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Preserving Our Inheritance

Rev. Chandler Stokes

Sermon     stewardship
Sunday, October 13, 2013

What IS our inheritance? The church. What preserves Westminster through 152 years? We do. We preserve it. The church isn’t something you can put in a jar; the only way it’s preserved is though us—just as it was with the early church. A sermon by Rev. Chandler Stokes on I Thessalonians 1:1–10, part of our ‘Stewardship Practices for Our Time’ series.


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Peace—At All Times in All Ways

Rev. David Baak

Sermon    
Sunday, October 6, 2013

On World Communion Sunday, we join other churches around the world in celebrating the sacrament of the Lord’s Supper. A sermon by Rev. David Baak on Luke 7:36–39,48–50; Acts 16:35–36; and 2 Thessalonians 3:16–17, joined by Rev. Abel Mirabal Padilla from Güines, Cuba.


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October Chimes is out!

  Chimes Young Adults Emerging Emerging Westminster
Tuesday, October 1, 2013

The October issue of Chimes is out. In this month’s issue:

  • The young adults of Emerging Westminster, our ministry to young adults, in their own voice
  • A mission report from Julie Brien in Benton Harbor
  • An interview with U.S. Army veteran and conscientious objector Logan Mehl-Laituri
  • How you can help with October’s countywide food drive

…and much more!

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Blessing

Rev. Chandler Stokes

Sermon    
Sunday, September 29, 2013

Each Sunday we exchange blessings with the children in the congregation. It is not a trivial gesture: Blessing someone carries with it the potential to change the world in a very real way. That is the intent behind the passage in Genesis 12, when God says, “I will bless you, and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing.” A sermon by Rev. Chandler Stokes on Genesis 12:1–4.


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Humility

Rev. Chandler Stokes

Sermon     Genesis Humility
Sunday, September 22, 2013

Humility is a practice: humility in all things—but especially before our understanding of God. This is an exploration of a very, very difficult text. By grace, it will at least humble us before the God who transcends us all and forms us in humility. A sermon by Rev. Chandler Stokes on Genesis 22:1–14.


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Faith

Rev. Chandler Stokes

Sermon     Sermon Faith Genesis
Sunday, September 15, 2013

Rev. Chandler Stokes preaching on Genesis 12:1–4, part of the series ‘Faith Practices for Our Time,’ in which we explore the essential practice of faith.


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Worship and Education

Rev. Chandler Stokes

Sermon    
Sunday, September 8, 2013

Why do we have children in worship and in education? The answer is simple, but goes to the very heart of the nature of faith: We are called to be disciples—which is not quite the same thing as being a student.


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The new Chimes

  Chimes Youth Choir
Sunday, September 1, 2013

We’re excited to share with you something we’ve been working on this summer: A brand new Chimes.

The new Chimes is a magazine-like design that is more visual, colorful, and illustrative of Westminster’s ministries. In this new format, we hope to better tell the story of our church, its members, and its ministries.

For this debut issue of the new format, we’re focusing on Westminster’s ministry with young people. You’ll find full articles on Sunday education, a new experiment with youth choirs, WCDC, Camp Henry, and the youth ministry, plus news and information from across the congregation.

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Reconciliation is the Goal: Labor Day Letter

Rev. David Baak

Sermon     Worship
Sunday, September 1, 2013

How often have you thought of or read Philemon—one of the shortest New Testament books? Labor Day gives us an occasion. Jesus’ teaching gives us a principle of reconciliation, and Philemon offers a case study.


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Paying it Forward: What is Your Motive?

Rev. Chandler Stokes

Sermon     Worship
Sunday, August 25, 2013

The instruction to “pay it forward” is about motives—about why we do what we do. This is kingdom language that teaches us not so much about the words we use, but about how we go about living the Kingdom.


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Hearing Voices

Rev. Katherine Baker

Sermon    
Sunday, August 18, 2013

The faith community, in which we find our being, holds in tension a collection of voices — young and old, simple and complex, mystical and prophetic, popular and controversial — all needing to be heard. As we listen for all these voices, how are we made better as colleagues, students and teachers in Language School?


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Do You Have to Make Jesus God?

Rev. Chandler Stokes

Sermon    
Sunday, August 11, 2013

You may have heard people say, “Jesus was a great teacher, and really special, but can’t he just be human? Why does it have to be more complicated than that?” The church has long affirmed the paradoxical identity of Jesus: Jesus is both fully human and fully God. That says a lot about the God we believe in — especially in how He understands our suffering. Rev. Chandler Stokes preaching on Philippians 2:1-8.


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A Safe Place

Rev. Chandler Stokes

Sermon     Sexuality
Sunday, August 4, 2013

A subject like sexuality can be fraught with vulnerability, tenderness, and apprehension. When we engage sexuality, it’s appropriate to focus on creating a safe place for it — which is right where the Bible puts its emphasis too. Rev. Chandler Stokes preaching on 1 Thessalonians 2:5–8.


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Do You Want To Be Healed?

Rev. Chandler Stokes

Sermon     Healed
Sunday, July 28, 2013

Rev. Chandler Stokes preaching on John 5:1-15.


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The Other Magnificat: Why Don’t Christians Believe and Do the Same Things?

Rev. Katherine Baker

Sermon     Magnificat
Sunday, July 21, 2013

We each have a different response to faith that glorifies God; it's our task to remain authentic and viable to the faith journey which God has called us. Our Magnificat, then, is our response to Christ’s incarnation in our lives and our hope for daily living. Rev. Katie Baker preaching on Luke 10:38–42.


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