayer Intercessors: The Intercessors lead the congregation in prayer for our greater community and for our church family.   Ministry leader: Dean Eelman

Ushers: The role of St. Paul’s ushers is to assist in the worship by greeting people, receive the offertory, and facilitate the flow, movement, and interaction of the congregation with the clergy during worship services. We also care for the safety of each parishioner as they participate in service so that each member of our congregation may experience worship as they are comfortable.  We have multiple teams of ushers who serve on a rotating basis each Sunday and during all special services. Ministry leader: Bob Heaberlin

Vergers: The role of the verger is to direct the “process” of service each Sunday. As they handle the tasks and people involved in every service, they enable the clergy to focus on the spirituality of our worship. Ministry leader: Tony King