Worship at Central

Worship this fall will feature stories from the Gospel of Luke, while the individual passages are listed below, you might find it helpful to read the gospel on your own in one sitting.  As you will see, Luke has a distinctive style and emphases that become clear as the gospel develops.  Sunday School classes for children and adults will be following these same passages as well.

Sunday, October 30

Rev. Colby will preach on the wonderful gospel story of Jesus’ encounter with the “wee little man” Zacchaeus (Luke 19:1-10).  It is a story about a public official willing to make things right, and the challenge of being restored to community. The Central Choir sings.  After worship, you are invited to an Organ Crawl right in our Sanctuary!  If you’d like to participate, speak with Jennifer Anderson, Director of Music, ahead of time to get a piece of music to learn.  Then you can try your hand (and feet!) on our instrument under the gentle guidance of Jennifer. While you do need a bit of piano ability, you don’t need any experience on the organ. Come and try it out!

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We Choose Welcome

From Central Pastor Rev. David Colby

The Refugee Task Force and the Coordinated Mission Committee invite us to gather after worship this Sunday to take a picture under a banner bearing those words.  To those who are part of the current global refugee crisis, a sight of a church proclaiming and living that message matters.

We choose welcome is not a new idea for this church.  It is in our DNA.  To those new to downtown or lowertown Saint Paul, we hope you will find a welcome at Central.  Families with young children looking for a community of support and deep values find a welcome at Central.  To those who have lived in the city a long time, but realize that they need a community, we offer welcome.  To those who are gay or lesbian or bisexual or transgender, who wonder if this church will accept them for who they are, we offer welcome.  To folks who are homeless or hungry we offer practical hospitality and we hope they feel welcomed.

We won’t always get it exactly right.  Some will come wanting or needing anonymity and find too much attention.  Occasionally people will come and we won’t provide the welcome they are looking for.  We will occasionally fail, but our intention is to choose and offer welcome.

As we continue to absorb the news of the tragedy in Orlando on Sunday, this message is all the more needed in our community.  We must not give in to fear.  We must not give in to hatred that seeks to divide and conquer.  In the midst of terrible violence, we must do our part to be the light that will continue to shine.  We must support one another.  We must keep our hearts and arms and doors open.  Not because it is the easiest thing to do.  Not because it is the safe thing to do.  But because that is the good news we learn from Jesus.

One time Jesus was busy and his disciples tried to protect him and keep him from being bothered by little children.  And Jesus responded with words that still offer us guidance.  “Whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me welcomes not me but the one who sent me.”  In Hebrews, the church is encouraged with these words:  “Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by doing that some have entertained angels without knowing it” (Hebrews 13:2).

Central Presbyterian Church.  In the city for good.  We choose welcome.  And we hope you will join us.

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Pop Up Classical Concerts, co-sponsored by Minnesota Public Radio and Central Presbyterian Church

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Wed., November 9 featuring Clara Osowski (alto)

Hailed for her artistry and “rich and radiant” voice (Urban Dial Milwaukee)Clara Osowski is an active soloist and chamber musician throughout the United States and Europe. Select opera credits include Ruth, (Pirates of Penzance), Venus (Venus and Adonis), Zita (Gianni Schicchi), Mother (Amahl and the Night Visitors), Dorabella (Cosi fan tutte), and Cavalier Ramiro (La finta giardiniera). She was a 2012 Metropolitan Opera National Council Upper-Midwest Regional Finalist, the winner of the 2014 Bel Canto Chorus Regional Artists Competition in Milwaukee, and recently named the runner-up in the 2016 Schubert Club Bruce P. Carlson Scholarship Competition. Clara received her Bachelor of Musical Arts degree with emphasis in Voice from North Dakota State University in 2008, and Master of Arts Degree in Voice from the University of Iowa in 2010.

Clara’s passion for contemporary music is exhibited in the song-cycles she has premiered by numerous composers with the Center for New Music at the University of Iowa, and her most recent collaborations with Linda Tutas Huagen (Gjendine’s Lullaby), Paul Rudoi (Midnight Songs) and James Kallembach (St. John Passion and Songs on Letters of John and Abigail Adams). As a recitalist, she recently completed the Vancouver International Song Institute, the International Workshop on the songs of Edvard Grieg in Bergen, Norway, and traveled to Tours, France to attend the Académie Francis Poulenc. She was also featured in the 2014 Baldwin-Wallace Art Song Festival, in Berea, Ohio and competed in the 2014 International Vocal Competition in s’Hertogenbosch, Netherlands. In 2015, she was the only American to reach the finals of the Das Lied competition under the direction of Thomas Quasthoff in Berlin, Germany. This past October Clara was a finalist in the Liederkranz Foundation in New York City. Numerous festivals have introduced Clara to a number of international artists and art-song masters, including Graham Johnson, Felicity Lott, Julius Drake, Irwin Gage, and Richard Stokes.

Recent performances include a world premiere of James Kallembach’s Songs on Letters of John and Abigail Adams with the Lydian Quartet on the occasion of the Adams’ 250th wedding anniversary at their historic home in Quincy, Massachusetts, and Bach’s St. Matthew Passion with the Bel Canto Chorus of Milwaukee. Highlights in the 2015-2016 season include Dominick Argento’s Casa Guidi with the Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra, the Liszt-Garrison International Competition in Baltimore with award-winning pianist Casey Rafn, the Midwest premiere of Jeffrey Van’s Reaping the Whirlwind: The Harvest of War with the Oratorio Society of Minnesota, and the 20th Anniversary celebration of l’Académie Francis Poulenc at the Opera House in Tours, France.

In collaboration with pianist Mark Bilyeu and composer Libby Larsen, Clara serves as the Associate Artistic Director of Source Song Festival, a week-long art song festival in Minneapolis, Minnesota. This festival strives to create and perform new art song, and cultivate an educational environment for students of song, including composers, vocalists, and collaborative pianists. The festival will be in its third season August 8th-13th, 2016. In addition to her solo work and private teaching, she participates in a number of ensembles, including Consortium Carissimi, Lumina Women’s Ensemble, Rose Ensemble and Seraphic Fire. For more information, please visit http://www.claraosowski.com and http://www.sourcesongfestival.org.


Concert 12:15- 12:30; free;

Lunch 11:45 – 1:00; $8.00.  

No tickets or reservations required.  

co-sponsored by Minnesota Public Radio and Central Presbyterian Church
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VocalPoint has announced the beneficiary for 2017: One Heartland!

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For our sixth season, VocalPoint is partnering with One Heartland, which brings life-changing camp experiences of the north woods to youth facing social isolation, intolerance or serious health challenges. One of the weeks of camp is called Camp Northstar, for kids who are experiencing homelessness.  Another week, called Camp True Colors, is for LGBT youth. And yes, the name True Colors is because Cyndi Lauper has been a supporter of One Heartland from the early years.  All of the camps provide a welcoming, bully-free environment where children, youth and young adults can feel completely accepted for who they are—often for the first time in their lives.

One Heartland is a perfect fit for VocalPoint – because we know the power that community brings.  Because after our concerts every year – after singing together, and learning together, and being a part of something so powerful – we can look back on that time and see it as a transformational event in our lives.  And we can probably look back to camp experiences as a young person and see how they helped shape who we are today.

Join us to learn more on October 9!  See our website for more information:  www.vocalpointchorus.org

Want to join VocalPoint as a singer?  AUDITIONS will be this fall   — http://www.vocalpointchorus.org/auditions/

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