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Repentance

Repentance can be a difficult subject. There’s a Shaker song, ‘Simple Gifts,’ whose lyrics say, “To turn, turn will be our delight ‘Til by turning, turning we come ‘round right.” What does it mean to “come ‘round right”? We look to Luke as we consider these questions. The American preacher Fred Craddock says of the text, “In fact, for Luke the gospel is the offer of repentance and forgiveness of sins…” A sermon by Rev. Chandler Stokes on Luke 13:6–9.


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Stewardship across generations

  Updates pledge pledging
Thursday, November 7, 2013

“We are trustees of the Lord’s bounty unto us.”

That’s how this 1959 pledge appeal from our archives puts it. As you can see, we’ve been doing this pledging thing for a while—just as we do it today.

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This Sunday in worship: Repentance

  Worship repentance
Monday, November 4, 2013

Repentance can be a difficult subject. There’s a Shaker song, ‘Simple Gifts,’ whose lyrics say, “To turn, turn will be our delight ‘Til by turning, turning we come ‘round right.” What does it mean to “come ‘round right”? We’ll look at Luke 13:6-9 as we consider this. The American preacher Fred Craddock says of the text, “In fact, for Luke the gospel is the offer of repentance and forgiveness of sins…”

As usual, there will be beautiful music: The Westminster Winds will perform at both services, and be joined by the Sanctuary Choir at 11:00a.

And don’t forget education at 9:30a: Dr. Jeff Tyler, professor of religion at Hope College, continues our series ‘The Church and the Reality of Violence’ in the chapel.

Remembrance

Rev. Chandler Stokes

Sermon     remembrance hebrews all saints day
Sunday, November 3, 2013

A sermon with selections from Hebrews 11 in celebration of All Saints Day. Our faith is a song—we learn it from others, add our own voices to it for a time, and teach it to others so they can sing it after us. The basis of that song of faith is a call to remember not only the saints themselves, but the basis of the faith that empowered them: Christ has defeated death.


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November Chimes: Our Core Missions

The November issue of Chimes is now available. In this month’s issue:

  • Focusing on our core missions: Westminster Downtown Food Pantry, WCDC, and Camp Henry
  • Introducing the new Community Food Club
  • Looking ahead to Advent
  • ArtPrize 2013 wrap-up
  • New members
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Prayers reminder for Cuba

  Updates Cuba Mission
Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Our worldwide missions team is in Cuba this week with First-Hand Aid, bringing medical supplies to three different hospitals. Please keep them in your prayers.

Photo by Simon Cocks.

This Sunday in Worship: Remembrance

  Worship remembrance all saints day saints
Monday, October 28, 2013

This Sunday we celebrate All Saints Day.

Our faith is a song—we learn it from others, add our own voices to it for a time, and teach it to others so they can sing it after us. The basis of that song of faith is a call to remember not only the saints themselves, but the basis of the faith that empowered them: Christ has defeated death.

Friends, join us at 8:30a and 11:00a as we celebrate communion, hear songs from the choirs, and remember the saints who have come before us.

Thanksgiving

Rev. Chandler Stokes

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Sunday, October 27, 2013

Pledging is a practice of thanksgiving, and so we explore thanksgiving as a practice. Karl Barth, the great 20th century theologian, once said, “To believe in Jesus Christ means to become thankful.” This is not to say we’re always in touch with gratitude, as the parable of the laborers in the vineyard from Matthew 20 indicates—in fact, we find it very easy to be ungrateful! A sermon by Rev. Chandler Stokes on Matthew 20:1–16.


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Stewarding the Church

Rev. Chandler Stokes

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Sunday, October 20, 2013

“Whoever loves their dreams of the Christian community more than the community itself becomes its destroyer,” said Dietrich Bonhoeffer. There is a tension between what we long for the church to be, and what it actually is. But the heart of the Gospel is found with accepting those whom Christ has called—including new ones. We consider how to love an imperfect institution, and what discipline, hope, and love it takes to do so. A sermon on Isaiah 55:1-5.

Stewardship

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Monday, October 14, 2013

Our focus this month is on stewardship. Why do we give? Quan and Gaëtan Gerville-Réache said it well in this video from Sunday.

This Sunday in Worship: ‘Stewarding the Church’

 
Monday, October 14, 2013

October 20, 2013: A sermon on Isaiah 55:1-5, and the reception of new members.

Sermon: “Whoever loves their dreams of the Christian community more than the community itself becomes its destroyer,” said Dietrich Bonhoeffer. There is a tension between what we long for the church to be, and what it actually is. But the heart of the Gospel is found with accepting those whom Christ has called—including new ones. We’ll consider how to love an imperfect institution, and what discipline, hope, and love it takes to do so.

Music: The Cherub Choir and the Sanctuary Choir will sing at 11:00a.

Education: Be here at 9:30a for education for children and adults. In the chapel, Sherrill Vore continues our exploration of the book of Genesis.

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

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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

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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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