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

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

2020 Report
     In 2020 we on the Worship Team were assisting the pastor and choir directors with the worship and music ministry of the congregation when the year began normally in January.  However, the COVID-19 pandemic caused in-person worship to be suspended in March and replaced by a brief sermon and organ selection.  Easter was marked only by a limited “Flowering of the Cross” within a circle of donated Easter lilies.  In June in-person worship services resumed outdoors, and then in July worship in the church began, with social distancing and a mask requirement.  The team helped with setting up for outdoor services and, when we returned indoors, with marking off areas in the church for safe seating and communing.  Beautiful sashes were donated to mark off the pews that were not to be used.  The Altar Guild, always busy in a normal year, did outstanding service in preparing the worship setting and communion under these unusual circumstances.  In September our services were made available for later viewing on YouTube, and the following month live streaming of services began. 
     Because singing in a closed setting is considered too dangerous during the pandemic, the choir has not been taking part as a group, and the congregation has been meditating silently on the hymns while Brent plays the music.  However, Melodie and her friends and relatives have been able to provide bell pieces and instrumental music to enrich our worship. 
     As Christmas approached the team decorated the sanctuary.  The trees shone with lights and chrismons, and the congregation provided banks of poinsettias.  We had planned to sing one or two carols outside by candlelight on Christmas Eve, but the weather had us “meditating” inside.  Maybe we can all sing together soon in 2021.

Submitted by Charles Nicholson, 2020 Team Leader
Members: Kay Black, Isma Boland, Ben Lemons, Ruth Nicholson, Beverly Nivens
Ex-officio Members: Melodie Capole, Pastor Henderson, Brent Holcomb