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My son texted me recently to ask if I wanted to have lunch as he passed through town. My immediate reply was, “I’m in. Let me know when and where.” As my children get older, I’m happy to take any chance I get to connect and catch up and share life. 

What does it mean to be “all in” at Westminster? We’ll be asking you to ponder that question as we begin our new church-wide emphasis, “All In: Worship–Practice–Community.” 

Our faith tells us that God is “all in” for us. John’s gospel says “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. … And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us.” The Apostle Paul tells us that “In Christ, God was at work, reconciling the world to himself.” In Jesus Christ God is all in for us and for the world.

Jesus tells us that the first and the greatest commandment is to love God “with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind.” God is all in for us, and Jesus invites us to be all in for God. That’s true for us as individuals. It is also true for us as a church.

As we enter a new chapter in our life together at Westminster—focusing on revitalizing our worship, putting our faith into practice and building and broadening our community—my goal is that everyone feels connected, that everyone is fully committed, and that everyone finds some way to be engaged. I know this may look different for each one of us, and it will look different at different stages of life. There are different ways to be “all in.”

In this newsletter, and in many other ways in the days ahead, you’ll be hearing about plans for our new worship services starting in December and about opportunities to come together and about ways you can both grow in your faith and put your faith into practice and build and broaden our community. 

But “all in” can’t just be about new programing or new opportunities. It has to be about each one of us asking the question, “What does it mean for me to say I’m all in at Westminster?” It has to be about a renewed decision for each of us to find ways to connect and to commit and to engage in worship, in practice, and in community.

I hope in the days ahead you will listen for God’s call and that you will respond, “I’m in.”

Your pastor,

Ernie