Participation in Worship


The word “liturgy” is derived from two Greek words meaning “work of the people”.  By their presence alone, all who gather for worship – young, old, and every age in between – are participants in the liturgy of the Church.  Those who feel called to a distinct role in worship are encouraged to speak to a member of the clergy or contact the Parish Office: 301-229-3770 or



Opportunities for ministry include:



In contemporary usage, a general term which covers not only those who assist at the altar during the Liturgy of the Eucharist, but also torch bearers, crucifers, thurifers, and banner bearers.


Altar Guild

A volunteer group whose ministry is to care for the altar, vestments, vessels, and altar linens of the parish.  Altar Guild members prepare the sanctuary for liturgical celebrations and clean-up afterwards.  They also oversee decoration of the sanctuary and nave with flowers.



A member of one of the parish choirs.  Choristers rehearse weekly to prepare beautiful, finely-crafted music for the glory of God and the edification of the worshiping community.



The acolyte whose role is to carry the cross in procession.  The crucifer often assists in other ways.


Eucharistic Minister

A lay person licensed by the bishop to administer the consecrated elements of the Eucharist.



An individual who welcomes visitors and newcomers as they leave at the conclusion of the liturgy.


Lay Eucharistic Minister (LEM)

Lay person licensed by the bishop to administer the consecrated elements of the eucharist. Lay eucharistic ministers may be licensed to administer the consecrated bread and wine at any celebration of the eucharist in the absence of a sufficient number of priests and deacons to assist the celebrant. They may also be licensed to go from a Sunday eucharist or other principal celebrations of the eucharist to share the sacrament with members of the congregation who were unable to be present at the celebration because of illness or infirmity. Lay eucharistic ministers may be licensed for either or both ministries. This ministry is understood to be an extraordinary ministry, and is not to take the place of the ministry of priests and deacons concerning the administration of the eucharist. Prior to the current lay ministry canons, specially licensed lay readers administered the chalice at the eucharist and were known as “chalice bearers.”



A trained lay person who reads one of the lessons during the Liturgy of the Word.


Torch Bearer

The acolyte whose role is to carry a torch in procession.  At Redeemer, members of the Youth Choir are often chosen to carry out this ministry.



A lay person who greets and assists people as they enter the church.  Ushers may hand out service leaflets, answer questions of visitors and newcomers, count the number of people in the congregation, collect and present the offering at the offertory, assist parishioners during the administration of Holy Communion, and clean the pews and church building after the service.