Sermons

Go in Peace

Rev. Jen Porter

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Sunday, July 3, 2016

This Sunday in Worship: Rev. Jen Porter preaching. "If this man were a prophet, he would know who is touching him and what kind of woman she is- that she is a sinner." Of course, Jesus was The prophet. And Jesus did know. E. Stanley Jones encourages us to keep the prophet alive in our souls. "Without them we sink from the "Is" to the "Was."" Join us Sunday for communion. Come, to be renewed again in Christ's Sprit.


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Return No One Evil for Evil

Rev. Karen Stokes

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Sunday, June 26, 2016

We welcome Rev. Karen Stokes as our guest preacher this Sunday. She is a native of Oakland, California. After college, where she majored in music, she attended San Francisco Theological Seminary, receiving her MDiv in 1982 where she also met and married Chandler Stokes. She has served several congregations in Northern California and following her move to Michigan in 2010, has served as an interim pastor in UCC and PC(USA) congregations; currently she serves as Interim Pastor of Parkwood Presbyterian Church in Jenison. Karen loves living in Michigan, with its humane pace, dramatic seasons, and natural beauty. Her message on Sunday will be “Return No One Evil for Evil” based on Genesis 45:1-9; Matthew 5:38-48. Join us at 10:00a.


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Paraclete

Rev. William A. Evertsberg

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Sunday, June 19, 2016

We welcome former pastor Rev. William A. Evertsberg as guest preacher this Sunday. Bill is the Senior Minister at the Kenilworth Union Church in Kenilworth, Illinois. He has also served congregations in Abington, Pennsylvania; Greenwich, Connecticut and here at Westminster from 1990-1997. He has degrees from Calvin College (B.A.) and Princeton Theological Seminary (M.Div. and D.Min.) He will preach on Philippians 1:1-7; 2:1-7; 4:13 titled “Paraclete”.


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Wheeling and Dealing at the Top

Rev. Paul Timothy Roberts, Sr.

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Sunday, June 12, 2016

We welcome as our guest preacher this week Sunday June 12, the Reverend Paul Timothy Roberts Sr. He is President of Johnson C. Smith Theological Seminary in Atlanta, GA. Johnson C. Smith Theological Seminary is one of the ten theological schools of the Presbyterian Church (USA), and the only one that is historically African American. Paul is a graduate of Princeton University and Johnson C. Smith. He is also an Academic Fellow of The Ecumenical Institute at Bossey in Celigny, Switzerland. He is an author and a popular speaker who has preached at the NEXT Church Conference, the Montreat Youth Conference, the Mid-Winter Lectures at Austin Presbyterian Seminary and at congregations around the country.


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When Some Plus More Equals Infinity

Rev. Dr. John Stewart

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Sunday, June 5, 2016

We welcome former pastor Rev. Dr. John (“Jack”) Stewart as our guest preacher on Sunday, June 5. Jack is retired as a professor of Practical Theology at Princeton Theological Seminary. A graduate of Pittsburgh Theological Seminary (M.Div) and the University of Michigan (Ph.D), he has taught at Hope College and Yale Divinity School. He has served as pastor in two congregations in Western Pennsylvania and from 1974 to 1989 he was the Senior Pastor here at Westminster. His message on Sunday will be “When Some Plus More Equals Infinity” based on John 4.


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Whose God?

Rev. David Baak

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Sunday, May 29, 2016

The story of Elijah at Mt. Carmel (I Kings 18) is well known and is also disturbing: Whose God? is the question and the answer is quite clear. Not so much in Luke 7 with Jesus' interpretation of the Roman centurion’s request for Jesus to heal a servant: “…I’ve not seen such faith as his…" The contrast prompts us to think bigger than ourselves, our own understanding, and our expectations for what is “true.” Join us for one service this Sunday, at 10:00a; Rev. David Baak, preaching.


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Iniquities With Cords of Falsehood

Rev. Dr. Randal Jelks

Sermon     black lives matter
Sunday, May 22, 2016

We welcome Rev. Dr. Randal Maurice Jelks this Sunday, May 22. Dr. Jelks is Professor of American Studies and African and African American Studies at the University of Kansas. He is an ordained Presbyterian clergy (PCUSA) and part of the Westminster congregation. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan, McCormick Theological Seminary and Michigan State University. His sermon on Sunday, at both 8:30a and 11:00a is “Iniquities With Cords of Falsehood” based on Isaiah 5.18-23.


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The Third Face of God

Rev. David Baak

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Sunday, May 15, 2016

Rev. David Baak preaching on Acts 2 The Third Face of God” at 8:30a.


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Suit Up

Rev. Jessica Tate

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Sunday, May 8, 2016

Rev. Jessica Tate is the Director of NEXT Church (www.nextchurch.net) and will be preaching at both services. NEXT Church is a network of leaders across the Presbyterian Church USA who are discerning together how to be the faithful church in the 21st century. She has served a congregation in Virginia and is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Union Presbyterian Seminary in Richmond, Virginia. Her sermon is “Suit Up,” the scripture for which is Matthew 28.16-20.


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Love, in the Flesh

Rev. Leanne Pearce Reed

Sermon     Song of Songs
Sunday, May 1, 2016

The Rev. Leanne Pearce Reed serves as pastor of Montevallo Presbyterian Church in Montevallo, Alabama. She is a graduate of Georgetown University and McCormick Theological Seminary. In her first call, she served as a Presbyterian mission co- worker with our partners in Central America. Her sermon this Sunday is “Love, In the Flesh” based on Song of Songs 2.8-17. She says: “I'll explore the Song of Songs as an affirmation of our embodied life and the importance of embodied love.” The sacrament of the Lord’s Supper will be celebrated at both services.


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Counting Sheep

Rev. Kamal Hassan

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Sunday, April 24, 2016

Rev. Kamal Hassan will preach at both services. Rev. Hassan serves as Pastor/Teaching Elder at the Sojourner Truth Presbyterian Church in Richmond, California. His message will be “Counting Sheep” based on Ezekiel 34.11-16, 20-24. He asks: “Could it be that the main problem of American religion in the 21st Century is that churches are full of domestic sheep?” Join us this Sunday.


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Hey, Are You Saved?

Rev. Tom Are Jr.

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Sunday, April 17, 2016

Rev. Tom Are Jr. from Village Presbyterian Church in Prairie Village, KS will be leading us in worship this Sunday with his sermon, Hey, Are You Saved? Rev. Tom will be preaching on John 3:1-16.


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The Thin Life

Rev. Laurie Hartzell

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Sunday, April 10, 2016

Come and worship at Westminster as we celebrate the sacrament of Baptism and as Rev. Laurie Hartzell from Benton Harbor First preaches a sermon called, "The Thin Life." She'lia Powell will also be sharing about her experience at Camp Henry. Absolutely everyone is welcome!


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Reborn

Rev. Jen Porter

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Sunday, April 3, 2016

The story of Naaman turns upside down the world's view of power. Through the table and the font, God's transforming love changes this world and our lives. We continue to live in the newness of resurrection life.


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Say Her Name

Rev. Chandler Stokes

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Sunday, March 27, 2016

Baptism is a celebration of the resurrection. Paul tells us that in baptism is the gift that we may walk in newness of life. Even though the resurrection is a gift to all creation, it is also a very personal gift that calls us into resurrection life today.


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