Servants of Worship

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

The activities are coordinated by the rota scheduler. Lisa Fitting, our rota scheduler, contacts all servants of worship a month ahead to learn everyone’s availability. She then prepares a chart of that month’s services and participants, complete with readings and other information, and distributes it to everyone by email.

Talk with the rector 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 “rehearse” at home.  One person said, “Lectors have the best script in the world:  the Word of God!”  A lector usually serves once a month.

What is an Usher?

Ushers are the first to share Christian hospitality with those arriving for worship.  They greet, distribute orders of service, help with seating, collect the offering, introduce visitors to the rector and other members, and tidy the worship space after worship.  San Gabriel’s ushers serve at least once a month.