We are Active, Attentive, & Vibrant
Central gathers around Word & Sacrament (Holy Communion) at every opportunity. Whether in spirit-filled song, active listening, or kneeling in prayer, Central invites full, active worship participation.
Where else do young and old, infirm and infant gather in common purpose? Teens cease texting for a moment to absorb a word of Grace. New parents with babes-in-arms pray alongside widows and world-wise. Children eagerly present gifts of Bread & Wine. The unflinchingly cheerful share a Sign of Peace with the stone-faced.
We Are Liturgical
Our worship order is rooted in patterns from the Hebrew tradition and accounts of the earliest Christians:
We gather in song & prayer.
We hear God’s Word.
We share bread & wine.
We are sent into the world.
We are Musical
At any given worship service you may encounter heart-felt hymn singing led by choirs, a fine pipe organ, and a grand piano. Handbells thrill the ear with joyous peals. Trumpets, flutes, violins, even saxophones complement our singing. All voices – children and youth, young and old – together sing God’s praises.
We are Visual
Winona-made stained glass windows illustrate the stories of faith: Creation, the Fall from Paradise, Israel’s Exodus from Egypt; Christ’s Nativity, Crucifixion, & Resurrection; Pentecost, The Last Supper, Baptism.
Hand-sewn needlepoint kneelers depicting the Jordan & Mississippi rivers encircle the communion rail. Candles, seasonal banners & altar cloths, and intricately crafted clergy vestments catch our eyes, led by a unique processional cross.
Welcome to Worship!