“What then shall we say, brothers and sisters? When you come together, each of you has a hymn, or a word of instruction, a revelation, a tongue or an interpretation. Everything must be done so that the church may be built up.”
– 1 Corinthians 14:26
Since the earliest days Christian worship has been a group effort! The followers of the risen Jesus came together to praise God, listen to and learn from the Scriptures, pray with and encourage one another. Today, we faithfully honor this Biblical model by encouraging lay persons to participate in worship in many ways.
Acolytes (students third grade through high school) remind us of Christ’s presence by lighting candles at the beginning of worship and carrying the flame out at the close of worship.
Communion Assistants help distribute the bread and juice during communion service (usually on the first Sunday of the month.)
Greeters welcome everyone to worship and offer hospitality to our guests following worship.
Readers extend a warm welcome, lead the congregation in the call to worship and prayer of thanksgiving and read the morning Scripture lesson. Readers receive a copy of the material ahead of time to practice.
Song Leaders stand near the piano and help lead the congregation in singing (first three Sundays of the month.) Song Leaders are given the song titles ahead of time so they can review them.
Technicians help us use technology to enhance worship by running presentation software that projects words and images; adjusting light and sound levels as needed; and recording worship services.
Ushers assist before, during and after worship with practical details like checking the candles, placing the children’s offering plate up front, ringing the bell, handing out bulletins, taking offering and guiding people during communion.