Worship

The Worship Team promotes and supervises this congregation’s worship and music ministries with the assistance of council and guidance from the pastor, the organist, and the choir director(s).  Duties of this team include:

  • Ensuring that services of this congregation are conducted regularly and in harmony with the published liturgies of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and its predecessor bodies
  • Coordinating and training ushers, worship assistants, lay readers, and greeters
  • Providing and maintaining hymnals and other devotional materials
  • Maintaining the schedule for placement of flowers in the sanctuary and supervising seasonal decoration of the sanctuary
  • Supervising and supporting the choirs and maintaining the choir robes and the musical instruments of this congregation

2022 Team Leader: Charles Nicholson
Members: Kay Black, Isma Boland, Ben Lemons, Ruth Nicholson, Beverly Nivens
Ex-officio Members: Melodie Capole, Pastor Henderson, Brent Holcomb

2021 Report
During 2021, continuing to assist the pastor and choir directors with the worship and music ministry of the congregation, the team stayed aware of the changing pandemic conditions and made suggestions about which precautions to maintain at worship services.  Indoor services continued with masking recommended and with spaced seating.  Although we did not have Lenten services this year, we did celebrate Easter with “Flowering of the Cross” outside and with donated Easter lilies surrounding the altar inside and with special music from instrumentalists and our handbell choir.  Over the course of the year we gradually began singing parts of the liturgy and limited verses of hymns.  Services continued to be available online on Facebook and YouTube for those unable or hesitant to attend in person.

The voice choir resumed rehearsals and participation in the service on Sunday, November 7.  The singing of all hymn verses began with the first Sunday in Advent.  The team, with help from other congregation members, decorated the sanctuary with our chrismon trees, garlands, and donated poinsettias.  Our beautiful nativity scene, now including wise men, was again set up in the narthex.  We were looking forward to singing Christmas carols on Christmas Eve again for the first time since 2019.

Throughout the year the Altar Guild was busy preparing for communion with individual cups for each service and making sure paraments and candles were correct and trimmed.

Submitted by Charles Nicholson, 2021 Team Leader
Members: Kay Black, Isma Boland, Ben Lemons, Ruth Nicholson, Beverly Nivens
Ex-officio Members: Melodie Capole, Pastor Henderson, Brent Holcomb