Worship at Central

Through song and sermon, prayer and scripture, we gather to celebrate God's grace, contemplate the way of Jesus, and discover how we can bring peace and justice to our community and our world. We value equality and the leadership of women, men, adults, and children in our services.

Worship Experience

Our worship services blend traditional Baptist hymnody, intellectual inquiry, and a healthy liturgy where each person can experience God in a variety of ways.  Worship at Central is a work of the people with opportunities for movement, reflection, and engagement of all the senses.  A welcoming atmosphere in worship makes Central a home for folks from many different religious backgrounds.


From the beginning, Central Baptist Church has supported the belief that great music helps create great worship. That tradition holds true today. Whether singing masterwork choral pieces, spirituals, or repertory from more contemporary composers, the Sanctuary Choir is at the heart of the Central music experience. We believe that great music comes in many styles. Any given Sunday you may also hear the Handbell Choir, music from our historic E.M. Skinner organ, a solo accompanied by guitar, or children singing. All these and more say that music matters to worship.

If you are considering becoming involved in this ministry, please feel free to contact Raleigh, or come by a rehearsal and see what it’s all about!


Our services follow the Revised Common Lectionary as do many of our Protestant sisters and brothers. Litanies, readings and prayers are compiled by staff and lay persons from a variety of sources.


We approach all scripture with the life and teaching of Jesus as our guide. Sermons at Central are not dissertations on what we should believe, but invitations to contemplate what it means to follow Jesus in our world today. Our proclamation in worship is a conversation that helps us explore together how we can join God in bringing love and justice to our world.

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