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Sunrise Worship in the Memory Garden at 6:30 a.m, with Easter Worship in the Sanctuary at 8:30 and 10:00 a.m.
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.
- participate in any of our ministries
- worship with us on Sunday mornings (services at 8:30 and 10:00 a.m.) or 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
A STORMY FORECAST
Like everyone, I suppose, this winter has gotten to me. What seemed like a mild one for much of December through February, has turned, here at the very end, into a wearying experience as March has been dominated, it seems, by one winter storm after another. Of course, it should come as no surprise. The groundhog predicted it back in the relative warmth of February. But no matter, it’s been tiring, and the hope for spring has grown more intense.
As the week began in Jerusalem 2000 years ago, things seemed pretty good. Sunny, supportive crowds greeted Jesus and his disciples as they arrived that first Palm Sunday. The forecast that Jesus had been giving for the week was a stormy one, and that forecast proved to be correct. Things would take a dark turn at the end with Jesus buried in a cold tomb and his disciples huddled inside, unable to venture outside. And they longed for something like a spring thaw—a longing that, as the story goes, would be met.
But before we rush to that, I think that we need to sit in the dark a bit, and to learn to appreciate it. At WAVE on March 18, the band sang a song by Ron Block, entitled, “In the Morning Light.” “In the morning light, I see the bluest sky. It’ll dim and fade with the coming of the night. The light and the dark are part of a plan, the Father’s loving hand.” And we need to know the truth of that—the dark as much a part of God’s plan as is the light. And this is not saying that God somehow causes bad things to happen to teach us a lesson. I don’t believe that. But there is value in the dark. Life comes from the dark of the womb. Refreshment comes from the dark of night. The dark clouds of the storms water the earth.
This week, this coming Holy Week, while the forecast is a stormy one, we are invited to sit together in the dark and to learn to appreciate the dark as part of God’s plan.
–Pastor Don Steele