Making Worship Happen

There are a number of groups and individuals who make worship possible at St. Luke’s. While everyone who arrives for worship is a “participant” in worship, there are leaders who take on special roles before, during and after the service.

Altar Guild

The role of the Altar Guild is to prepare all things necessary for the celebration of the Eucharist and other services at the Cathedral. This behind-the-scenes holy housework is both a devotion to God and a gift to the entire congregation.

In addition to preparing the sacraments for individual and varied services, other tasks include keeping our marvelous silver and brass polished, ensuring that our linens are clean, maintaining candle and other supplies and stepping up to any other needs that may be relevant for the celebration of the Eucharist.

We welcome new members. Please contact the office if you are interested in joining this very special team.

Flower Guild

The mission of the Flower Guild is to beautify the Cathedral, reverently and tastefully, to the glory of God.

The Flower Guild exhibits its flower arrangements on the high altar, the lower altar, the font, Emmanuel Chapel and throughout the Cathedral during the church year except for the season of Lent. Special seasons of celebration, Christmas, and Easter, always show a magnificent display of creative arrangement and new ideas. And, we welcome more thoughts from anyone who might be interested in floral expression.

The Guild maintains no specific operating budget but depends primarily on donations. As such, flower arrangements are generally funded by individuals or families who want to remember or celebrate the relationships they have had with their loved ones.

Throughout the year many of the arrangements each week are seasonal in nature, but specific donations are tailored to requests from individual donors for a particular celebration or remembrance, in keeping with the liturgical season.

The Flower Guild offers a degree of beauty and celebration to our weekly worship times and we welcome anyone who would like to participate in this fun (we will take you twigging) and very satisfying experience. Please call the office to request more information or to volunteer and you will reach the right person.

Clergy

Dean, Assistant, and Deacons lead the service by directing congregation in the parts of the liturgy, reading the Gospel, celebrating the Eucharist and dismissing us back into the world.

Vergers

Vergers are laypersons who serve the church through a ministry of service centered on the liturgies. Their efforts, under the direction of the Dean of the Cathedral and the Head Verger, include coordination of the Eucharistic Ministers, Acolytes, and scheduling training events.

The verger, the protector of the procession, provides the clergy logistical support in order that worship can occur more smoothly.

The Verger’s motto “Service in Worship and Worship through Service” manifests itself today in a ministry of welcome.

Eucharistic Minister

Layperson authorized to administer the consecrated Elements at a Celebration of Holy Eucharist.

Lectors

A trained group of over sixty men, women, and a few teens are assigned the reading of the Lessons and the Prayers of the People during the Sunday 10:00 AM, Evensong, and other special services.  The lessons are to be rehearsed in advance so that the meaning of the text can be better understood by the congregation.  Readers at the 7:30, 5:15 and weekday services are chosen by clergy at the time.

Acolytes

Serving as Torch, Banner, and Crucifer carriers, these older youth and adults orient worshippers to different changes in the flow of the liturgy.  Acolytes are lay people assisting in worship by carrying the processional cross, leading the gospel procession assisting at the time of communion, and lighting and extinguishing candles.

Choir

A group of highly gifted vocalists, the choir, led by Cathedral Musician Albert Melton, provide choral leadership throughout the liturgy, but also offer another means of prayer and praise through their anthems.  In addition to Sunday worship, the choir sings at special services including the first Sunday Evensong from November to June annually.

Ushers

Ushers assist the congregation with seating and Communion, as well as taking and presenting the offerings.