Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the 40-day Season of Lent. Lent concludes on Easter.
The Ashes placed on the forehead symbolize the dust from which God created us and the dust that we shall one day become. The Ashes also represent the grief that we all have sinned and brought division between us and God. Wearing Ashes is a visible sign of penance–a recognition of our sin and a request for God’s forgiveness.
The Ash Wednesday Service at FPC is held in the Sanctuary at 6:45 p.m. on Ash Wednesday following the Fellowship Meal. This solemn service features hymns, scripture, and a brief message, and concludes with the Imposition of Ashes. Everyone is welcome to attend. Receiving Ashes is not mandatory.
The Ashes used in this service are made from the burned palm branches of the previous year’s Palm Sunday worship.
Palm Sunday – April 5, 2020
Palm Sunday worship begins the Procession of Palms celebrating Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem. It is a service filled with joy and Alleluias.
In the Sanctuary Service, we conclude Palm Sunday worship with the “Stripping of the Chancel” and depart in silence into Holy Week.
Easter – April 12, 2020
On Easter, Christians gather to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ. The power of death could not hold him in the grave. God’s power of life is triumphant.
Upcoming Dates for Easter
2020 – April 12
2021 – April 4
2022 – April 17
2023 – April 9
2024 – March 31
2025 – April 20
All Saints Sunday – November 1, 2020
Although Presbyterians do not recognize officially the canonized saints of the church, we do rejoice in the “great cloud of witnesses” who have gone before us in faith. All Saints Day is November 1, and on the Sunday following we lift up the names of all saints, especially those members of our congregation who died in the past twelve months.
Christmas Eve – December 24, 2020
December 24 at 7:00 p.m.
The annual Christmas Eve worship is a service of seven Lessons & Carols featuring the organ, the choir, children’s choir, soloists, and instruments.
First Sunday of Christmas – December – December 27, 2020
It has become a tradition at FPC that on the Sunday following Christmas, that we hold one combined worship service in the Sanctuary at 10:00 a.m. After the hubbub of the season, this is an opportunity for the congregation to gather casually and give thanks for God’s many gifts. Normally, there are no Sunday School classes that day.