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Special days and emphases


Wood carving by Lie Yee Wan, 1969

Human life in community reflects a variety of rhythms which also affect Christian worship. Among these are the annual cycles of civic, agricultural, school, and business life; special times of family remembrance and celebration; and the patterns of a variety of cultural expressions, commemorations, and events. The church in carrying out its mission also creates a cycle of activities, programs, and observances. While such events may be appropriately recognized in Christian worship, care shall be taken to ensure that they do not obscure the proclamation of the gospel on the Lord’s Day. (Directory for Worship, W-3.2003)

Alphabetical index
A–E | F–L | M–P | R–Y

Chronological index
January | February | March | April | May | June | July | August | September | October | November | December 



Armenian Genocide

Camp and Conference Ministries


Celebrate the Gifts of Women

Chaplains Sunday

Children’s Sabbath

Christian and Citizen; Election Day

Christian Education Week

Columbus Day

Criminal Justice

Disability Inclusion

Domestic Violence Awareness

Earth Day

Evangelism Sunday


Fair Trade

Global Week of Action Against Gun Violence

Health Awareness and Prayer for Healing

Higher Education/Collegiate Ministries

Holy Week

Human Trafficking Awareness Day

Independence Day

International Women’s Day

Labor Day


Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday

May Friendship Day

Memorial Day Observed

Metropolitan/Urban Ministry

Mothers’ Day

Multicultural Church; Immigration

National Day of Prayer

Native American Day

New Year’s Day

Older Adult Week; Wills Emphasis

One Great Hour of Sharing

Pentecost Offering

Presbyterian Heritage (May 21)

Presbyterian Men; Father’s Day

Presidents Day

Public Education


Race Relations

Reformation Sunday

Rural Life

Self-Development of People

September 11 Anniversary

Smaller Membership Church

Souper Bowl of Caring

Stewardship Commitment

Thanksgiving Day

Theological Education/Seminary

United Nations Day

Veterans Day

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

Wills Emphasis

World AIDS Day; Presbyterian HIV/AIDS Awareness

World Communion; Peacemaking Offering

World Community Day

World Day of Prayer

World Food Day

Youth in the Church and World



New Year’s Day (Jan. 1)

Human Trafficking Awareness Day (Jan. 11)

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity (Jan 18–25)

Race Relations (Jan. 15)

Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday (Jan. 16)

Criminal Justice (Jan 22)


Chaplains Sunday (Feb. 5)

Souper Bowl of Caring (Feb. 5)

Camp and Conference Ministries (Feb. 12)

Health Awareness and Prayer for Healing (Feb. 12)

Presidents Day (Feb. 20)


World Day of Prayer (March 3)

Celebrate the Gifts of Women (March 5)

International Women’s Day (March 8)


Self-Development of People (Apr. 2)

Holy Week

One Great Hour of Sharing (Apr. 16)

Earth Day (Apr. 22)

Armenian Genocide Remembrance Day (Apr. 24)

Holocaust Remembrance Day (Apr. 27)


National Day of Prayer (May 4)

May Friendship Day (May 5)

Older Adult Week; Wills Emphasis (May 7)

Fair Trade (May 13)

Mothers’ Day (May 14)

Presbyterian Heritage (May 21)

Disability Inclusion (May 28)

Memorial Day Observed (May 29)


1001 New Worshiping Communities (June 3)

Pentecost Offering (June 4)

Intercultural Church (June 11)

Presbyterian Men; Father’s Day (June 18)

Active Life (June 25)


Immigration (July 2)

Independence Day (July 4)

Smaller Membership Church (July 16)

Metropolitan/Urban Ministry (July 23)


Hiroshima Day (Aug. 6)

College and Young Adult Sunday (Aug. 13)

Youth in the Church and World (Aug. 20)

Public Education (Aug. 27)


Presbyterian Higher Education; Season of Peace begins (Sept. 3)

Labor Day (Sept. 4)

Christian Education Week (Sept. 10)

September 11 Anniversary

Theological Education/Seminaries (Sept. 17)

Global Week of Action Against Gun Violence begins; International Day of Peace (Sept. 21)

Native American Day (Sept. 23)

Evangelism Sunday (Sept. 24)


World Communion; Peace & Global Witness Offering (Oct. 1)

Domestic Violence Awareness (Oct. 8)

Columbus Day Observed (Oct. 9)

World Food Day (Oct. 16)

Children’s Sabbath; Educate a Child, Transform the World (Oct. 22)

United Nations Day (Oct. 24)

Reformation Sunday (Oct. 29)


World Community Day (Nov. 3)

Stewardship Commitment

Christian and Citizen (Nov. 5)

Election Day (Nov. 7)

Veterans Day (Nov. 11)

Caregiver (Nov. 12)

Hunger and Homelessness (Nov. 19)

Thanksgiving Day (Nov. 23)


World AIDS Day; Presbyterian HIV/AIDS Awareness (Dec. 1)

Human Rights Day (Dec. 10)

Christmas Joy Offering (Dec. 24)