Until further notice, all in-person gatherings and services are ON HOLD.
Sunday’s virtual gatherings begin at 10:00 a.m
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The reports for Annual Meeting (the Pastor’s report, the Deacon’s report, and Trustees’ report)
are posted on the Members’ Pages. Any of the deacons or trustees can give members the password.
The password will change after Annual Meeting.
Sunday, January 17th: you can listen to the readings and David Mulholland’s sermon here
Sunday, January 10th: you can listen to the readings and Susie’s Epiphany sermon here
Prelude: “O Solitaris Hostia” (Alexandre Guilmant)
Hymn: NCH #50: “I Sing the Praise of Love Almighty” (Tersteegen-Marshall/Bortniansky)
Postlude: “St. Patrick’s Breastplate” (St. Patrick/Traditional)
Fred Gray, organ and guitar
Sunday December 20th: you can listen to the readings and Sue Venman’s sermon here
Sunday, December 13th: you can listen to the readings and Karen Blanchard’s sermon here
Prelude: “Prepare The Way, O Zion” (Franzen/Swenska Psalmboken)
Hymn: “Joy to the World” (Watts/Mason)
Postlude: “Lo, He Comes in Clouds Descending” (Wesley/Olivers)
Fred Gray, organ and guitar
Sunday, December 6th: you can listen to the readings and Susie’s sermon here
November 22nd: you can listen to the readings here and Susie’s sermon here
Some people have been having trouble listening to the sound files posted here. We are doing our best to figure it out; in the meantime, try waiting a while for the file to load and “buffer” before you hit “play.”
Older sermons and prayer times may be found here.
Music from our COVID-era services, poems, and other offerings 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 last, the lost 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.