Worship Ministries

“Liturgy” is a word derived from the Greek words “laos” (people) and “ourgia” (work).  It literally means: “the work of the people.”   At St. Peter’s this is profoundly true.  Parishioners are active participants in worship in the following ways:

Acolytes
Acolytes are adults and young people who serve as crucifers, torchbearers, book bearers, and servers.  Individuals are scheduled to serve approximately once per month.

Lectors
Lectors read the Scripture passages at all services throughout the year and lead the Prayers of the People for the church and the world.

Chalice Bearers
Chalice Bearers assist the clergy by serving the wine during the administration of Holy Communion and are trained and licensed by the bishop at the recommendation of the rector.

Lay Eucharistic Visitors
Lay Eucharistic Visitors are trained by the clergy and licensed by the bishop to carry Holy Communion to the hospitalized and homebound immediately following worship.

Ushers
Ushers offer the first welcome to people coming to worship.  They distribute worship leaflets, provide helpful direction for newcomers and visitors, collect the alms during the service, and straighten up the place afterward.  Ushers serve on teams that are assigned for a month of Sundays, twice a year, under the leadership of a team captain.

Greeters
Greeters take particular care to welcome newcomers and visitors to St. Peter’s.  Each Sunday a team of greeters is located in the narthex of the church to welcome our guests.  They distribute information and answer questions about the parish and the Episcopal Church.

Flowers
Members of the congregation provide flowers each week to the Glory of God and in memory of those who have died.  Following worship, Sunday flowers are delivered to the hospitalized and homebound.

Chancel Guild Chancel Guild members prepare the sanctuary for worship each week.  They care for vestments, hangings, and all items used in worship.  Guild members are grouped onto four teams, and each team is on for two weeks and off for six.

For more information on any of these ministries, please contact the church office.

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