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Work of the People

Soren Kierkegaard, the 19th century Danish philosopher, liked to say that if worship is a drama, then God alone is the audience. Of course, sometimes the congregation feels like the audience–with the clergy, choir, and acolytes putting on a show. But we are all meant to be actors in this play because liturgy is something we offer to God together. (The Greek word leitourgia actually means “work of the people.”) This means the most important role to play on any given Sunday is that of an active member of the congregation.

For worship to flow smoothly, however, we rely on the efforts of a large number of volunteers. There are many essential leadership roles for  active lay members of the parish.


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“Whoever serves me must follow me; and where I am, my servant also will be. My Father will honor the one who serves me.”

– John 12:26


Acolytes lead processions as crucifers, torchbearers or banner bearers, and assist the clergy at the Altar. Children and youth fill these roles at the 9:10 a.m. service (contact Vicki Hall); older youth and adults serve at 11:15 a.m. (contact the Rev. Zack Thompson).

Altar Guild

Members of the Altar Guild are responsible for preparing the Church for worship. They care for the linens, hangings and other fixtures in the sanctuary. If you are interested in joining, contact parishioner Romi Gottfried.


St. Augustine famously said that those who sing pray twice, and at St. James’ music is an integral part of our worship. Choirs lead our 9:10 and 11:15 a.m. Sunday worship services. The Canterbury Choir at 9:10 is comprised primarily of volunteers, while the Compostela Choir at 11:15 is comprised of auditioned professionals and volunteers.

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“Welcome one another, therefore, just as Christ has welcomed you” (Romans 15:7). Greeters are on-hand before and after our worship services to welcome and answer any questions a guest might have. For questions and to become a greeter, contact the Rev. Zack Thompson

Lay Reader/Chalice Bearers

Lay reader/chalice bearers assist with the celebration of the Eucharist by reading Scripture and serving the chalice at the altar rail for each of our Sunday services, as well as for holy days. After a training program, they are licensed by the Bishop. Contact the Rev. Zack Thompson or, for children who are interested in reading at the 9:10 service, contact Vicki Hall.


Ushers are on-hand to greet members of the congregation as they arrive, give out service leaflets, and make everyone feel welcome and comfortable. Youth in grades 8-12 serve as ushers at the 9:10 a.m. service; contact the Rev. Zack Thompson. Adults serve at 11:15 a.m.; contact Rosa Gentile.