St Andrew's Church
Church of the Good Shepherd
St Paul's Episcopal Church
what to expect
We are blessed to have a framework (called “liturgy”) for worship on Sundays and for other occasions such as baptism, marriage, funerals, etc. These “liturgies” represent the best of worship and prayers from ages past along with present day thinking. The Episcopal tradition is also called “sacramental” because the primary focus of worship is Jesus who instituted and commanded us to keep the original two Sacraments (1) Holy Communion, sometimes called “Holy Eucharist” or the “Last Supper” (Luke 22:14-20) and the Sacrament of Holy Baptism (Matthew 28:16-20).
Our worship is a combination of prayers, receiving the Word of God in Holy Scripture, a sermon offered by the celebrant and Holy Communion. Woven amidst these elements is a variety of hymns as we lift our voices in song to the Lord.
Three central texts assist us in worship:
THE BIBLE – generally an Old Testament reading, New Testament reading and a Gospel reading (Matthew, Mark, Luke, John) are included.
THE HYMNAL & OTHER SONG BOOKS – these contain hymns, more contemporary songs as well as other types of sacred music.
BOOK OF COMMON PRAYER – This book is a rich compendium of worship services, prayers, collects, graces, historical documents, psalms (The Psaltery) as well as the Outline of Faith (Catechism – what we believe) and more.
Sound a bit overwhelming? No worry – a bulletin is provided each week to guide you through the service, including an insert with the Bible readings.
The Adirondack Mission is made up of five yoked parishes within the Episcopal Diocese of Albany and a member of The Episcopal Church and the Worldwide Anglican Communion, tracing its roots back to the Church of England and beyond to the early church and the apostles themselves – making it part of the one holy catholic and apostolic church of Christ. Please see our history tab for more information on our beginnings.
We are a liturgical church with both men and women clergy, including those who are married. Additionally, many lay persons are involved in the ministry of our parishes.
Our teachings are based on the Holy Bible; our worship (liturgies) and many prayers come in large part from The Book of Common Prayer.
All persons are welcome and encouraged to come and share with us.
We believe in the Trinity – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit and in Jesus Christ’s redeeming act on the cross and His resurrection as laid out in the Nicene Creed:
I believe in one God, the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, and of all things visible and invisible.
And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of God, begotten of the Father before all worlds; God of God, Light of Light, very God of very God; begotten, not made, being of one substance with the Father, by whom all things were made.
Who, for us men for our salvation, came down from heaven, and was incarnate by the Holy Spirit of the virgin Mary, and was made man; and was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate; He suffered and was buried; and the third day He rose again, according to the Scriptures; and ascended into heaven, and sits on the right hand of the Father; and He shall come again, with glory, to judge the quick and the dead; whose kingdom shall have no end.
And I believe in the Holy Ghost, the Lord and Giver of Life; who proceeds from the Father [and the Son]; who with the Father and the Son together is worshipped and glorified; who spoke by the prophets.
And I believe one holy catholic and apostolic Church. I acknowledge one baptism for the remission of sins; and I look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen.
More on our beliefs can be found in The Book of Common Prayer (online at: www.bcponline.org) under “The Catechism” also called “The Outline of Faith.”