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Seymour, CT 06483

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Liturgical Ministries

Acolytes  |  Altar Guild  |  Counters  |  Music MInisters  |  Eucharistic Ministers  |  Greeters/Ushers |  Lectors

The ministers of Trinity Church are the people of Trinity Church assisted by our clergy and staff. We encourage every member of the congregation to participate in our common worship in a leadership role, and we offer support and training for all the liturgical ministries listed below. We invite you to read over the following list and begin to dream where you might be being called to serve today.

"Worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness." 

Psalm 96:9

Acolytes

Acolytes help lead the worship at the 10 a.m. Holy Eucharist. Each fall there is training for new acolytes and refresher training for current or previous acolytes. This ministry welcomes both boys and girls as well as adults. Come to your work from your personal prayer. Let all your movement and gestures be strong, graceful, and with purpose; the hurried step is distracting. Let everything be done with reverence. Handle holy things with care.

Music Ministers

All the members of the congregation are the music minister of the church, assisted by the choir and choir director. The choir meets at 9:00 a.m. on Sundays to practice the hymns for 10:00 a.m. service. Yours is the joy of sounding that first note which brings the assembly to is feet, ready to praise God. Yours is the ministry that reaches the deepest recesses of the human heart which can’t be reached any other way.


    Come to your work from your personal prayer. Let your rehearsals begin with a prayer in common. And be gentle in correcting one another, we here at Trinity know that the Kingdom will not fall on a flatted note. 

Eucharistic Ministers

Liturgical Assistants help with the worship and the Eucharist. They administer the Chalice, the Blood of Christ (the wine) during the Eucharist, and when required, the Body of Christ (the bread). Yours is a share in the work of the Lord’s Spirit who makes us one bread, one body, the cup of blessing which we bless. Let your service at the Lord’s table make of your life a table of mercy and welcome for all you know and meet.


Come to your work from your personal prayer, praying that the Lord will heal your brokenness as you break and pour yourselves out for others.

Lectors

Lectors are parishioners of all ages who read the Old Testament and New Testament lessons, and the Prayers of the People at each service throughout the year. Yours is a share in the work of the Lord’s Spirit who opens our hearts to God’s holy word. Yours is the task of telling the family story, the story of salvation.


You are the messenger of God’s love for us. Your task is to proclaim that word, which challenges, confronts, and captures our hearts. Yours is to offer the story of the “great things the Lord has done for us,” that we might turn to the table of the Eucharist to give thanks and praise. Yours is nothing less than the ministry of the Lord’s voice calling out in the midst of God’s people.


Come to your work from your personal prayer, praying that the Spirit will open your heart to what you proclaim. Prepare the word which is yours to speak: study the scriptures, understand the passage, let it dwell deep within you.

Altar Guild

Those who serve on the Altar Guild are given a sacred trust by those whom they serve. They are charged with the task of preparing a time, a place, and a table for the graced encounter between God and God’s people.
The major responsibilities of the Altar Guild is the preparation of the altar in the church for Sunday and weekday services. The Altar Guild ensures that the linens and hangings are properly laundered and that the right color for various church liturgical seasons are hanging.
When you perform your duties, (which often look and feel like regular house-hold chores, because they are) know that you are treading on holy ground. To approach your tasks with anything less than awe is to trivialize the ministry. This being said, this is the Lord’s house, He has invited you here. Approach your work with a light, and joyful heart, remembering that we learn by our mistakes, and no one has ever gotten hurt by putting a paten or chalice (plate and cup) in the wrong place.

Counters

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Greeters & Ushers

Members of the Greeters Team extend a warm welcome to all individuals who attend worship services on Sunday mornings at 10:00, on Christmas Eve, Ash Wednesday, Easter, and at other special services. The Usher Ministry consists of a team of two for the 10 a.m. service. The average commitment for an usher is slightly more than once per month.

 

When you sign up to be an usher or greeter at Trinity, remember yours is the first of Christ’s faces to greet God’s people as they assemble for prayer. Your greeting of welcome is the first wish that “The Lord be with you!” Yours is the word that welcomes the stranger to be at home, or the silence that makes of our assembly a foreign land. Yours is the task of discretion: knowing how to welcome, and when and where to seat the latecomer. Yours is the Lord’s face and voice for those who enter and depart the holy ground of prayer.

 

Come to your work and your post from your personal prayer; be as ready as the Lord to meet his people. Let your welcome and your smile be for all who enter, knowing that most people make up their minds about a new church in the first few minutes upon entering.