Implementation of worship services at Holy Sacrament requires the participation of a number of persons and ministries.
The Acolytes actively assist the Clergy, by serving in the sanctuary (area around the altar), during worship services, particularly on Sundays. Thus the word, “acolyte” or “server” means “one who helps.” The Acolyte Guild at Holy Sacrament consists of young people of ages ranging from elementary school to college. Acolytes participate in the services as Master of Ceremonies (assist and directs the Clergy in the leading of the Service; Crucifer (carries the processional cross), Torchbearers (carry the candles), Servers (assists the clergy at the altar, Thurifer (takes the thurible or censer with incense), and Boat Bearer (carries the container with incense).
The Altar Guild
The Altar Guild of Holy Sacrament provides support for the preparation of regularly scheduled worship services each year. These committed volunteers offer their time and talents for weekly Sunday services, special services and festivals, and for other important worship events that may be planned and held throughout the year.
The Guild is led by a Director, and is divided into four teams, each of which is guided by a Captain. The Altar Guild is responsible for overseeing the preparation of the altar for worship, the upkeep of vestments for the clergy, the care of the altar linens, and the decoration of the church as it may pertain to special services and festivals. In addition to periodic meetings, the group holds an annual Luncheon at which they discuss and recommend ways they could improve their ministry for the following year.
Eucharistic Ministers, or more properly “Lay Eucharistic Ministers (LEMs)”, are lay persons who assists the priest in administering the sacraments of Holy Communion, the consecrated bread and wine. They may also take the sacraments to those who are ill, or otherwise unable to attend the Eucharist. LEMs usually wear vestments when administering the Blessed Sacrament during services. Generally LEMs are recommended by the parish priest to the Bishop of the Diocese, who grants them a three-year license to practice the ministry. This license is often renewed at the priest’s discretion for subsequent three year terms.
The Flower Guild
The floral arrangements for the altar and sanctuary for Sunday worship services, other major festivals like Easter, Christmas, Pentecost, Thanksgiving, and for special occasions including marriage services, are prepared by the Flower Guild.
Contributions toward the Flower Guild are usually in the form of monetary donations toward flowers in memory of loved ones, or in thanksgiving to God for a special occasion or life situation.
Although some of the members of the Flower Guild are a part of the Altar Guild, being a member of the Altar Guild is not a requirement of becoming a member of the Flower Guild.
Each Sunday, two individuals act as Gift Bearers and they present the elements of bread and wine at the altar during the Offering.
The Greeters are the first persons you meet when you enter the doors of Holy Sacrament. These individuals, who are the first branch of the Greeting Ministry Team, extend a warm welcome and friendly greeting to guests and members alike.
After being welcomed by the Greeters, the Guest Hosts Team, the second branch of the Greeting Ministry Team briefly shares what to expect during our worship service, invite you to sign our Guest Book, and give you a welcome packet with information about our church. After services, the Guest Hosts normally accompany guests to the Fellowship Hour and subsequently communicate with them after as a follow-up.
Lectors are members of the Church who normally read the biblical readings on Sunday mornings during the Holy Eucharist.
Liturgical Dancers (Feet of Worship)
Liturgical dancing is incorporated into worship services or liturgies at Holy Sacrament. The dancers express worship, prayer and praise to God through dance and the movement of their bodies. The history of liturgical dancing goes back to the Old Testament where it is recorded that King David danced before the Ark of the Covenant (1 Chronicles 15:29).
The types of dances are often based on the different kinds of music that accompany the dances.
The Liturgical Dancers of our church are called “The Feet of Worship.” They strive to live out their mission of touching the hearts of others through dance, as they seek to honor God in their movements, and expect to give nothing but their best.
The group dances on special occasions during the Christian calendar year and other functions within the church. They have also accept invitations to minister to other churches.
Music at Holy Sacrament is important to its people…for they love to sing. Since the members are from a number of countries throughout the world, the music is a combination of the traditional and the contemporary.
The Holy Sacrament Church Choir is led by an Organist and Choir Director, who also leads the music ministry of the church. Choir rehearsals take place at the Church every Thursday evening. The Choir also offer anthems during the 10:15 a.m. Eucharist. From time to time, instrumentalists play guitars, drums and other instruments during the services.
The Choir primarily sings at the 10:15 a.m. Choral Eucharist on Sundays but some choristers are also present at the 8:00 a.m. service to assist in leading the singing of hymns. The Choir also sings on special occasions and at other services, as invited.
The Projectionists at Holy Sacrament are responsible for managing the PowerPoint presentations at all services held in the church building. These presentations are prepared in the Church Office each week. The order of service for all celebrations of the Eucharist on Sundays (worship services) are fully displayed on overhead projectors. The Celebrant/Officiant also conducts the worship services from a television monitor.
The Sound Techs are a group of gifted lay members whose primary task is to ensure that the church’s sound system is well maintained and working effectively for all worship services and other church events, which are held both indoors and outdoors. They are also responsible for ensuring that adequate sound devices are available for the different types of services and occasions, held on the church campus.
The Ushers Guild at Holy Sacrament is the third branch of the Greeting Ministry Team, which also includes the Greeters and Guest Hosts. As a result, the purpose of the Ushers’ Guild is to ensure the best possible worship experience for members and guests attending services at the church. Ushers also extend a warm welcome and greeting to guests and members alike, present congregants with a bulletin, and ask and take guests to their seat of preference. The Ushers at Holy Sacrament prepare the Church for services, provide for the congregants’ special needs, caring for them in cases of emergency, staying alert for persons who may feel ill, and managing the flow during various parts of the service.