Sunday Worship

Worship is the focal point of the Christian life, and for the people of St. Paul's that can involve much more than sitting in the pews. Getting involved in some aspect of our worship life on Sundays can be as much an act of worship as anything else, and there are many opportunities for this.

    Worship Ministries

    Let everything that has breath praise the Lord!

    Worship is central to our life at St. Paul's, and on Sunday and during the week, laypeople serve with our clergy through shared ministry, to plan, prepare and participate in our worship. Please contact the rector if you would like to participate in any of these ministries.

    • Acolytes

      Acolytes assist in carrying the cross and torches, and in serving with the priest at the altar. Open to anyone from 9 years of age on up.

    • Altar Guild

      The Altar Guild prepares the Altar and Sanctuary for all services. The Guild also is responsible for the care and repair of Eucharistic vessls, altar linens and hangings, etc. They are always looking to add new members and appreciate the extra hands that will be available to help with the housekeeping of our beautiful sanctuary. Even though the work of setting up the altar and taking down after each service is routine, it can be a very spiritual and rewarding time.

    • Chalice Bearers

      Chalice bearers are members of the congregation who have been trained and licenced by the Bishop to administer the chalice at Communion.

    • Intercessors

      An intercessor is one who prays on behalf of another or others. Intercessors lead the congregation in the Prayers of the People from a printed sheet obtained from the ushers.

    • Lay Order of Preachers

      The Order of Lay Preachers is a group of lay persons, identified by the Rector, who have gifts, desire and a vocation to preach. Each member of the Order of Lay Preachers preaches 3-4 times a year. Preparation is done through prayer, Biblical exegesis and sermon text critique in collaboration with the Rector and each other. Interested persons should contact the Rector. Lay Preachers are licensed by the Bishop of the Diocese at the Rector's request. A minimum of six months attendance at Order of Lay Preacher meetings is required before the Rector will request that a lay person be licensed to preach.

    • Music

      Organ and keyboard music is provided at the 10:00 am service. A group of singers help lead the congregation. They meet in the undercroft at 9:15 am to practice. All interested parties are welcome to join the group.

    • Oblationers

      Oblation is "an offering of ourselves, our lives and labors, in union with Christ, for the purposes of God" (BCP p 857). Oblation bearers are members of the congregation who bring the people's offerings of bread, wine and water to the altar for consecration at the Eucharist. This is a wonderful ministry for families.

    • Readers (Lectors)

      Lectors read one of the lessons in worship. Open to anyone from older teens on up.

    • Ushers

      The ushers "host" the congregation at each Service, greeting individuals and families as they arrive, providing them with a bulletin and offering any assistance they may require. They also collect the Offering, direct communicants during the Eucharist, record attendance, and tidy up following the service.

    • Service Roles for Children

      All children are invited to participate in the Children's sermon before Sunday School. Older youth are invited to help with the Gospel procession. All children are invited to process out with the rector and help with the dismissal.

    • Coffee Hour Hosts

      The coffee hour following the 10am service is an enjoyable time of fellowship among St. Paul's parishoners, as well as a great place to meet and get to know visitors and those new to the parish. During this time we also occasionally honor those with birthdays and anniveraries, graduates and those with other accomplishments, and say farewell to our departing friends.

      St. Paul's has a well-deserved reputation for providing an ample and delicious assortment of foods and refreshments that help make this an important part of our congregation's life.

      Coffee hour hosts can choose to serve on a regular basis or on an occasional basis, and are responsible for providing food and refreshments, making the coffee, and cleaning up afterwards. Just sign up on the board in the church hall.

    • Sunday School

      Each Sunday there is a children's sermon after which children are dismissed to Sunday School until the beginning of the Eucharist.

      Our Sunday School teachers provide a fun and educational place for our children to learn and grow in the Christian faith. Each week we discuss the Gospel reading and work on Bible stories and the structure of the Episcopal liturgy.

      During the summer we have a more relaxed schedule. After the Children's Sermon, the children head down to the church hall for supervised Christian play and a chance to get out the wiggles!