Alternative Worship

 

At Westminster, alternative worship refers to worship opportunities in non-traditional formats. This does not reflect the desire to engender competition between various styles, but rather the commitment to a diversity of expression within our worship life as a community. All of our worship services are the fruit of collaboration and dialogue among all our pastors and worship leadership staff.

In very simple and broad terms, alternative worship is an attempt to intentionally engage and understand our past, present, and future as God's people so that we can faithfully worship God. 

Our past: Because we recognize that the Church has been following Jesus for 2,000 years and we believe listening to the voices of our mothers and fathers of the faith is important.

Our present: Because we recognize that we live in a unique time as the Church. Whether you cite post-modernity, post-Christendom, globalism, technology growth, etc...the reality is that we live in a very different world than did Christians mere decades ago. The Church inhabits a culture that is constantly changing and we believe we need God's wisdom to discern how to best engage our culture with the Gospel. And all of this affects our worship.

Our future: Because we long to see God's will done on earth as it is in heaven and we want to be part of God's unfolding purposes for the world. 

However, it is not as though we hold the past, present, and future as separate entities. They interact with and illuminate one another. This threefold aspect of the Christian perspective of time is emphasized every time we share communion. As it says in 1 Corinthians, "For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord's death until he comes."

So that is the big picture. Alternative worship understands worship to be bigger than a one hour church service, bigger than one church, bigger than one period of church history, and so on. Worship encompasses all of life and invites us to join a story that began long before us and may continue on long after us. It is the story of what God is up to in the world.

Check out the links below for more information on specific alternative worship opportunities. And for all questions related to alternative worship, contact Jon Frost, director of alternative worship.

Contemporary Service: 11:10 a.m. weekly

 Music is led by a worship band and communion is celebrated the first Sunday of the month. Come join us for this joyful worship opportunity!

Contemplative Service w/ the Taize chants: monthly

This monthly service, begun in the winter of 2009, adapts the prayer services of the Taize community to Westminster's context. The service is characterized by the beautiful music of Taize accompanied by classical guitar, cello, flute, and clarinet. There are various prayers, meditative readings of Scripture, and an extended period of silence. We also celebrate the sacrament of communion together. Come and join us for this sacred time.