Celebrating 150 Years in Honor of our Past, Present and Future

Welcome to the Central Presbyterian Church website! We are glad that you have found us! As you explore this site, you will find a lot of information about our congregation. I welcome you to connect with us in any way that suits you. Among the possible connections, you can:

  • listen to podcasts or watch videos of our worship services online
  • follow us through Facebook or sign up to receive a weekly update from us by email
  • watch live broadcasts of our worship services on local cable TV, Channel 33 on Verizon FIOS, and Channel 36 on Comcast Sundays at 10:00 a.m. with a re-broadcast at noon. We also broadcast our WAVE services and TV show Chaos to Calm during the following time slots: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 3:00 p.m; Tuesdays and Thursdays at 9:30 a.m.; and Sundays at 7:00 and 9:30 p.m.
  • participate in any of our ministries
  • worship with us on Sunday mornings (services at 8:30 and 10:00 a.m.) or select Sunday evenings at 5:00 p.m. at WAVE
  • watch our Parish Associate, Rev. Noelle Kirchner, in her parenting TV series, Chaos to Calm
  • read our weekly Staff Blog (below)

As part of our music ministry, we have recently launched the Central Arts Academy, a music school open to the public.  Click here to visit their website.

May Christ enrich your life with all God’s grace! –Rev. Don Steele, Senior  Pastor

 

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Staff Blog

by Rev. Don Steele

ANSWER ME

The Band’s Visit, the Tony Award winning musical on Broadway, is a story about an Egyptian band that finds itself mistakenly stranded overnight in an isolated, tiny Israeli town. It’s not only the town that is isolated, it turns out. The characters are also isolated, alone, epitomized by this one character who stands on the stage almost for the entire show, staring at this public telephone, waiting for his girlfriend to call. Finally, towards the end of the show, he sings this beautiful song: “Here I am. Here I am, and the light is dying. Where are you? Where are you? Will you answer me?” Well, as the character sings, he leaves the phone, and as you might expect, that is precisely when the phone rings. The character rushes back, and it is his girlfriend on the other end, and it is quite moving because finally, something of the isolation permeating the world on that stage is peeled back, and a human connection is made, and it is stunning in its absolute beauty.

As I end my sermon series based on First John, “Faith with Feet,” it is clear that the writer expects that for those whose lives have been changed by an encounter with Jesus life will not be lived isolated and alone. The writer of First John expects that we will live life in loving community with each other, in connection with the world. “Beloved, let us love one another,” is how the writer of First John puts it.

At its most fundamental core, I think that the Church exists to peel back the isolation that permeates our hyperactive, hyper-connected world. I think that the Church exists to make authentic, genuine human connection. I hope that you can find a Church, a connection like that. I hope that Central is a Church like that—that Central is the kind of Church that will answer you.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Central Presbyterian Church

70 Maple Street, Summit NJ  07901
908.273.0441

Our Mission Statement

By God’s grace and the leading of the Holy Spirit, Central Presbyterian Church seeks to

Engage one another in a transforming and worshipful relationship with Jesus Christ;

Equip disciples for Christian fellowship, growth, and service;

Extend Christ’s love to the world!

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