Worship at Central

Worship this summer will feature a different hymn each Sunday. It will be an opportunity to sing many familiar hymns and dig into the meaning and significance of the words, the history of the hymn and how they both reflect and shape important aspects of our faith.

Sunday, July 31

Phil Romine will preach on the hymn, “Let My People Go.”  Phil will just have returned from the Presbyterian Youth Triennium that features this theme.  Leading worship this Sunday is a great jazz quartet.

Sunday, August 7

We will celebrate the sacrament of baptism for Leif Eric Russell Greibrok, son of April and Per who was born on May 2, 2016.  Rev. Colby will preach on the hymn Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing. Tenor Bill Haugen will sing.

Sunday, August 14

Lisa Larges will preach on the hymn Great is Thy Faithfulness.

Lisa has worked in the Presbyterian Church for full inclusion of LGBT members. She now works as the Outreach Coordinator for State Services for the Blind in St. Paul, and she also chairs the Disability Concerns Ministry of the Presbytery of the Twin Cities Area. She is part of Lake Nokomis Presbyterian Church and a candidate for Ministry in the Presbyterian Church.

Sunday, August 21

The Rev. Adam Copeland served on the committee that selected hymns and format for our new Glory to God hymnal.  When we made plans for our summer worship series that would feature a different hymn each Sunday, we really wanted to hear from Adam about the process and about a hymn of his choosing. Adam will preach on Be Thou My Vision.

We are delighted to welcome back the Rev. Adam Copeland to our pulpit.Adam teaches at Luther Seminary in St. Paul where he is director of the Center for Stewardship Leaders. An ordained Teaching Elder in the PC(USA), his research engages questions of public leadership, technology, and religious rhetoric. Copeland is editor of Kissing in the Chapel, Praying in the Frat House: Wrestling with Faith and College (2014) and author of several book chapters on ministry and culture. He served on the committee that developed Glory to God: The Presbyterian Hymnal. He lives in Minneapolis with his wife, Megan Thorvilson.

Our own Jennifer Anderson will be joined by Lise Schmidt for an organ duet!

Following worship, all are invited to Third Sunday Lunch.

Sunday, August 28

This summer, each worship service has featured one hymn.  As our summer series wraps up, we will conclude with communion and a hymn sing that revisits the featured hymns of the summer.

Everyone age 7 and up is welcome to participate in a Drum Circle during worship!  Come at 10:00 AM to choose your drum, learn a few basic techniques, and to play!  We will play both the prelude and the postlude during worship.  No experience necessary.  If you do have a drum, you are welcome to bring it.


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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., July 13 featuring Hannah Peterson (flute)

Hannah Peterson is an active performer and teacher in the Twin Cities. In addition to teaching private flute lessons in Saint Paul, she is on faculty at The Saint Paul Conservatory of Music in Downtown St. Paul and Sarah Jane’s Music School in the Northeast Arts District of Minneapolis and is a Woodwind Section Coach and Teaching Artist at several local schools.

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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Wind In Our Sails! VocalPoint’s 5th Season

Fun group shotThank you for your generosity!   You helped us raise $21,621.89 for Upstream Arts!

Thanks to all for attending the concerts, and to the singers of VocalPoint for their powerful work!

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