Worship is the center of our life together as a community of faith. We gather each Sunday morning in our beautiful sanctuary to praise God in music and song, to hear God’s Word in scripture and proclamation, to offer ourselves and our gifts to God, and to pray for our needs and the needs of the world. Worship services at Central are rooted in liturgical tradition, but are at the same time, fresh and engaging. We observe the seasons of Advent, Christmas, Epiphany, Lent, Easter and Pentecost, with special services on Christmas Eve, Ash Wednesday and during Holy Week.
Proclamation of the Word of God is an important part of worship. Preaching at Central generally follows the Revised Common Lectionary, a 3-year cycle of readings now used by most mainline denominations. We value thoughtful, imaginative sermons that invite us into the Scriptures and help us to understand our stories in light of God’s Story.
Baptism and Communion
Presbyterians observe two sacraments. Communion is usually celebrated on the first Sunday of each month and on major feast days. At Central, all God’s people are welcome to the table, young and old alike. Baptism is a sign of our incorporation into God’s family. Baptisms are celebrated several times a year during the Sunday morning service. Please contact the pastor if you are interested in having your child baptized.
Children and Youth
Worship is for all of God’s people, so children of any age are always welcome in the worship service. Children and youth participate in the service in a variety of ways. Each Sunday, there is a “Children’s Time” during the service, when children are invited to sit on the chancel steps for a short message led by the Christian education director or pastor. Youth and older children sometimes serve as liturgists, helping to lead the congregation in worship, or as hosts, welcoming worshipers and collecting the offering. The Children’s Chorus sings occasionally and once or twice a year the children present a musical performance. Throughout the year, special services and events for children and youth include a “Blessing of the Backpacks” at the beginning of the school year, a “Children’s Sabbath” in October, a Christmas pageant on Christmas Eve, and a Confirmation service for youth in the spring. Worship kits with Bible stories and crayons are available in the Narthex, for younger children who might become restless.
Childcare for children up to age five is provided each week in the nursery, located in the education wing on the first floor. The nursery is staffed by paid attendants, supervised by an experienced child-care worker.
Our sanctuary is fully accessible to those in wheelchairs. Large-print bulletins and hymnals as well as personal hearing devices are available to those who need them. Please ask one of the hosts if you need any special accommodations.