The new Worship Standing Leadership Group (SLG) met on Sunday, Aug. 12 — sort of getting this SLG back together and meeting regularly to help think about, reflect and evaluate our worship practices and to support and grow our worship experiences.
If you would like to join this group, everyone is welcome. The next meeting will be on Sunday, September 2. Yes, they know that’s Labor Day weekend, but if you read on, you will see why they chose to meet that weekend. In the next month or so, they will decide on a regular, most likely Sunday after church meeting time. If you are interested, have questions, or suggestions for our worship life, please speak with Richard K., the Worship SLG leader.
Their first two undertakings as a reorganized SLG, are to draft, train and support more Ushers and more Lectors and Liturgists. We want as many people in our community as possible to participate in worship leadership. And we need a certain number of folks to make sure everything gets done.
The Ushers come early to set up the sanctuary (candles, cross and collection plates); they are a second line of greeting in the upper narthex as they pass out worship bulletins; they organize the people to take up the collection; and they collect bulletins for recycling after worship. COULD YOU BE AN USHER?
Liturgists assist the pastor with leading the congregation in worship. The liturgists prepare their own words for the sections of worship for theiy are responsible for, or Michael can point people to resources, help prepare the liturgist prepare words or even write them for the ligurgist. COULD YOU BE A LITURGIST?
Lectors read the introductions prepared for them for each reading and then both readings from Scripture during worship services. COULD YOU BE A LECTOR?
The Worship SLG is organizing campaigns for Ushers and Liturgists / Lectors. Really, we need more people involved in all three Sunday morning ministries. The Worship SLG is organizing trainings for Ushers and Liturgists / Lectors, so that if you are interested, the church provides you with the resources to do what you are being asked to do. It shouldn’t be overwhelming. It should be empowering.
USHER Training: Sunday, Sept. 9, with a light lunch after worship. Organized by Greta, Yiwola and Michael. If you want to sign up for this training, please let us know by signing up through SignUp Genius or by writing your name on the poster board at the front of the sanctuary.
LITURGIST / LECTOR Training: Sunday, September 16, with a light lunch after worship. Organized by Tony M., Holly and Michael. If you want to sign up for this training, please let us know by signing up on SignUp Genius or by writing your name on the poster board at the front of the sanctuary.
There will be a sign-up easel at the front of the church for all three positions (and the respective trainings).
The worship SLG recognizes that it also needs to pay some attention to our acolyting. It is important to give children leadership roles to play in the church. Children are welcome to serve as acolytes whenever they feel they are ready–usually around age 7. Listen for more info. in the coming months from the Worship SLG on acolytes and other issues or resources that affect our worship life.