Liturgy begins and ends with the work of the Altar Guild. Members care for the sacred vessels, the bread and the wine, the fair linens and hangings and the candles and torches used for worship in the Sanctuary. It is far more than a task, it is a true ministry. We are told that all things must be done “properly and in good order.” It is the work of the Altar Guild that makes it possible to do so. The contribution of each Altar Guild member is important; together these contributions are a devotion to the greater glory of God. Contact Cheryl Fox to get involved.
The Book of Common Prayer states: “At all celebrations of the Liturgy, it is fitting that the principal celebrant, whether bishop of priest, be assisted by other priests, and by deacons and laypersons” (BCP: 322 and 254). This is the primary function/duty of the members of the Liturgy Guild. When serving at the altar, one is doing just this” actively assisting the celebrant in the worship of God. This is an important ministry and should be approached with dignity, humility, and care. In all things, the server must be aware that the purpose in assisting at the altar is “that God may be glorified.” This Guild is made up of members of the congregation who perform the duties of: crucifer, acolyte (torch bearers), readers/lectors, chalice bearers, readers of the Prayers of the People, and ushers. Contact Br. Philip-Martin McKindley, OSBCn to take part in this ministry.
We are musicians who serve the Liturgy by leading the congregation in the worship of God through music. We include musicians from all walks of life, from those who are classically trained in voice or instrument to those who have a deep appreciation and understanding of music. We often collaborate with student musicians from Arizona State University, parishioners, and other musicians for special arrangements to be played on designated Sundays. Contact Amy Bryan to participate vocally, or Jacob Adler to participate instrumentally.