Servants of Worship

Servants of worship include acolytes, altar guild members, chalice bearers, and ushers. Training is offered for each of these ministries.  The only requirement is a desire to serve God in the context of the San Gabriel the Archangel faith community.

The activities are coordinated by the rota (rotation) scheduler. 

Please talk with the rector or vestry member for more information about how you might serve.

What is an Acolyte?

An acolyte vests in an alb, lights and extinguishes the candles at the altar, carries the processional cross, and acts as an assistant to the clergy during worship, especially at the time the altar is prepared for Holy Communion.  At San Gabriel’s, an acolyte usually serves two Sundays a month. .

What is the Altar Guild?

Altar Guild members care for the linens, vessels, and other sacred objects of the Church that are used during worship.  This ministry allows one to serve God in a quiet manner, working behind the scenes, to set up for and clean up after worship services.  At San Gabriel’s, Altar Guild members usually serve once every six weeks.

What is a Chalice Bearer?

This ministry is an opportunity for the laity to serve the wine during Holy Eucharist.  Symbolically, we are reminded that all members are ministers, not only the priest.  A chalice bearer serves at least once every six weeks to two months at Sunday worship.

What is a Lector?

A lector reads the assigned scripture lessons and Prayers of the People during the service.  The lessons are published in advance, so there is ample time to become familiar with the readings at home.  One person said, “Lectors have the best script in the world:  the Word of God!” 

What is an Usher?

Ushers are the first to share Christian hospitality with those arriving for worship.  They greet, distribute service bulletins, help with seating, collect the offering, bring forth the people’s offering, introduce visitors to the rector and other members, and tidy the worship space after worship.