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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 

Prayer Resource for the Year

This is a resource developed by the Presbyterian Peacemaking Program containing prayers to use for special days and emphasis days on the PC(USA) planning calendar.




Armenian Genocide

Blue T-shirt Sunday

Camp and Conference Ministries


Celebrate the Gifts of Women

Chaplains Sunday

Children’s Sabbath

Christian and Citizen; Election Day

Christian Education Week

Christmas Joy Offering

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

Intercultural Church

Independence Day

International Women’s Day

Labor Day


Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday

Matthew 25: Build Vital Congregations Sunday

May Friendship Day

Memorial Day Observed

Metropolitan/Urban Ministry

Mission Worker Sunday

Mothers’ Day

Mr. Rogers Day

Multicultural Church; Immigration

National Day of Prayer

Native American Day

New Year’s Day

Older Adult Week and Wills Emphasis Sunday

One Great Hour of Sharing

One Thousand and One (1001) New Worshiping Communities

Peace & Global Witness Offering

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 Sunday

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

World Refugee 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 (second Sunday)

Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday (Jan. 15)

Criminal Justice (third Sunday)


Chaplains Sunday (first Sunday)

Souper Bowl of Caring (first Sunday)

Camp and Conference Ministries (second Sunday)

Health Awareness and Prayer for Healing (second Sunday)

Presidents Day (Feb. 20)

Blue T-shirt Sunday (Feb. 21)


World Day of Prayer (March 2)

Celebrate the Gifts of Women (first Sunday)

International Women’s Day (March 8)

Self-Development of People (March 14)

Mr. Rogers Day (March 20)

Matthew 25: Build Vital Congregations Sunday (March 28)


Holy Week

One Great Hour of Sharing (Apr. 4)

Holocaust Remembrance Day (Apr. 12)

Earth Day (Apr. 22)

Armenian Genocide Remembrance Day (Apr. 24)


National Day of Prayer (May 6)

May Friendship Day (May 7)

Older Adult Week and Wills Emphasis Sunday (first Sunday)

Fair Trade (May 12)

Intercultural Church (May 16)

Mothers’ Day (second Sunday)

1001 New Worshiping Communities (May 22)

Pentecost Offering (May 23)

Presbyterian Heritage (third Sunday)

Disability Inclusion (fourth Sunday)

Mission Worker Sunday (May 30)

Memorial Day Observed (May 31)


Presbyterian Men, Father’s Day and World Refugee Day (June 20)


Immigration (July 1)

Independence Day (July 4)


Hiroshima Day (Aug. 6)

Celebrating Young Adult Volunteers (Aug. 12)

College and Young Adult Sunday (second Sunday)

Youth in the Church and World (third Sunday)

Young Adult Volunteer Commissioning Sunday (Aug. 26)

Public Education (fourth Sunday)


World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation (Sept. 1)

Season of Peace begins (first Sunday)

Labor Day (Sept. 3)

Presbyterian Higher Education (Sept. 4)

Christian Education Week (second Sunday)

September 11 Anniversary

Theological Education/Seminaries (third Sunday)

Christian and Citizen

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

Native American Day (Sept. 23)

Evangelism Sunday (third Sunday)


World Communion; Peace & Global Witness Offering (first Sunday)

Domestic Violence Awareness (first Sunday)

Columbus Day Observed (Oct. 8)

World Food Day (Oct. 16)

Children’s Sabbath; Educate a Child, Transform the World (third Sunday)

United Nations Day (Oct. 24)

Reformation Sunday (fourth Sunday)


World Community Day (Nov. 2)

Stewardship Commitment

Election Day (Nov. 6)

Veterans Day (Nov. 11)

Caregiver (second Sunday)

Hunger and Homelessness (third Sunday)

Thanksgiving Day (Nov. 22)

Giving Tuesday (Nov. 27)

First Sunday of Advent (Nov. 29)


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

Human Rights Day (Dec. 10)

National Gun Violence Prevention, Sabbath Weekend begins (Dec. 10-13)

Christmas Joy Offering (Dec. 19)