“There are different kinds of spiritual gifts, but the same Spirit gives them. There are different ways of serving, but the same Lord is served.”
– 1 Corinthians 12:4-5
ABOUT THE USHER MINISTRY
Serving God by serving others is the primary purpose of the St. Paul’s Usher Ministry. We humbly aspire to facilitate Holy Spirit-filled worship experiences of the Living God during the Divine Liturgy and other worship services for our St. Paul’s community. This is an ancient ministry in the history of the Church and it is our honor to serve Christ, His people and visitors to our parish.
Ushers carry out specific responsibilities during the Liturgy and other services to encourage Sanctuary order and decorum, reverence, connectedness, safety, security, and to provide emergency support (when needed).
The User Ministry partners with the Welcome Team to further St. Paul’s experiences that are friendly and welcoming for parishioners and guests. Ushers aim to engage everyone with warm, genuine hospitality to build on the traditions of St. Paul’s as a Christ-centered and Spirit-filled, friendly, caring, and nurturing Orthodox community. We enjoy and have fun serving our faith family.
The Usher Ministry has 49 members who serve on four teams. A current snapshot shows: 21 of the ushers are converts to Orthodoxy, 10 are wife-husband teams, 6 are parent-child teams, 12 are former acolytes, 3 are former usher interns, 3 are teachers in Church School, 3 currently attend Universities, 7 currently serve on the Parish Council, 5 are former Parish Council members, 3 are medical physicians (each on a different team), and one is a dentist. 12 ushers have served in the St. Paul’s Ministry over 10 years and 2 for over 25 years.
BY SERVING OTHERS
USHERS IN ACTION
“Keep busy always in your work for the Lord, since you know that nothing you do in the Lord’s service is ever useless.”
– 1 Corinthians 15:58