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Worship Schedule for April

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Thursday, April 2, 2015

Surely, Not I?

April 2—Maundy Thursday
Rev. Jen Porter preaching on
Mark 8:24-25

The Shape of Freedom

April 3—Good Friday
Community Service at CRC
Rev. Chandler Stokes preaching on
Exodus 23:24-34
Music: Chandler Stokes, baritone at 8:30a
The First Word: "Father, forgive them..."

Where Does it End?

April 5—Easter Sunday
The Resurrection of the Lord
Rev. Chandler Stokes preaching on
Mark 16:1-8


Looking at the World Anew


April 12—The Second Sunday of Easter
Rev. Jen Porter preaching
The Sacrament of Baptism

In Whose Image?

April 19—The Third Sunday of Easter
Rev. Chandler Stokes preaching on
Mark 12:13-17

Say What?

April 26—The Third Sunday of Easter
Rev. Chandler Stokes preaching on
Mark 12:18-27

Community Good Friday Service

  Worship Good Friday News Updates
Monday, March 30, 2015

The 80th Community Good Friday service will be held at Central Reformed Church on Friday, April 3, from 12:00-2:00pm. The service will feature music from some of the finest soloists in the area, hymn singing and meditations on the Seven Last Words from the Cross.  Participating churches are Westminster Presbyterian, First United Methodist, LaGrave Avenue Christian Reformed, First (Park) Congregational, Fountain Street, the Cathedral of St. Andrew, and Central Reformed.  A free-will offering will be taken for God's Kitchen.  All are welcome -- come when you can, leave when you must.

Words of Life

Rev. Chandler Stokes

Sermon     Worship
Sunday, March 29, 2015

The 8.30 service Sunday will be a call to our faithfulness to the Word: to be a place where the Word takes root, where what God needs spoken, what God needs done, has a will to bring it into reality. The 11.00 service will be a beautiful expression of the church’s faith and confidence in the grace of God. We invite you to bring your memories of loved and cherished ones, to commune with them while the music gives voice to our prayer and our praise. Please join us.

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Rev. Chandler Stokes

Sermon     Worship Lent
Sunday, March 22, 2015

“Knowing" is part of the language of covenant in Scripture; “knowing” communicates an intimate sense of God’s love. And to be known is an extraordinary thing, especially when it comes to God’s knowledge of us—because that knowing is always accompanied by love.

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Holy Week Services

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Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Palm/Passion Sunday
8:30a Rev. Stokes preaching on Genesis 12
11:00a The Sanctuary choir singing the Fauré Requiem

Maundy Thursday Service at Porter Hills
3:00p Rev. Jen Porter preaching

Maundy Thursday at Westminster
The Sacrament of Holy Communion
7:00p Rev. Jen Porter preaching

Good Friday
12:00p Community Worship Service at Central Reformed
Rev. Stokes and others preaching

The Week ends with
Easter Sunday Celebration
8:30a and 11:00a Rev. Stokes preaching

Divine Heartbreak

Rev. Chandler Stokes

Sermon     Worship
Sunday, February 22, 2015

"Divine Heartbreak" This Sunday, February 22 is the First Sunday in Lent. We will have two services--one at 8.30 am and one at 11.00 am. Rev. Stokes will be preaching on the "Heartbreak of God." The focus will be on the story of the flood, which raises serious questions about God and destructive power. How can this be a story of the God we know in Jesus Christ? What is God's intent? Join us.

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Quit Whining

Rev. Chandler Stokes

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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Please join us this Wednesday, February 18 at 7pm for our annual Ash Wednesday service. The service will include time for prayer and the traditional imposition of ashes. It is a moving and intimate service. If you have not attended before we encourage you to this year. Rev. Stokes will be preaching on Numbers 21 and John 3 and will introduce the theme for Lent: The Grammar of Faith—Covenant.

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2015 Lent Worship Schedule

  Worship Lent Ash Wednesday
Tuesday, February 10, 2015

LENT 2015
The Grammar of Faith:

February 18—Ash Wednesday
Rev. Chandler Stokes preaching on
Numbers 21:4-9
Quit Whining?


February 22—The First Sunday in Lent
Rev. Chandler Stokes preaching on
Genesis 9:8-17
Divine Heartbreak


March 1—The Second Sunday in Lent
Rev. Chandler Stokes preaching on
John 12:20-33
Dying in Christ


March 8—The Third Sunday in Lent
Rev. Chandler Stokes preaching on
Exodus 20:1-17
The Shape of Freedom


March 15—The Fourth Sunday in Lent
The Children’s Musical


March 22—The Fifth Sunday in Lent
Rev. Chandler Stokes preaching on
Mark 14:53-72


March 29—Palm-Passion Sunday
The Faure Requiem

Rooted and Reaching

Westminster Youth

Sermon     Worship Youth
Sunday, February 8, 2015

"Rooted and Reaching" We are blessed at Westminster to have a thriving youth ministry as well as a vibrant music ministry where our youth are invited almost every Sunday to offer their gifts to God as part of the public and visible worshipping life of the Church. On one Sunday each year, we are further blessed as the youth are invited and empowered to plan and enact the whole drama of the Sunday liturgy together.

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Leading from the Center

Rev. David Baak

Sermon     Worship
Sunday, February 1, 2015

“Leading from the Center” is recognized as an effective way to get things done in business, politics, etc.…it’s a common sense approach. It is also what is suggested by the promise of “raising prophets among us” (Deuteronomy 18.15-20 and Mark 1.21-28)— the focus of worship on Sunday. This is part of the series “Body Language: What Has Changed Us” and explores the question of intrinsic authority—a principle illustrated by the ordination and installation of our newly elected officers. Rev. David Baak, preaching.

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Easter Season Communion Dates

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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

The Worship Committee announces the Communion schedule for the next few months, through the Easter season.

We will celebrate the Lord’s Supper on these dates:
Sunday, February 8 (Youth Sunday) rather than February 1
Sunday, March 1
Thursday, April 2, Maundy Thursday, both at Porter Hills (3:00 p.m.) and in the Sanctuary (7:00 p.m.)
(not on Easter April 5)
Sunday, May 3

Worship Schedule for February

  Worship Worship Blog Lent Ash Wednesday
Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Body Language

What has Changed?

Leading from the Center

February 1– The Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany
Ordination and Installation of Officers
Rev. David Baak preaching
Scripture: Deuteronomy 18.15-20 and Mark 1.21-28
Music: Westminster Men's Choir at 8:30a & 11:00a
Carol Choir at 11:00a

Youth Sunday - Rooted and Reaching

February 8 – The Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany
Sacrament of the Lord's Supper
Youth Sunday
Music: Kirk Singers at 8:30a & 11:00a

To Lead What We Started Out Watching

February 15 - The Transfiguration of the Lord
Rev. Chandler Stokes preaching
Scripture: Mark 9:2-9
Music: Midwinter THAW Concert
Westminster Winds

LENT 2015

Quit Whining?

February 18 – Ash Wednesday
Rev. Chandler Stokes preaching
Scripture: Numbers 21:4-9
Music: Sanctuary Choir

Divine Heartbreak

February 22 – The First Sunday in Lent
Rev. Chandler Stokes preaching
Scripture: Genesis 9:8-17
Music: Josh Leckrone, Baritone at 8:30a
Cherub and Sanctuary Choir at 11:00a

The Day You Actually Want to Hear From John the Baptist

Sermon     Worship
Sunday, January 25, 2015

A note from Rev. Stokes: “Tom is also one of my best friends. He has been an inspiration to me, ever since I became a part of the Moveable Feast—our lectionary study group that we have shared since 1998. His is certainly a voice in the pulpit that speaks to me, regularly and compellingly. He is a sixth generation Presbyterian pastor and it shows. Tom will be here for the weekend: leading our session and leadership retreat. And will be meeting with our staff on Monday morning. You are invited to attend his presentation on Saturday morning, January 24, from 8:30-10:00am.”

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Courtney Smith and MissionMatters

Rev. Chandler Stokes

Sermon     Worship Worship Blog
Sunday, January 18, 2015

How did one become a Christian abolitionist in 1861? It was not as simple as it might sound. At the climax of Matthew’s gospel, Jesus commands his disciples to baptize and to teach. Presbyterians have long believed that loving God with our minds is critical, in part because it is critical to our practice of justice. It was critical that Courtney Smith had been empowered to read the Bible with more than his heart, but also with his mind. Join us as we explore the connections between our abolitionist past and our present hope to serve faithfully.

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