“Christian worship is never a solitary undertaking. Both on its visible and invisible sides, it has a thoroughly social and organic character. The worshipper, however lonely in appearance, comes before God as a member of a great family; part of the Communion of Saints, living and dead. His own small effort of adoration is offered “in and for all.” —Evelyn Underhill

Every member of the assembly gathered for worship is a minister of the liturgy. Each Sunday, some people are assigned to particular roles within the context of our worship. We welcome your exploration of any ministries listed here.


 

Liturgical Ministers Training, September 18

On Saturday, September 18, Dean Thomason and Cathedral Sacristan Michael Seewer will host a Liturgical Ministers Training via Zoom. All current and aspiring liturgical ministers are invited to attend. Registration is required—you will receive the Zoom link via email once you register. The training will be divided into three sessions:

  • 9–10 a.m. SESSION 1: For acolytes, lectors, ushers, and greeters.
  • 10–11 a.m. SESSION 2: Plenary for everyone, facilitated by Dean Thomason.
  • 11 a.m.–12 p.m. SESSION 3: For Eucharistic ministers, Eucharistic visitors, Altar Guild, and vergers.
Please click here to register, and please note that correct time that you should plan on joining as noted above!
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Contact Cathedral Sacristan Michael Seewer with any questions or problems.


 

Ministries During Worship

These ministers play important roles during services, but do not vest. 

Ushers

Ushers are indispensable at cathedral liturgies, having the most direct contact with worshipers than any other ministry. They serve many critical roles during Sunday and Special services, ensuring liturgies run smoothly, while seeing to the comfort and safety of all members of the assembly. Teams serve once a month at one Sunday morning service.

Greeters

Greeters are here to say “hello!” and “welcome!” to newcomers, long-timers and all who come through our doors on Sunday mornings, before and after services. Greeters serve approx. once a month.

Lectors & Intercessors

Lectors proclaim God’s word at our various liturgies by reading lessons from scripture and lead the assembly’s prayers and intercessions at Sunday morning and other services. Open to adults as well as to teenagers and younger children by special arrangement.
Michael Seewer, mseewer@saintmarks.org

Oblation Bearers

At the 9  and 11 a.m. Sunday morning Eucharists, community members assist the ushers by bringing forward the gifts of bread and wine that we offer to God at the Offertory. Even very young children can help with this important liturgical role.
The Rev. Canon Jennifer King Daughtery, jdaughtery@saintmarks.org

Compline Hospitality Ministers

For many, Compline is first time they have entered the doors of Saint Mark’s, and the Compline Hospitality Ministers are first representatives of the cathedral they will encounter. Their duties encompass those of a greeter and an usher. They play a crucial role in making the experience welcoming and comfortable for all.
Michael Seewer, mseewer@saintmarks.org

 


Vested Ministries

These ministers serve on the altar platform during services, wearing special liturgical garments known as vestments. 


Acolytes

Acolytes carry the cross, torches, and banners in processions, as well as assisting in worship in other ways. Open to children and adults
Michael Seewer, mseewer@saintmarks.org

Chalice Bearers

Chalice bearers are licensed ministers who offer the hospitality of God’s Table as they serve the wine during communion. Chalice bearers serve at 8, 9 & 11 a.m. Open to those 16 years or older.
Michael Seewer, mseewer@saintmarks.org

Vergers

Vergers are ministers who escort the choir and liturgical participants in processions of all kinds, from guiding a lector to the ambo, to leading the entire congregation on Palm Sunday, and everything in between. They are also ministers of hospitality, identifying people in the congregation who need special assistance.
Michael Seewer, mseewer@saintmarks.org

Sunday Evening Sacristans

Sunday evening sacristans, as trained chalice bearers,  support the 7 pm contemplative Eucharist service by setting up, hosting and serving during the liturgy, and cleaning up afterwards.
Michael Seewer, mseewer@saintmarks.org

Altar Guild

Altar guild members help prepare the community’s Eucharistic meal by setting up bread, wine, vessels, linens and the altar table, assisting the presiding team during the service and caring for the vessels and linens following the service.
Michael Seewer, mseewer@saintmarks.org

Ministries Before Worship

These ministers serve to make worship possible before the liturgies begin . 

Flower Ministry

Flowers give beauty, hope and solace and enhance the fabric of the church. Member of the Flower Ministry create the nave and chapel arrangements, and in doing so, give back a gift of beauty to the One who created us. The dedicated volunteers possess a wide range of abilities and experiences, and work in teams to support and learn from each other.
Beatrix Hamm, flowers@saintmarks.org

Bread Baker Guild

A community of people gathers once a month to bake the bread for all of our Eucharistic services. Open to all ages.
René Marceau, marceau_rene@comcast.net

Ministries After Worship

Taking hospitality of the liturgy beyond the cathedral's walls. 


Eucharistic Visitors

Consecrated bread and wine are entrusted to lay Eucharistic visitors to be shared with sick or shut-in members of the community. If you would like Holy Communion brought to you, please call the cathedral at 206.323.0300.
To accompany a Eucharistic Visitor on a visit, or if you’d like to learn more about this licensed ministry, please contact:
Kevin Johnson, kevincjohnson@comcast.net