Rev. David Baak
The story of Elijah at Mt. Carmel (I Kings 18) is well known and is also disturbing: Whose God? is the question and the answer is quite clear. Not so much in Luke 7 with Jesus' interpretation of the Roman centurion’s request for Jesus to heal a servant: “…I’ve not seen such faith as his…" The contrast prompts us to think bigger than ourselves, our own understanding, and our expectations for what is “true.” Join us for one service this Sunday, at 10:00a; Rev. David Baak, preaching.
Rev. Dr. Randal Jelks
We welcome Rev. Dr. Randal Maurice Jelks this Sunday, May 22. Dr. Jelks is Professor of American Studies and African and African American Studies at the University of Kansas. He is an ordained Presbyterian clergy (PCUSA) and part of the Westminster congregation. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan, McCormick Theological Seminary and Michigan State University. His sermon on Sunday, at both 8:30a and 11:00a is “Iniquities With Cords of Falsehood” based on Isaiah 5.18-23.
Rev. David Baak
Rev. David Baak preaching on Acts 2 The Third Face of God” at 8:30a.
Rev. Jessica Tate
Rev. Jessica Tate is the Director of NEXT Church (www.nextchurch.net) and will be preaching at both services. NEXT Church is a network of leaders across the Presbyterian Church USA who are discerning together how to be the faithful church in the 21st century. She has served a congregation in Virginia and is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Union Presbyterian Seminary in Richmond, Virginia. Her sermon is “Suit Up,” the scripture for which is Matthew 28.16-20.
The article “Waters of Babylon: To Be an African-American Presbyterian” was written by Rev. Dr. Randall Maurice Jelks, a member of the Westminster family and who will be preaching at Westminster on May 22. This article was published originally in 1992 in Perspectives: A Journal of Reformed Thought and was recently re-published by Justice Unbound. Read the article here: (http://justiceunbound.org/carousle/waters-of-bablyon-to-be-an-african-american-presbyterian) .
Read more about Dr. Jelks in the Sabbatical Booklet
Rev. Leanne Pearce Reed
The Rev. Leanne Pearce Reed serves as pastor of Montevallo Presbyterian Church in Montevallo, Alabama. She is a graduate of Georgetown University and McCormick Theological Seminary. In her first call, she served as a Presbyterian mission co- worker with our partners in Central America. Her sermon this Sunday is “Love, In the Flesh” based on Song of Songs 2.8-17. She says: “I'll explore the Song of Songs as an affirmation of our embodied life and the importance of embodied love.” The sacrament of the Lord’s Supper will be celebrated at both services.
The Missa Kenya composer, Paul Basler (b. 1963), teaches french horn and composition at the University of Florida. He plays horn professionally all over the world, and has performed more than 200 pieces which were written for him. His own works are also performed in venues such as Carnegie Hall, the Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, Kennedy Center, the National Theatres of the Dominican Republic and Kenya, Lincoln Center, the Sydney Opera House, and the Aspen Music Festival.
In the forward to the Missa Kenya, Basler writes "much of the music and gestures owe their existence to East African choral traditions, fusing together Kenyan musical styles with references to late 20th century American classical music." He also says that he composed this piece as a "gift to the warm, loving friends I left behind in Nairobi." The final movement of the piece, the Agnus Dei, is intended to be a "prayer for peace and understanding throughout the world."
Photos by Ron Hoekman.
Rev. Kamal Hassan
Rev. Kamal Hassan will preach at both services. Rev. Hassan serves as Pastor/Teaching Elder at the Sojourner Truth Presbyterian Church in Richmond, California. His message will be “Counting Sheep” based on Ezekiel 34.11-16, 20-24. He asks: “Could it be that the main problem of American religion in the 21st Century is that churches are full of domestic sheep?” Join us this Sunday.
Rev. Tom Are Jr.
Rev. Tom Are Jr. from Village Presbyterian Church in Prairie Village, KS will be leading us in worship this Sunday with his sermon, Hey, Are You Saved? Rev. Tom will be preaching on John 3:1-16.
Rev. Laurie Hartzell
Come and worship at Westminster as we celebrate the sacrament of Baptism and as Rev. Laurie Hartzell from Benton Harbor First preaches a sermon called, "The Thin Life." She'lia Powell will also be sharing about her experience at Camp Henry. Absolutely everyone is welcome!
April 3 - The Second Sunday of Easter
Rev. Jen Stokes preaching
Scripture: 2 Kings 5:1-17
The Thin Life
April 10—The Third Sunday of Easter
Rev. Laurie Hartzell preaching
First Presbyterian Church, Benton Harbor, MI
Scripture: Mark 12:28-34
Music: Helen Hofmeister, Harpsichord at 8:30a & 11:00a
Sanctuary Choir at 11:00a
Hey, Are you Saved?
April 17—The Fourth Sunday of Easter
Rev. Tom Are preaching
Senior Pastor of Village Presbyterian Church
Prairie Village, KS
Scripture: John 3:1-16
Music: Cheri Reid, Soprano at 8:30a
Youth Music Program at 9:30a
Craig Hribek, Soprano Saxophone at 11:00a
Sanctuary Choir at 11:00a
April 24, 5:30p— The Fifth Sunday of Easter
Rev. Kamal Hassan preaching
Sojourner Truth Presbyterian Church
Rev. Jen Porter
The story of Naaman turns upside down the world's view of power. Through the table and the font, God's transforming love changes this world and our lives. We continue to live in the newness of resurrection life.
Rev. Chandler Stokes
Baptism is a celebration of the resurrection. Paul tells us that in baptism is the gift that we may walk in newness of life. Even though the resurrection is a gift to all creation, it is also a very personal gift that calls us into resurrection life today.
This Sunday is called both Palm Sunday and Passion Sunday; it marks the beginning of Holy Week. It is a day when we remember both Christ’s entry into Jerusalem, when Jesus was hailed as the Messiah, and his crucifixion (on Friday of Holy Week), when the people’s expectation of what the Messiah represented led to their rejecting Jesus. We point to both of these critical moments in the life of Jesus this Sunday. Join us.