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Worship

When we gather in worship we are engaging in one of the foundational actions of our Christian lives - we are joining with our brothers and sisters here and across the world to praise God, to hear God’s word; to pray for ourselves, each other, and our world; and to celebrate the sacraments. Worship is the work of the entire community, not just of the clergy. Some of the many ways to participate in worship at Trinity are listed below. Please contact the indicated person for further information. Please remember that the most important way to participate is by simply coming to church! For further information about any of these opportunities to serve in worship you can contact the parish office (978-887-5570 or (trinity.episcopalchurch@verizon.net) or the Rev. Johanna Barrett at jo.barrett@verizon.net.

Readers (Lectors): Lectors read the lessons at each worship service. Training is offered annually. Lectors may receive additional training (offered by the diocese) to be licensed to lead Morning and Evening Prayer. Contact the Rev. Johanna Barrett (jo.barrett@verizon.net) to volunteer or for further information.

Eucharistic Ministers: Eucharistic Ministers offer the chalice (the wine) at communion and may lead the reading of the psalm and the Prayers of the People. Training is offered annually in the parish. Eucharistic Ministers may also be trained and specially licensed to take communion to those who are in the hospital or home-bound. This advanced training is offered through the diocese. To volunteer, please contact the Rev. Johanna Barrett (jo.barrett@verizon.net).

Altar Guild: Members of the Altar Guild set up the altar for services and care for the linens and liturgical items to be used. Guild members work in teams and are scheduled to serve periodically. Contact Barbara Hopper (978-887-8884) or the parish office for further information or to volunteer.

Acolytes: Carrying the cross or one of the two torches, acolytes lead the choir, Eucharistic ministers, and clergy into and out of the sanctuary for worship. They also assist when the offering is taken up and help set and clear the altar for communion. Acolytes must be 10 years of age. Since the processional cross is fairly heavy, crucifers (those who carry the cross in procession) are usually older. Adults are welcome as acolytes! Training is offered annually. To volunteer or for further information, contact Donna Rich (978-887-3324) or the parish office.

Choirs: Trinity has two choirs, one of voices and one of handbells. To volunteer or for further information contact the music minister, Katherine Carlson (katherine.e.carlson@verizon.net) or the parish office.

Greeters:
Greeters welcome people as they arrive for worship and answer any questions they may have. Assisting newcomers and visitors is their special ministry. To volunteer or for further information contact the parish office (trinity.episcopalchurch@verizon.net).

Ushers: Ushers offer the service bulletin to those arriving for worship, help seat people (as needed) and take up the offering. To volunteer or for further information contact the parish office (trinity.episcopalchurch@verizon.net).

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