Participate in Worship

In our worship life together hundreds of volunteers offer their gifts each month to contribute to services that most regard as formal and traditional. While the obvious way to participate is simply by being present to offer your voice in worship, praise, and prayer, there are countless opportunities for particular service as well. There is a place for you and your unique gifts. Contact the church office for more information.


All third graders and above are invited to serve God and the congregation by being acolytes at our Sunday morning services. Training takes place on the 3rd Sunday of September during the Sunday School hour. Acolytes, working in pairs, are responsible for five things during the service:

  1. lighting the candles during the organ prelude
  2. collecting the offering plates from the ushers
  3. emptying communion glasses during Holy Communion
  4. holding the liturgy notebook for the assisting minister so that she can read the prayers of the people
  5. extinguishing the candles at the conclusion of the service

These are very important duties and add richness to the worship experience at PRLC. Contact Tina Georgeson for more information.


Music is a core part of the community at Phinney Ridge. We have six vocal choirs and a handbell choir who share their gifts on a weekly basis. We also are blessed to have special music from community musicians. Read more about music at Phinney.

Eucharistic Guild

A dedicated team of lay people who prepare for and assist serving Holy Communion for church services every Sunday. Training is available from our Pastoral Staff.


In our worship life together, lectors offer their gift of reading a scripture lesson at our Sunday morning services. A monthly schedule of worship participants is e-mailed to those who will be reading. In addition, in the week before their assigned responsibility lectors receive a reminder and the text of the lesson they will be reading to study and prepare ahead of time. The usual frequency is once each month or every other month.


Ushers are a fantastic group of sincere, polite, observant and gracious folks who enthusiastically greet worshipers, gather offerings, count attendance at services, and guide worshipers to and from the Holy Communion.

No prior experience is necessary, and time commitments are for a one month period, four times a year, either at the 8:30 a.m. or 11:00 a.m. service.

Special services are also included in the duties of the ushering teams for memorial, funeral, and special worship services on an as needed basis as available.

Contact John Breen if you’d like to become an usher.