Serving God in our worship services (Liturgical Ministries)
If you are interested in knowing more about any of these ministries, please speak with the rector to find out about requirements and training. We welcome more help in each of these areas.
Opportunities for serving in our music ministry at Emmanuel are the Sanctuary Choir, the Hand Bell Choir and as a congregational member.
The Sanctuary Choir meets Wednesdays from 6:30 to 8:00 PM and leads service music and hymns. They prepare anthems and special music for services like Christmas and Easter. To be a choir member is one of the most committed positions in the church. Our Sanctuary Choir has some of Emmanuel’s most dedicated members.
The Hand Bell Choir was recently reformed. Hand Bell membership welcomes people who are not music readers. The group performs several times a year. Rehearsal is on Wednesdays from 1:00 to 2:00 PM.
Congregational members at both churches include everyone who participates in corporate worship. Our services have hymns and service music traditional to the Episcopal Church. We have two hymn books: The 1987 “Blue” hymnal and the Lift Every Voice and Sing hymnal with traditional gospel and American heritage hymns. Congregational singing is the most important part of a strong music ministry.
Lay Eucharistic Ministers (LEMs)
These are members of our congregation (lay people as opposed to clergy) who assist the priest in administering the sacraments of holy communion—the consecrated bread and wine. They may also take the sacraments to those who are ill or otherwise unable to attend church. Most commonly, our churches use LEMs as chalicists to serve the cup of wine to those taking communion.
Acolytes are volunteers who may serve the priest in many roles, depending on the type of service or the preferences of the minister: crucifer, torchbearer, lighter of candles, thurifer, or banner-bearer.
Working in teams, the altar guild volunteers prepare the altar for all regular and special services, making sure the flowers and hangings are appropriate for the season and that the altar is set up properly for the particular liturgy (communion or otherwise). They also put the hangings and vessels away after each service. The Sacristans serve a crucial role in this ministry by laundering and ironing the altar linens.
Volunteer readers come up to the lectern to read Scripture as called for in the Revised Common Lectionary for each service. This typically consists of an Old Testament Reading, a psalm, and a New Testament reading.
These are the friendly folks who greet you when you enter the church. Besides helping newcomers, they hand out bulletins, pass the offering plate, provide guidance for when to go up to the altar during the communion, and straighten the pews and cushions after each service.