Christmas at Westwood

FROM GENERATION TO GENERATION

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The stories, scriptures, and traditions of the Christmas season have been passed down to us throughout the generations. Many of us enter this season with a swell of memories and emotions as vast as the cultural and religious rituals this holiday holds. Like a tapestry woven throughout time, the Christmas story weaves us in—to remember how God has shown up in the past, to continue the work of collective liberation, to behold the presence of God in flesh and bone.
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This year at Westwood Church, From Generation to Generation reminds us of the ways our lives, histories, actions, and stories are interconnected and woven together. The work of God is always unfolding—in and through us. May you remember that you belong—to a story etched into the wrinkles of time, to generations that have come before and will come after, to a love that won’t let you go.
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(With thanks to A Sanctified Art, creators of our From Generation to Generation advent resources.)

JOIN US FOR SUNDAY WORSHIP

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The Sanctuary Gathering – 9:30am
Traditional liturgy, an inspiring message, and resounding organ. We worship with choral music and sung hymns, sacred dance, poetry, prophetic preaching, and by lighting advent candles. All ages are welcome. Participate in person or by YouTube livestream.
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The Loft Gathering – 10:30am
An innovative gathering with spiritual conversation, creativity, coffee, and music for those willing to re-think church. Gatherings take place in an intimate, relaxed environment upstairs at Westwood. We are a community that honors questions. Whether you are deconstructing harmful theology, beginning fresh, or just looking to go deeper in faith, we welcome you. When you arrive, simply follow the signs pointing to The Loft. For more information, visit www.TheLoftLA.org.


GENERATION TO GENERATION ADVENT DEVOTIONAL

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Beginning on Sunday, November 27, the first Sunday in Advent, this daily devotional follows the Christmas story through Epiphany. It includes contributions from our guest contributors, Dr. Christine J. Hong and Carmelle Beaugelin. The devotional includes poetry, prompts for reflection, scripture, recipes, and more. It is designed for older youth through adults.
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Pick up a copy of the devotional at church on Sunday, or fill out this form to receive a link to an electronic version.


OUTDOOR PRAYER STATIONS

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Visit our outdoor Advent prayer stations, featuring sacred art from A Sanctified Art. The prayer stations face Wilshire Blvd, and are accessible to the public from the sidewalk; if you are driving to visit, our parking structure is available and they are also close to street parking along Warner Avenue.


SANCTUARY CHRISTMAS CONCERT

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Sunday, December 11th (3pm) The Sanctuary
Join us as we celebrate the season with song, featuring Westwood’s organist Josh Roebuck, the Sanctuary Quartet, Chancel Choir, and guest pianist Dr. Joshua Tan. The concert is free and open to the public, and it is available via YouTube livestream.


CONTEMPLATIVE CHRISTMAS SOUND BATH

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Tuesday, December 20th (8-9pm) The Sanctuary
On the longest night of the year, join us for a contemplative experience that offers an evening prayer liturgy brought to life with a healing sound bath. Led by sound healer Ruth Sie and Pastor Molly Vetter, this experience brings gifts of a meditative sound bath into the sacred beauty of our sanctuary. Please wear comfortable clothes. You are welcome to sit or lie in our pews or bring a mat to lie on the floor. CLICK HERE TO RSVP
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Ruth Sie is an Acupuncturist and Classical Chinese Medicine practitioner trained in sound therapy, tai chi, and health coaching. In her practice, she combines acupuncture with sound, using the powerfully healing vibrations of the voice, Tibetan and crystal singing bowls, tuning forks, flutes, and various chimes, strings, and percussion to create an immersive healing experience that opens, clears, and balances the body, nervous system, and mind. Outside of her practice, she is an East-West acupuncturist fellow at the UCLA Center for East West Medicine where she helps develop integrative medicine training programs.


CHRISTMAS EVE WORSHIP

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5pm – Children’s Pageant and Candlelight Worship
Experience Christmas in joyful worship as the children retell this sacred story. With music from our young people, our church musicians, we invite you to celebrate this holy night in our beautiful sanctuary. Hear a message of love from Pastor Molly Vetter. Everyone is invited to share in candlelight worship as we sing “Silent Night.” along as we worship together on Christmas Eve. You are welcome to worship with us in person or on YouTube.

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11pm – Christmas Eve Carols, Communion, and Candlelight
Experience the holy mystery of Christmas as we share the good news of Christ’s birth through music, scripture, prayer, preaching and candlelight. Featuring music from our Sanctuary musicians, you are invited to sing beloved carols with us, share communion at our open table, and hold candlelight as we sing “Silent Night” together. Join starting at 10:30pm, as we share a beautiful extended prelude in our sanctuary; participate in person or on YouTube.


SCATTERED FOR SERVICE

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Online Fair Trade and Impact Gift Marketplace
Sundays, December 11th & 18th
Before & After Worship in Lower Helms Hall
Scattered for Service is an opportunity to “pay it forward” while shopping for friends and family this holiday season. Our Fair Trade gift shop and alternative “Impact Gift” marketplace is in person this year. Shop before or after worship; we are adjacent to breakfast and coffee fellowship. You can also purchase “Impact Gifs” online – make a donation to one of the non-profits in lieu of a purchased gift.


CHRISTMAS DAY WORSHIP

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Sunday, December 25th (10am) The Loft
Join us for one, combined Westwood worship gathering in The Loft! Share in a warm, casual celebration as we sing beloved Christmas songs and share the good news of Christmas day.


NEW YEAR’S DAY WORSHIP

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Sunday, January 1st (10am) The Sanctuary
Join us for one, combined Westwood worship gathering in The Sanctuary! Start the new year by grounding yourself in the good news of divine love, and recommit to living lives that echo that gift.