Welcome to Westminster Presbyterian Church. We are a PCUSA Presbyterian Church located in Westminster South Carolina. We are a smaller church but, we have a mighty spirit. Our Church congregation is diverse in age ranging from infants to seniors and almost every age in between. We invite you to visit our Church and see all the great things happening at Westminster Presbyterian Church.
100 West Abby Street
204 N. Isundega St.
Driving Directions from Greenville or Atlanta
From I-85 take exit 11, Hwy 24, towards Westminster (85 South will turn Right, 85 North will turn Left). It is approximately 20 miles to Westminster. At the intersection of Hwy 24 and Hwy 123/76 turn left onto Hwy 123/76. Drive approximately 0.5 miles and turn Right onto Quick Street, go through the one lane underpass. At stop sign turn left onto E. North Avenue. Travel approximately 0.3 miles and turn right onto Earl Halcombe Dr. Go through 4 way stop and church drive will be the next left.
Scriptures and Sermons Coming Up
3/1: “Extinguishing the Light: The Pharisees” Genesis 17:1-7 and Matthew 12:9-14
3/8: “Extinguishing the Light: The Wealthy” Exodus 20:1-17 and Mark 10:17-22
3/15: “Extinguishing the Light: Conformity” Numbers 21:4-9 and John 6:1-15
3/22: “Extinguishing the Light: Betrayal” Jeremiah 31:31-34 and Matthew 26: 14-16. Holy Communion
3/29: Palm Sunday Cantata
From the Pastor
Extinguishing the Light
We are now in our second week of Lent, and you may have picked up on a theme for our sermons this year. We are discussing light, and how key moments in Jesus’ ministry diminished a little bit of the light that he had brought into the world. We’ve talked about Nazareth, and how a prophet is never heard in his home town. We talk on March 1st about the Pharisees, and how their desire for power and authority diminished the light of Jesus’ message, which questioned their authority. As we draw closer to the cross, we will move from specific places and people to themes: we will talk about how wealth, conformity, and betrayal all diminish the Light that Jesus brings into the world.
During the first week of Lent, I asked the congregation a very tough question: how do you extinguish the light of Christ in the world? Is it through conformity? Is it by keeping your faith in a tightly closed box that you only open up when it’s
convenient? Is it in being picky about who you invite to church rather than praising God that we have new faces? Sometimes we extinguish or diminish the light by simply accepting what is as what should be.
I challenge you to use Lent this year to reflect on who God is, who God created you to be, and how you might illuminate this world with God’s love. I challenge you to use Lent as a time to reflect on the many blessings you have been given, and to reflect on the sacrifice that Christ made for you. I challenge you to start your day and end your day with God, so that God becomes your anchor. Take this season as on opportunity to explore spiritual disciplines such as prayer, Bible study, or fasting. Use this time to reflect on who you are, and whose you are.
As a church, we will be reflecting on this in worship and in our groups. Presbyterian Women will hear a presentation on Ripple of One, and we will learn how we might better influence our community and help those in need. We will also provide an Easter Tree and take up donations for Crystal Rowe and her two boys, who we helped at Christmas. In doing these things, we can help shine God’s light into the world.
As we draw closer to Holy Week, it is my prayer that you learn new ways to let God’s light shine through you. How can Lent change you? How can Lent improve your spiritual life? These are the questions that I ask you to consider as we survey the wondrous cross on which our Lord did die.