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Worship Schedule for January 2016

Monday, December 28, 2015

The Fragile Word

January 3 - Epiphany Sunday
The Sacrament of Communion
Rev. Chandler Stokes preaching on
John 1:1-18
Music: Andrew Wilkinson, Flute, Leslie Wilkinson, Violin at 8:30a;
Sanctuary Choir at 11:00a

A Stream in the Desert

January 10—The Baptism of the Lord Sunday
The Sacrament of Baptism
Rev. Jen Porter preaching on
Isaiah 43:1-3, 14-21
Music: John Schlafley, Tenor at 8:30a;
Joe Ivy, Baritone, Sanctuary Choir at 11:00a

Black Lives Matter

January 17—Second Sunday after Epiphany
Martin Luther King, Jr. weekend
Rev. Chandler Stokes preaching on
Isaiah 62:1-5
Music: String Ensemble at 8:30a & 11:00a
Sanctuary Choir at 11:00a

And When the Waters Rise?

January 24—Third Sunday after Epiphany
Annual Meeting
Rev. Chandler Stokes preaching on
Luke 4:14-30
Music: Kathy Vander Velde, Soprano,
and Lambert Zuidervaart, Bass at 8:30a;
Carol Choir, Chapel Ringers, and Sanctuary Choir at 11:00a

Words in Your Mouth

January 31—Fourth Sunday after Epiphany
Ordination & Installation of Officers
Rev. David Baak preaching on
Jeremiah 1:4-10
Music: Westminster Men's Choir at 8:30a & 11:00a


Take a Deep Breath

Rev. David Baak

Sunday, December 27, 2015

Luke 4.41-52 is the traditional reading for the Sunday after Christmas: Jesus in the Temple at age 12….where, when his parents finally found him, one can imagine that they “took a deep breath.” At the end of a chaotic, distressing and violent year, how do we move forward into what promises to be at least as complicated a time as has been the past? Take a deep breath. Jesus, confident, a “non-anxious presence” gives us hope for the future and a model for our behavior. Join us for the 11:00am service.

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Rev. Chandler Stokes

Thursday, December 24, 2015

The poet Goethe’s dying words were: “Light, light! Let there be more light!” Another poet in response said, “Why more light? We do not die of the darkness so much as the cold.” Our focus on Christmas Eve will be on the “warmth” of the gospel. In the Incarnation, our God did not become an idea but flesh and blood, a warm-blooded human being: there is the Good News.

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Holiday Hours

Monday, December 21, 2015

Please take note of our Holiday Office Schedule:

Closed at noon on Christmas Eve, December 24;
Closed Christmas Day, December 25;
Closed New Year's Day, January 1.
The Food Pantry will be closed on Thursdays, December 24 and 31.

WCDC will be closed December 24, 25, and January 1.

A Word From Beyond

Rev. Chandler Stokes

Sunday, December 20, 2015

This Sunday we hear Jesus’ mother Mary offer her famous prayer: the Magnificat. Mary’s word is one of those that “is uttered and you know it is true, and it has always been true.” So how is that? How does Mary move from “How can this be?” to “My soul magnifies?” That’s a question for us too.

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A New Tomorrow

Rev. Chandler Stokes

Sunday, December 13, 2015

When the darkness seems to close in around us and life lies in pieces, sometimes it is very difficult to maintain hope. Last week we spoke about the infinite disproportion between us and the mystery with which we have become entwined. This week, the gospel is not about an infinite disproportion (which still holds) but about finite things that can be done. Finite things that can be done, even when the past cannot be fixed.

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Before the Mourners’ Bench

Kyle Kooyers

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

The Second Wednesday of Advent.

All They Could Do

Rev. Chandler Stokes

Sunday, December 6, 2015

The lectionary (the traditional set of readings for Sunday mornings) dedicates two Sundays to John the Baptist. Next to Jesus, Paul, and Peter, John the Baptist is mentioned more frequently than any other figure in the New Testament. His message maintained its importance, even after the “One Greater” came after him. His message stayed critical, because it is one for us to uphold: to prepare the Way of the Lord.

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Seeds of Hope

Kyle Kooyers

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Kyle Kooyers, Seminary Intern, delivers the first sermon in the 'In Wondering and Waiting' series.

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Grander Than We Have Imagined

Rev. Chandler Stokes

Sunday, November 29, 2015

The story we hear this week is of Jesus’ telling his disciples of the days to come. These kinds of pronouncements are often twisted, or they are shrunk down to manageable size. Fred Craddock said, The human heart is too small a screen on which to cast this grand scene. Indeed, the hope in Luke’s story here is grander than we have imagined. Join us.

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Chimes Volume 2015, #2: The Character of Leadership

Monday, November 23, 2015

The Volume 2015, #2 issue of Chimes is now available. In this issue: 

  • A Great Lay-Led Congregation
  • Servant-Leaders at Westminster
  • A Personal Reflection
  • The Deacon Ministry
  • Much more!
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What is Truth?

Rev. Jen Porter

Sunday, November 22, 2015

As we hear Pilate and Jesus' dialogue, traditionally heard on Good Friday, Jesus declares that he has come to "witness to the truth." The closing question from Pilate that lingers unanswered is "What is truth?". We seek that same answer. What is truth? And what does it mean in our lives?

Scripture and Sermon

Rev. Chandler Stokes

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Our confirmation series comes to a conclusion with a reflection on the center of Reformed worship: the Scripture and its exposition. Both are essential, though not enough. Both call upon the Spirit’s presence. Both are fraught with challenges. From words to Word—that’s the great hope of our worship!

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The Law

Rev. Chandler Stokes

Sunday, November 8, 2015

My colleague at San Francisco Theological Seminary, Prof. Greg Love, once wrote: Christ and the Spirit always engage us in a way that leaves our freedom intact. The Law, rather than a burden, is God’s map of the freedom we have in Christ and the Spirit. The law describes the shape of our freedom.

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Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs

Rev. Chandler Stokes

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Martin Luther said: “The devil flees before the sound of music almost as much as before the Word of God.... Music is a gift and grace of God, not an invention of humankind. Thus it drives out the devil and makes people cheerful.” We are participants in music—singing, playing, listening, and yet it seems to be bigger than us, much bigger, more mysterious, less controllable. We speak of being “moved”—there’s a lot going on here…

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