Holiday & Special Services

Advent

During the festive season of Advent (the four Sundays prior to Christmas), seasonal themes, wonderful music, beautiful decorations throughout the church, and special programs make Advent a delightful and meaningful time in the life of Westminster as we await the birth of the Messiah.

Christmas Eve

4 pm: A warm, informal worship service for children and families, led by child readers and youth choirs, telling the story of Jesus’ birth with a Christmas tableau with church school students.

8 & 10 pm: A traditional and beautiful Christmas Eve candlelight services featuring the Westminster organ and adult choir, lessons of Scripture recounting the history of salvation, and a brief sermon.

Holy Week & Easter

Maundy Thursday

Join us for worship at Westminster at noon and 7 pm.

Good Friday 
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.

Holy Saturday
9:00 am Worship in the chapel.

Easter
7:00 am: Worship starts in the Courtyard and moves into the Chapel; light breakfast follows.
9:00 & 11:00 am: Worship in the Sanctuary with the Westminster Choir, accompanied by brass and timpani.

Centering Prayer

Wednesdays | noon
Chapel

Quiet Worship

Third Saturdays | 9 am
Bushnell Room

Centering Prayer: Radical Silence

Wednesdays  | noon

“Be still, and know that I am God.” (Psalm 46) This simple wisdom is an invitation from God to set aside all activity, rest in silence, and enter the deep stillness, God within us. “Silence, is God’s first language.” Centering Prayer is an updated form of an ancient meditative practice rooted in the Christian tradition of Contemplation. We slow down, step out of the chaotic pace of life, and recharge mind, body, and spirit.

In our complicated world, Centering Prayer works for its radical silence and simplicity. It is straightforward and clear: God is in the silence. This is enough. Thich Nhat Hanh says: “If we cannot make peace within, how can we hope to bring peace in the world.”

Contemplation is the only practice all of the world religions share as a form of connecting to God. By quieting our active minds and bodies, we consent to God’s presence and action in our lives. The requirements are simple: Intention to listen deeply and practice of the method.

Quiet Worship

Third Saturdays | 9 am

Begin your weekend by intentionally taking time for yourself, time for quiet worship, for sung prayers and Scripture, and deep silence in a special setting. All are invited to gather around the fireplace in the Bushnell Room, a calm, intimate setting. It is a time for quiet music, Scripture, prayer, and silence. It is a time to be together, resting quietly in God’s presence and love.

Many who are deeply committed to a life of service have found that their journey out into the busy-ness of the world is enriched and strengthened when they take time for the journey in, for prayer or quiet music or silence. Many also have found that contemplative worship must be experienced to be known.

Bulletins from recent services:

October 2017
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March 2017
February 2017
January 2017

Quiet Worship is offered by Thin Places, an ecumenical newsletter with a particular interest in the contemplative spiritual journey. Learn more here.