The Eucharistic ministers assist the clergy in the celebration of the Eucharist by serving the chalice to those taking communion.
Acolytes are young men and women who assist the clergy during worship services. The term "acolyte" comes from a Greek word meaning to follow or to accompany. Acolytes have a long history in Christian worship and were first mentioned in church writings around 250 A.D. From ancient times to now acolytes have helped celebrants and parishioners alike to have a deeper worship experience. While acolyte duties can vary from parish to parish, generally an acolyte helps the priest perform various tasks in the worship service, to make the flow and transition of the liturgy appear seamless.
Crucifer leads the procession with the cross. Torch Bearer lights the way for the procession. Altar Server helps with the offertory and with preparation of the Holy Eucharist.Being an acolyte is a service of honor to God and to the worshipping community, and it is a privilege to serve at God's altar.
Acolytes are an important part of the worship service and should perform their tasks with dignity, humility and reverence. Additional men, women, boys and girls are always needed and welcome to be acolytes.
People from teens to seniors serve as readers of the lessons. When assigned a lesson at any service. The lessons are available for review the Wednesday before the Sunday service. Our lessons are from the New Revised Standard Version (NRSV) of the Holy Bible and The Common English Bible.
The intercessor reads the Prayers of the People during the service. A copy of the Prayers of the People will be at the lectern.
Greeters are those friendly people who meet us at the door. They help to find name tags and gather visitor information.
Ushers check to see that the church is in order. Early in the service the ushers count the number of persons present and communicate this to the priest before communion. Ushers also take up the collection, identify anyone who wishes to receive communion at the pew rather than at the altar, assist handicapped persons into or out of the building, and generally make every person feel welcome. After the service the ushers gather up any bulletins that are left behind in the pews and generally tidy up the church for the next service.
Servers at Liturgy
Servers at Liturgy are an integral part of the worship services of St. Peter's. Below is a brief explanation of the service that each server performs during the service. If you are interested in becoming a part of one of these ministries, please contact the church office.