Just as we prepare for special festive occasions at home, using our best linens, silver, fresh candles, etc., the Alter Guild works in teams to prepare the same for the church altar. The Altar Guild works behind the scenes to ensure that communion vessels are properly prepared, appropriate alter linens are clean, pressed, and organized for all the services, and flowers are arranged and watered.
The Altar Guild also helps with wedding and funeral services, and decorates the church on holidays and holy days.
Greeters, Acolytes, Readers, Intercessors, Lay Eucharistic Ministers
Our liturgical ministers are an integral part of our worship together. All who participate help set the tone of worship, attentiveness and welcome. The awareness of this is the single most important element of these ministries!
Greeters are often the first people that a newcomer meets. Their hospitality and welcome sets the tone for those entering church.
Acolytes help to lead worship. They carry in the important symbols of our worship together – the cross, the candles, the Gospel book. They assist at the altar.
Readers: Reading from the Bible is one of the most important things we do in our worship together. Our readers proclaim the word by reading from the Old Testament and New Testament in each service.
Intercessors: Our intercessors invite us into the prayers of the people at all of our services.
Lay Eucharistic Ministers: Our Lay Eucharistic Ministers offer the chalice and, sometimes, the bread, at communion. This is a crucial ministry of hospitality and nurture. LEMs need to be licensed by the diocese after being trained by the rector or other representative of the LEMs. Please speak with the rector if you are interested in this ministry.
Worship Commission Contacts
LEMS - Marshall Lundberg
Lectors - Stacy Mello
Acolytes - Dave Ferkinhoff
Greeters - Lauren Lema
Music at St. Mary's
Do you like to sing? Do you play an instrument? If so, we would love to have you join us in worship and music.
We have two Sunday services that include music: the 8:00 a.m. classic Episcopal service, and the 10:30 a.m. contemporary service. It is always helpful to have some singers and instrumentalists to help lead the music at these services, and music is one of the ways that we glorify God in our worship.
The choir rehearses on Thursdays at 7 p.m. in the choir room. Rehearsals have been, in the past, primarily for the 8 a.m. choir to review the week’s hymns and service music, and to work on anthems for upcoming Sundays and special occasions. This year, Thursday evenings also include some time to go over the 10:30 music. One reason is that some of our 8 am singers choose to stay and sing at the 10:30. Also, some folks might want to participate in the Sunday morning programs that are offered between services, making it difficult to attend the pre-service choir rehearsal. The short rehearsal on Thursday evening makes it easier to participate in both.
If Thursday evening doesn’t work for you, please come sing with us on Sundays anyway. We have a short practice time at 7:30 a.m. in the church for the 8 a.m. service, and the 10:30 a.m. singers practice at 9:45 a.m. in the chapel.
Interested? Speak to our music director, Karin Larsen ( ), or to our honorary musician, Marilyn Hambly ( ).