The session has established that the congregation celebrates at the Lord’s Table the first Sunday of each month and on these feast days during our liturgical year:
- Christmas Eve
- Epiphany of the Lord Sunday
- Baptism of the Lord Sunday
- Transfiguration of the Lord Sunday
- Ash Wednesday
- Passion / Palm Sunday
- Maundy Thursday
- Easter Sunday
- Ascension of the Lord Sunday
- Pentecost Sunday
- Christ the King / Reign of Christ Sunday
Each month, teams of elders and deacons extend the Lord’s Table beyond the doors of the church to our members and friends who are unable to participate in the Sunday morning worship service but wish to receive the sacrament.
At First Presbyterian Church, the invitation to the Lord’s Supper is extended to all who have been baptized, remembering that access to the Table is not a right conferred upon the worthy, but a privilege given to the undeserving who come in faith, repentance, and love. In preparing to receive Christ in this Sacrament, the believer is to confess sin and brokenness, to seek reconciliation with God and neighbor, and to trust in Jesus Christ for cleansing and renewal. Even one who doubts or whose trust is wavering may come to the Table in order to be assured of God’s love and grace in Christ Jesus.
Baptized children who are being nurtured and instructed in the significance of the invitation to the Table and the meaning of their response are invited to receive the Lord’s Supper, recognizing that their understanding of participation will vary according to their maturity.
During the seasons of Advent (the four week period before Christmas) and Lent (the seven week period before Easter), 1st Presbyterian Church conducts a Wednesday evening series. While the format varies season to season and year to year, the purpose of this time together is appropriate for helping prepare us for the celebrations of Christmas and Easter.
Our season of Lent begins with an evening Ash Wednesday service. We impose ashes for those who wish to participate and celebrate communion.
During Holy Week before Easter, 1st Presbyterian Church participates in a series of noontide services with the other downtown churches in Roswell.
Also during Holy Week, we worship on Maundy Thursday and Good Friday evenings. The Maundy Thursday service includes foot washing for those who wish to participate, communion, and stripping of the church. The Good Friday service is a simple service of the Word and prayers including the Solemn Intercession and the Solemn Reproaches of the Cross.
On Thanksgiving Eve, we hold a Candle Light Service of Prayers and Songs, Mediation and Reflection.
Our Christmas Eve service features the season’s scriptures and music. We celebrate communion and conclude the service in candlelight singing Silent Night.