Thank you so much for volunteering at Cross of Christ! We could not be a successful, influential, loving congregation without your commitment and involvement.
As an Assistant Minister you are helping lead worship and distributing the Eucharist to the congregation of Cross of Christ Lutheran Church. You will receive a letter the week before your Sunday which will include the prayers you will need for Sunday. Please take some time to read over the prayers and if you have any questions ask the pastor before the service.
Assistant Minister Volunteer Description for 8 am or 9 am service
Please read through the following responsibilities:
- Please arrive 10 minutes before the service.
- Please put on a robe and a cross (these are now in the closet in the library) and meet the pastors in the narthex
- Check with the pastors for any changes
- Walk in the with pastors as the service begins
- Pause briefly at the altar and be seated next to the pastors behind the pulpit
- If you sing the Kyrie (“Lord, have mercy”)
- Walk behind the altar with the pastor near the end of the Opening Hymn.
- If the cantor is singing for you, you don’t need to come forward.
- Following the sermon hymn or after a baptism, if there is one,
- Please join the pastor behind the altar for the Creed and the Prayers of the People.
- The prayers will be sent to you during the week before your Sunday.
- In the prayer petition, where indicated, you will need to insert the first names of those who are ill or in need and those serving in the military. Those names are found in the bulletin under the “Prayers of the People”
- If there is no acolyte, the pastor may ask you to bring the offering plates to the ushers and also receive them when the offering is finished
- After receiving the offering, please come behind the altar with the pastor and lead the congregation in the Offertory Prayer (always printed in the bulletin.)
- Then stand beside the pastor through the Communion liturgy.
- You receive Communion behind the altar with the others who are helping distribute the bread and wine, and then move to one of the Communion stations.
- When Communion is finished, come behind the altar with the pastor.
- Following the pastor’s blessing, you will pray the Post-Communion Prayer. (always printed in the bulletin)
- At the Closing Hymn, please exit the sanctuary with the pastors, pausing briefly at the altar before going down the aisle.
- Gluten-free wafers: These are always available at both stations. If you are distributing bread and someone asks for one, pick up the whole basket and let them get the wafer themselves. Some people are so sensitive to wheat that if your hand has already been touching the regular bread, the gluten-free wafer gets contaminated.
- Be careful of “your” and “our”: these two little words are often part of all the prayers. When you accidentally substitute one for the other, it can change the meaning of the prayer. For instance: “Through Jesus Christ, our son” vs. “your son”
- At the 9:00 service and on the first Sunday of the month at all the services, when there are Healing Stations, you will always distribute the bread
- Don’t be afraid to slow down your speaking, even when the service is running long.
Thank you for your volunteering and ministry!