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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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Rooted and Reaching

Westminster Youth

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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

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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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The Day You Actually Want to Hear From John the Baptist

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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

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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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In A Day

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Sunday, January 11, 2015

We say, as Christ's body, that in our baptism that we have become Children of God. We quickly realize as we live into our faith, that the things that change us happen in a day and over lots of years. What has changed me? We continue to walk with that question as we reflect on Jesus' baptism.


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Revealed

Rev. Jen Porter

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Sunday, December 28, 2014

"Revealed" God often comes in ways that are easy for us to miss. We give thanks for the Holy Spirit at work in the world, and for the dedicated witness of the faithful in our midst. Simeon and Anna have waited for decades


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Sitting in Darkness

Rev. Chandler Stokes

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Wednesday, December 24, 2014

“Sitting in Darkness" - God did not wait till the world was ready, till...the nations were at peace. … God did not wait for the perfect time. God came when the need was deep and great. Come celebrate with us the Birth of the Messiah, the Light of the World.


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The Light of Love

Rev. Chandler Stokes

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Sunday, December 21, 2014

This week also gives us a chance to introduce an addition to our pastoral care team: a mental health referral panel that gives us some great confidence about making referrals for members of Westminster. It is a very comforting and exciting development.


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The Light of Hope

Rev. Chandler Stokes

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Sunday, December 14, 2014

In addition to our children’s choirs singing at the 11.00 am service, we will also be offering a sneak preview of our plans for the MissionMatters campaign in the new year and introducing our new Minster for Mission. It will be a grand day.


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Moving in Darkness

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Sunday, December 7, 2014

There is always an obscure quality to our living. There will always be unanswered questions, places of unease, of irresolution… darkness. But we move through it. We move through life without resolution but with a “deepening sense” of it all. It is solved in the walking… As the disciples walked the road to Emmaus, we too walk without resolution, and yet with the promise that, for a moment, as we pause and eat together, there will be a bit of … calm, sense, maybe even light around the table. And get up… and walk again.


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The Luminous Dark

Rev. Chandler Stokes

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Sunday, November 30, 2014

We will begin by rememberingeven the darkness is not dark to God—and that when we find ourselves in oppressive darkness, we are not alone; God has habitually met God’s people in their darkness: pointing to the stars at night for Abraham to count his descendants to come, starting their exodus on Passover night, meeting Moses in the darkness on Mt. Sinai, converting Saul in his blindness, and raising Jesus in the dark of the tomb. All these liberating gifts, all given in the darkness.


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Thy Kingdom Come

Rev. Jen Porter

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Sunday, November 23, 2014

As we stand between our confirmation series and the season of advent, we finish this church year remembering the vast kingdom of Christ. Our shepherd king shows us the way, gathering in a people who can join in loving the world.


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