Rev. Jen Porter
This Sunday in Worship: Rev. Jen Porter preaching. "If this man were a prophet, he would know who is touching him and what kind of woman she is- that she is a sinner." Of course, Jesus was The prophet. And Jesus did know. E. Stanley Jones encourages us to keep the prophet alive in our souls. "Without them we sink from the "Is" to the "Was."" Join us Sunday for communion. Come, to be renewed again in Christ's Sprit.
Rev. Karen Stokes
We welcome Rev. Karen Stokes as our guest preacher this Sunday. She is a native of Oakland, California. After college, where she majored in music, she attended San Francisco Theological Seminary, receiving her MDiv in 1982 where she also met and married Chandler Stokes. She has served several congregations in Northern California and following her move to Michigan in 2010, has served as an interim pastor in UCC and PC(USA) congregations; currently she serves as Interim Pastor of Parkwood Presbyterian Church in Jenison. Karen loves living in Michigan, with its humane pace, dramatic seasons, and natural beauty. Her message on Sunday will be “Return No One Evil for Evil” based on Genesis 45:1-9; Matthew 5:38-48. Join us at 10:00a.
Rev. William A. Evertsberg
We welcome former pastor Rev. William A. Evertsberg as guest preacher this Sunday. Bill is the Senior Minister at the Kenilworth Union Church in Kenilworth, Illinois. He has also served congregations in Abington, Pennsylvania; Greenwich, Connecticut and here at Westminster from 1990-1997. He has degrees from Calvin College (B.A.) and Princeton Theological Seminary (M.Div. and D.Min.) He will preach on Philippians 1:1-7; 2:1-7; 4:13 titled “Paraclete”.
There will be a Congregational Meeting at the end of the 10:00 a.m. service on Sunday, June 26, 2016 to approve the “Amendment No. 2 and Restatement of the Memorial Trust Agreement of the Westminster Presbyterian Church and Society.” This has already been approved by the Memorial Trust Committee, the Session and the Trustees and needs ratification by the Congregation. Find the related documents below:
Rev. Paul Timothy Roberts, Sr.
We welcome as our guest preacher this week Sunday June 12, the Reverend Paul Timothy Roberts Sr. He is President of Johnson C. Smith Theological Seminary in Atlanta, GA. Johnson C. Smith Theological Seminary is one of the ten theological schools of the Presbyterian Church (USA), and the only one that is historically African American. Paul is a graduate of Princeton University and Johnson C. Smith. He is also an Academic Fellow of The Ecumenical Institute at Bossey in Celigny, Switzerland. He is an author and a popular speaker who has preached at the NEXT Church Conference, the Montreat Youth Conference, the Mid-Winter Lectures at Austin Presbyterian Seminary and at congregations around the country.
Rev. Dr. John Stewart
We welcome former pastor Rev. Dr. John (“Jack”) Stewart as our guest preacher on Sunday, June 5. Jack is retired as a professor of Practical Theology at Princeton Theological Seminary. A graduate of Pittsburgh Theological Seminary (M.Div) and the University of Michigan (Ph.D), he has taught at Hope College and Yale Divinity School. He has served as pastor in two congregations in Western Pennsylvania and from 1974 to 1989 he was the Senior Pastor here at Westminster. His message on Sunday will be “When Some Plus More Equals Infinity” based on John 4.
The Volume 2016, #2 issue of Chimes is now available. In this issue:
- Communications Committee
- Connecting The Dots: Formation
- Camp Henry Update
- Much more!
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.