In the Episcopal Church, the worship service is not a call-and-response exercise between seated parishioners and a remote, forbidding priest. It is, instead, a reverent, supportive, empowering collaboration between clergy, volunteers and the parishioners. The volunteers include
- the Altar Guild, who quietly making sure the Altar and its surroundings inspire us with their beauty each and every week;
- the Lectors, who read the chosen verses from each week’s Lectionary;
- the Eucharistic Ministers and Acolytes, who provide support during the worship service, and who also provide an example to follow for those of us in the audience who sometimes lose our way during the service;
- the Greeters, who make newcomers feel so very welcome, and who clean up The Sanctuary after each service;
- and the Eucharistic Visitors, who take communion to our homebound parishioners.
We are profoundly grateful for our friends in this community who take time out of their busy lives to help with the worship experience. It is fulfilling and meaningful work, and a wonderful way to meet interesting and encouraging people. If any of these roles call to you, get in touch with us. We’ll put you to work, in a wonderful way, and we will appreciate your generosity in sharing your talents and time.