What are Worship Associates?
Worship Associates are lay leaders, guided by the Ministers, who assist in leading our Sunday services throughout the year. The Worship Associates Program is by application only, and training is provided.
Our Current Worship Associates:
Alexis Fielek, serves through 2018
Amanda Panciera, serves through 2018
Bob Porter, serves through 2018
Diane Horne, serves through 2018
Lisa Gies, serves through 2018
Patricia Witt, serves through 2018
Robert Szymanski, serves through 2018
Rollie Hanson, serves through 2018
Maria Dorsey, serves through 2017
Mary Ann Aiken, serves through 2017
If you are interested in participating in this program, please read more about our new model for Worship Associates below. Terms begin in September of each year.
Want to Become a Worship Associate? Take a Look at Our New Model!
The new model broadens and deepens the Worship Associate’s role by engaging Worship Associates in reflection on the meaning, purpose and life of the congregation. The Worship Associates will help develop Sunday themes for worship in quarterly meetings with the Ministers, Music staff, and Program staff. At these meetings, we will delve deeply into personal and communal understandings of monthly themes and then identify topics for each of the Sunday services of the month. The quarterly meetings will include training for Worship Associates on pulpit presence, how to deliver readings, logistics, and creating the container for the shared experience of the worship service.
What Would Being a Worship Associate Involve on Sunday Mornings?
Each of the Worship Associates shares in conducting our Sunday morning services. Primarily this involves welcoming everyone, lighting the chalice, doing a reading, introducing pulpit guests when the ministers are not present, and extinguishing the chalice at the end of the service.
The Ministers typically light the Candle of Life to announce births, adoptions, and deaths, and we typically do our own sermons and closing words.
Worship Associates are also asked to share in the responsibility for the service setup. While most of this should already be in place (by one of our Facilities Assistants), Worship Associates arrive about 30 minutes before the service to do some last minute sound checks of the microphones, make sure the chalice has been filled with alcohol and check in with the Minister.
Following the service, the Worship Associate welcomes our guests and newcomers at the Guest Table in the Common Room.
When We Have a Pulpit Guest:
Worship Associates are in charge of taking the lead in conducting the service with pulpit guests. Consequently, the Worship Associate is expected to meet the pulpit guest before the service, orient them to the sanctuary, double-check the expectations for who does what, introduce the guest from the pulpit, etc.
What Are We Looking For in Worship Associates?
We want members who are moved and inspired by worship and want to contribute to the congregation’s depth of experience in the service. We are looking for people who want to engage in philosophical and theological reflection about meaning and purpose. We look for poise, for a diversity of age, ethnicity and gender, and for people with public speaking ability or experience. We also look for people who are deeply committed to the church and its ideals. All Worship Associates must be members of the congregation.
Service Commitments and Applications
Terms will begin in September. Worship Associates make a commitment to serve for two years, including during the summers. Worship Associates will support the Ministers in leading worship about once every two months; covering both the 9:00 and 11:00 a.m. services on the date they serve.