This week a quartet of singers will sing two anthems during the service, “Even Here” by Mark Miller and “The Call” by Suzanne Toolan. Mark Miller is an African-American composer and musician, and teaches at the Drew Theological School and at the Institute of Sacred Music at Yale University. He is particularly concerned with justice and inclusion both within and outside the church. Sister Suzanne Toolan serves as resident liturgist at the Mercy Center in Burlingame, California.
In case of snow, sleet, or freezing rain, we will air any cancellation on local radio and TV stations. Bear in mind that there are Westminster Presbyterian Churches in many other cities—including Waynesboro, Lynchburg, and Richmond. Please be sure you hear the announcement for Westminster in Charlottesville.
In addition, our website will have up-to-date information: www.westminsterva.org. Any weather-related changes to the worship schedule or other activities will be posted on the main page of our website.
The church’s voicemail message will also announce any cancellations due to inclement weather. People who have specific responsibilities—like church school teachers, ushers, musicians, sound system engineers—should check one of the above resources if there is inclement weather.
We hope we won’t be having inclement weather on Sundays, but please keep this information in mind if bad weather comes our way on the weekend.
In this coming year, send us messengers of peace and wisdom.
Send us prophets and change-makers who are willing to lead and listen.
Open our hearts and minds to receive new insights and to become more understanding of those who do not see the world as we do.
Remind us that harbored resentments and words said out of haste or to correct or to embarrass are never helpful to healing our broken relationships.
Remind us to be kind,
to be firm,
to be strong,
to speak the truth,
and, above all, to love.
And so, as this year comes to an end, let us take a deep breath and let it out slowly.
For tomorrow, will need our resolve, we will need our wits, and we will need our faith.
O God send your Spirit and your reassurance that you will be with us for every step we take forward and for when we stumble, and must pick ourselves up, and begin again.
O God, hear our prayers. Amen.
Last Sunday a group of about 25 people gathered in the Fellowship Hall to go out into neighborhoods to carol. We split into three groups, two went to Westminster Canterbury and one went to the Colonnades and nearby church members. In all, we made 14 caroling stops and spread unmeasurable joy. Jackie Brownfield hosted our last stop with food for the hard working carolers. Thank you to Jackie for her hospitality, and to Carolyn Kelly for her help organizing the Westminster Canterbury visits.
Session has met several times in recent weeks to receive new members. They will be introduced in worship on December 17 with a reception to follow.
At its Stated Meeting December 10, Westminster’s Session:
- Approved an updated policy on memorial services
- Approved the use of our facilities for events sponsored by the Charlottesville Coalition for Gun Violence Prevention and Habitat for Humanity Community Conversations
- Heard from Peace, Justice, & Inclusion on financially supporting immigrant sanctuary initiatives at Grace Church Red Hill
- Heard updates on:
Stewardship and Budget
The online membership directory
The recently completed survey of the 8:30 worship service
Calling Rev. Lynne Clements as Associate Pastor