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Out of Egypt, Into the Wilderness

This Sunday we return to our series through the book of Exodus, following Israel into the wilderness where God will reveal why he saved them--that they might be his special covenant people among all the nations....

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Life on Mission with Trevin Wax: Audio and Resources

If you missed our recent Life on Mission Conference with Trevin Wax, or would like to review one of the sessions, the audio is now available online....

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What's the Best Gift God Could Give You?

Life Explored is an informal and relaxed seven-week course, designed for anyone who wants to find contentment and happiness in life. We will meet on Friday nights, 7:00-8:30 pm, beginning March 3....

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Applying our Vision in 2017 and Beyond

The elders are inviting the congregation into a season of prayer, discernment, and planning in order to refocus our vision with greater clarity and specificity for the months and years ahead....

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New Adult Classes on Sunday Morning

Join us for one of our two new adult Sunday School classes at 9:30 am: Parenting: Leadership from Love, and The Heart of the Reformation. Beginning Sunday, January 8....

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GOD WITH US: Advent 2016

God’s desire to dwell with his people is one of the most consistent themes of the entire biblical story. And the climax of that desire, what ultimately makes it possible for a holy God to dwell with sinful people, is the incarnation of Jesus Christ....

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2017 Life on Mission Conference: A Better Story

We need to see the world through a biblical lens--to affirm what is good and right, to reject what is false and wrong, and to show how the gospel tells a better story and answers the deepest longings of people in our time. This is what Trevin Wax will help us focus on during our 2017 Life on Mission Conference....

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New Series: Out of Egypt (Exodus)

The story of Exodus is not just Israel’s story; it’s God’s story, Jesus’ story, and therefore our story. So join us this year as we enter into this story to behold our salvation and the glory of God....

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Worship services begin at 10:30, starting this Sunday

As the summer comes to a close, remember that our worship service will begin at 10:30 am starting this Sunday, Sept. 4, and will continue at that time through June....

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The Marvel of Substitutionary Atonement

Few truths are more celebrated in the church than the doctrine of substitutionary atonement. This is because few truths are more central to Christianity than the marvel that Jesus Christ died in our place (as a substitute) to pay the just penalty for our sin (atonement)....

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August Series: The Book of Job

The book of Job resonates with both the suffering we experience and the searching questions it generates. It’s the story of one man’s devastating loss and the struggle to make sense of God in the midst of it. Join us in August as we walk through this honest yet hopeful book....

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Join us for VBS and Summer Celebration!

Join us for Vacation Bible School and our Summer Celebration this July....

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A Prayer for the Tragedy in Orlando

As we wrap our minds and hearts around this weekend’s tragedy in Orlando...

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Something More Sure: June Series

Join us during the month of June as we explore together “something more sure”...

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Summer Series: Word, Prayer, Fellowship

This summer at Westgate we’re focusing on three critical elements of a healthy church: Word, Prayer, and Fellowship....

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Pray for the Mission in 2016

The goal of this meeting is to pray loyally, boldly, and expectantly for God open a door for the gospel here in the MetroWest....

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Student Ministry Update

As we recently said goodbye to our Student Minister, Lawrence Klingsheim, and commissioned him and Ashley for their new ministry in Minnesota, we wanted to update you on our student ministry leadership transition heading into 2016....

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Thank you Lawrence & Ashley!

This week we say goodbye to our Student Minister, Lawrence Klingsheim, and his wife Ashley and daughter Ellie, as they move to Minnesota to pastor a church on the north shore of Lake Superior....

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New Series Beginning January 10

Wherever you are in your journey, the letters of John invite us to come home to God. Abide with him...

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The Gospel to the Ends of the Earth

If trivial matters like football games and films are so good we can’t help but share them with others, what about the best news of all? ...

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The Gospel in the Public Square

How do we engage our changing culture in a meaningful way without compromising the truth of the gospel? Join us for our series: The Gospel in the Public Square....

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A Regional Vision for Gospel Growth at Westgate

During our recent 40th anniversary celebration, we introduced a ministry strategy our elders have been working on to help us put our vision into practice more effectively in the years ahead...

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Join us for our Annual Missions Conference

The theme for our 2015 Missions Conference is “Unreached People Groups” ...

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The Gospel and Hollywood: Additional Resources

In continuing the conversation about the gospel and entertainment, here are a few helpful links to additional resources....

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Why Church Membership?

Membership in a local church is a healthy and important part of living out our faith and serving Christ together....

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A Note from Pastor Sam Hollo on the Occasion of our 40th

Greetings from Sam and Esther Hollo...

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Celebrating 40 Years

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Join us Sunday, Sept. 20, as we celebrate 40 years of God's work in and through us....

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Sunday School for all ages begins this week!

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Join us on Sundays at 9:30 for our Christian Education classes....

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Let's Talk about Heaven

A lot of the common ideas people have today about heaven are not only rather dull and unexciting, but actually fall far short of being biblical....

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Services begin at 10:30am starting this Sunday!

Sunday services start at 10:30 beginning this Sunday, Sept. 2....

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Good News for Monday Morning

What difference does the gospel of Jesus actually make for our work? We won’t claim to sort everything out, but we do hope to find some clarity and direction as we focus on this subject beginning in August in our series, “The Gospel at Work.”...

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The Gospel at School

Summer offers just the kind of breathing room we need, between the weight of academic deadlines and the flurry of extracurricular activities, to let ourselves reflect on a few deeper questions about life and school....

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Worship Service begins at 9:30 in July & August

Don't forget that Sunday services begin at 9:30 throughout July and August....

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The Gospel and Disability

Does the good news of Christ really make any difference for those whose home life is marked by an often crushing disability? How does the gospel narrative give us categories for making sense of disability? How does it give us direction for loving and sharing life with those who live with disability in the church? ...

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Westgate's 40th Anniversary

Forty years ago today, on June 1, 1975, Westgate Church held its first public worship service at Regis College. Forty years later, God is still at work through Westgate as we seek to bring the gospel of Jesus to bear on lives throughout the MetroWest....

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Disciple-Making Is for Everyone!

In a church culture that is dominated by professional clergy and polished programs, it’s easy to think that when Jesus gave his Great Commission, he wasn’t really talking to me. But when we look to the Scriptures and listen to our Lord, we realize that disciple-making is for everyone....

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A New Year, A Renewed Passion for Disciple-making

A year-end letter from the Westgate Elders, looking ahead to 2015 and our renewed passion for making disciples....

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The Great Commission at Westgate

The main application of Matthew's entire Gospel is our participation in the mission Jesus gives his church--to go and make disciples of all nations. What does that mean? What does that entail? How might we be faithful to that call personally, and also as a congregation here at Westgate? ...

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Men's Conference, Nov. 14-15

I’m excited to invite men, young and old, to our upcoming Men’s Conference, here at Westgate on Nov. 14-15. The conference is hosted by the Metro West Men’s Ministry that we are part of, along with First Baptist Church in Sudbury, and Trinitarian Congregational Church in Wayland....

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An Evening with Dr. Rick Sacra

Join missionaries Rick & Debbie Sacra as Rick shares his experience with the Ebola crisis in Liberia, including his own battle with and recovery from the deadly virus....

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Prayer Gathering for Rick Sacra

We will be holding a prayer gathering on behalf of Dr. Rick Sacra Thursday night, Sept. 4, at 7pm in the church parlor....

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Home Fellowships are now Home Groups

If you've been a part of Westgate for a while, you may have recently noticed a subtle change in the name of our small group ministry: home fellowships are now called home groups....

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A Lament for our Persecuted Family in Iraq

The crisis of Christian persecution is hard to process, and even harder to know what to do. One thing we can and must do is lament....

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Praying for the Mission

The goal of our recent Life on Mission Conference was to seek God to deepen our awe for him and his gospel, along with our passion and skill in living as missionaries wherever we live and work. Here are four specific prayer points from the conference that we can be praying together....

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LENTEN PRAYER: Seek God for the City

For the next forty days we are inviting the congregation to join together in prayer for gospel growth in and through us at Westgate....

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Life on Mission Conference

The purpose of this conference is to help equip each of us to live on mission each day for Christ. Come hear Jared Wilson and Bland Mason help us see how the gospel of Jesus shapes and fuels that kind of mission....

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January Series: REAL CHURCH

We want take time at the beginning of 2014 to think freshly about what it means for us to be the church, and what that means for Westgate in moving forward with our vision....

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Looking Back, Moving Forward

As the New Year approaches, we want to take the time once again to praise God for what he has accomplished in the year behind us, as well as look with expectation for what we pray he will do in the year ahead....

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Why We Switched our Pew Bibles to the ESV

Here’s a little more information on why we have pew Bibles, why it was time to update them, and why we replaced them with a different translation than what we had before....

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Services Cancelled Sunday Dec. 15

Due to the current winter storm, the snow accumulation forecast, and poor road conditions, we have cancelled Sunday School and our worship service for Sunday, December 15. ...

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Why Biblical Exposition? It's essential to the pastoral calling

Part four of our series on what biblical exposition is and why it's necessary for the life and health of the church....

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What is Biblical Exposition?

What is biblical exposition? And why is it so central to our gathered worship? These are the questions we’ll explore in this series of posts. We’ll start here with the first one: what is biblical exposition?...

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Why Biblical Exposition? It reflects a healthy doctrine of Scripture

Why is biblical exposition is necessary for the life and health of our congregation? Here is the first three reasons: it reflects a healthy doctrine of Scripture....

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Why Biblical Exposition? It respects the God-given shape of Scripture

Part three of our series on what biblical exposition is and why it's necessary for the life and health of the church....

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Christian Education classes at 9:30am

Just a reminder that beginning Sept. 15, Christian Education classes will begin at 9:30am...

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Hope in the Face of Disability

To learn more about Amelia Allen and her parents' journey of trusting God in the face of disability, watch the video linked here....

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Why Church Membership?

For a variety of reasons, a number of church-goers remain on the fringe for years, attending (even serving) but not joining a local church. For this reason, here are four invitations to those who remain on the fringe, in hopes of encouraging you to take the step of church membership....

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Get Your Picture Taken for our New Directory

Stop by the Cry Room (Rm. 201) after the worship service this Sunday, May 5, or Sunday, May 19, to get your picture taken for our new photo directory....

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When Tragedy Strikes So Close to Home

Special events in light of this week's tragic bombing in Boston....

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A Prayer for Boston in Light of Today's Tragedy

There is one thing on earth that no bomb can shake, and no terror can overcome: your presence. “The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress.”...

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Why I'm Praying for Revival at Westgate

We often limit the scope of revival to nonbelievers coming to faith. But as Tim Keller notes, "Gospel renewal does not simply seek to convert nominal church members; it also insists that all Christiansâ€"even committed onesâ€"need the Spirit to bring the gospel home to their hearts for deepened experiences of Christ's love and power." ...

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What is "Gospel Intentionality"?

Being a missionary requires intentionality. If you were going to serve in a faraway country, you’d spend months â€" maybe even years â€" planning, preparing, learning the language, and designing a long-term strategy. Why wouldn’t you live with that same sort of intentionality as a missionary in your own neighborhood?...

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Holy Week Services

As we celebrate the hope that's found in Jesus Christ's life, death, and resurrection, please join us for any of our gatherings this Holy Week....

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Taking a Fresh Look at the Sermon on the Mount

Join us, beginning this Sunday (March 10), as we spend the next several months walking through Christ’s vision for life in his kingdom��"life in joyful submission to the King of heaven and earth....

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LENTEN PRAYER FOCUS: Seek God for the City

As we prepare our hearts to reflect freshly on the power of the cross and the hope of the resurrection at Easter, we want to commit the Lenten season to prayer as a congregation....

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Worshiping God When We Can’t Gather for Worship

With our services cancelled this morning due to winter storm Nemo, I thought I would share a few thoughts on how we might serve God this Lord’s Day even though we’re unable to gather for corporate worship....

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All Church Activities Cancelled Feb. 10

Due to the storm, all church activities are cancelled for Sunday Feb. 10....

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Pastor Brandon's Annual Meeting Address

One of my prayers for Westgate during 2013 is that God would move us to finally make a pivot outward in the direction of our ministry efforts, in accordance with of our vision to be a gospel-centered community living each day on mission for Christ....

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Vision: Looking Back, Pressing Forward

A summary of our January vision series and a call to prayer in the months ahead....

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Moving toward our Vision: Meeting Sunday @ 9:30am

Please join us at 9:30 am this Sunday (Jan. 20) as we talk and pray together about some of the practical implications of moving toward our vision as a church....

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January Focus: Moving toward our Vision

To start the new year, we’re going to take a short break from our Matthew series and focus on the vision we adopted as a congregation one year ago: to be a gospel-centered community living each day on mission for Christ....

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"A Prayer in Response to the Newtown, CT Tragedy"

As we grieve with the families and children in Newtown, CT, joining us in lifting this prayer to our sovereign and merciful God, who alone can make all things right. From Scotty Smith......

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New Sermon Series: Matthew

This Sunday not only begins our Advent celebration, but also our new sermon series through the Gospel of Matthew entitled, "Jesus: King of Heaven and Earth." ...

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Did you miss a sermon from our Ecclesiastes series?

If you missed one of the sermons from our Ecclesiastes series, you can find both audio and notes on our website....

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Why Missions?

The charge of missions is to make disciples of all nations (Matt. 28:18-20). But what is the ultimate goal the drives and fuels that charge?...

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Join us for our upcoming Missions Conference

Our annual missions conference at Westgate is just around the corner. ...

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Seeing Jesus in Surprising Places: Sandy Island 2012

Our annual All-Church Retreat at Sandy Island is coming up Sept. 7-9. We hope you'll consider joining as we rest, have fun, get to know one another better as a church, and spend time in God's Word, that we might see, trust, and treasure Jesus as he has made himself known to us in the Old Testament Scriptures....

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The Trinity and You

For too long I and much of the evangelical world have been content to make belief in the Trinity a test of orthodoxy, but have failed to explore the implications that the Trinity has for our lives....

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The Fog of Life and the Plan of God

Listen to two sermons from Ecclesiastes 3 as Solomon explores the effect that time, eternity, and the hidden plan of God have on life under the sun....

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4 Reasons to Bring Non-believing Friends to the Ecclesiastes Series

Ecclesiastes lends itself particularly well to engaging those interested in exploring the faith, and here are four reasons why....

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When Work and Wisdom Disappoint (Ecclesiastes 1:12-2:26)

There's an uncomfortable parallel between an abandoned building project and our lives in a fallen world....

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Invitation to Ecclesiastes

Join us and bring your friends and neighbors to come wrestle with life through the honest yet hopeful lens of Ecclesiastes....

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Why I'm Preaching Ecclesiastes from the ESV

Though the Bible version in our church pews and usually up on the screen is the NIV, I'll be preaching Ecclesiastes from the ESV. I thought it would be good to explain why....

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Resurrection, Zombies, and Life After the Grave

Four facts about one of the central, yet not always well understood, tenets of the Christian faith: resurrection....

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Isaiah 52:1-12: Behold your King!

It's hard to make sense of the excitement and fervor of Palm Sunday unless we realize that Jerusalem remained in many ways a city under siege....

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Welcome to our new website!

Whether you're visiting us for the first time, or a member checking out the new digs, we hope you'll find our new website fresh and even more useful than before....

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Philippians 4:14-23: The Sweet Aroma of Gospel Partnership

In Philippians 4:14-23, Paul describes the way we live our lives before God as giving off a particular smell-the sweet aroma of an acceptable sacrifice. ...

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