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Rev. Chandler Stokes

Sunday, September 13, 2015

What is this strange activity, worship? It’s not merely education, or entertainment, or therapy. Even though we may find ourselves illumined, engaged, and healed, worship is something else. Worship is not necessarily easy. Even though worship can become a positive contagion, it is so often moving against the momentum of our lives. May the promise of Something both beyond us and yet able to touch and transform us in love beckon you to worship this Sunday.

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MissionMatters Update for September 8, 2015

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Update for September 8, 2015

Camp Henry Dining Hall to Be Named for Don Taylor

“Jake” Jacobs, Executive Director of Camp Henry, recently received a phone call from a long-time friend of Camp Henry who lives out of state.

“We really need to get that Dining Hall expanded,” the caller said.

“We sure do,” Jake agreed.

“How about I help you out,” the caller said, and named a significant dollar amount. “All I want you to do is name the Dining Hall after Don Taylor, since he has done so much over the years to raise money for Camp Henry and Westminster Church.”

Convincing Don Taylor, a member of the MissionMatters Steering Committee, that the expanded Dining Hall had to be named for him in order to receive the donor’s gift took some effort on Jake’s part, but Don eventually agreed. At worship services at both Camp Henry and Westminster on Sunday, September 6 the gift was announced and received with joy and applause—both for Don’s many years of service to the Camp and Westminster and for the donor’s gift, which puts us much closer to reaching the MissionMatters campaign goal to raise $2,500,000 for the missions of Westminster.

After the Dining Hall expansion is completed, a plaque will be displayed that will likely read:

Built in Honor of
Donald E. Taylor
Honoring His Enduring
Passion, Commitment, and
Dedication to
Camp Henry

But work on the Dining Hall cannot begin without your help. Please remember to complete and return your fourth-year-pledge cards by Sunday, September 13. And thank you for all you have already pledged to MissionMatters! As of Tuesday, September 8, pledges have totaled $2,195,000 or nearly 88 percent of our total goal.


Kyle Kooyers

Sunday, September 6, 2015

It’s Labor Day Weekend… “America’s Annual Sabbath”. As seen by the one day we get a year, little attention is given to rest, since it hampers production. Indeed, productivity seems to be the law of this land. Yet, in the Law given to Israel, God graces her people with a special Sabbath every 50 years. In the Year of Jubilee, the land is given rest, debts are forgiven with seized property being returned to its original owners, and those who are captive as slaves are set free. The Jubilee Law is a snapshot of the Kingdom of God! Seem too good to be true? Well even Israel may have struggled to follow this one. But this vision of Jubilee is what the Prophet Isaiah offered as a balm to Israel as their world came crashing down around them. And the same vision is offered by Jesus as he reads from the Scroll of Isaiah in the synagogue, proclaiming “Today this scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.” Indeed we have been shown the fullness of Jubilee in the person of Christ and are called to live in to the reality of God's Kingdom. But, wait, how do we really live out Jubilee?

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Worship Schedule for September 2015

Monday, August 24, 2015



September 6—The Twenty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time
Kyle Kooyers preaching 
Music: Al Exoo, Folk Music

Confirmation Series Fall 2015

Confirmation 2015

Welcome to Worship

September 13—The Twenty-Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Commissioning Teachers
Rev. Chandler Stokes preaching on
Psalm 148 & Matthew 11:28-30
The Westminster Welcome & the Call to Worship
Without a basic orientation to our location in the universe
we are lost to doing anything else.

-Doug King
Music: Sanctuary Choir at 8:30a & 11:00a

Let us Pray

September 20—The Twenty-Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Commissioning Camp Henry Staff
Rev. Chandler Stokes preaching on
Luke 11:1-4
The Lord's Prayer and Other Prayers in Worship
One of his disciples said to him, "Lord, teach us to pray…"
-Luke 11:1
Music: Viviana Kloostra at 8:30a
Sanctuary Choir at 11:00a

The Architecture of Worship

September 27—The Twenty-Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Commissioning WCDC Teachers
Rev. Chandler Stokes preaching on
Luke 2:1-20 & Luke 18:15-17
The Outline of the Service & the Exchange of Blessings
Jesus called for them and said, "Let the little children come to me,
and do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of God belongs.

-Luke 18:16
Music: Cuban Music Duo at 8:30a
Sanctuary Choir & Cuban Music Duo at 11:00a



Rev. David Baak

Monday, August 24, 2015

The lectionary this week brings us to the words of the epistle of James, possibly even from the brother of Jesus in the first century, with a message that is good for individuals, but is intended first of all to help a community live in faith. James is quite a bit like a New Testament Proverbs: “Religion that is pure and undefiled before God is this: to care for orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself unstained by the world.” (1.27); 14What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if you say you have faith but do not have works? Can faith save you? 15If a brother or sister is naked and lacks daily food, 16and one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and eat your fill,” and yet you do not supply their bodily needs, what is the good of that? 17So faith by itself, if it has no works, is dead. 18But someone will say, 'You have faith and I have works.' Show me your faith apart from your works, and I by my works will show you my faith." (2.14-18).

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Rev. Chandler Stokes

Sermon     Marriage LGBTQ
Sunday, August 23, 2015

Matthew includes Ruth in the genealogy of Jesus. One of the reasons is that she represents an outsider to the family line, which anticipates some of the outlandish things that Jesus does. Another reason for her inclusion in the genealogy is the profound covenantal expression of love that she makes to her mother-in-law Naomi. It is a picture of God’s fidelity in human form.

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Food Pantry: Simply Give

  food pantry core missions Mission
Monday, August 17, 2015

The Meijer Simply Give program is back for another year! From now until September 12, 2015, each $10 donation made at the Meijer on Kalamazoo and 28th Street will be doubled by Meijer and given directly to the pantry. On September 3 (Hunger Action Day), 4, and 5, donations to the Meijer on Kalamazoo and 28th will be tripled!

Please donate your tens, twenties, fifties, and hundreds to Simply Give.  Meijer has made the promise, we must make the commitment! More info here.

August Chimes: Fall Program Issue

  Chimes News Updates
Friday, August 14, 2015

The August issue of Chimes is now available. In this month's issue: 

  • Focus on Worship: Confirmation Series Fall 2015
  • Communications
  • Educational Programming
  • Music
  • Much more!
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2015 Fall Women’s Retreat

Thursday, August 13, 2015

You're invited to the 2015 Fall Women's retreat! Open to all women, high school age and up, whether or not they are members of WPC. For more information, and to download the registration form, please click here. Registrations are due September 20.


Kyle Nolan

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

At our 10am service this Sunday, Kyle Nolan will continue our Vocabulary of Faith series, considering the elusive meaning of wisdom within and beyond the tradition.

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Rev. Sarah Juist

Sunday, August 9, 2015

For all of its talk about light, hope thrives in the darkness. It bears bittersweet fruit there: patience, endurance, compassion, and joy. This hope--the good news that God is making all things new--nourishes us on the way and binds us together as God's people, even in the worst of our seasons. It's the sort of gift that turns strangers into family, anger to lament, and excitement to joy.

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Rev. Chandler Stokes

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Priest—the word conjures up an image of robes and confessionals, maybe even of Latin and elaborate wardrobes. The odd thing is that our tradition emphasizes the priesthood of all believers. All believers—there’s a concept. How exactly does that play out for us? This Sunday in our series on The Vocabulary of Faith, we explore the word, “priest.”

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Worship Schedule for August 2015

Monday, July 27, 2015


August 2—The Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Sacrament of the Lord's Supper
Rev. Chandler Stokes preaching on
Exodus 19:1-6 and I Peter 2:9-10
Music: Quartet: Kathleen Vander Velde, Jackie Schoon
Dan Male, and Roger Nelson


August 9—The Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Rev. Sarah Juist preaching on
Colossians 1:1-14
Music: Sarah Fasse, Soprano


August 16—The Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Kyle Nolan preaching on
I Kings 3:3-14 and John 6:51-58



August 23—The Twenty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time
Rev. Chandler Stokes preaching on
Ruth 1:14-18


August 30—The Twenty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time
Rev. David Baak preaching on
James 1:17-27

The Word

Rev. Jen Porter

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

The Hebrew word for blessed in the beatitudes is 'ashar:' to find the right road, to find our way. Jesus' sermon on the mount begins with the Beatitudes. The way to God's Kingdom looks a lot like these. Jesus word is not easy and we don't explain them away. Jesus' sermon on the mount ends asking if our house will be able to withstand the storm. On this Word we rise and fall.

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