Worship

Worship, the center of a relationship with God, can be in private prayer, meditation or with a community of fellow worshipers. Our worship service is offered at 10:00 a.m. and includes music, prayer, scripture, a sermon, and time to share God’s love with fellow worshipers seeking His purpose, presence, and power for their lives.

Presbyterians embrace both the sacrament of Baptism and Holy Communion (the Lord’s Supper) as part of worship.

Worship centers us in God’s purpose, presence and power.
~Graham Standish

Baptism-when infants and young children are baptized, parents claim God’s promises on behalf of their child until he/she is able to “confirm” that faith for themselves (Confirmation).  Parents promise to teach their child about Jesus and to nurture their faith until they are prepared for Confirmation.

Holy Communion-The sacrament of Holy Communion (The Lord’s Supper) is a sign of the grace of God imparted to us in life, death and the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Our celebration of Communion reminds us of the meal Jesus shared with his disciples the night before his death. At the Passover supper, Jesus shared bread referring to his body and wine signifying his blood. This sacrament reminds us of the grace of God and sacrifice of His son Jesus Christ for us all.  Communion at SPC is celebrated the first Sunday of each month. ALL who seek to know and follow Jesus Christ as our Lord are invited to participate in Communion at Seneca Presbyterian.

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January 10, 2021

Something About Mary

December 20, 2020

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Throughout the Year

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.

All Saints

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.

Music

How Music Helps Us Worship:

Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly; teach and admonish one another in all wisdom; and with gratitude in your hearts sing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs to God.     ~Colossians 3:16

Scripture is full of song:  the entire book of Psalms, the angel chorus proclaiming the birth of Christ, the song of Hannah, the song of Mary; the song of Zechariah, the song of Simeon and the songs of Paul and Silas sung in a prison cell.

Faith inspires song and song inspires faith.

Why do we sing?

  • Music can comfort us in ways words cannot.
  • Music can challenge us in ways words cannot.
  • God commands our praises and expects us to respond with song.
  • God knows we need to sing in order to believe.
  • Music joins us with the company of heaven where God’s creatures sing day and night without ceasing: “Holy, holy, holy, the Lord God the Almighty: who was and is and is to come.” (Revelation 4:8)
  • We praise God with joyous song!

Seneca Presbyterian Church strives to include the full expression of musical styles in our worship including traditional, contemporary, classical, modern, hymns old and new, different voices, different rhythms and different languages.

How We Make Music:

The music of worship is the sung prayers and praise of the people, but at Seneca Presbyterian others help us to sing our praises. Four unique sources of that support are highlighted below.  You can hear recordings of our chancel choir, band and hand bell choir here.

The Chancel Choir:

Our choir shares in the leadership of the traditional (10:00) worship service and other special services. They are volunteers who enjoy singing together as well as sharing their gifts with the congregation for the glory of God. The choir is under the direction of Rosalie Hovencamp, our Director of Music. Anyone interested in joining this vital ministry will be warmly received!

The Band:

Our band includes guitarists, small percussion, and a vocalist. Other instrumentalists are welcome to join, as well as other vocalists.

The Hand Bell Choir:

Seneca Presbyterian Church has been blessed with a hand bell choir for more than thirty years. Our five octaves of White Chapel Bells are supplemented by three octaves of Malmark chimes. The combination creates a glorious sound.  Under the direction of Rosalie Hovencamp, the bells “ring” periodically during the service. This choir is made up of volunteers with varied experience ringing bells. The veterans are glad to teach the rookies!

Flowers

Honoring and Remembering

Flowers | Seneca Presbyterian ChurchFlowers add beauty to our worship service and allow us to remember or honor loved ones in our lives.  All floral arrangements for Sunday morning worship services are contributed by members. They can be flowers from personal gardens or provided by a florist of their choice. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a favorite fund or charity.

To sign up for a Sunday, consult the Flower Calendar Notebook form here. Thank you!