"Welcome one another, just as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God."
The Worship Ministry works with our pastors and music staff in preparation for all worship services and assists during them. We set up for special services throughout the year, particularly during Lent and Advent and Vespers during the summer. The ministry includes elders, other lay members, our music director and our organist. We meet monthly during Kirk at Work and other times as needed.
Scheduling communion servers, ushers, and acolytes are our main responsibilities. Communion is served by elders on the first Sunday of every month at both services -- by intinction at the early service. It is also served at the Maundy Thursday service and at the 11:00 p.m. service on Christmas Eve and at other times. An ushering team is in place for each of the two services on Sundays. We provide ushers for memorial services and special services as needed. Elementary through high school age young people serve as acolytes for the 11:00 a.m. service each Sunday.
It is our desire to help make all of the worship services at St. Andrews a meaningful and inspiring experience for all who attend.
- Bulletin - PDF Link
- Sermon - Podcast Link
- Acolytes - The word acolyte is from an ancient
Greek word that means attendant, or “follower” and is open to all
rising 3rd graders to seniors in high school.
Light and fire remind us that God is here with us. When acolytes bring the
light (fire) into the sanctuary where people are gathering to worship, and
when they light the candles, acolytes are reminding the people that God is
with us at home, at school, and at work as well as in the worship service.
At the end of the worship service, when acolytes light the torch again,
before extinguishing the candles, and then walk out with their torch lit,
they remind the people that when we scatter out into the world, God will
be there with us. Lit candles also remind us that Jesus Christ is the
Light of the world.
Lastly, Acolytes are also worship leaders, along with Pastors, Ushers,
Greeters and Choir members. If you would like to learn more about becoming
an Acolyte, please click here.
- Music - Music is a vibrant and vital ministry of St. Andrews Presbyterian Church, which has a proud history of varied, high quality musical offerings as a regular part of worship. Congregational singing is the foundation of this ministry, and our worship is marked by classic hymns as well as the prayers of
Taizï, songs of Iona, and other global music. The beautiful Blakely pipe organ in the center of the chancel speaks to the importance of music in the life of this congregation as it seeks to worship and serve God faithfully. The church is blessed with many talented musicians of all ages who regularly contribute to our services. On the third Sunday of Advent and again in the spring, the Chancel Choir presents a dedicated choral service, often with guest musicians from the Atlanta Symphony or other local professionals. The music staff includes
David Lukens, Music
The Chancel Choir is open to adults and senior high youth and serves as the principal choir for the 11 a.m. service on Sundays from September through May, as well as at occasional special services. The ability to read music is helpful, but not essential for membership. Rehearsals are held on
Wednesday evenings at 7:30 p.m. To participate in this choir or for further information, contact
at firstname.lastname@example.org or the church office.
The Men's Choir, under the direction of Ken Slusher, sings at both the 8:45 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. services, about once a month. The men rehearse on selected Sunday mornings, usually between the two services. All men with any level of musical experience are welcome. To sing in the Men's Choir, contact Ken Slusher at 770-939-9546.
The Summer Choir sings mostly in June and August, at the 10:00 a.m. worship hour. This casual choir of youth and adults meets for a single two-hour rehearsal once a month and again thirty minutes before worship on Sunday mornings during the summer. The anthems for this choir are selected with accessibility in mind, and no musical experience or long-term commitment is necessary to participate. Contact
David Lukens at email@example.com
for more information, or simply come to a monthly rehearsal when the time and date is announced in the bulletin, newsletter, or before worship.
The Chancel Handbell Choir rings three octaves of Schulmerich Handbells and three octaves of Malmark handchimes. This handbell ensemble is open to adults and senior high youth with some music reading ability. (Prior handbell experience is not required.) The Chancel Handbells rehearse on Sunday afternoons at 4 p.m. during the school year and play periodically in worship. For more information, contact
David Lukens at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Various instrumentalists enhance our worship from time to time either as soloists or by playing in (or accompanying) an ensemble. Most are volunteers from our congregation, who prepare liturgically appropriate pieces in coordination with our organist. If you would like to offer your talent in this way, please contact David Lukens at email@example.com.