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Worship & Liturgy

Worship is the medium by which we gather as a parish to celebrate and receive the gifts of our Lord. Rite II is used at all services except during Lent when Rite I is used. Music is a broad mixture of traditional hymnody, treasured favorites, and contemporary pieces. There are many lay people on any given Sunday involved in some aspect of liturgical participation in making music, reading, serving, or ushering.

  • Altar Guild: Under the direction of the Altar Guild Directress, members of the Altar Guild have the unique responsibility of preparing the church services and divine worship. They prepare the altar, Eucharistic vessels, hangings, and linens for every service. They also assist at all weddings and funerals in the church.
  • Acolytes:  This group of boys and girls, men and women, in grades three through adults participate in the sacramental ministry of St. Peter’s by serving as crucifers and communion servers. They are trained and supervised by both the clergy and lay Acolyte Masters. They wear vestments, based on an ancient history of service at the altar. Acolytes accept the privilege and responsibility of assisting the clergy at regular Sunday services and at other special liturgies throughout the year.
  • Lectors/Lay Readers: Lectors are parishioners trained to read the appointed lessons at all services. Lay Readers are licensed by the bishop to assist in leading Morning Prayer in the absence of clergy at Sunday services.
  • Ushers & Greeters: The ushers and greeters are charged with warmly welcoming parishioners and visitors to worship services. They are also responsible for escorted seating, collecting the offering, directing the orderly flow of persons to the altar for communion, helping in emergencies, and assisting the clergy in identifying newcomers and visitors.
  • Chalice Bearer: These individuals are trained by the clergy to assist in the liturgy by delivering the chalice at celebrations of the Holy Eucharist (communion).
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