holidays & Special Services
During the year, Westmorelanders typically gather for special services in addition to our regular Sunday morning worship. For more details about these services, see the Events or Calendar sections of our website or contact the church office.
We have two Christmas Eve services at 5:00 and 10:00 pm. The 5:00 pm service features a Christmas pageant presented by our children and youth. With festive carols, bells, and great joy, we experience the story of the birth of Jesus. The 10:00 pm service typically features the Chancel Choir, Communion, a sermon, and prayers as we await Christmas Day.
Ash Wednesday begins the Lenten season. Ash Wednesday typically brings a thoughtful mid-winter service of repentance and contemplation as being our journey toward Easter.
Maundy Thursday is the church's observance of the Last Supper - the gathering that the gospels describe as the first Communion meal. We typically gather for a shared meal, then sing hymns, share Communion, and wash each other's feet as we explore the aspects of sacrifice and service. Maundy Thursday is the Thursday before Easter.
For the past several years, Westmoreland's ministers and members have joined with area congregations in marking the day of Jesus' crucifixion.
On Easter Sunday, we gather to celebrate new life. We have an outdoor Sunrise Service at 7:00 am and a traditional worship service in the Sanctuary at 10:00 am. Following the sunrise service, we gather together for a light breakfast at 8:00 am. After the worship service in the Sanctuary, we gather in the Social Hall at 11:30 am for a light brunch (with mimosas!), and an Easter Egg Hunt for children.
Martin Luther King Day
The Washington Interfaith Conference and other interfaith groups regularly host services around MLK Day to honor our diversity and our unity for the common good. Westmoreland members and ministers take part in various ways.
From time to time, Westmoreland joins with other area churches for Thanksgiving celebrations.
Communion at Westmoreland
We celebrate Communion on the first Sunday of each month during our regular 10:00 am worship service. We also celebrate Communion each Sunday during Advent and Lent. Communion (also called the Eucharist or The Lord's Supper) is a liturgical feast to remind us of God's nourishing love for all the world. The Communion Table at Westmoreland is open to all.