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Wednesday
May222013

St. John's Acolyte Corps: Not Just For "Kids" Anymore

Serving at the Lord’s altar should never be done grudgingly, or as an obligation, but is a joy to help your fellow worshipers in receiving Christ in His Gifts.    If you end up serving at the altar, and the entire time is spent wishing you were somewhere else, or not participating in singing, praying, etc., then you are sinning against God and the others in the service.  (We certainly don’t want to encourage you to sin!)  For this reason, acolyting is no longer mandatory.

 

Acolyting carries a sacred responsibility.  You are assisting people in focusing on Jesus and His Word.  You are agreeing not only to light candles, but to be faithful in singing, praying, and listening, along with the entire Church.  As you are in the chancel, the others see and hear you joining them in receiving Christ’s Word and Sacrament, and responding with thanks and praise.

 

So, we are asking for those who wish to serve in this way, with a glad heart, to apply to be an acolyte.  (Don’t worry about the term “apply,” if you want to serve, you may!)  Anyone in 6th grade through high school may serve as an acolyte.  You may also be called on to carry the Book of Scriptures, the cross, and other items in processions, etc.

 

When you apply, you are promising to serve.  If you cannot serve on an assigned date, please try to find a substitute to trade with.  If you cannot, let Pastor know as soon as possible!

 

Please print off and fill out the following form, and help us know how to best schedule you. You can return it to Pastor or the office.

 

If you have questions, please ask!  Email, call, or text!

 

Yours in His service,

 

Pastor Richard Heinz

 

 

Pastor@StJohnsChicago.org

 


St. John’s Acolyte Corps

Servants at the Altar

 

 

 

Name

 

Address

 

Home phone

 

Cell

 

Email

 

Are you on Facebook?

 

 

 

 

Which service do you most often attend?

(Circle one)

Sunday

8 AM

Sunday

11 AM

Sunday

6 PM

Wed.

4:30 PM

 

 

 

Which Christmas services do you attend?

(Circle all that apply)

Christmas Eve

4:30 PM

Christmas Eve

11 PM

Christmas Day

10:15 AM

 

 

 

 

Which Holy Week services do you attend?

(Circle all that apply)

Maundy Thursday

7 PM

Good Friday

4:30 PM

Good Friday

7 PM

 

 

 

 

 

 

Which Easter services do you attend?

(Circle all that apply)

Saturday

Vigil

6 PM

Sunday Sunrise

6:30 AM

Sunday

8 AM

Sunday

11 AM