Sunday Worship – 11 AM
We invite God into our midst.
We celebrate with familiar hymns and contemporary music.
We involve our children and youth.
We are inspired by the gifts of our musicians, choirs and soloists.
We share our joys and triumphs, as well as our concerns and pain.
We laugh together and we grieve together.
We pray together—for one another, for our leaders, and for justice in our world.
We present our financial gifts.
We learn how God is still speaking today through ancient texts, modern readings, personal stories, videos, and contemporary sermons.
We gather around the Lord’s Table for Holy Communion.
We are different, but we are a community.
We invite to join us for Worship.
You are Central.
Embodying Our Faith
Baptism with water and the Holy Spirit is the sign and seal of our common discipleship. The act of baptism also marks the beginning of new life of discipleship with Christ, the human response to that gift.
As often as necessary, we offer the sacrament of baptism to those who request it—infants, children, youth or adults. Confirmation classes are offered periodically for those previously baptized.
For more information, we’ve prepared a baptism Q&A that you can find below.
The communion meal recalls the table fellowship Jesus shared with his disciples, and in particular the Last Supper on the night before his death as well as his appearances to the disciples during meals following his resurrection. Throughout its history these Biblical events have been central to the Church’s worship life.
At Central, we usually observe Holy Communion on the first Sunday of each month.
For more information, we’ve prepared a Communion Q&A which you can find below.
What does Baptism signify?
The sacrament of baptism is an outward and visible sign of the grace of God. Through baptism a person is joined with the universal church, the body of Christ. In baptism, God works in us the power of forgiveness, the renewal of the spirit, and the knowledge of the call to be God’s people always.
How does Baptism take place?
Why is water used?
How does Central Congregational UCC baptize?
Who is baptized in the UCC?
I’ve been baptized before. Do I need to be baptized again to be part of Central Congregational UCC Dallas?
Is there a special time for Baptism?
Are sponsors present?
Parents, in consultation with the pastor, may choose sponsors or Godparents for infants and young children who are to be baptized. Other candidates for baptism may also be given this opportunity to have sponsors. At the time of the baptismal service, the sponsors, who accompany the candidates and present them for baptism, may make promises identical to the promises of the parents concerning their role.
What words are used?
The Book of Worship of the United Church of Christ provides an Order for Baptism and orders for Affirmation of Baptism. The recognition of our baptism by the ecumenical church is important to us, and the Book of Worship encourages the use of language recognized in most Christian churches: “I baptize you in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.” Feminine images for God may surround these words to enrich understandings and offer balance.
I’ve never been baptized. Is it too late?
Absolutely not! If you would like to talk about what baptism might mean to you spiritually, don’t hesitate to make an appointment with one of our pastors to have a conversation about it. This can be a rich, meaningful part of your spiritual journey.
“For in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith. As many of you as were baptized into Christ Jesus have clothed yourself with Christ. There is no longer Jew or Greek, there is no longer slave or free, there is no longer male and female; for all of you are one in Christ Jesus.” — Galatians 3:26-28
What is Confirmation?
What is a Sacrament in the United Church of Christ?
Sacraments are ritual actions in worship which, according to Scripture, were instituted by Jesus. In the sacraments of baptism and communion we ask the Holy Spirit to use water, bread, and wine to make visible the grace, forgiveness, and presence of God in Christ.
The origin of Communion
The meaning of Communion
What elements are used? What do they mean?
How is Communion served?
Why do you use grape juice?
Who may receive Communion?
May my children take communion?
I haven’t been baptized. May I still receive communion?
How often is Communion served?
Does the church provide communion for those who cannot come to worship on Sundays?
Lent and Easter
Lent begins on Ash Wednesday and lasts for forty days. It’s a time for personal reflection and repentance, patterned after Jesus’ journey into the wilderness.
Lent ends on the joyous day of Easter, where we celebrate Jesus’ resurrection and the glory of life around us.
Advent and Christmas
The season of Advent includes the four Sundays leading to Christmas, and the celebration of Christmas Eve and Christmas. It’s a special time where we prepare for, anticipate and celebrate the birth of our savior, Jesus Christ.
There’s special music, and our worship includes the lighting of the Advent candles for the four Sundays of Advent, as well as our traditional candlelight Christmas Eve worship services.
Throughout the season, we offer opportunities for outreach to our community.
Throughout the year we have services that include Music Sundays, recognition of our volunteers, Blessing of the Animals, Missions, and more.