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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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Now What?

Rev. Chandler Stokes

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Sunday, November 16, 2014

This is what Prof. Thomas Long says: We do not get to draw a line in the sand and say, “OK, God, when I get this problem of suffering worked out in my mind, I'll step over the line toward you.” Or, “OK, God, when you begin to honor my sense of justice, then I will trust you.” No, we have to step over the line and fall on our knees in prayer and faith. Only in the light of our trust in God is there anything to see.


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Why Is There So Much Hurt?

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Sunday, November 9, 2014

Asking God Why? Is the right thing to do; we can’t really help ourselves from asking. And asking this question keeps us in relationship with God—and that is good. But is God really responsible for all this suffering? The God of Jesus Christ enters suffering, and there are things in this world that are not the friend of God.


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Why Do We Pass It?

Rev. Chandler Stokes

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Sunday, November 2, 2014

All Saints Celebration & the Lord’s Supper: Why Do We Pass It? Rev. Chandler Stokes will be preaching on 1 Peter 2:9-10, which declares that God has made us (us?) a royal priesthood and a holy nation. The answer to the question, Why do we pass it?—that is, the elements of communion--is much the same: because we serve as priests. Those affirmations tend to make us nervous. We will explore those affirmations and our nervousness.


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How Do I Work This?

Rev. Chandler Stokes

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Sunday, October 26, 2014

We need Scripture and Spirit both. The Bible without the Spirit is a dead word. The Spirit without Scripture is unbridled. It is their integration that gives the Church its life and vitality, its momentum and direction. We cannot be who we are as a community without both of them. This is the question that officers in the Presbyterian Church answer about Scripture: Do you accept the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments to be, by the Holy Spirit, the unique and authoritative witness to Jesus Christ in the Church universal, and God’s Word to you? Part of this week’s reflection is to lift up is: by the Holy Spirit… It is essential in our understanding of the Bible.


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I Asked For Wonder - Rev. Jen Porter Installation

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Sunday, October 19, 2014

"I Asked For Wonder" A sermon by Rev. Jeff Petersen. The installation service for Rev. Jen A. Porter on October 19, 2014.


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Where Did All This Come From?

Rev. Chandler Stokes

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Sunday, October 19, 2014

As throughout the confirmation series, we find again that the questions we ask really do matter. And when we ask about the Source of “all this,” religion does not answer the scientific question, but it tells a deep and resonant story about the universe. And the metaphors we use for that Source (Should we name that Source with a verb like “Love” or with a noun like “Father”?) lead us deep into the complex and mysterious heart of God. And those metaphors also make a claim on who we are; they call us to be participants and not mere observers in the universe.


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Who is Jesus?

Rev. Chandler Stokes

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Sunday, October 12, 2014

Knowing who Jesus is helps us understand how to be stewards of our lives, how to be good caretakers of the amazing human life we have each been given. And being in relationship with Jesus, that is, knowing Jesus, not just who he is, pursuing this question fully, also empowers us to become good stewards. That's a lot. Really? Is that really possible?


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10,000 Places, and More…

Rev. Jen A. Porter

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Sunday, October 5, 2014

10,000 places, and more..." Acts 8:26-40 The Ethiopian Eunuch asks Philip some central questions about faith: Am I included? It this word for me, today? Churches around the world proclaim on World Communion Sunday that we are all connected. We come to this table with our innumerable differences to the one- and through the one- who unites us all. To the table and out into the world, we are all part of the answer that Christ gives.


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Who Are We?

Rev. Chandler Stokes

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Monday, September 22, 2014

The Apostle Paul says, If one member suffers, all suffer together with it; if one member is honored, all rejoice together with it. Is that when church happens? Is that who we are--those who suffer with those who suffer and rejoice with those who rejoice? There is something about the church that makes it always engaged with the joy and suffering of the world. There is something about the church that is always "sent" or "connected" and not isolated or separate.


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Why Are We Here?

Rev. Chandler Stokes

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Monday, September 15, 2014

When the confirmation process concludes, students are given an opportunity to join the church if they so discern. They are invited to join a particular church, one small part of the much larger Body of Christ—in our case, Westminster Presbyterian. What is the heart of this community? To what do we join ourselves in committing ourselves to this people?


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A Special Sunday in the Life of Westminster

Rev. Jen Porter

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Sunday, September 14, 2014

This Sunday, our candidate for Associate Pastor will preach her candidating sermon. After the APNC’s twenty month’s search, we celebrate together their nominee and follow our worship service with a congregational meeting to consider formally the committee’s nomination.


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