We refer to our services as liturgy, which means the official corporate worship of the Church (corporate being what we do together as a body, as opposed to what we do as individuals).
It is a central tenet of our worship that there are no spectators; all are participants. Different people have different roles, but all roles are equally important. The people in the congregation are no less participants in our worship than those with different functions who sit in the front and wear vestments.
If you are interested in serving in any of the roles below, we would welcome your participation. All of them require a brief common-sense orientation, some require more formal training. Contact the church office if you are interested: (210) 696-0834 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Eucharistic Ministers assist at the altar and serve the chalice of wine during the Eucharist. They wear simple white robes that represent our baptism and desire to approach God in holiness.
Lectors read from the Bible, and lead the Prayers of the People. St. Francis follows the revised common lectionary, which means our readings from the Bible follow a consistent pattern each year. Some lectors also serve as Eucharistic Ministers.
The Acolytes assist with worship. They lead the procession with the cross, hold the Gospel book for the Gospel reading, and assist the priest at the altar. If you are interested in serving please contact the church office via email at email@example.com.
The Flower Guild prepares the floral arrangement for each Sunday service, and for special services as needed. (We do not use flowers at the altar area during Lent.) Contact the office if you are interested in serving.
The Altar Guild cares for the sacred vessels, linens, hangings, and other physical elements of worship. They also assist with special events, weddings, and funerals. It is a quiet, humble, behind-the-scenes ministry.
Greeters welcome both guests and members on Sunday morning. They pass out service leaflets, give directions, and answer questions.
Ushers assist people to their seats, take up the offering, count those in attendance, and tend to any other needs that arise during the services.
Our musicians offer piano, guitar, violin, occasional percussion, and voices in harmony. They rehearse on Sundays at 9:00 a.m. in the church.