Have some summer fun at our outdoor fundraising concert!
Saturday, June 26th, 5 – 7 (rain date Sunday, June 27th) from 5 to 7 pm at at 1197 Westminster West Road in Westminster West! Local band The Seymour Sisters (Betsy and Laura Williams, Beth Spicer and former Putney resident, Kate Wolff) will be performing folk, bluegrass, and other Americana music on guitar, bass, banjo, mandolin and dobro, in a beautiful setting. Come one, come all, come rain or come shine! Bring something to sit on and whatever you’d like to eat and drink. There is plenty of parking available on site and across the road, and you pay “at the door.”
Suggested donation: $10 to $50
Weather permitting, the Sunday’s service June 20th, 2021 will be held in person, at the church in West West at 10:00 am
If you can join us in person: We will be using the stone amphitheater area on the V of land sloping down to the village.
If you don’t want to sit on the stones, bring a lawn chair along
(or use one of the folding chairs from the fellowship hall).
If you are not vaccinated, please wear a mask (yes, even outdoors).
Please consider singing with masks on, in any case.
We are not providing a coffee hour yet, but
linger and share fellowship afterwards.
If you don’t feel comfortable gathering with us in person, join us on a live stream. The Facebook Live link will be: ***https://www.facebook.com/157494337598610/live_videos/***
(you do not need a Facebook account to access it)
Sunday’s gatherings (virtual and otherwise) begin at 10:00 am
You can make a contribution to the church through PayPal here:
When you click on the button and are connected to your PayPal page, please remember to “add a note”
to let the church know the purpose of your donation: whether it’s a pledge payment, or
a donation to the building fund or to the manna offering, or something else
Sunday, June 13th: Adrienne Major preached on Psalm 13
Prelude: “Psalm 13”
Offertory: “How Shall I Come Before the Lord?” (D.B. McIntyre, Traditional)
NCH#394, “In Christ there is no East or West” (John Oxenham, Harry T. Burleigh: McKee)
PH#391, “Be Thou My Vision” (Traditional: Slane)
NCH#474, “I’m So Glad!” (African-American spiritual)
Fred Gray, keyboard and guitar
Thursday prayer time: June 10, 2021
Sunday, June 6th: you can listen to the readings and Susie’s sermon here
Prelude: “Here is Love” (Robert Lowry, arr: Sharon Wilson)
Hymn: NCH#18, “Guide Me, O My Great Redeemer” (William Williams/John Hughes: Cwm Rhonda)
Postlude: “Hark, I Hear the Harps Eternal” (arr: Alice Parker)
Eric Robinson, piano and vocals
Thursday prayer time: June 3, 2021
Sunday, May 30th: you can listen to the reading and Charlotte Gifford’s sermon here
Prelude: “Liebster Jesu, wir sind hier” (J.S. Bach)
Hymn: “I Shall Not Be Moved” (African-American spiritual)
Postlude: “A la Nanita Nana” (traditional Spanish lullaby)
Fred Gray, organ, guitar and vocals
Thursday prayer time: May 27, 2021
Sunday, May 23rd: you can listen to the readings and Susie Webster-Toleno’s sermon here
Prelude: “Every Time I Feel the Spirit” (African-American spiritual, arr: John Carter)
Hymn: NCH#267, “Come, O Spirit, Dwell Among Us” (Janie Alford/Ebenezer: T.J. Williams)
Postlude: “Tell the World” (Gary Ault)
Eric Robinson, piano, guitar, and vocals
Thursday prayer time: May 20, 2021
Sunday, May 16th: you can listen to the last part of Pia Rabin’s sermon here
Prelude: “By the Mark” (Gillian Welch)
Hymn: PH#227, “Fairest Lord Jesus” (Traditional/St. Elizabeth)
Postlude: Golden Embers” (Andrew Marlin)
Fred Gray, guitar and vocals
Sunday, May 9th: you can listen to the readings and David Mulholland’s sermon here
Prelude: “The King of Love My Shepherd Is,” John Bacchus Dykes: Dominus Regit Me
Hymn: “The King of Love My Shepherd Is,” H.W. Baker: St. Columba
Postlude: “Blessed Assurance,” Phoebe Palmer Knapp (arr. Mark Hayes)
Eric Robinson, piano and vocals
Thursday prayer time: May 6, 2021
Sunday, May 2nd: you can listen to the readings and Karen Blanchard’s sermon here
Prelude: “Aus Liebe Will Mein Heiland Sterben,” J.S. Bach
Hymn: NCH#278, “Come Teach Us, Spirit of God,” Shirley Erena Murray/Arthur G. Clyde: Murray
Postlude: “Gwahoddiad,” Lewis Hartsough
Fred Gray, organ, guitar, and vocals
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
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.