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The Shape of Freedom

Rev. Chandler Stokes

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Sunday, March 8, 2015

This Sunday, March 8, 2015 in worship: The commandments are so often thought of as a burden. They were not so intended—not at all. Read in their context, they tell us quite clearly that God establishes a relationship with Israel and only then offers the law. “Obedience to law is thus not a response to the law, but a response to God and to all that God has done.” (Leanne Reed) The law is an amazing gift.


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Dying in Christ

Rev. Chandler Stokes

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Sunday, March 1, 2015

Last week we looked at the first covenant—the divine heartbreak that binds God to us. This week the heartbreak is not all that different, but it is a much later covenant; we will explore the new covenant “in Christ’s blood.” It is not a simple concept and yet so much of our tradition alludes to this covenant. Come and join us as we celebrate communion together and enter the mystery that is Christ’s saving love.


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Divine Heartbreak

Rev. Chandler Stokes

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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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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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