In the Episcopal Church, the rector leads the worship of the gathered congregation. Each baptized Christian is called to take part in that worship through the liturgy. In addition, many Christians find themselves called to further ministry, assisting the rector in preparing for and leading the worship of the parish. At the bottom of this page is a form for more information on these ministries and to find out when the next training is so that you might join.
The acolytes are drawn from the youth of the parish. They are trained first to serve as torch-bearers, carrying lighted torches in procession to mark significant space and moments in worship. When they are older they graduate to serve as crucifers, carrying the processional cross and leading the procession. The Acolyte Cheat Sheet is online here.
Communion Bread Bakers
Our parish uses fresh, home-made bread baked by members of our community for each celebration of Holy Eucharist. The rotation of bread-bakers prepare it on Saturday for Sunday and the following Wednesday’s services and any special services in between. When a special service falls on a Thursday, Friday, or Saturday, it is made special for that day. Our communion bread-baking recipe card is online here
Digital Evangelism Team
We know that the sharing of the Gospel can take a variety of forms. Our parish Digital Evangelism Team serves at the second service on Sundays, along with other key liturgy days during the year, to monitor our sound and video system. The video is streamed live to the nursery downstairs for parents who may need to exit the worship service with their children. The team also records the sermon, posting the audio and video of the sermon online.
The sharing of Holy Eucharist is at the center of the church’s life. Strengthened by Christ’s body and blood we go out into the world in service. Eucharistic Ministers are those called to a special vocation of hospitality and service. They exhibit a reverence for Christ’s presence in the sacraments and find profound joy in serving the chalice to their fellow Christians. Eucharistic Ministers must be trained by the rector and licensed by the bishop. The EM Cheat Sheet is online here. There is also a separate schedule for our Midweek Eucharistic Ministers, that is online here.
Holy Eucharist is a shared community experience. However, there are some members of our community who through reason of age or physical infirmity are unable to join our Eucharistic worship on a regular basis. Eucharistic Visitors exercise a ministry of pastoral care. Trained by the rector and licensed by the bishop, they work on a rotation bringing Holy Communion from our worship services to those members unable to be present. The current Eucharistic Visitor schedule is here (sign-in required). The checklist for preparing for and following up after a Eucharistic Visit is online here.
Each week someone is designated our Intercessor. That person holds custody of the Prayers of the People during the week, adding in those petitions that they deem important given what’s happening in our community and world. Then, on Sunday, the Intercessor stands in the midst of the congregation and leads the Prayers of the People. Our current form of the Prayers we are using, including our parish’s specific intercessions, is online here.
For thousands of years the people of God have found life in the words of Holy Scripture. However, it has only been for a few hundred years that Scripture has been experienced through reading a book. For the majority of Judeo-Christian history, the proclamation of Scripture was an aural (heard) event. Readers find deep meaning in Scripture and prepare carefully to read the lessons in our gathered worship. They are trained by the rector. The Readers’ Cheat Sheet is online here.
An Episcopal worship service can sometimes be tricky to navigate for a newcomer, particularly one who is not familiar with liturgical worship. The ushers help guide people to and from the pews and are available to answer questions and provide assistance during the liturgy. The Ushers’ Cheat Sheet is also online here.
According to Episcopal Chuch Canon III.4.(c).4, “A Worship Leader is a lay person who regularly leads public worship under the direction of the Member of the Clergy or other leader exercising oversight of the congregation or other community of faith.” At St. John’s, our licensed Worship Leaders assist in the offering of Daily Prayer on Mondays through Thursdays, at 8:30am and 5:15pm. The current Worship Leader schedule is here.
Customary, Cheat Sheets, and Altar Guild Manual
To help guide both our preparation and practice of worship, we have several resources available for our worship ministers. You can download any of the following resources by clicking on the highlighted name. The St. John’s Customary exists to guide the ministers in their preparation for a service and the execution of their duties. You can purchase a paperback copy of the customary for only a little over $6 (plus shipping) online here. You can also download a free pdf of the customary to print at home (or view on your mobile device) online here. If you are an SJE Worship Minister and would like us to run you off a copy that you could staple or binder clip, we are more than happy to do so. Simply contact the Parish Office.
A section of the Customary offers shortened and concise guides for the specific duties of a minister in a standard Sunday service, commonly called Cheat Sheets, including: the Acolytes’ Cheat Sheet, the Eucharistic Ministers’ Cheat Sheet, the Midweek Eucharistic Minister Cheat Sheet, the Readers’ Cheat Sheet, the Ushers’ Cheat Sheet, the several Vergers’ Cheat Sheets (Regular Eucharist, Chancel Eucharist, Pontifical Eucharist, Burial Liturgy, and Marriage Liturgy) Also, the Altar Guild Manual exists to guide members of our Altar Guild in caring for and setting up our worship space and the various implements of worship.For more information on any of these ministries or to find out when the next training session is, please fill out the form below.
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