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Altar Guild Mission

Members of the Altar Guild are communicant members of the congregation, regular in worship attendance, willing to learn and eager to give priority to the use of their time to the Guild.

The Altar Guild is entrusted with the privilege of preparing the chancel and its furnsihings for corporate worship. The Altar Guild is concerned with the things of worship - the care and placement of furnishings appointments, and ornaments used in worship. The overall goal of the Altar guild is to see that the worship space is kept beautiful and in good order, both to glorify God and to provide a setting which enables the congregation to worship in a meaningful way.

Members of the Altar Guild are servants of the liturgy that is, care takers of the church's worship life. It is a high privilege to care for the things which symbolise God's love and presence. 1 

Members of the Altar Guild must know not only what to do, but also why. History and theology are involved as members learn about the development of the worship space, the church year, and the liturgy. The background and meaning of worship appointments and practices, symbolism and colors are taught.

The first day if Holy Week is the Sunday of the Passion, also known as Palm Sunday. The mood of this day is a mixture of triumph and tragedy. We observe both Christ's triumphant entry into Jerusalem as well as his death on the cross.


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Maundy Thursday recalls Jesus' example of loving service and his institution of the eucharist during the Last Supper in the upper room. The name of the day is from the Latin word mandatum, which means command. It refers to Jesus' words at the Last Supper, "I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you should love one another" (John 13:34) 

Paraments for Maundy Thursday are scarlet or white. Holy Commuinon is always celebrated on Maundy Thursday. 

At the conclusion of the Maundy Thursday liturgy, the altar is stripped in preparation for the austerity of Good Friday, and as a symbolic remembrance of Christ's humiliation by the soldiers.

Maunday Thursday is the first day of the Tridum, the three days of intense observance of the paschal mystery. Beginning with Maundy Thursday evening, the Tridum concludes Easter Evening. It is the most sacred and important time of the entire church year. 

 

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He is Risen!!!

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Pentecost

The day of Pentecost occurs fifty days after Easter. It celebrates the time when the Holy Spirit descended to the believers gathered in Jerusalem. It is, therefore, a day when decorations and ceremonies should be reminders of the Spirit. 

Bright red paraments are used on the Day of Pentecost, reminders of the fire of the Spirit.

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The Holy Trinity

This festival occurs on the First Sunday after Pentecost, celebrating the doctrine of the Trinity, one God in three persons.

The paraments are white.

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1 Stauffer, S. Anita. Altar Guild and Sacristy Handbook [Fourth Revised Edition]. Augsburg Fortress. 2014

The Altar Guild is looking for additional members. If you know of someone who is interested, please speak to a Guild Member.

Current Members

Sarah DeWitt

Dae DiCenzo

Lil Jeppesen

Marolyn Nuzum

JoAnn Prout

Darlene Schwarzkopf

Arlene Tannahill

Joyce White

Loni Wilkinson

Volunteers

Diane Carlon, flower delivery to Bethany Lutheran Home

Lois Hansen, covers flower delivery cans

Carol Jeppesen, flower delivery to shut-ins

Shirley Johnson, consultant

 

 

 

 

 

 

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