The Perfect Gift

In the story of God, as we tell it, there is a barrier that exists between the Created world and its Creator. A wall. Sin, we say, separates us from God, and separation from God is unbearable.

And our story goes on to say that God, seeing that we had no hope in ourselves of getting over, or through or around what separates us, offered us a gift in Jesus Christ who opens a door — a door we could not open ourselves.

What a gift!

But the story goes on to say that Jesus is the perfect gift; not only opening a door but coming through it. Our story says God is with us.

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Christmas Schedule

christmas-cantata2018 This Sunday is our annual Christmas Cantata. In The Fullness of Time will be presented at 11am. The choir looks forward to performing this for everyone! Our Annual Christmas Eve Candle Light Service will take place at 3:30pm on Dec. 24th. It will be a lessons and Carols service. We hope you take the time during this holiday season to join us to celebrate Christ’s Birth.

 

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The Perfect Gift

cjo-2018-387x500In the lead up to Christmas, many of us spend time in search of the perfect gift — the gift that communicates to friends and family how much we know and love them. We search our memories for indications of what gift might cause the faces of our loved ones to light up on Christmas morning. We scour the stores and shops, hoping to come across the thing that will communicate a depth that our words cannot.

For those of us gathered together in Advent expectation, we know that the only perfect gift ever given was the one we received in Jesus Christ. At the Incarnation, we celebrate God who came to dwell among us, bringing light into darkness, and reconciliation to God and to one another. A perfect gift from a gracious God. Although we cannot give the perfect gift, we can give generously, knowing, as the New Testament letter of James says, “every generous act of giving … is from above.” And, as important as gifts to loved ones are, the Church rejoices and gives in special ways, drawing us back, again and again, to a manger scene with bowed shepherds and joyous angels, and the truth of God’s perfect gift to us.

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Christmas Services

25438678_10156069661301289_5072794156410008848_oCentral Presbyterian Church will be having several Christmas services this weekend to celebrate the season. Tonight is our first ever Blue Christmas service. If you’ve lost someone, or are feeling blue, this service of remembrance and hope is for you. On Christmas Eve we will be having our Christmas Cantata “O Come Let Us Adore Him” at 11am in the sanctuary. That afternoon we’ll be having our traditional candlelight service at 5:30pm. We hope to see everyone this weekend! Merry Christmas!

Keeping the promise of the Advent season

CJOThe following message is brought to you by the Presbyterian Mission Agency…

During this Advent season, we reflect on the Influence a promise can have on our lives. God promised each of us salvation, and kept that promise with the birth of Jesus. That promise sustains and uplifts us, during good times and challenging ones.

When we understand this deeper meaning of a promise, we also understand each of us has a special responsibility to make and keep faithful promises of our own. The Christmas Joy Offering is one way to do that. Each gift received equally supports two vital promises for our faith. Continue reading

Advent Season 2015

advent_hope-2Advent Season is upon us once again! To prepare for the celebration of Jesus’ birth Central Presbyterian has a month full of activities! We’ll begin with the Annual Moravian Love Feast on 11/29. This traditional meal of sweet breads will be accompanied by a performance of the Moravian Love Feast Band. Our Christmas Cantata will be 12/20 this year. It will be a joint performance of the Central, First, and Faith Presbyterian Church Choirs. Finally we’ll be holding our annual Christmas Eve Candlelight Service at 5:30 pm on Christmas Eve. We hope to see you during this wonderful season!

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