Worship Associates

We have a tradition of lay leadership in worship that dates back to the inception of our church.

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Sam Otten, the Worship Associate at a recent worship service

The Worship Associates are a diverse group of church members who support the minister in planning and conducting worship services. The Worship Associates meet with the minister for planning sessions on a quarterly basis.

One Sunday a month from September through May, the minister steps down from the pulpit and the service is entirely lay led with the assistance of the Worship Associates. Lay services often are presented by by one of the groups in the church, such as the Writer’s Group, Social Action, or the high school youth group, but can also be presented by individual church members or guest speakers.

In past years, the summer services from June through August were organized by the Worship Associates and were entirely lay led. However, starting in 2013, the minister has been leading about half of the summer services.

The summer lay-led services are often non-traditional and unique, and allow individuals to speak to a topic of interest or lead the congregation in exploring a variety of activities related to the many facets of worship and spirituality.

Summer service topics have included an Animal (Pet) Blessing, Silence, What It Means to be an American, and the Honduras Service Trips.

Cande Iveson is the current chair of Worship Associates. Other members are Jamila Batchelder, Rev. Molly Housh Gordon, Rebecca Graves, Todd Iveson, Desi Long, Jeff Ordway, Sam Otten and Will Palmer.

Church members who would like to participate as a Worship Associate should complete the Worship Associates Application Form (PDF), which is also available on paper in the Greeting Area, and give the completed form to the minister.

For Worship Associates’ and lay leaders’ guidance in planning and conducting summer services, the following documents are provided in PDF format: