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ST. PAUL

EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN

CHURCH OF BETHPAGE

Altar Guild


As stated in our Altar Guild hand book, Joy is the cardinal attribute of the servants of God. Joy stems from our gratitude for all that God has done and is doing for us. More basically, joy is the natural response to God's presence. The joy of these realities enables work in the Altar Guild to be carried out with a sense of privilege, whether it is preparing the Altar, polishing vessels, removing wax from a linen, arranging flowers, or pressing vestments, the work is never a burden but is always a privilege.


St. Paul's Altar Guild was named in honor or Priscilla, the wife of Aquila who was among the first Christian converts in Rome. When Priscilla and her husband spoke of Jesus in the synagogues the controversy grew so great that the Emperor Claudis expelled all Jews from Rome including Priscilla and Aquila.


The purpose of the guild exists as the assistant to the Pastor and is in the service of the congregation. Some of the duties of the Altar Guild are as follows: