Join us on Wednesdays at 12:15pm for Bible study with Reverend Easterling. Each 45-minute session is part of a 15-week series studying the book of Mark.
Worship Service is at 11:00am every Sunday. Holy Communion is celebrated during many Sunday services.
Join us on the third Sunday of each month for a Contemporary Worship with our Praise Band. Service starts at 11:00am.
Worship Service Every Sunday at 11:00 A.M.
Holy Communion is celebrated during many Sunday services.
Wednesdays at 12:00 noon
Join us at Old West Church for a community prayer service. Bring your lunch and stay for a time of fellowship afterward.
Looking retrospectively at the Spiritual Renewal at Old West Church in Boston in December of 2011, I have to admit that this event surpassed all of my expectations because of its spiritual extensiveness. Not only did we experience the powerful preaching of Dr. Mary E. Moore, Dean of Boston University School of Theology, Rev. Martin D. McLee, District Superintendent United Methodist Church, and Bishop Peter. D. Weaver, New England Conference UMC, but we also had the opportunity to meet sisters and brothers in Christ from neighboring United Methodist Churches. Three evenings of passionate worship transformed many of the participants and opened new horizons of faith.
As Minister of Music and Arts at Old West Church I’d like to reflect on the music that became a vital part of the Spiritual Renewal. While developing the musical aspect for this event I was looking for collaboration with other churches. Members of St. Andrews UMC in Jamaica Plain and their Musical Director Lee R. Soto became actively involved in planning sessions and common rehearsals. Old West Church’s Praise Band was happy to collaborate with St. Andrews Church’s musicians and this common work was inspiring for both groups.
We also decided to invite at least one professional musical group. “New England Gospel Choir” sang during the first evening of the Spiritual Renewal. Their singing brought a lot of beauty and was moving for the worshipers and the preacher of the evening, Dr. Mary E. Moore. The group helped the congregation immerse into the mood of repentance and contemplation that resonated with Dr. Mary E. Moore’s message. Rev. Martin D. McLee delivered the sermon on the second evening of the event. He brought to the congregation a message about healing and restoration. Fast and dynamic rhythms of the Hispanic music, presented by the St. Andrews Church Praise Band, helped worshipers to transition from the mood of repentance to healing and restoration.
The concluding worship service of the Spiritual Renewal was devoted to praise and commitment. Bishop Weaver’s captivating sermon was the center of the worship service. During this service we were blessed by a variety of music that included different styles. The Boston University School of Theology Seminary Singers presented a deep and complex program that prepared the congregation to hear the Word. After the preaching, the Old West Praise Band uplifted the congregation by involving all participants to sing contemporary Christian music.
In conclusion, the Spiritual Renewal brought together numerous congregations and allowed Christians to share their common values leading them closer to God and to each other.
Dr. Olga Lipina
Minister of Music and Arts at Old West Church