Palm Sunday

On Sunday, March 29th, the Palm Sunday service begins with Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem and ends with his arrest and crucifixion. Under the capable direction of Andrew Minear, the Chancel Choir will sing Lloyd Larson’s “Ain’t No Rock Gonna Shout for Me,” John Prindle Scott’s “Ride On, Ride On,” Dan Forest’s “Alas, and Did My Savior Bleed,”and an excerpt from John Rutter’s “Kyrie” (Requiem). Director Minear, tenor, will solo on a lovely setting of “The Palms.” “Hosanna to the King,” will highlight tenor Andrew Lee and the Spirit Singers, and soprano Jenna Buck will sing “Pie Jesu” from Gabriel Faure’s Requiem.

On-street parking is readily available (with handicap spaces reserved) as is space in the state ramp that’s around the corner west of the church. Coffee time offers warm hospitality immediately following worship.

Services are held at 9:30 a.m. Sunday mornings.

Central Chancel Choir

Central Chancel Choir

Holy Communion is served on the first Sunday of every month. We have an open table and welcome all to communion.

A coffee hour follows the service.

We are located on the corner of N. Capitol Ave. and W. Ottawa St., across from the State Capitol. A map to our location is available by clicking on the “Contact Us” button above.

Central is an accessible building with a drop-off zone at each entrance, and has an elevator by each entrance to access the historic sanctuary.

Street parking immediately adjacent to Central is free on Sunday, as is parking in Central’s 2 lots. Covered parking is available nearby on Sunday in the State of Michigan ramp a short walk from Central at the corner of W. Ionia St. and Seymour Ave.. The covered parking entrance is on Seymour Ave..

Our worship service is broadcast live on WJIM AM Radio 1240, and can be listened to live over the internet at http://wjimam.com/. There also is a delayed telecast on Tuesday and Thursday evenings at 4:00 p.m. on channel 16 Comcast Cable. Click here to see:

March 29, 2015 Bulletin: Passion/Palm Sunday


Central Newsletters and Announcements

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April 2015 Central Journal
March 2015 Central Journal

News of the Parish March 29, 2015
News of the Parish March 22, 2015



Click above button for wedding ceremony opportunities, from small chapel to sanctuary. The Church’s Fellowship Hall is available for wedding receptions.


Founded in 1845, this congregation has served the heart of Lansing for generations with devoted worship, prophetic preaching, and passionate service. Our task is the shared mission of the United Methodist Church worldwide: “To make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.” For us, that means following Jesus. God was born, crucified, and has risen for us—that we might be builders of God’s dream for the world. That dream is a world of peace and reconciliation that Christ can bring. It is a world in Christ where there is sharing of abundance with the poor and a place in Christ where there is dignity for all people. God’s dream for the world includes a future with Christ, who is our hope for the future for  the world. In Christ, God’s love is shown. In our life together as his church, God’s love is known. Come, be a part of the heart of Christ in the heart of Lansing and be builders of God’s dream with us.

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Past Sermons, Services and Music

March 22, 2015 Sermon titled “Seeing Jesus” and Happy Birthday to Linda!

Click here to see March 22, 2015 Bulletin: Fifth Sunday in Lent

Click here to see Full Service for March 22, 2015: Fifth Sunday in Lent or click below to see only the sermon.

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March 15, 2015 Sermon titled “Lifted”

Click here to see March 15, 2015 Bulletin: Fourth Sunday in Lent/One Great Hour of Sharing Sunday

March 8, 2015 Sermon titled “A Temple for Life”

Click here to see March 8, 2015 Bulletin: Third Sunday in Lent

An example of the beautiful sound heard during service: “The Lord’s Prayer” arranged by Albert Malotte and performed by Anne Todey, mezzo.

An example of the children’s message during service that often times help the adults to understand: Reflecting on Shining Faces

Past Service, Sermon and Musical Videos

Click here to see past service, sermon, and musical videos.