Participation in Worship
There are many opportunities to participate in the worship, service and outreach of Saint Mark's. Lay people are actively and vitally involved in the worship of the church through the various service guilds. For more information about any of these ministries, please contact the verger, Noah Stansbury.
Servers (or acolytes) are those who assist in all the ceremonial aspects of the Mass. They carry crossses and torches and banners in procession, tend to the incense, and serve at the altar, assisting the priests in the rituals of worship. Some servers who have been prepared and trained to do so, lead prayers at weekday or early Masses and some assist with the administration of communion as chalice-bearers. Since the liturgy of the church is something carried out by a community - not just by the priests - servers have a vital function at every celebration of the Mass.
There is a way for almost anyone to become involved in the worship this way. Boys and girls, men and women of almost any age can all play a distinct role in the offering to God of ourselves in the liturgy.
Lectors read the first and second readings from the Bible at Sunday services and at special services. Some lectors also officiate at the simple but beautiful services of Morning and Evening Prayer during the week, contributing greatly to our mission to pray without ceasing. If you have a good speaking voice, a desire to engage the Scriptures in a special way and if you would like a special way of participating in Sunday services, think about becoming a lector.
Ushers are the first people visitors to the church usually meet. They greet and welcome people to all Sunday services and to special services throughout the year. They give our visitors their first impressions of Saint Mark's and have an opportunity to connect with visitors and help visitors connect with us. Ushers distribute leaflets, assist the disabled, record attendance, and take up the offering.
The active life of worship at Saint Mark's and the care of the parish's extraordinary and unique collection of sacred vessels, vestments, and linens used in that worship depends on the commitment of the Altar Guild. This behind-the-scenes work is essential to the worshiping life of the parish.