Service Participation

The congregation participates in the services using The Book of Common Prayer [BCP] (the red book), The Hymnal 1982 (the blue book), Wonder, Love, and Praise (the green book) and Lift Every Voice & Sing (the black and red book) at the Sunday services. The numbers for hymns and songs are listed in the Sunday bulletin and also posted at the front of the nave on the hymn boards. Service Music is the term used for musical settings from the BCP and other liturgical sources. The numbers which refer to items in this portion of the The Hymnal 1982 are preceded by the letter “S”.


Children of all ages are welcome at all services. By virtue of their Baptism, children are part of the Body of Christ. As full members of our congregation, they are welcome to worship and to receive the sacrament of Communion. Quiet Activity Bags containing coloring books, crayons, and a children’s guide to our worship are available by the doors to the nave.

If you prefer that your children not receive Communion, they may still come forward and receive a blessing. They should cross their arms to show that they will not be receiving Communion.

Liturgical Ministers

Liturgical ministers are lay members who have been trained to assist the priest during the service. Listed below are the various duties assigned to lay members. If you are interested in volunteering in one of these areas, please talk with one of our priests.

  • Altar Guild – Directed by the clergy, members of the Altar Guild care for the Altar vessels and linens and prepare the Altar and the Eucharistic Elements for each service.
  • Acolytes – Acolytes assist the priest during the services. Some of the acolyte’s duties are to carry the candles during the service, hand the elements to the priest during the preparation of the Eucharist, ring the bell during Eucharist or serve as Children’s Chapel Crucifer. Adults and children participate in this ministry.
  • Chalice Bearers serve the wine to the members of the congregation during Eucharist.
  • Crucifers carry the cross during the service.