An engaged, urban partner sharing the good news with a world in need of God’s peace, love, and justice, Westminster has been a telling presence in the city since 1857.
With stirring worship services, beautiful traditions, and a progressive church culture, Westminster is a home for people of all ages and backgrounds to deepen their faith and make a difference in the world. The church offers ministries in adult, children, and youth education; music and the arts; and social justice, with a highly engaged congregation welcoming and caring deeply for all people within and beyond its walls.Read More
Services are held at noon in the Chapel and 6:30 pm in the Great Hall to mark the beginning of the season of Lent.
Noon–12:30 pm: Celtic worship service in the Chapel; soup & salad lunch follows ($10)
5:30 pm: Dinner in the Refectory
6:15–6:25 pm: Child-oriented service for families
6:30–7:00 pm: Taizé-style prayer service in the Great Hall
7:15 pm: Lenten Covenant Groups (more info here)
Includes special music by children and youth choirs. Holy Week begins with this service, which marks Jesus’ return to Jerusalem. The service conveys both the triumphant entry and the shadow of the Passion.
Noon: Communion service in the Chapel
5:45 pm: Come to the Table meal and worship experience in the Great Hall where we gather as disciples, serving and loving one another as we share in Christ’s peace.
7:00 pm: Worship in the Sanctuary
The Greater Minneapolis Council of Churches sponsors an ecumenical service in the Westminster sanctuary, with dramatic readings from the passion narrative and music by the Westminster Choir.
7:00 am: Worship starts in the Courtyard and moves into the Chapel, with music by Gospel musicians Thomasina Petrus and T’hom West; light breakfast follows
9:00 & 11:00 am: Worship in the Sanctuary with the Westminster Choir; accompanied by brass and timpani, we celebrate Christ's resurrection love.
The season of Advent (the four Sundays prior to Christmas) is a festive time at Westminster. Seasonal themes and wonderful music are part of what makes this season unique. In addition, the whole church is decorated for the holidays, and special programs make Advent a delightful and meaningful time in the life of our church.
The 4:00 pm service for children and families is a warm, informal worship experience, led by child readers and youth choirs, telling the story of Jesus’ birth with a Christmas tableau with church school students. The traditional and beautiful Christmas Eve candlelight services at 8:00 and 10:00 pm feature the Westminster organ and adult choir, lessons of Scripture recounting the history of salvation, and a brief sermon by the pastor.Read More
The Westminster Gallery exhibits and collects religious and secular art representing diverse ethnic and cultural traditions. We feature art from the Westminster collection, private collections, and from regional and nationally known artists who demonstrate the connection between art and how it informs our faith. The church has a long history of collecting and incorporating art into both worship and daily life. The Westminster Gallery opened in 2002.
At Westminster, we believe that art matters because it provides a communication tool between an artist or designer and the diverse audience that encounters the art. This encounter likely will generate thought, stimulate conversation, or evoke emotion.
The Westminster Gallery’s exhibition for Lent and Easter 2016 is The Greatest Gift. This exhibition tells the story of Christ’s passion beginning with Jesus’ Palm Sunday triumphal entry into Jerusalem, which also marks the beginning of Holy Week. The exhibition continues with the events of Maundy Thursday and the Last Supper when Jesus gathers his disciples to prepare them for the end of his earthly life. We celebrate communion in remembrance of Jesus’ gift of salvation.
The Westminster Gallery features approximately six exhibitions each year. The exhibitions during Advent/Christmas and Lent/Easter are based on those themes, but vary substantially from year to year. A summer exhibition generally features art created by Westminster members and friends, and is curated around a particular theme. The other exhibitions focus on a single artist, a biblical theme, or may be inspired by current events. The work of other artists is frequently exhibited in the Great Hall, and the public spaces of the building are filled with original art from the collection.
Westminster member, Martha Spencer Rogers, began collecting crèches in LaPaz, Bolivia, in the mid-1960s. In 2004 and 2007 she gifted more than 180 crèches and custom display cases to the Westminster Collection. This magnificent collection has inspired children and adults alike by presenting the nativity story in multi-cultural and multi-ethnic representations of the holy family. Every visitor can find an infant Jesus that could be from their region of the world. The collection is on permanent view on Westminster’s second floor and the lower level.Read More
The day began early for about half of the group. We met just after sunrise for a 2.5 mile quick walk from our hotel through the Old City of Jerusalem. We entered through the Damascus Gate and immediately found ourselves in a warren of narrow streets lined with shuttered storefronts. Few people were walking at that hour of the day.
As we walked the Old City started to come to life. Stores were opened. Tea shops and bakeries and shops with religious icons and images began opening their doors. Those we passed were friendly, often offering a smile and a “Salaam” as we passed.
By the time we emerged from David Street – the principal shopping lane through the Old City – we were no longer alone. We paused at the Jaffa Gate for a moment to get our bearings, and then plunged back into the narrow alleyways. We went back a different way, ending at the New Gate. We came out of the relative quiet of the walled Old City into the morning hustle and bustle of modern Jerusalem, Traffic, busses, light rail, pedestrians. And a couple dozen Israeli soldiers not stationed near the Damascus. They hadn’t been there when we entered the Old City.Read More