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Sunday Evening Service Announced

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This past Monday, June 15, your session met again to determine the initial steps to reopen the church. The consensus was that we definitely need to begin reopening in some way, with an emphasis on offering safe options for people to engage with in-person worship.

We are thrilled to announce we will soon begin to provide an in-person worship service. This evening, or "vespers," service will be held Sundays at 6pm on the lower level of the garage. The first vespers service will be on June 28, and be held weekly thereafter for the foreseeable future. We will continue our ongoing online livestream worship service each Sunday morning at 8:30. A few details about the vespers services:

  • Capacity for the vespers service will be limited
  • Advance reservations will be required. The reservation system will be activated each week on Wednesday at noon for the following Sunday's vesper service. Links will be available on the home page of our website or by using the button below.
  • Social distancing practices will be implemented
  • The wearing of face coverings is strongly encouraged for the well-being of everyone involved
  • Seating will not be provided, instead attendees are asked to bring their own lawn-style chairs.

More details about this exciting new service may be found by clicking the link below. As with many things right now, plans are subject to change, so be sure to watch for updates as the summer progresses.

We are also continuing to strategize on returning to worship in the Sanctuary later this summer, which is what we are all looking forward to happening as soon as we can safely do so. The session will be reconvening for a special meeting in a couple of weeks to begin discussing that process.

Please pray for the Lord to provide wisdom, courage and compassion as we move forward. As you know, things have been changing quickly regarding the virus and we need wisdom from the only one who sees the future clearly. Thank you for your faithfulness to the Lord and the church he has gathered at Central.

Learn more about the vespers service by visiting the Frequently Asked Questions page

Vesper Service FAQ

Reserve your space at the next vespers service

(available at noon each Wednesday for the following Sunday)

Vespers Reservations

Updates to Online Worship

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The availability of Central's worship services online has been a valuable resource for several years now. It not only allows those unable to be present on Sunday mornings an opportunity to worship with us "live" online, but also can be an uplifting and encouraging mid-week blessing, available anytime and anyplace you have internet access. 

Obviously, since March of this year the importance of providing the best viewing experience possible has increased significantly. While many people have reported how much they have really enjoyed our livestream, there is always room for improvement. There are no guarantees of course - there are simply too many variables involved well outside of our control - but our goal is to make every viewer feel welcomed, appreciated, and engaged with worship.

To this end, by the end of June we will be transitioning to a new streaming partner, moving from the Livestream platform to Vimeo. Last week we simulcast on both platforms, and it was very successful. We will be doing the same thing this week, and by July plan to fully transition to Vimeo.

So, what does this mean for you?

  • If you currently view Central's worship services on our website, you DO NOT need to make any changes. Our services will remain accessible at www.centralpres.com/live.

  • If you prefer joining us on Facebook Live, you DO NOT need to make any changes. We will continue to simulcast to Facebook from Vimeo, just as we are now from Livestream.

  • If you are currently using the Livestream app (on your phone, tablet, or smart t.v.), you WILL NEED to download  the Vimeo app. By the end of June, our services will no longer be aired live on Livestream.

  • If you currently access past services/sermons on via our website, you DO NOT need to make any changes. The links will be redirected to our new Vimeo archive.

  • If you currently access past services by going directly to Livestream, you will need to update your links/bookmarks to go to Vimeo. More information will be shared about this as we get deeper into the transition.
  • In the coming weeks, Central will also be launching our own YouTube channel. Did you know YouTube is the second most popular website in the world? While Vimeo will be our primary video archive, containing all our our video content, we will simulcast our full worship services to YouTube, as well as share out some of our other video content such as daily devotionals, sermon excerpts, etc. Watch for more info coming out later this month about this exciting addition. 

We are confident this transition will make Central's worship services even more accessible than they are now, and also provide our viewers with a better overall experience. There are numerous "behind the scenes" benefits as well as some new features that will be rolled out over time for our viewers as well. Thanks in advance for your patience during this time of transition. Should you have any questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to send us an email

Posted by Jeff Brown

Why We Sing

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It doesn’t take anyone very long to figure out that music plays a prominent role in the church.  When believers gather in community for worship, we spend time in prayer, we learn about the transformational truths of the Gospel through preaching, and we sing our faith in songs about the Lord.   There are not a lot of other places in our culture where groups of people sing songs together (aside from sporting events and birthdays), yet church services are filled with song.  Where did we get this idea from, and why do we bother with it anyway?

If we look at the bible, we’ll discover it’s replete with songs.  From Genesis through the Psalms to the canticles in the Gospels to a vision of heavenly worship in Revelation, the bible tells us that the people of God have always been a singing people and have recorded their divine inspiration into scripture.  Singing was key in the early church and was re-prioritized and re-vitalized as a congregational practice in the Reformation.  Martin Luther described the high value he felt belonged to music when he said “The riches of music are so excellent and so precious that words fail me whenever I attempt to discuss and describe them.... In summa, next to the Word of God, the noble art of music is the greatest treasure in the world.”  Indeed, every major Christian revival has come with a new repertoire of music, from the German Reformation to the Great Awakening to the modern day.  To paraphrase modern hymnodist Keith Getty, Christians sing- it’s just part of what we do.

Just over a month ago, I attended a gathering of 3000 musicians, church worship leaders, pastors, and other people who care about the music of the church just south of Nashville, TN.  This conference was sponsored by Keith and Kristyn Getty, and included speakers Alistar Begg, D. A. Carson, Paul David Tripp, David Platt, Joni Erickson Tada, and many more.  Times of musical worship filled the event as well, led brilliantly by the Gettys and their band, as well as other musicians from the classical and contemporary worship worlds along with a 200-voice conference choir that I was privileged to participate in.  Topics ranged from broad theological concepts about singing and worship to how singing impacts us personally and in our families to the role it plays as a witness to the world.  What was most impressive, however, was not how brilliant the speakers or how great the music was, but how the focus kept being put back on the people of God singing together.   Indeed, the whole conference ended with 3000 people singing ‘Holy, Holy, Holy” together in 4 (or 400) part harmony, without any instruments at all.  Just people singing.  It is a powerful memory that I will have with me for years to come.

Our songs are important- that we sing and what we sing (the gospel) is a higher priority than our favorite songs, preferred style choices, or vocal ability.  Keith Getty himself reminded us that God created us to sing, God commands us to sing in the bible (for our own good), and God compels us to sing in response to his revealing himself to us.  The songs we sing we carry through our lives- from times of greatest joy to times of greatest sorrow, from our childhood to our final days.  I pray that you capture that joy each and every time we sing.

I’m very excited to have Keith and Kristyn Getty in concert with their band here at Central on Sunday November 5th.  They are energetic, brilliant performers who blend their hearts for the Lord with their Irish heritage and love of tuneful melodies.  I’m excited for our church family also because our Chancel Choir and the choir of Central Christian School will have the honor of singing with the band on the concert.  But I’m most excited because of the songs themselves: they are written for you, that they can be an encouragement for your faith, and we can all share in this joy together.

As of October 26, tickets are still available for "Facing A Task Unfinished" with Keith and Kristyn Getty November 5 at Central. Click here to purchase tickets.

Posted by Matt Mazzoni

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