“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.


 

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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

The role of acolyte has been suspended during the closure of the building and the first phase of reopening, but are being reincorporated into the liturgy in Eastertide 2021.


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

Altar guild members continue to play an important role in liturgies, both livestream-only and in-person. 


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

Activities remain suspended at this time.


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

Sharing the common cup will be one of the last liturgical practices to resume, and so the role of Chalice Bearer will remain suspended for some time into the future.


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 leave a message at 206.755.2076. 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

We are currently unable to take communion to parishioners, but Eucharistic visitors are remaining in contact via messages, phone calls, and cards shared with the parishioners that we typically would visit.


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

Members of the Flower Ministry are continuing to explore new and creative ways to continue their activities.

LITURGICAL HOSPITALITY MINISTRIES

In-person worship has resumed at the cathedral, although many restrictions, guidelines, and unfamiliar procedures are still required in order to keep the community safe. It is the Liturgical Hospitality Ministers' role to ensure all procedures are followed, while simultaneously making the experience comfortable and welcoming for all who walk through the door. For this reason the roles of "usher," and "greeter" have, for the time being, been combined into a single role: "hospitality minister." Without these volunteers, the resumption of in-person worship would not be possible! Contact the sacristan to learn more or to sign up:

Michael Seewer, mseewer@saintmarks.org

Ushers & Greeters

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

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

The Vergers' role as part of the hospitality minister team resumed when in-person worship first started up again. In Eastertide 2021, they are resuming their other liturgical roles (leading processions, etc.).


Compline Greeters

For many, Compline is first time they have entered the doors of Saint Mark’s, and the Compline Greeters are first representatives of the cathedral they will encounter. They play a crucial role in making the experience welcoming and comfortable for all.
Ray Miller, ray_steve_1234@q.com

Suspended until Compline resumes in-person


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.
Olivier Santos, omsantos206@gmail.com

During the building closure, lectors and intercessors sometimes pre-recorded their scripture readings and prayers for livestreamed liturgies, and sometimes participated in person. Now that in-person worship has resumed, they remain indispensable.


Oblation Bearers

At the 9 a.m. Sunday morning Eucharist, a family assists 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

Not occurring at this time.


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.
Jo Ann Bailey, joannb415@gmail.com

Suspended until Sunday Evening Eucharist resumes.