The Why of Worship
Worship at Westbury UMC is characterized by the rhythm of loving God and loving neighbor. We live this out by offering worship experiences that span cultural and class divisions. We aim to reflect—in word and worship—the diversity that is represented both within and without the walls of the church. Westbury UMC offers a fusion of ancient and modern texts and music, bringing all who worship into a unique encounter with God.
We all have our preferences when it comes to music—but at Westbury UMC, it is primarily the scripture that inspires the music. Springboarding off of the scriptural focus for that day, many kinds of music and other elements are integrated to develop one cohesive order of worship.
On any given Sunday, you may hear music from Africa paired with a traditional hymn, or even an ancient chant that moves into a popular song on today's Christian radio! This focus on scripture along with a fusion of styles is yet another way we live out our call to be “a church for all people.” We join our brothers and sisters across the globe in one song and one prayer to the God whom we all love and serve.
Otherwise known as The Lord's Supper or Eucharist, Westbury UMC regularly breaks bread together and drinks from the cup as a symbolic act to express gratitude of Christ's sacrifice. When this element is a part of worship, instructions will be given as to how to receive the elements. Communion is open to everyone.
Read more: "This Holy Mystery: A United Methodist Understanding of Holy Communion" (pdf), the United Methodist Church's official statement on communion.
As a visible sign of God's grace at work in our lives, we baptize infants and adults alike, claiming each as God's child. Baptisms take place within the service at the request of families or individuals who are making a faith commitment. On occasion, the congregation will be encouraged to literally or symbolically remember their baptism through a special time of re-commitment and gratitude for God's grace.
Read more: "By Water and the Spirit: A United Methodist Understanding of Baptism" (pdf), the United Methodist Church's official statement on baptism.
For more information about worship at Westbury UMC, contact Rev. DeAndre Johnson at email@example.com or 713-723-0175.