Immanuel Lutheran Church ELCA
The very title of the role you have accepted implies two things: 1) you will assist; and 2) you will minister. Please note: you are an assisting minister, not an assistant minister. You are not “second in command” at liturgy—for no one, save God, commands liturgy. You are not assisting the presiding minister (the pastor), but assisting the “liturgy”—the “laity-energy,” the “work of the people” itself. You work with all the leaders and with all the people in worship to assist them in praising God. And you are a minister—one who serves. Your service involves doing those things that make it easier, more natural, and more graceful for the whole assembled body to unite in communion with God.
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