Special Times for Worship:
Seneca Presbyterian Church (USA) orders our time by the seasons of the Church Year. Our Church Year begins four Sundays before Christmas called Advent. Lent, the next season, begins forty days before Easter.
The Church Year provides special opportunities for worship. You can read more about the Advent/Christmas seasons and the Lent/Easter seasons below. In addition to these seasons we also celebrate All Saints Sunday in early November. Every other year, we celebrate a special Scottish Presbyterian tradition with our ‘Kirking of the Tartans’.
Advent and Christmas
Advent season prepares us to receive and celebrate the gift of God’s love and teachings through the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ. Four weeks before Christmas, we light an Advent candle each Sunday to remind us of the gifts from God of hope, peace, joy, and love. On Christmas Eve, we typically offer two special services. One includes a Christmas pageant, including any children present to participate in the reenactment of ‘The Christmas Story’. Later, we gather for a more traditional service of scripture, carols, candles, and communion.
Lent and Easter
Lent is a season of penitence and preparation for the celebration of Easter Sunday when ‘Christ is Risen’. Lent lasts forty days and begins on Ash Wednesday concluding with Holy Week, the week between Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday.
Once a year, Christians gather to remember the saints of the church. All Saints Day is November 1, the day after All Saints Eve, otherwise known as All Hallows Eve or Halloween. Protestant Christians consider all who seek to follow Jesus are made saints through the grace of God.
At SPC, All Saints Sunday (typically the first Sunday in November) is an opportunity to remember the saints of our church family who have died during the previous year. Their names are mentioned during worship service and candles are available for worshipers to light in honor or memory of other saints in their lives. Following the worship service, we gather in our Memorial Garden for a brief service of remembering the saints whose ashes are interred there.
Kirking of the Tartans
Since Presbyterians have roots in Scotland, we recognize that legacy with a special tradition observed every other . The Kirking of the Tartans is a day for Scottish pageantry and bagpipes. Kirk is the Scottish term for the church. The Kirking is an opportunity for Scottish clans to gather in a service of worship to celebrate their heritage and acknowledge their common faith in God.