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“Like good stewards of the manifold grace of God, serve one another with whatever gift each of you has received. Whoever speaks must do so as one speaking the very words of God; whoever serves must do so with the strength that God supplies, so that God may be glorified in all things through Jesus Christ. To him belong the glory and the power forever and ever. Amen.”

-1st Peter 4:10-11

St. Martin’s has a variety of opportunities to experience the power of Christ as we worship on Lake Minnetonka, all are Welcome in this Historic Place


The Parish Choir

Our parish choir, comprised of four paid section leaders and volunteers, lead SATB hymnody, Anglican settings of the psalms, and offer anthems and motets weekly. Their repertoire is drawn from past and present standards of the Anglo-American sacred music tradition, with anthems by the likes of Charles V. Stanford, Leo Sowerby, David Hurd, Bruce Neswick, Richard Proulx, and motets by Thomas Tallis, Orlando Gibbons and many others. In addition to Sunday mornings and a full choral service of Morning Prayer on first Sunday of every month, the choir offers services of Choral Eucharist on St. Martin’s Day, Christmas Eve, and the Great Vigil of Easter.


Worship is actively embellished by additional instruments and ensembles such as our Youth Praise Band and guitar folk ensembles which include Martin’s Minstrels and St. Martin’s Stringers. All are welcome to see where their gifts may best fit within our Worship ministries.

A word about joining our ensembles:

We heartily welcome those with abilities, growing or fully matured, to find their role within our ensembles, Inquiries about opportunities to take part and our current schedules should be directed to our Organist/Choirmaster at

Additional Ways to Participate:

Lay Readers

Lay Readers are licensed by the Bishop of the Episcopal Church of Minnesota to lead public worship under the direction of the rector. A lay reader reads the Lessons, the Psalm, and the assigned Prayers. Lay readers are also asked to assist the clergy in administering the Eucharist.


Ushers greet and assist current and visiting members of the congregation by handing out service bulletins, answering questions, offering help to those in need, and assist clergy during the offering and administering the Eucharist.

Altar Guild

The Altar Guild is responsible for preparing the altar for Sunday morning, as well as funerals, memorial services, weddings and other special services. Members also care for the sacred furnishings of the church that support the liturgical life of the parish.


Acolytes assist the clergy in the celebration of the Eucharist and are provided with the opportunity to form a closer understanding of the Episcopal Church. The acolyte program accepts interested participants in 5th grade and beyond, encouraging older teens to become Lead Acolytes. Lead Acolytes, Acolyte Parents, and the Minister of Youth and Families support the growth of the group.

Decoration and Fine Arts

Members of our Decoration team coordinate preparing the sanctuary and other areas of the church for festival days including Christmas and Easter. Our Fine Arts team brings artists their art to the congregation and our local community.

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