MAY 15th: Save the date!

Sharon Boccelli and Sue Venman have put together another delicious dinner for you to pick up and enjoy at home on Saturday, May 15th (pick up your dinners between 5:00 and 6:30 pm). For $15, you get one of three dinner options:

  • pasta with either meatballs or chicken parmesan, or
  • a sub with meatballs or chicken parm and a side of cole slaw, or
  • a stuffed pepper with rice-based pasta, GF cheese and egg (meatless and gluten-free, but not vegan)

Please don’t ask for changes or substitutions. For details on dessert, drinks, and pre-order information,
watch this space,

Until further notice, all in-person gatherings and services are ON HOLD

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The artist, who goes by the Twitter handle @MythAddict posted the new painting on March 26. “This year’s Easter Passover Seder #COVID19  #Easter2020,” he said in the caption while tweeting the recreated painting. So far, it has been retweeted 10,400 times.

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Thursday prayer time: April 15, 2021

Sunday, April 11th: you can listen to the readings and to Susie’s sermon here
Prelude: “The Long and Winding Road” (John Lennon/Paul McCartney)
Hymn: NCH#64, “Fire of God, Undying Flame” (Albert F. Bayly/Johann Walter: Nun Komm, der Heiden Heiland)
Postlude: “Every Morning is Easter Morning” (Donald Marsh/Richard Avery)
Eric Robinson, piano

Thursday prayer time: April 8, 2021

Easter Sunday, April 4th: you can listen to the readings and to Susie’s sermon here
Prelude: J.S. Bach, “Little Prelude Fugue in F,” BWV 556
Hymns: “Christ the Lord is Ris’n Today,” NCH230 “Come, You Faithful, Raise the Strain,” NCH573 “Lead On, Eternal Sovereign
Postlude: J.:. Bach, “Unbezeichnetes Stueck in F
Fred Gray, organ and guitar

Thursday prayer time: April 1, 2021
John Donoghue’s poem “For Lost Friends” may be found here

Sunday, March 28th: you can listen to the readings and to Jeanne Zammataro’s sermon here
Prelude: “Trumpet Tune” (Henry Purcell)
Hymn: “All Glory, Laud, and Honor” (Theodulf of Orleans, tr: J. M. Neale/Melchior Teschner: Valet will ich Dir geben)
Fred Gray, organ
Postlude: “Siyahamba” (Traditional Zulu hymn, sung by the Plainview-Old Bethpage High School choirs, Adam Paltrowitz, 2017)

Thursday prayer time: March 25th, 2021

Sunday, March 21st: you can listen to the readings and Susie’s sermon here
Prelude: “Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus” (Helen Lemmel, arr: J.M. Stevens)
Hymn: NCH#207, “Just As I Am” (Charlotte Elliott (alt.)/William B. Bradbury: WOODWORTH)
Postlude: “A Lenten Lesson” (Jean Anne Shafferman)
Eric Robinson, piano

Thursday prayer time: March 18, 2021

Sunday, March 14th: you can listen to the readings and Sharon Easterling’s sermon here
Prelude: “Prelude in E minor,” Opus 39 #5 (Alexandre Guilmant)
Hymn: NCH #247, “My Shepherd Is The Living God” (Isaac Watts (alt)/CONSOLATION, Southern Harmony)
Postlude: “Take Up Your Cross” (CharlesWEverest/BOURBON)
Fred Gray, organ and guitar

Sunday, March 7th: you can listen to the readings and David Mulholland’s sermon here
Prelude: “The Prodigal Son” (traditional)
Hymn: NCH#434 “All Beautiful the March of Days” (Frances Wile (alt), Ralph Vaughan Williams)
Postlude: “Sheep May Safely Graze” (J.S. Bach), Amanda Robinson Cramer, flute
Eric Robinson, piano

Sunday, February 28th: you can listen to the readings and Guy Payne’s sermon here
Prelude: “Fragile,” in memory of half a million dead (Gordon Sumner)
Hymn: NCH #488, “Be Still, My Soul” (Katharina von Schlegel/Borthwick, Jan Sibelius)
Postlude: “Caledonia,” (Dougie MacLean)
Fred Gray, organ and guitar

Sunday, February 21st: you can listen to the readings and Susie’s sermon here
Prelude: “Less of Me” (Glen Campbell)
Hymn: NCH #211, “Lord Jesus, Who Through Forty Days” (Claudia Hernaman, ST FLAVIAN)
Postlude: “Sonata” (Domenico Cimarosa)
Eric Robinson, piano

Sunday, February 14th: you can listen to the readings and Cheryl Charles’s sermon here
Prelude: “Cold and Raw,” or “Lookin’ fer luv in all the wrong places, in the 16th century” (Traditional)
Hymn: “Rhymes and Reasons” (John Denver)
Postlude: Interlude from Cavalleria Rusticana (Pietro Mascagni)
Fred Gray, piano and guitar

Sunday, February 7th: you can listen to the readings and Susie’s astonishing sermon here
Prelude: “Prayer of St. Francis” (Valerie Lorimer, Amanda Robinson Cramer, flute and vocals)
Hymn: NCH #554, “Out of the Depths” (Duck/Batastini)
Postlude: “On Jordan’s Stormy Banks” (arr. Stevens)
Eric Robinson, piano

Older sermons, service music, and prayer times may be found here.
More music, poems, and other offerings for the COVID era may be found here
The work of Christian activists, writers, and poets (of our time and other times) may be found here
Music made at West West for pre-COVID services may be found here
Several centuries of sacred music made elsewhere may be found here

The rate of transmission of COVID-19 in VT (and other states) may be found here.
When Rt is below 1.0, the virus will stop spreading.

Who are we?

We are a small band of progressive Christians supporting each other as we try to live as disciples of Jesus. We seek to learn from him, to follow and love him, and to live that love by loving the people Jesus loved – the lost, the last and the least.

We seek to be a blessing to all of God’s creation, to promote peace wherever we can, to work together with people of other faiths and of no faith. We believe that no matter who you are or where you are on your journey, you should be made welcome.

We try to live by that faith, to make our church a sanctuary in every way: a space for worship, a place of safety, and a place where souls are nourished and prepared for their work in the world. We think God is doing remarkable things here in Westminster West, and we’d love to have you be part of it.

What is our congregation like?

The United Church of Christ comes out of the Reformed (or Calvinist) tradition; our congregation is made up of people from that tradition and many others–we don’t require a particular test of faith.

Not many of us take the Bible literally, but all of us take it seriously.

As members of the United Church of Christ, we believe that God is still speaking, and that we need “ears to hear” that word. We believe that God’s wisdom comes to us through Scripture, but also through art and music, through conflict and joy, and on many other paths.

What are our services like?

We value serious thought and true diversity, to help us face shared questions and insights. We love silence as much as music or the word. Although our style of worship is notably informal (and although we believe God has a sense of humor and try not to take ourselves too seriously), our services seek to worship and honor God in every way. Our preachers follow the Narrative Lectionary, a four-year cycle of readings that begins with the Hebrew Scriptures and leads us through readings from the Prophets, Gospels, and Epistles.

For some time, we had no pastor; we all led worship and many of us preached. Some of us still do, but in 2002 we called Susie Webster-Toleno to be our pastor, and she continues to lead us today. We’re grateful for her rare loyalty, her challenging leadership, and her unfailing support of the life of our congregation.

Come worship with us!

Music is central to our worship experience.

We sing hymns mostly from the New Century Hymnal, occasionally from the Pilgrim Hymnal or the Sacred Harp or from the Taizé community. Our choir is a talented pick-up ensemble; they meet at 9 am on Sunday to learn new music and then sing it as the anthem during the service at 10. The anthem can be anything from Bach and Palestrina to Ellington and Amidon, from folk and gospel to jazz and world music. New voices are always welcome. The music our musicians play for preludes and postludes is similarly wide-ranging.

We celebrate Holy Communion on the first Sunday of each month. The scriptures tell us that Jesus spent a good deal of his ministry feeding people and welcoming even the unlikeliest of followers, so we keep an open table:

All who wish to share in the bread and cup are welcome.

Thinking of joining us for a service? 

You’ll find answers to some frequently asked questions here.

Want to know more about what inspires us?

Here are some useful links and resources posted by our pastor and members of the congregation: things that inspire us and that might inspire you.