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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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A New Tomorrow

Rev. Chandler Stokes

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Sunday, December 13, 2015

When the darkness seems to close in around us and life lies in pieces, sometimes it is very difficult to maintain hope. Last week we spoke about the infinite disproportion between us and the mystery with which we have become entwined. This week, the gospel is not about an infinite disproportion (which still holds) but about finite things that can be done. Finite things that can be done, even when the past cannot be fixed.


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Before the Mourners’ Bench

Kyle Kooyers

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Wednesday, December 9, 2015

The Second Wednesday of Advent.

All They Could Do

Rev. Chandler Stokes

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Sunday, December 6, 2015

The lectionary (the traditional set of readings for Sunday mornings) dedicates two Sundays to John the Baptist. Next to Jesus, Paul, and Peter, John the Baptist is mentioned more frequently than any other figure in the New Testament. His message maintained its importance, even after the “One Greater” came after him. His message stayed critical, because it is one for us to uphold: to prepare the Way of the Lord.


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Seeds of Hope

Kyle Kooyers

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Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Kyle Kooyers, Seminary Intern, delivers the first sermon in the 'In Wondering and Waiting' series.


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Grander Than We Have Imagined

Rev. Chandler Stokes

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Sunday, November 29, 2015

The story we hear this week is of Jesus’ telling his disciples of the days to come. These kinds of pronouncements are often twisted, or they are shrunk down to manageable size. Fred Craddock said, The human heart is too small a screen on which to cast this grand scene. Indeed, the hope in Luke’s story here is grander than we have imagined. Join us.


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What is Truth?

Rev. Jen Porter

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Sunday, November 22, 2015

As we hear Pilate and Jesus' dialogue, traditionally heard on Good Friday, Jesus declares that he has come to "witness to the truth." The closing question from Pilate that lingers unanswered is "What is truth?". We seek that same answer. What is truth? And what does it mean in our lives?

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