Services & Times
Our 11:00 am worship is a traditional-style service that lasts about an hour, occasionally a little longer. Communion is served the first Sunday of each month, and our table is open to all.
The last Sunday of each month is “Invite a Friend to Church” day, with a potluck lunch following the service. There is plenty of food, coffee, juice, and fellowship for everyone. Please join us!
Communion at CPC is served by intiction, a fancy word for saying that we are taking Communion by dipping bread in wine/grape juice. At Central Presbyterian, we use non-alcoholic grape juice only. There is also gluten free bread available.
Communion is served on the first Sunday of every month, and on special Sundays throughout the year.
Here are a few tips:
- When you come forward, bread will be placed in your hand
- Then, you will dip the bread in the cup and eat.
When given bread:
- The server will offer words of affirmation, such as “The bread of life given for you” or “Christ’s body broken for you.”
When given the cup:
- The server will offer words of affirmation, such as “The cup of salvation” or “The blood of Christ shed for you.”
- You can be silent and not say anything, maybe a silent prayer or,
- You can say, “Amen” or,
- You can say, “Thanks be to God!” or,
- You may also say whatever the Spirit leads you to say.
Theology of Communion by Intinction
The practice of receiving communion by intinction is an ancient one. In the last few generations many protestant churches have revived this practice in Sunday worship. When taking communion by intinction, the body of the church acts together, moving as a community towards the table. In the Reformed tradition, we believe that salvation is given to us and is not something we take; by being handed bread, the symbolism for this belief is enacted.
- The communion servers handling the bread sanitize their hands upon arrival at the table.
- At CPC all are invited to serve communion. If you are interested in serving, please contact one of the pastors.
Lent, Holy Week, and Easter
Lent begins with an Ash Wednesday service at 6:30 P.M., at which time ashes from last year’s Palm Sunday will be placed on the foreheads of those attending.
Holy Week begins with Palm Sunday; our service at 11:00 A.M. opens with the waving of palm branches as a symbol of our Savior’s entry into Jerusalem. Meet in Smoot Hall at 10:45 to receive your palm branch and join the procession!
The Maundy Thursday “Service of Remembrance” with a celebration of the Lord’s Supper is at 7:00 P.M. There is a dinner beforehand at 6:00 in Smoot Hall.
It is also a tradition to present a Music for Holy Week concert for the Thursday Noonday Concert during this week, featuring special guests.
On Good Friday at 7:00 P.M., we celebrate a Service of Darkness (Tenebrae) in memory of Jesus’ death on the cross.
The sunrise service is held at the Zilker Clubhouse patio approximately 30 minutes before sunrise on Easter morning; most years, the service begins about 6:30 A.M. The clubhouse is located at 200 Zilker Clubhouse Road.
Easter breakfast is held at CPC at 9:00 A.M. in Smoot Hall. Please join us!
Following breakfast, at 9:30, the children have an Easter symbol hunt in the courtyard.
The “Flowering of the Cross,” in which we cover a cross with beautiful flowers to symbolize our risen Christ, also begins after breakfast in the courtyard. You are encouraged to bring flowers from your yard, but we also have many flowers to share.
Easter worship service begins at 11:00 A.M. in the sanctuary. Special music is provided by our choir. Come be a part of this wonderful service, celebrating our risen Lord!
Advent and Christmas
Hanging of the Greens Service
The Wednesday following Thanksgiving is our special Hanging of the Greens service. This is a multi-generational service, where all are invited to participate. The Hanging of the Greens tells of the meanings behind the different symbols Christians use during the Advent & Christmas season.
Advent begins four Sundays before Christmas. Each year, we celebrate the coming of Christ with special music, the lighting each week of our Advent wreath, and communion each week as a reminder that this is a holy season.
Christmas Eve – Carols, Communion, and Candlelight
To celebrate Christ’s birth, we hold a special evening service on Christmas eve, featuring favorite Christmas music, communion, and the lighting of candles. Following the service, a reception is held in Smoot Hall. The service begins at 6:30 P.M. in the sanctuary.