Worship at Central is a corporate expression of our three core values: extravagant welcome, continuing testament, and changing lives. The two weekly worship services have both common elements and their individual flavor.
Communion: we practice an “open table” (no one is turned away). We receive the elements by intinction: worshippers come forward, receive a piece of bread and dip it in a common chalice of juice. A gluten-free option is available and the celebrant will bring the elements to those in the pews who need it brought to them. We celebrate Communion every week at the 8:30 Service and the first Sunday of the month at the 11:00 Service.
Preaching: we believe that God has yet more Truth and Light to break forth from God’s Holy Word; as such, we strive in our liturgy and preaching to find an integration of heart and mind. Most of the members at Central take the Bible “seriously, but not literally,” even as we wrestle with the wisdom literature and seek to put our faith into action.
Sanctuary: the entire campus, especially the sanctuary, nourishes the soul of many who come to Central. Through the magnificent clear-glass windows we look out in the forest and watch the cycle of the seasons. Indeed, the space is a “sanctuary” to look “outward” and “inward,” to celebrate awe and mystery, and to prayerfully consider faith-in-action in the world.
Nursery and Childcare: Childcare is available for infants to 6 year old every Sunday morning from 8:30am-12:30pm. We practice Safe Sanctuaries and hold each other accountable to the highest standard.
Coffee, Tea and Conversation: Every Sunday, except when we have a community luncheon in Fellowship Hall, the Deacons invite guests and members to a small gathering in the commons at 12:00pm. This is an intentional time to socialize and meet each other. We hope you will stick around after worship this Sunday! There is always plenty of delicious food and fresh coffee and a variety of teas.