As part of our Lutheran tradition, Messiah includes a large number of lay leaders in worship each and every Sunday. The Pastor presides over communion, and several volunteers assist each Sunday as well. The schedule of volunteers is found every month on page 7 of the Messiah Messenger, and is also mailed out as a postcard to each volunteer at the begining of the month.
Provides an opportunity for all members of the congregation to participate in the worship experience.
Readers - read the Old Testament, Psalm, and Epistle readings during the service each week. Their readings are mailed out to them at the begining of the month so they have time to practice. Contact Rich Levy if you'd like to be a reader (847-698-5838)
Acolytes / Communion Assistants - Acolytes are chosen from our youth who have recieved communion, and one of their parents serve as communion assistant. Floyd Yager coordinates the Acolytes and Communion Assistants (847-692-6260)
Assisting Ministers - have a larger role in the service, assisting the Pastor with the liturgy. Assisting ministers are arranged by David Swanson (847-299-4562)
Projectionists - our service is projected on a screen, and someone runs the powerpoint presentation during the service. Ravi Penumaka manages projection scheduling (847-297-4252)
Ushers and Greeters - are in the narthex welcoming guests and passing out bulletins. Ushers are also responsible for collecting the offering, counting, and helping direct people during communion. Connie Kaufman schedules our ushers and greeters (847-788-0442)
Preparing the Lord’s house for worship. Prepare the altar for worship each Sunday, including communion, vestments, colors, robes, flowers, etc. Also prepare for special services, such as funerals, weddings, baptisms, etc. Linda Raymond, Guild Member, is the main contact for the Altar Guild (847-298-6186)
How You Can Help:
- Communion set up
- Cleaning robes and vestments when needed
- Changing colors
- Altar flowers taken to shut ins (if needed)
- Purchase Supplies
- Provide bread for communion - sign up sheet in the hallway next to the sanctuary