Heritage/Reformation Sunday

Reformation and Heritage Sunday

October 25, 2020

Mark the day on your calendar!

Each year on the last Sunday in October our church observes Reformation Sunday, an observance shared with Protestant churches throughout the world.  We remember the principles held to be central to our faith are Grace Alone, Faith Alone, Christ Alone, Glory to God Alone, and Scripture Alone.  We also recall the foundation of the Presbyterian Tradition as initiated by Martin Luther and formalized by John Calvin of Geneva, Switzerland and John Knox of Edinburgh, Scotland.

The worship service will feature bagpiper Michael Kerr and a processional symbolizing the basic tenets of our faith.  Music will include hymns written by Martin Luther and John Calvin as well as a contemporary piece sung by our own Katrina and Britten Bilodeau.  People who have family tartans are invited to wear or bring them.

michael-kerrMichael Kerr has played the bagpipes for more than 45 years.   Descended from Scottish pioneers who settled in the remote northwest corner of New York State’s Adirondack Mountains, Michael comes from a long line of traditional musicians.  He plays solo and with bands, and has featured in concerts, workshops, radio and television.  Michael lives in Whitinsville with his wife and family, and two Labrador retrievers.

October 25 is also Heritage Sunday  by inviting members of our church who have been members of a Christian church for 50 years or more to join us in a celebration the church’s history, reminiscing, catching up, and looking toward the  future.  “Fifty-year members” are honored with a white carnation and invited to join together for the annual Fifty-year photo session.  This year activities will be a bit muted due to the corona virus, but we will gather to worship at 10:30 AM either in person or via our live-streamed broadcast.  In-person worshippers will enjoy socializing outside after the service as we social distance and wear masks.


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