Holy Week Calendar of Events
All Events Virtual
Maundy Thursday Virtual Service
7:00 p.m. Virtual Communion
Join us on Zoom as we celebrate together the intimate joy of Jesus’ last supper with the disciples. Please be sure to gather your communion elements before the service begins.
7:30 p.m. Virtual Tenebrae Service
Join us on the church website or YouTube channel as we experience the descent into darkness as Jesus is arrested.
12:00 p.m. Virtual Service
Experience the despair and drama of Jesus’ last words through scripture and music.
12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
The sanctuary will be open for silent prayer as we contemplate the crucifixion and death of Jesus. Please wear a mask.
7:00 a.m. Sunrise Service in the Parking Lot
Join us Easter morning as we gather in person to bear witness to the hope and promise of Christ’s resurrection. Bring with you a couple fresh flowers to be added to a standing cross that will be placed in front of the church following the service. Leave with a small baggie of baked muffins to enjoy on your way home. Please wear a mask.
10:00 a.m. Virtual Service
Christ is Risen! Hallelujah!
Visit the Westminster website to participate in the annual One Great Hour of Sharing Offering. Click here to read more
Lent Opportunities for Study and Prayer
Unpacking the Comma: Jesus’ Earthly Life and Ministry
In the Apostle’s Creed—an ancient statement of Christian faith—Jesus’ earthly life and ministry of Jesus is contained in a comma between his birth and execution:
. . . born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified . . .
It wasn’t until 1991, when a Brief Statement of Faith was adopted by the Presbyterian Church (USA), that one of our confessions of faith unpacked that comma, using the words (among others), “preaching,” “teaching,” healing,” “eating,” “forgiving,” and “calling.” In our preaching and teaching during Lent, we will unpack that comma, considering Jesus’ earthly life and ministry as a guide for our own.
Virtual Weekly Prayer
Wednesdays at 5:00 p.m.
New participants are always welcome to join this weekly time of prayer. We meet on Zoom (see Westminster Notes for the link). We share a short word of Scripture or a devotion, hear prayer
concerns, and pray together. We hope you will join us as we lift one another up.
Every Wednesday during Lent, the Westminster Prayer Ministry team is offering a weekly reflection to encourage prayer. Click here for this week's reflection.
Book Study for Parents
Parents and guardians of children ages 0-18 are invited to participate in a Lenten Book Study on Jennifer Harvey’s Raising White Kids: Bringing Up Children in a Racially Unjust America, led by The Reverend Anna Owens. The group will meet on Sunday afternoons from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., via Zoom, beginning on February 21. Books will be available for $7. Contact Anna (Anna@westminsterdayton.org) for more information.
Anyone who hikes understands that the path forward is sometimes easy and sometimes challenging. The spiritual life is like that too. In the book, Soul Journey, Margaret Silf offers daily readings for those who wish to engage a spiritual quest recognizing that effort, patience, humility, and trust will be needed. Borrowing upon common trail metaphors, Margaret suggests signposts to look for along the way, obstacles that hinder growth, the welcoming of pauses that offer refreshment and encouragement, and ways to meet some of the big challenges that we face, both personally and globally. Each day’s journey is guided by scripture and illustrated with reflective text and stories from everyday life. Sue Hamilton will lead fellow travelers in a Lenten study based on these
readings. Group will be offered via Zoom on Monday’s, beginning February 22, through Monday, April 5, from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. To indicate interest please contact Sue (firstname.lastname@example.org).