The congregation of the First Presbyterian Church of Canton, 275 Linden Street, held a special Reformation Sunday worship service Sunday, Oct. 27.
CANTON — The congregation of the First Presbyterian Church of Canton, 275 Linden Street, held a special Reformation Sunday worship service Sunday, Oct. 27.
Reformation Sunday recognizes Martin Luther’s act of nailing his '95 Theses' to a church door in 1517, sparking the Protestant Reformation.
The creation of the Presbyterian denomination was influenced by the French theologian John Calvin, who is credited with the development of Reformed theology, and the work of John Knox, a Scotsman and a Roman Catholic Priest, who brought back Reformed teachings to Scotland. Honoring the Scottish roots of all Presbyterian Churches, Bagpiper Tom Ogilvy led the opening processional performing “Rowan Tree’. Mr. Ogilvy later performed “Scotland the Brave” as the Anthem prior to the sermon.
The Rev. Dr. Sterrett Collins’ sermon brought out the Scottish heritage of the denomination but added that the congregation was in unity in Christ as equals with those of other denominations.
He also stressed that the Reformed Tradition meant “reformed but always reforming” so that even 502 years later we needed to be mindful of possible needed changes.
The closing hymn, performed by Gretchen Fuller, was “A Mighty Fortress is Our God” written by Martin Luther. It has been called The Battle Hymn of The Reformation. The Recessional was “The Battle’s O’er” performed by Tom Ogilvy.
Following services a reception featuring traditional Scottish foods was provided by the women of the church.