Worship


Worship is to the spirit as food is to the body

Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another–and all the more as you see the Day approaching.
– Hebrews 10:25, NIV

Worship & Music Committee

This group meets regularly to tend to the affairs and concerns of all things related to worship and music. If you want to find out more about this ministry, please click here.

Current Worship Schedule

8:30 am–Service of Holy Communion
10:45 am–Service of Holy Communion


Worship Roles

The pattern of our worship is called liturgy. The word liturgy means “work of the people”. Leading and assisting worship is the work of many, not just pastors.  The reason we have acolytes, assisting ministers, communion assistants, greeters, lectors, ushers and choirs is to help us offer to God the most complete worship. All worship servants should be present fifteen minutes before the start of worship, and check with the Pastor for any needs.

To participate in any of the roles described below, contact Shelly Holmstrom, Engagement Coordinator or 847-302-6988.

Altar Guild
Members of the Altar Guild prepare the sanctuary for worship before the service begins. The tasks include putting in place the correct paraments on the altar and pulpit, filling altar candles and the Sanctuary lamp, setting out flowers as appropriate and preparing the Communion elements and glasses if they will be used. Cleaning of the Communion ware and washing the linens after the service is also their responsibility. Altar Guild members serve in teams on a monthly rotating basis. Contact the church office if you wish to participate.

Greeters
Greeters welcome fellow worshipers at the front door. They need to be in place 15-20 minutes before the start of the service to greet worshipers as they enter the building. Greeters wait to welcome latecomers during the announcement period.

Ushers
Ushers ensure that worshipers are provided a bulletin as they enter and are seated comfortably, especially if there are any special needs. They normally collect the offering, distribute Communion cups, make sure the sanctuary is neat after the close of a service and may occasionally have additional special duties. Contact the church office with questions.

Acolytes & Crucifers
Acolytes process in to light the altar candles at the start of the service to bear witness to Jesus Christ as the “Light of the World”.  They present the offering plates to the ushers and retrieve them after the offering has been taken. At the end of the service, the acolytes bring the light out into the world, after extinguishing the altar candles.  The crucifer carries the cross in the procession and recession during festival services. Acolytes and Crucifers are generally 8th to 12th grade students.

Lectors
Lectors read the first and second lessons and may lead the chanting or responsive reading of the Psalm. This post is open to anyone who can read smoothly, clearly and confidently before a group.

Assisting Ministers
These are non-ordained members of the congregation who serve at the altar, leading parts of the liturgy and offering prayers. They also assist in distribution of the communion elements. Any adult member may be an assisting minister; the ability to chant is appreciated but not required.

Communion Assistants
During Communion, it is usual to employ two additional people besides the pastor and the Assisting Minister for the distribution of the elements. Any adult member of the congregation may serve in this capacity.