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Acolytes

For ages 9 to 18. The acolytes assist during the Holy Eucharist at 10:00 AM service at St. Dunstan’s Church, as well as some other special services. Young Acolytes start as banner carriers. After some experience, they are trained to carry the torches and perform some of the duties of assisting with setting the communion table. Experienced acolytes become crucifers, carrying the processional cross in procession. Contact Fr. David Marshall with questions or to sign up.

Ushers

Ushers facilitate the movement and flow of the service, provide bulletins, do the collection, facilitate the offertory procession and guide people to communion. This is a vital role that helps set the tone and hospitality of our worship.

Readers

At St. Dunstan’s, every Sunday our excellent team of lectors strives to make the stories of the Bible come to life as they read them to the congregation. Reading in worship is one of the many ministries that we engage in to express our love for God and our neighbor. We read our passages, pray about them and study them. When we read scripture, we have the opportunity to bring the world of Paul and Moses and Rebecca to life for the congregation. A careful and thoughtful reading can form a bridge between ancient language and modern understanding.

Our team includes people of all ages and interests in our congregation. Some read often, some only a few times a year. We would love to add your voice. Please speak to Alice Marshall if you would like to join our team of readers.

Eucharistic Ministers

Eucharistic Ministers (EMs) play a vital role in our weekly worship by carrying the Gospel book in procession, reading the prayers of the people, helping prepare communion and serving the chalice of wine during the distribution of communion. The role of an EM goes beyond the Sunday Eucharist as well. EMs are also trained to lead the congregation in the services of the daily office, such as Morning Prayer.

The experience of serving the wine during communion is beautiful. We are offering the very spirit and life of Christ to our brothers and sisters in Christ. Any baptized, adult member of the congregation is invited to serve as an EM. See the Rev. David Marshall or Rica O’Connor if you would like to explore this ministry.

Click here to see our Pastoral Care Page for more information about Eucharistic Ministers.

Healing Prayer Ministers

Are any among you sick? They should call for the elders of the church and have them pray over them, anointing them with oil in the name of the Lord.
– 
James 5:14

We embody this instruction each Sunday at the 10:00 AM service. The invitation to Holy Communion includes these words:

During the distribution of communion we offer prayers and anointing for healing for yourself or for someone else in the side chapel. The side chapel is in the passage behind the brass processional cross. Please feel free to go there any time during the distribution of communion.

During the distribution of communion, one of our healing-prayer ministers goes to the side chapel to pray with those who hunger for God’s healing. Harley Wahl, Dennis Beals and Brother John Ryan offer God’s love and the life-giving Spirit of wholeness to each person who asks.

When you approach the prayer station, the healing-prayer minister will ask what and who you would like to pray for. They will listen attentively and then offer prayers. You may also receive anointing with oil for healing. This oil, like the chrism for Baptism, is blessed as a sign of God’s healing presence. The oil is a pure olive oil with a small amount of frankincense oil, so it is healthy and has a mild, pleasing smell.

We keep this practice because praying for one another is an effective and Spirit-filled practice, commended to us by the Apostles themselves. We all have stories of prayers answered. If you would like to participate as a healing-prayer minister, please see one of our healing-prayer ministers. If you need healing or someone you love needs healing, come forward. God’s healing love is available to you.

Sound board team

We are blessed with a quality sound system that allows people with limited hearing to enjoy the service. We also record the service and publish a recording of the sermon both on our web site and as a podcast available through iTunes. If you enjoy tech, contact Alex Broadhead or Chuck Pacher to join this team.