Irondequoit Presbyterian Church Celebrates “Hanging of the Greens”
In what has become a holiday tradition, Irondequoit Presbyterian Church recently celebrated their annual “Hanging of the Greens” service on December 4th to usher in the start of the Advent season. Many Christian churches hold a special service of preparation for Christ’s coming that includes hanging greenery traditionally associated with everlasting life. During the service at IPC, congregation members sang songs of Advent and decorated the sanctuary with evergreens and other symbols of this holy season. Throughout the program, there were readings and reflections on many of these symbols—the Advent wreath, evergreens, poinsettias, the Nativity scene, the Christmas tree, the Christmas star, the gifts of Christmas, and the candy cane. With additional special music provided by the “Saturday’s at 1:30” Saxophone Quartet and the IPC Chancel Choir, all who participated were filled with the joy and anticipation of the upcoming Christmas season. In the weeks ahead, church members will be focusing on the true spirit of Christmas and sharing their gifts with others through a variety of charitable projects. This special season of giving and reflection will culminate in two very meaningful worship services—one on Christmas Eve, December 24 at 7:00 pm, and the other on Christmas morning, December 25 at 10:00 am. All are welcome.