The first Sunday in January is Epiphany Sunday, when we recall the visit of the wise men to see the infant Jesus, and to celebrate Jesus’ becoming known to the larger world. In this several-week season we remember Jesus’ baptism and his transfiguration.
Lent begins with an Ash Wednesday service during which time ashes from last year’s Palm Sunday will be placed upon the foreheads of those attending. Lent is a time of self-examination and preparation for Easter.
Holy Week begins with Palm Sunday, the Sunday immediately prior to Easter. The services that Sunday begin with the waving of palm branches in commemoration of Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem long ago.
Maundy Thursday is when the church remembers Jesus’ last meal with his friends. This service features communion, Scripture and the singing of Lenten hymns.
Good Friday – This service will feature readings from the Bible about the
arrest, trial and crucifixion of Jesus Christ.
Easter Sunday services are designed to celebrate joyously in message, music and Scripture the good news that Jesus is risen!
Fifty days after Easter our church joins Christians the world over in celebrating Pentecost, the birthday of the Christian Church, when the Holy Spirit came upon the disciples and forged them into a new community of faith.
Trinity Sunday comes the week after Pentecost and commemorates the church’s historic understanding of God as Creator, Redeemer and Sustainer.
All-Saints is typically the last Sunday in October and is when we remember those who have gone before us in the Christian faith. In each service congregants may come forward to select a carnation with which to commemorate loved ones who have died.
Reformation Sunday is typically the first Sunday in November when we remember the Protestant heritage of the church and that the Presbyterian Church is “reformed and ever reforming.”
Advent and Christmas
Hanging of the Greens
Each year we gather at the church to decorate our worship spaces for the Advent and Christmas seasons. This takes place on the first or second Sunday of Advent each year in late November or early December. Advent begins four Sundays before Christmas and is a time of preparing ourselves to welcome Jesus into our lives again.
Typically held the second or third Sunday of Advent, the Christmas cantata is held in the Traditional Service. It features the sanctuary choir, adult bell choir, and guest musicians from the community leading worship appropriate to the holy season.
Christmas Eve Services
On December 24th several services are held throughout the evening.
First, early in the evening, is a service that is family friendly and oriented toward children. It features the telling of the Christmas story, child-appropriate carols and participation opportunities.
Next is the Celebration Service which is held in the Large Fellowship Hall of the Education Building and includes contemporary renditions of familiar Christmas carols, often a skit, and a retelling of the Christmas story.
Afterwards the doors of Fitch Parlor in the Sanctuary Building open for a time of fellowship, refreshments and getting re-acquainted with one another as families have guests in for the holidays.
The final service is Traditional featuring familiar Christmas carols, candlelight and a retelling of the Christmas story and is held in the sanctuary.
Central is part of a group of churches who offer once-a-month services in the reflective and meditative style of the Taizé community of France. These services are offered on the third or fourth Tuesday evenings of the month at 7 p.m.. Central hosts a Taizé service once a year. These services feature gorgeous chants, Scripture and silent meditation, followed by a time of fellowship.