The word "liturgy" means a public work - often translated "the work of the people." All members of the gathered assembly during our worship services are understood to be co-participants in the work of our becoming the Body of Christ. Our faith inspiration teams support this work in significant ways by offering assistance to the clergy, guiding the congregation during worship, and giving special attention to our liturgical spaces before and after worship.
If you are feeling called to become more involved in worship at Good Shepherd, please contact one of the ministry representatives listed below.
At our 10:30am Sunday service, and other special liturgies throughout the year, our acolytes and adult servers carry the cross, light candles, hold the Gospel book, read Scripture or the Prayers of the People, occasionally swing incense, and provide assistance to the clergy, especially in preparation for and during communion.
The altar guild works behind the scenes before and after every worship service (including weddings and funerals) to set up, clean up, wash and put away everything that is needed for worship. They are the "servants of the worship space," offering their time and attention to looking after our liturgical furnishings, appointments, vessels, and vestments.
Our choir ministry lifts up our prayers to God in song at our 10:30am Sunday service and at special services throughout the year, singing both new and familiar hymns, chants, and anthems in a variety of different musical styles. New members are always welcome! Come to rehearsal any Wednesday at 6:45pm to join!
The flower guild works behind the scenes to create beautiful flower arrangements for our altar, as well as flowers and greenery to decorate the church during special seasons of the church year. No arranging experience is needed to join, just a love of flowers and the desire to create beauty for the glory of God!
All are welcome at The Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd, and it's up to our ushers to make sure everyone knows that as soon as they walk through the door! Ushers stand outside and in the lobby to offer smiles, hugs, and guidance to those who are joining us for the first time. They also assist with seating, collect the offering, and act as a first line of response to any emergency.