Worship is the joyous gathering of those who seek to meet the risen Lord. It is that creative and life-renewing space where our vulnerability to the pain and beauty of the world meets God’s unconditional vulnerability and openness to us.
The Liturgy Committee is comprised of lay leaders from each of the Sunday worshipping communities at St. James’. Its primary tasks are establishing our yearly liturgical calendar with its various special commemorations, developing the shape of combined services, thinking through how each liturgical season shapes our practices of worship, and developing ways to better welcome and include people of various ages and backgrounds in our liturgies.
St. James’ has an incredible altar guild! The altar guild works behind the scenes to care for the altar, vestments, vessels, and altar linens of the parish. Altar guild members prepare the sanctuary for services, and clean up afterwards. Altar guild members also supervise the decoration of the sanctuary for special times of the year. If you are looking for a behind-the-scenes ministry that is meaningful to the life of a community that delights in the beauty of worship, contact Pam Daniel (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Liturgical ministers (acolytes, lectors, intercessors, lay eucharistic ministers, and ushers) are invited to occasional trainings for the liturgical season ahead. The next training (for Advent, Christmas, and Epiphany) is on Saturday, November 16, 2019, 10 am - 12 pm.
Youth and adult acolytes serve at the altar the 10:15 am and 5:30 pm services in partnership with clergy, lay eucharistic ministers, and ushers, to bear the primary symbols of our worship (things like crosses, candles, the gospel book, etc) and prepare the altar. Regular acolyte training takes place on the second Saturday of the month at 10 am with Ms. Georgetta Bryant. Contact Ms. Georgetta or the church office (email@example.com) if you would like to join a team or brush up on your skills.
Lectors and Intercessors
At every service, lectors and intercessors proclaim God’s word to us through the readings and they assist us in speaking before God through the prayers of the people. Quarterly trainings are designed to offer interpretive insight into the readings and the prayers of the liturgical season ahead in order to deepen preparation. If you would like to be trained as a lector or intercessor for a particular service, contact the church office (firstname.lastname@example.org) and we will get you connected. Functional fluency in Spanish is expected of lectors in Spanish.
Lay Eucharistic Ministers
At each service, lay eucharistic ministers serve at the altar at all of our services by assisting in preparing the altar and administering communion. Quarterly trainings are designed to offer guidance in how to serve in collaboration with others around the altar to lead the congregation in worship and make communion happen. If you would like to be trained as a lay eucharistic minister for a particular service, contact the church office (email@example.com).
At each service, ushers greet those who come to worship, gather up the gifts from the community at the offertory, and provide guidance to the community during communion. Quarterly trainings are designed to offer guidance in how to serve in collaboration with others around the altar to lead the congregation in worship and make communion happen. If you would like to be trained as an usher for a particular service, contact the church office (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The 10:15 Choir
This choir, made up of gifted parishioners and a few staff singers under the direction of Helen Miers, leads music in our worship at the 10:15 am service. Rehearsals are at 9:15 am on Sunday mornings and on the first Wednesday evening of the month at 7 pm. Contact Helen Miers (email@example.com) for more information.
The 1:00 Coro
Making music is a collaborative endeavor at the 1 pm service in Spanish. Contact Francisco and Lucia Chavez (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information.
The 5:30 Choir
This gifted volunteer choir under the direction of Martha Pulkingham leads music in our worship at the evening service. Rehearsals are at 4:30 pm on Sundays prior to the service. Contact Martha Pulkingham (email@example.com) for more information.
The 5:30 Children’s Choir
On the third Sunday of the month, the children’s choir, under the direction of Martha Pulkingham, is an integral part of the 5:30 pm service. Children and youth gather at 4:30 pm to rehearse music and then they get to hang out for a light dinner prior to the service. Contact Martha Pulkingham (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information.