We worship at 10 a.m. on Sundays in the Sanctuary. We strive to make our worship service reach across the generations. During the year, we have several special worship services to celebrate important aspects of the Christian year. We gather for worship on:
- the evening of Ash Wednesday to begin our Lenten journey.
- Maundy Thursday to remember how Jesus washed his disciples’ feet and gave them a new command-- to love one another.
- Good Friday to recall Christ’s passion, his death on the cross for us all.
- Christmas Eve to celebrate Jesus' birth.
In addition to these midweek services, the following church festivals include great music, liturgy, and other creative elements:
- The Baptism of the Lord
- Passion/Palm Sunday
- Trinity Sunday
- World Communion Sunday
- All Saints’
- Christ the King Sunday
Besides preaching and the sacraments, music forms an important part of our worship. Currently, we have a Chancel Choir and Joyous Bells. Throughout the year, these two groups lead in worship under the direction of Diane Green, our Director of Music Ministries. During the summer, we look forward to vocal and instrumental music provided by our members.
Presbyterians believe in two sacraments. We administer the Sacrament of Baptism to all ages. We celebrate the Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper at the beginning of every month and on Ash Wednesday, Maundy Thursday, and Christmas Eve.
The Lord's Supper
The Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper represents the ongoing presence of Jesus Christ in our midst. Through it, we remember the mighty acts of God and offer ourselves to God. We observe an open table, which means all baptized persons are welcome to receive communion.
At Kenmore Presbyterian Church, we celebrate the Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper in worship on the first Sunday of the month and at the following special services: Ash Wednesday, Maundy Thursday, and Christmas Eve. The Pastor celebrates the Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper twice a year with our homebound members or upon request.
The Music Program
Led by Diane M. Green, the music program seeks to involve all aspects of the fine arts including vocal, instrumental, handbells, dance and drama. The Chancel Choir provides music for most services. This group of dedicated singers range from college students to senior citizens. The choir also provides drama and music for special programs. They rehearse on Thursdays at 7:30pm. Joyous Bells is a group of 11 ringers playing 3 and a half octaves of White Chapell bells and 3 octaves of Malmark handchimes. This group participates in worship at least once a month and rehearses on Thursdays at 6:15pm prior to the choir rehearsal. We also have a team of Liturgical dancers, choreographed by Gail Janiga who participate in worship several times a year. Instrumentalists are added both individually and as a group to provide added timbre and variety. These musical groups are supported by a 67 rank, three manual Schlicker organ.
Weddings & Funerals
While we do not consider marriage a sacrament, something about it points beyond itself to reveal aspects of God’s love for us. In order to book a wedding at Kenmore Presbyterian Church, please contact the Church Office at (716) 875-7600, extension 10 and ask to receive a wedding packet, which includes both a brochure about weddings at Kenmore Presbyterian Church and a form that must be filled out before we place a wedding on our calendar.
In a time of loss, many of us turn to the community of faith for comfort and hope. Pastor Boswell performs funerals that are personal and inspirational. If you have questions about a funeral, please contact him at (716) 875-7600, extension 11.
Baptism begins our journey of faith. It demonstrates that we belong to God and to a loving community, called the church. We baptize both children and adults. With children, baptism emphasizes God’s grace since before we even know God, God claims us as God’s own. With adults, baptism emphasizes the role faith plays in a person’s life journey.
As a Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), we administer the Sacrament of Baptism to infants and children when at least one of the parents or guardians are members of the church. We administer the Sacrament of Baptism to adults upon their making a public profession of faith, which is preceded by instruction. If you have further questions about the Sacrament of Baptism, please contact Pastor Boswell at (716) 875-7600, extension 11.