Worship is the foundation of our lives as Christians. For generations, God’s people have gathered together to be transformed by God’s Word before we are sent back into our homes, communities, and the world. Worship is a time when God speaks to us, and we respond with heartfelt devotion.
You may not feel called to help lead worship, and that is completely ok. First and foremost, our hope is that you will be an active participant, the most important role during worship. No matter what is going on in your life at the moment, an active participant brings their whole self to worship – the good, the bad, and the ugly – because God wants and welcomes all of you. It means that you prepare yourself to encounter God through scripture, song, the liturgy, the sermon, and holy communion, and that you remain open to how the Holy Spirit is speaking to you. Worship is a time for you to be renewed, healed, and strengthened in your faith.
Lay reader (lector)
Lectors bring God’s Word to life. You will receive the readings the week before worship so that you can practice your enunciation, tone, and pronunciation. You only serve as a lector for one of the worship services on a Sunday.
You would help people receive God’s very presence in bread and wine by holding the wine or grape juice chalice and saying the words, “the blood of Christ shed for you.” Typically, the presiding pastor and the assisting minister distribute the bread, but if an additional communion assistant is needed, you would tear off a piece of bread and say, “the body of Christ given for you.”
Our bread bakers (both experienced and beginners) provide a precious gift for our worship services, because as the body of Christ, the bread used during holy communion nourishes people’s spirits in a profound way. The bread can be homemade or purchased, and two loaves are needed each Sunday.
The altar guild lovingly prepares holy communion for each Sunday, and seasonally prepares the paraments in the sanctuary, candles, and flowers. An "Altar Guild Handbook" is available in the church office for more detailed descriptions.
These wonderful folks are often the first face that people see when they arrive at church. Ushers welcome people, distribute bulletins, locate available seating in the sanctuary, gather the offering, count the number of people present, and direct people during holy communion.
Greeters are essential to providing genuine hospitality to everyone who comes through the door. Visitors, especially, benefit from a warm welcome and assistance with locating the sanctuary, classrooms, restrooms, and the nursery. Greeters can help make or break a person’s experience at worship.
Techies are welcome, but anyone can do this, especially people who like to work behind the scenes. This role assists with live streaming, slides, and other technology needs during worship. This is only for our 10:45 a.m. worship service and training is provided.
For the music lover, there are many opportunities to share your gifts.
- Choir – the choir provides special music for worship services that elevates and deepens people’s experience. A range of songs are selected throughout the year and rehearsals are on Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m. for high schoolers and up. There are also special opportunities to sing for the worship service of lessons and carols in December and a cantata every other spring.
- Handbells- The new handbell group is a welcome addition to our worship services. Led by Pat Erickson, the group can accommodate all experience levels, from middle school and up. Rehearsals are Wednesdays at 4:00.
- Special Music – There are opportunities for solos, duets, or small group ensembles. If you have any questions, contact our music director, Olivia Cheesman.
In this role you join the pastor in leading worship. Assisting ministers lead prayers and liturgy, are invited to lead the singing of the Kyrie, write the intercessory prayers for Sunday worship, and assist with holy communion. If you would like to learn more about being an Assisting Minister, please contact Pastor Harold.
Caring for children in the nursery gives parents the opportunity to focus and be spiritually nourished in worship, which can often feel like a luxury when you have small children. Nursery attendants are a huge blessing to families.