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

2022 Report
During 2022, the team continued to assist the pastor and choir directors with the worship and music ministry of the congregation. Lenten and Holy Week services resumed after the pandemic hiatus.  We again celebrated Easter with “Flowering of the Cross” outside and with donated Easter lilies surrounding the altar inside and with special music from instrumentalists, the vocal choir, and our handbell choir.  Online services, impacted by technical difficulties we were unable to overcome, were never adequate for participation and were thus discontinued.  Pastor Henderson did continue to make his sermons available, audio only, through the church’s Facebook page.  The vocal choir continues to prepare the music for the service at rehearsals prior to each service, and the bell choir, made up of many friends and family from USC, practices most weeks to prepare the music for at least one service each month.  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.

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

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