Sunday Worship Service

At St. Andrew, we have worship service at 10:00 a.m. each Sunday. In worship we, the people of God, acknowledge that God is present in the world and in our lives. In worship, we offer ourselves to God and we are equipped for God’s service in the world.

 

Elements of Presbyterian worship include prayer, the reading and the proclamation of Scripture, the practice of the Sacraments of Baptism and the Lord’s Supper, offering of one’s self to God, and relating to each other in the world.

 

We are home to a welcoming spirit, inspiring music, and lively and thoughtful sermons. All are welcome including you and your family.  Please follow the link to What to Expect for additional information.

 

Oh, magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt his name together!  – Psalm 34:3 (ESV)

 

 

 

Christmas Eve Service

The Christmas Eve service at St. Andrew is one of the most anticipated events of the year.  It is a wonderful prelude to each family’s Christmas celebration. 

 

Christmas carols are sung.  The Christmas story is told.  The hustle of Christmas shopping is over, and it is a quiet moment to reflect on the meaning of the season.  Often there is a guest soloist and special music.

 

The service concludes with the congregation gathering in a large circle around the sanctuary. Slowly, candles are lit and the lights are lowered as everyone sings “Silent Night”.  We cordially invite you and your family to share with us in this special experience to honor the birth of our Savior and King.

 

And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.

For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord. – Luke 2:10-11

 

 

 

Easter Service

The observance of Easter is the highpoint of the year for Presbyterians.  On Easter, Christians celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus Christ and his victory over death.  This is the Good News for all Christians who profess Jesus as Lord and Savior.  Our next Easter service is Sunday April 1 2018, at 10:00 AM.  At St. Andrew, Easter is always a special day for worship.  We hope to see you there!

 

He is risen!

He is risen indeed!

 

 

 

 

Kirkin’ of the Tartans Service

The Kirkin’ of the Tartans or the Blessing of the Tartans service has its roots in Scottish history and was actually revived by Reverend Peter Marshall (A Man Called Peter).  It is traditionally celebrated on or near Reformation Sunday.  With the tartans on display and the bagpipes playing, the worship experience is unique.  Please check our calendar of events in October for the date and time of the next service.  We hope you can join us for this unique worship experience.

 

 

 

 

Music Program / Choir

Music is a special gift from God that touches our hearts and enables us to be open to the Holy Spirit. In our desire to please God in our worship, we give Him thanksgiving and praise through the talents of the choir and the collective singing of the congregation.

 

Worship the LORD with gladness; come before him with joyful songs.  – Psalm 100:2

 

 

 

Blessing of the Pets

We all love our pets and most of us consider them part of our families.  In 2016, St. Andrew celebrated the first annual Blessing of the Pets Service.  Following a tradition started by St. Francis of Assisi over 800 years ago, members, friends, and the community were invited to bring their pets to the church parking lot to receive a special blessing from Reverend Goldman.  Please check our calendar of events in the fall for the date and time of the next service.

 

 

 

Maundy Thursday Joint Service

Maundy Thursday is the Thursday before Easter Sunday.  It commemorates the Last Supper as Jesus and the apostles observed Passover.  It led to the institution of the Lord’s Supper or the sacrament of communion.

 

It is the tradition of the three PC (USA) churches in Decatur–First Presbyterian, Westminster, and St. Andrew– to have a joint Maundy Thursday service.   The service is usually at 6:00 p.m. and rotates annually between the three churches.  Each of the ministers is involved with the home church minister taking the lead in planning the service.  Traditionally, special music is presented by a joint choir. 

 

Our next joint Maundy Thursday service will be March 28, 2018.