Worship

Join us for Worship at Westfield.
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Worship Times

Worship begins at 10 am

Are kids welcome?

YES! We love kids at Westfield. They start in the service, and after a special time with our pastor, they head to Sunday School–a time filled with stories, crafts, and activities!

How do I get in?

Just walk in through the big, green doors facing Main Street.  There is ramp access to the right of the front doors that leads directly into the sanctuary.

Worship is central to our life at Westfield. It is the core spiritual practice reminding us of God’s care for God’s creation, during which God calls us and equips us to nurture one other, and sends us forth to care for those outside our community of faith. A diverse community, Westfield brings together people from the many diverse Christian traditions.

We attempt to be consistent and broad in language and liturgy; music and word; and purpose and execution. This displays, affirms, and deepens our goal of remaining connected yet open; structured yet warm; and progressive yet grounded.

Westfield follows the seasonal and liturgical calendar of the church year.
Our practice is to include Holy Communion on the first and third Sundays of the month. Our table is open to all.

 

 

The Sacrament of Baptism

IMG_1216Baptism is the sign and seal of God’s covenant with all people. In baptism God promises by grace alone: to forgive our sins; to adopt us into the Body of Christ, the Church; to send the Holy Spirit daily to renew and cleanse us; and to resurrect us to eternal life. This promise is made visible in the water of baptism.

We rejoice in celebrating this sacrament for all infants and previously unbaptized adults. Much of our liturgy of baptism consists of promises made not just by the infant’ parents, or the adult being baptized, but also by the entire congregation. When someone is baptized at Westfield, we promise our “love, support, and care” to them.

Because baptism requires the congregation to make this promises, it occurs within the context of a worship celebration. We also ask that parents who seek the sacrament of baptism for their children plan to be a part of our faith community into the future so that we may live out our baptismal vows.

Baptism is offered throughout the year, and can be arranged by speaking the pastor.

I've already been baptized, but want to be baptized again.

How wonderful to be baptized! In our tradition we do not re-baptize. We believe that Baptism is an act of God and that those waters run deep regardless of tradition it was performed in. We will be glad to organize a reaffirmation of your Baptism which would include the renewal of your Baptismal vows.

The Sacrament of Holy Communion

DSC_0135The sacrament of communion is is a feast of remembrance, of communion, and of hope. It is celebrated on the first and third Sunday of each month. We believe that it is Christ who invites us to gather around his table, and so that table is open to everyone, everyone, everyone.

One of the oldest rituals in the Christian tradition, sharing Communion connects us to Christians around the world sharing the same feast and through time to Christians through the ages who have gathered around similar tables.

During communion a special offering is taken to support our Pastor’s Discretionary Fund which enables our church to help those in need via direct financial assistance.

How do I take Communion?

Communion is served by both intinction and in the pews.

If Communion is being served by intinction:
After a prayer called The Great Thanksgiving, you will be invited forward. You will be offered a piece of bread. Take it and dip it in the cup of grape juice to either side (generally the side to go with is the side you were sitting on). Then you may return to your seats.

If Communion is being served in the pews:
After a prayer called The Great Thanksgiving, the pastor will send deacons (members who have volunteered to share the sacrament) down the aisle to each pew.  You may take a piece of pre-cut bread or tear a piece off from the loaf used during the liturgy. You are invited to hold onto your bread until all have been served so that we may share the feast together. Likewise, juice will be distributed in small cups to all in attendance. We’ll drink the juice together, then leave the cups in the pews (there are little cup holders beside the hymnal racks).

In an effort to welcome all, we use nonalcoholic grape juice.  God’s children of all ages are welcome to partake.