at Holy Cross
“Shout for joy
to the Lord,
all the earth.
Worship the Lord
come before him with joyful songs.”
We are passionately committed to lifting our voices in prayer, praise and thanksgiving in all aspects of our lives together, but especially in our times of worship celebration. We desire to create worship experiences that reflect the love of God in Christ Jesus and draw out of the worshipper praise to our God who is the author and source of all life, who redeems us by his grace and who enlivens and energizes us by his Holy Spirit.
Worship and Music Ministries Calendar
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Worship and Music Ministries News
WORSHIP LEADER/ACOLYTE ROBES... are needing to be replaced. Some worship leaders are requesting that they purchase their own and therefore maintain their own. If you are one who would like to do so, please let Deacon Dee know or call the office (any time, day or night, the machine is on). We are working on getting an outstanding price but for now they run around $75 t0 $100 per robe. If you would like to make a general donation to the fund, you may do so by writing a check or using the pew envelop and putting it toward altar furnishings.
GLUTEN-FREE COMMUNION WAFERS... are now available for those who need them. Please inform Pastor Raggie if this would be helpful for you. You may inform an usher of your need for these prior to the worship service and you will be directed where to go during Communion. A separate chalice of wine will also be available for your use.
USHERS NEEDED... would you like to help in the ministry of Holy Cross? You are here on Sundays anyway, why not help by greeting people and ushering them, helping them to feel comfortable as they enter the doors of Holy Cross. Please consider joining the Usher Team. Speak with Mike Carroll or go to the Information Center to let them know you’d like to help.
EXPANDING OUR MINISTRY... Deacon Chris and Deacon Dee have hit the road! In addition to our weekly Sunday service at the Lakeshore Assisted Living Facility in Ronkonkoma, Holy Cross has now expanded our “Travel Team” to include The Arbors, an assisted living facility in Bohemia. HCLC leads worship there at 10:00 on Saturdays. Interested in assisting with worship? Please see Chris or Dee, or call the church office at 631-588-9509.
CHAUSABLE CHANGE... this is the colorful garment that Pastor wears over her robe. It is used to signal the celebration of Holy Communion. Pastor is now putting it on just before the celebration of Holy Communion as a visual reminder that this loving meal offered by God in Christ Jesus, is in deed a celebration. Just as we dress up for weddings, parties and special occasions, Pastor “dresses-up” for the celebration of the Lord’s Supper.
Worship and Music Ministries Opportunities
Worship and Music Ministries encompasses many areas of organization and service:
Worship and Music - Overseer of all aspects of the worship of our congregation
Altar Guild - Maintains the altar and sets up for worship services. If you would like to be a part of this important ministry, please contact Lorraine Stark through the church office at 631-588-9509.
THE FLOWER CHART FOR 2013... is up in the office hallway for you to sign up to place flowers on the altar on a particular Sunday in honor of a special occasion or in remembrance of your loved ones. Each vase costs $20 and there are two vases available each Sunday. If you have any questions, please contact the Church Office at 588-9509.
Ushers - Welcome and assist in the seating of the worshippers, gathering of the gifts. If you would like to be a part of this important ministry, please contact Barbara Drewes through the church office at 631-588-9509.
Lake Shore Ministry - We bring church worship to the residents of the Lake Shore Assisted Living Facility each Sunday at 11:00 am. You are welcome to join us. If you would like to be a part of this important ministry, please contact Deacon Christine Thompson through the church office at 631-588-9509. Chris’ Crusaders! - That’s what we call our youth who assist at our Lake Shore services. Find out more through your Confirmation leaders or contact Deacon Chris.
Worship Assistants - Leaders of word and worship in our services. Worship assistants read the lessons, help serve communion and assist Pastor as necessary during services. If you would like to be a part of this important ministry, please contact Deacon Dee Hecker through the church office at 631-588-9509.
Acolytes - Are you an acolyte at Holy Cross? Would you like to learn to be one? Acolytes are important members of our worship team, assisting Pastor, the worship leaders and the congregation as we praise and serve God in worship. We are reforming our Acolyte Teams for the new school year and will be soon be holding Acolyte training for youths in 5th grade and above who have received their 1st Communion. Training is available for all new acolytes as well as for any current acolytes who wish a refresher course. Parents - you are welcome to join our Acolyte teams too!
Acolytes serve during the worship service as Crucifers (who carry the cross), torch bearers (who carry the candles), and assist during the Gospel, the offering and Communion. Acolyting is a fulfilling way to praise and connect with God on a personal level. Become a part of the Worship Team! Become an Acolyte! If you are interested, see Deacon Dee Hecker or Sue Fantel.
Senior Choir - Leaders of song in our morning worship services. Assist worship with your voice. Reading music is not required. See Ken Zagare our Director of Music.
Youth Choir - Meets Sunday mornings right after the 9 am service, upstairs in the Choir room. See Ken Zagare our Director of Music.
Bell Choir - No experience necessary, just a desire to make a “joyful noise unto the Lord.” See Ken Zagare our Director of Music.
Holy Cross Orchestra - Provides music for special celebrations. If you play an instrument and would like more information, please see Ken Zagare our Director of Music.