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A Waste

Rev. Chandler Stokes

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Sunday, March 13, 2016

Is every day the same as every other day? They are each made of 24 hours, but does that similarity tell us anything important about how they are the same? Jesus suggests that the same thing is not demanded of us at every time, that time is not all the same. Perhaps, we cannot flatten out the Lord’s claim into a series of ethical demands. Join us as we ask these questions on Sunday.


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Winnipeg

Rev. Chandler Stokes

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Sunday, March 6, 2016

Geese fly in formation—and it is an amazing metaphor for the church. Geese are lifted by their being in that V-formation that V-relationship; they rotate leadership, they accompany the fallen, and they honk encouragement from behind. We have a lot to learn from geese. Join us for an exploration of participation in community.


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North Star

Rev. Chandler Stokes

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Sunday, February 28, 2016

Robert Frost was a child of the modern age; he knew how unsteady cosmology had become, how relative all things in our age had become. His poem Take Something Like a Star is a reflection of that understanding and yet, in spite of that awareness, gives us something “to stay our minds on and be staid.” His is, ultimately, not all that different from what Jeremiah offers us.


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Dual Citizenship

Rev. Chandler Stokes

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Sunday, February 21, 2016

How do we live with a dual citizenship—one that is always at work in this life of struggle, and that is our deeper identity, formed by Another’s Rule? The Apostle Paul calls us to live as citizens of heaven. Do we know what that looks like? Can we see ourselves as having our true home under the Reign of God?


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Love is Eternal

Rev. Chandler Stokes

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Sunday, February 14, 2016

Observing an older man's care for his ailing wife, someone once wrote: “I see the sparkle in his eye when he looks at her still, and it is both heartbreaking and inspiring. There is not measuring, no holding back, no keeping score or negotiating there. There is no use for pretense at this place in the journey, and he is all here, all in, with her. Getting married is easy. Loving anyone this way, for this long, is hard and messy, miraculous and graceful.” That’s the love of 1 Corinthians 13.


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The Baptismal Cord

Rev. Chandler Stokes

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Wednesday, February 10, 2016

My colleague Doug King wrote: “Baptism is not about inoculation, it is about destination.” And our destination is hinted at both in baptism and in Easter. This is a traditional service that will provide an opportunity for us to recommit ourselves to our faith at the beginning of Lent and to discern what particular spiritual work we may be called to for this season. Please join us.


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Glow in the Dark

Westminster Youth

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Sunday, February 7, 2016

THIS Sunday, February 7th, please join us in this annual celebration as our high school and middle school youth lead worship during both our 8:30a and 11:00a services, including sermons preached by the senior class of 2016.


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Words In Your Mouth

Rev. David Baak

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Sunday, January 31, 2016

Jeremiah was called to be a prophet and protested that he was “only a boy” and didn’t have the ability to speak out. God assured him that God would put the “words in your mouth.” We are called to be prophets in our day and God assures us that we will be given the ability, the courage, and the words to be able to speak. That is especially true for our officers—elders, deacons and trustees—who will be ordained and installed and are charged to serve the congregation with "energy, intelligence, imagination and love” into the understanding of our calling. Info for those who have signed, or would like to sign "An Appeal to Christians in the United States" can be found here: http://bit.ly/1JTAvL8


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When the Waters Rise

Rev. Chandler Stokes

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Sunday, January 24, 2016

The hard truth about global climate change can be deeply dis-heartening. There is a great deal in motion that we will not be able to stop. That is where hope comes in. We are a people defined by hope. We believe in a God Who raised Jesus from the dead. We believe in a God Who turns the shadow of death into daybreak. We are called to live into that hope.


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Black Lives Matter

Rev. Chandler Stokes

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Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Of course, all lives matter. The session has recently reviewed and approved a document that includes the following: Black Lives Matter is contextual. To insist that black lives matter is not less than insisting that all lives matter. It is the necessary affirmation of the same conviction in a particular circumstance. Precisely because all lives matter, we must be prepared to affirm even more loudly the worth of those lives harmed by injustice—the lives of any who have had reason to question whether society values them at all. We insist that black lives matter, then, because the historical and contemporary injustice done to people of color demands it.


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A Stream in the Desert

Rev. David Baak

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Sunday, January 10, 2016

We see the world sometimes through our hope and confidence in God, and sometimes through our fear and doubt. We return to the Word, to center us again in God's covenant and in whose we are. Gregory Jones reminds us that "God's forgiveness requires us to confront our tendencies to see the world either as "lighter" than it is or as "darker" than it is." We gather, and listen for God to speak.


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The Fragile Word

Rev. Chandler Stokes

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Sunday, January 3, 2016

The word, especially when it comes in the form of a prophetic challenge is fragile; it is easily rejected or ignored. It is not only Jesus’ words that are rejected, but he himself. His rejection comes well before his trial in Jerusalem. Please join us during January for this exploration of the prophetic word. It will not always be comfortable for us. It will not always be easy for us, but it will always proclaim God’s hope for the world.


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Take a Deep Breath

Rev. David Baak

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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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Warmth

Rev. Chandler Stokes

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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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A Word From Beyond

Rev. Chandler Stokes

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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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