Worship and Sermons

GATHER INTO GOD'S SPIRIT...

 

We believe that our life together centers around meeting God in worship. At Westminster, our sermons are rooted in the Bible and connected to everyday life.  Here, people from all ages and varying backgrounds come together to form a community shaped by the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. We worship on Sundays at 10:00 a.m.

Click here to learn  how and why we worship the way we do.

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REGULAR WORSHIP TIMES

Sundays at 10:00 a.m. in the Sanctuary.

At Christmas and Easter there will be additional services. 

Children are an essential part of the worshiping community at Westminster Presbyterian Church. Learn more here.

 

SEE WHAT'S HAPPENING THIS SUNDAY

Elements of Sunday Morning Worship

 

Learn all about how and why we worship the way we do. We worship God in many different ways, but the five most common ways are:

Icons of elements of worship

Assemble in God’s Name

Prelude

As we gather together to worship God, the beautiful music helps us to feel closer to God. Look around the sanctuary to see what is special about today’s service:
• Are we sharing communion today?
• Are we celebrating a baptism today?
• Will the choir be singing today?
• Can you tell what season of the year we are in?
• Can you find the first hymn in your hymnal?

 

Welcome & Announcements

We’re glad you are here! The pastor stands up in front to welcome everyone and announce special events and activities that are coming up in the life of the church. Learn more about our Pastors.

 

Call to Worship

The liturgist (person who assists the pastors by leading parts of the worship service) stands and leads the people in a reading. The leader begins by reading where it says “One”; then the congregation reads where it says “All”.

Opening Hymn

We stand and sing a joyful song to praise our God.

Prayer of Confession

Nobody’s perfect. We all mess up sometimes and God knows that. God asks us to admit our faults, so we read together as one church the Prayer of Confession.

Declaration of Pardon

After saying we are sorry, we hear the good news that God forgives us for everything.

 

Passing of the Peace of Christ

Our peace comes from knowing how much God loves us in Jesus Christ. With God’s help, we try to love and forgive one another as Christ loves and forgives us. So when someone says, “The peace of Christ be with you,” we respond, “And also with you.”

Prayers of the People

Jesus prays for us and wants us to pray for others – for our church and for the world that God loves so much. Every time you hear the words, “God of Mercy”, the congregation responds by saying “Hear our prayer.” We end this prayer by saying the Lord’s Prayer, the special prayer that Jesus taught his disciples.

The Lord’s Prayer

 

Our Father, who art in Heaven,
hallowed be thy name.
Thy kingdom come,
thy will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day
our daily bread,
and forgive us our debts
as we forgive our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
and the power,
and the glory forever.
Amen.

Offertory

Every good thing is a gift from God — the food we eat, the things we have, the time we spend, our whole lives. We give our lives back to God as a way of saying thank you — sharing money with those who are in need, giving food to those who are hungry, and spending our time to help others.

Proclaim God’s Word

Scripture Readings

We read from the Bible to remember God’s mighty acts in history, to discover what God is doing in our world, and to look forward to the future God has promised. There are different kinds of writing in the Bible — stories, songs, laws, letters, wisdom, dreams. All of it is God’s Word for us today. That is why when the reader says, “The Word of the Lord,” we respond, “Thanks be to God.”

Sermon

In the sermon, we hear the good news of what God has done for us in Jesus Christ. We also listen for what God is calling us to do — so that we may love and serve God and our neighbors. View past sermons here.

  

The Sacraments: Holy Communion and BAPTISM

The Sacrament of Holy Communion (On the first Sunday of each month and certain special days)

INVITATION TO THE LORD’S TABLE

Jesus shared many meals with his followers — feeding hungry crowds with a little bread and fish, gathering with his disciples to remember how God saved the people, and breaking bread with them after he rose from the dead. The Lord’s Supper is a meal that we share today with Jesus and with the whole church throughout the world.

GREAT THANKSGIVING

When we pray before the Lord’s Supper we do three things. 

  • We celebrate and give thanks for all the good things God has done for us. 
  • We remember and give thanks for Jesus — how he lived, died, and rose again to save us and give us life. 
  • We pray that the Holy Spirit will feed us through this meal, so that we can grow strong in faith and be faithful followers of Jesus.
BREAKING OF THE BREAD

Jesus gives us his own body, broken like bread, so that we will have everything we need. He gives us his own life, poured out like a cup, so that we can live with him forever.

COMMUNION OF THE PEOPLE

When we share the bread and cup, we are sharing a meal with Jesus and with all God’s people. The bread and cup are a small taste of the great goodness of God, and a sign of the meal we will one day share in heaven.

 PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION 

When everyone has shared the bread and cup, we thank God for feeding us in this holy meal. We pray that this meal with Jesus will help us to grow in faith and make us strong to love and serve God and neighbors.


THE SACRAMENT OF BAPTISM

Baptism is the way we become members of the church, the body of Christ or family of God. It is a sign of everything God has promised us — new life in Jesus, forgiveness of sin, and the coming of a new creation. When Jesus was baptized, the Holy Spirit rested on him like a bird from heaven, and God said: “You are my beloved child.” God says the same thing to us when we are baptized.  Click here to learn more about Baptisms.
Everyone who is baptized is a kind of minister — called to live like Jesus, to love others, and to serve God. Each one of us is given special gifts from the Holy Spirit to help us do these things. When we remember our baptism, we give thanks for these gifts and this calling, and we promise again to follow Jesus in everything we do.

Go in God’s Name

CLOSING HYMN

As we get ready to go and serve God in the world, we sing a song to praise and celebrate God’s goodness, and to show how we are called to live in Jesus’ name.

BENEDICTION

God blesses us so that we can be a blessing to others. We go out to follow Jesus in the world — to show and tell the good news of God to everyone.

POSTLUDE

We listen to joyful music as we go. We go to love others just as God loves us.

 

You are welcome to join us for worship. If you have any questions please contact Westminster.