Worship

All are welcome to come worship at Old Saratoga.  Our sanctuary is accessible by stairs or a platform/wheelchair lift.

The worship service begins at 10:30 A.M. and normally lasts for one hour.  An order of worship is available from the ushers and visitors may sit anywhere in the sanctuary.

The service is led by the Pastor who is an ordained Minister of Word and Sacrament.  (When the Pastor is on vacation, members typically lead the service.)

Children are welcome to sit with their parents, participate in Al God’s Children (a time in the service when the Pastor and children interact), and go downstairs for Sunday School or continue to sit with their parents.  Sunday School usually meets during the worship hour from September to May.

A weekly scripture lesson follows the Ecumenical Lectionary – a three-year cycle of scripture readings used by many denominations throughout the world.  Scripture is usually read by a reader scheduled in advance.

Hymns and prayers, scripture reading and sermon, an offering, and anthem sung by the choir are all regularly part of the service.

Our traditional order of worship (liturgy) is divided into three parts which emphasize preparation, hearing and response to the Word of God.

Two sacraments celebrated are

  1. the Lord’s Supper or Holy Communion (held the first Sunday of each month)
  2. the Sacrament of Baptism upon request for people of all ages.

The worship year begins four weeks before Christmas with the season of Advent.  Following Christmas the seasons of Epiphany, Lent, Easter, and Pentecost are arranged to follow the life and ministry of Jesus Christ.