Saint Andrew's Episcopal Church

306 North Division Street, Ann Arbor, MI   48104
734 663.0518  |   office@standrewsaa.org

Leaders in Liturgy

 

The Eucharist is an offering of the parish community as a whole, and the basic role of all of us with specific responsibilities - acolytes, choir, ushers, lectors, clergy, etc. - is to share in that community offering and receiving.
-- From the Preface to the Acolyte Manual, created by Scott Gerstenberger

"Leaders in Liturgy" refers to the clergy and parishioners responsible for leading each service.

Liturgical Groups

Acolytes
Adults and children in the third grade and above are invited to participate in service as an acolyte. Acolyte functions include serving as crucifer, torchbearer, server, thurifer, and banner bearer. During worship, acolytes do three things: worship, enable the congregation to worship, and enable other worship leaders to do their tasks well.

Acolytes are assigned on a service-by-service basis, with each month's schedule being published in advance. To learn more about serving as an Acolyte, please contact Scott Gerstenberger.

Altar Guild
Do you like to clean, organize, or help behind the scenes? The Altar Guild is responsible for the care of the liturgical vessels, vestments, and linens and also see that the Chancel and Altar are properly set up before services.

The Altar Guild serves on a rotational basis, for one week at a time, with the exception of Christmas and Easter when the guilds combine. New members are always welcome, please contact Susan Wakefield.

Bread Bakers
Responsible for providing bread for communion, the bread bakers work from a provided recipe, baking five loaves of bread on Friday and taking the bread to the sacristy on Saturday mornings. Recipe and instruction is available.

Bread Bakers provide bread on a weekly basis, as assigned each month. New members are always welcome, please contact Elaine Mouradian.

Intercessor
The intercessor is the person who leads The Prayers of the People during the Sunday liturgies.

Intercessors are assigned on a service-by-service basis, with each month's schedule being published in advance. To learn more about serving as an intercessor, please contact JoAn Wetzel or Ann Garvin.

Lay Eucharistic Ministers (LEMs)
The Lay Eucharistic Minister assists with the administration of the chalice during the Holy Eucharist. Becoming a LEM does take some training; speak with the clergy if you are interested in becoming a LEM.

LEMs are assigned on a service-by-service basis, with each month's schedule being published in advance. To learn more about serving as a LEM, please contact JoAn Wetzel or Robert Westveer.

Lectors
It is our custom to assign readers on a rotating basis for the Old and New Testament readings at Sunday services as well as additional readings at special services. Once a month this role is filled by children and youth from the Church School and Journey to Adulthood.

Lectors are assigned on a service-by-service basis, with each month's schedule being published in advance. To learn more about serving as a lector, please contact JoAn Wetzel or Mary Bates.

Ushers
The ministry of the usher is to assist people upon their arrival for worship. This involves greeting people, providing them with a service bulletin and any other worship materials in addition to helping visitors find their way. This is a very pro-active ministry. Youth from the Journey to Adulthood help serve as ushers on a regular basis.

Ushers are assigned on a service-by-service basis, with each month's schedule being published in advance. To learn more about serving as an usher, please contact JoAn Wetzel or Karen Gordon.



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