Christian formation happens wherever people gather in worship, to pray or study, to do mission or practice stewardship – whenever we engage each other. Wherever two or three are gathered, Jesus is present and is forming us. So then, Christian formation is not something we do but something Christ does within us. Our task is to create and support opportunities for us to be together, to grow in the knowledge, service, and love of God. Please consider the structure of your life, and reconsider how it may be restructured to join us in these intentional formation opportunities. Consider that God had a hand in leading us together. Your life and ours are enriched when we are together. Below, and on the following pages, are just a few ways in which to spur your formation.
“Direct us, O Lord in all our doings with thy most gracious favor, and further us with thy continual help; that in all our works begun, continued, and ended in thee, we may glorify thy holy Name, and finally, by thy mercy obtain everlasting life; Through Christ our Lord. Amen." - The Book of Common Prayer
The Altar Guild is an important ministry - a devotion of time and talents to serve God in this holy place. It is through these efforts that the liturgy begins and ends. Members care for the sanctuary, altar, furnishing, linens, polishing of brass and silver, bread and wine, and acolytes' robes. Members rotate weekly to help with services. New members are encouraged and welcomed!
"But your altar guild is far more of a force in the parish than the holy housekeeping tasks they perform. It is a spiritual community - the spirit in which it lives ripples out to affect the feel of the whole congregation - for better or worse, depending on its spirit" (The Spirit of Altar Guild by The Rt. Rev. Dan T. Edwards, Bishop of Nevada).
The ministry of acolyte is an ancient one and an integral part of our worship. Acolytes are part of the worship team and assist the congregation and priests in worship by leading processions, lighting and extinguishing candles, and helping set our table for Eucharist. This servant ministry is open to the youth of the church, ages eight and up.
The celebration of the Eucharist is our primary worship each Sunday. On the night Jesus was betrayed, he took bread, gave thanks and broke it. Chalice Bearers assist in the distribution of wine.
Lay Readers are trained and authorized by the Bishop to lead certain parts of the liturgical service in the instruction of God's Word, leading the Prayers of the People, and other duties as requested of them. The Lay Readers at Epiphany are a dedicated group of men and women who volunteer to assist in our worship service. They are the lay persons licensed by the bishop to lead public worship under the direction of the member of the clergy in charge of the congregation. This ministry is licensed under the provisions of the canon for licensed lay persons. The lay reader must be a confirmed adult communicant in good standing and recommended by the member of the clergy in charge of the congregation. Guidelines for training and licensing of lay readers are established by the bishop. Licensed lay readers may be commissioned for this ministry with a form provided by the Book of Occasional Services. Lay readers have traditionally held an important place in the American church, dating from colonial times when clergy were scarce.
“Wherever you are on your walk of faith, you are welcome at this table.”