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

Worship is at the center of a life of faith - whether we worship with others in a community or in private prayer and meditation. Presbyterians believe BOTH are essential to a vital relationship with God. 


Whether you join us at 9:00 a.m. or at 11:00 a.m., you will find a service of worship that includes music, prayers, scripture reading, a reflection on that scripture (what we call a sermon), and fellow worshipers who are seeking God's purpose, presence, and power for their lives. 


In the Presbyterian tradition, sacraments are an essential part of worship. Presbyterians recognize two sacraments: Baptism and Holy Communion, which can also be called the Lord's Supper. You can read more below about our understanding of these two sacraments.

The Sacrament of Baptism

The sacrament of baptism is our entrance into the Christian faith. Through it, God claims us as God's own and marks us with the sign of God's grace forever. Presbyterians believe that God reaches out to us even before we can reach back to God. That is why we affirm infant baptism. There is nothing we need to do to receive God's love. What better way can there be to live out that truth than to baptize a baby!  


When infants and young children are baptized, parents claim God's promises on behalf of their child. They promise to teach their child about Jesus and to nurture the faith of their child until he or she is able to "confirm" that faith for themselves. That is what we call Confirmation. 


But Presbyterians believe baptism can happen at any age - whenever the journey of faith begins. Because baptism is something God does - not something we do - it only happens once. 


At Seneca Presbyterian Church, we believe the sacrament of baptism is central to our faith and so we pour water into our font every Sunday as a reminder of what God has already done for us. 

The Sacrament of Holy Communion

The sacrament of the Lord's Supper or Holy Communion is a sign of the grace of God imparted to us in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Whenever we celebrate Communion, we remember the meal Jesus shared with his disciples on the night before his death. It was at that meal that Jesus took the bread and the wine of the Passover supper and made of them his body and blood for us. 

 

As do most Protestants, Presbyterians do not believe that the bread and cup of Communion become the body and blood of Jesus in a literal sense. But we do believe that Jesus is truly present with us, through the power of the Holy Spirit, whenever we share the meal he gave us. And we do believe that the grace of God is powerfully real whenever we partake of that bread and cup. 


At Seneca Presbyterian Church, Communion is celebrated on the first Sunday of each month. It is served by coming forward to receive at the 9:00 service (what we call intinction) and is served in the pews at the 11:00 service. 


All who seek to follow Jesus Christ as Lord are invited to participate in Communion at Seneca Presbyterian Church. This includes members of other churches and children. Jesus invites everyone to his feast!