Elder Communion Training for Albany Presbytery by Tim Coombs

Churches without pastors often struggle to schedule supply preachers for worship, sometimes choosing to go with a member of their congregation if they cannot find an available pastor or commissioned ruling elder. This task, however, gets even more difficult on Sundays when communion is served, which for most of our churches, is traditionally the first Sunday of the month. In the past, only an … [Read more...]

Holy Thursday/Good Friday | Unholy Time

Let me go over with you again exactly what goes on in the Lord’s Supper and why it is so centrally important. I received my instructions from the Master himself and passed them on to you. The Master, Jesus, on the night of his betrayal, took bread. Having given thanks, he broke it and said, “This is my body, broken for you. Do this to remember me.” After supper, he did the same thing with the cup: … [Read more...]

Communion Training for Albany Presbytery by Holly Cameron & Sam Jackling

Through the years, Committee on Ministry has been responsible to help congregations who do not have a Teaching Elder available to officiate at communion.  Often in these cases, Ruling Elders are trained and approved by the presbytery to officiate, so the worshipping community can still celebrate the sacrament. As we began to discuss responsibilities under the new committee structure, this is a … [Read more...]

Serving in Ministry at Ellis Nursing Home by Father Tony Green

Ellis Residential & Rehabilitation Center is searching for an ordained or lay minister to provide a worship service for the Protestants who live there.  The location is 600 McClellan Street, Schenectady. This is a very meaningful ministry with senior citizens.  The residents and their families look forward to a time each week when they can gather for prayer, song, scripture, and Holy … [Read more...]