Sunday, December 25, 2011

An Unexpected Surprise

Pastor Randy Solomon preaches on Luke 2:1-20.

Pastoral prayer by Linda Warren.

Additional comments by Claude Chew.

"Harvey Silverstein" by Mac Nelson is performed by Rich Swingle.  Thomas Tornado Tinglehoop is the hero of Jim Warren and Rich Swingle's children's book Thomas Tornado Tinglehoop and the Three Christmas Clues.



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Here is Rich's performance of Harvey Silverstein The Innkeeper on the other side of the wall from what is believed to be the actual manger in which Jesus was born. Our guide to the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem said it's over 9 out of 10 probability that it's the actual manger because a Byzantine church is built over a little chapel enclosing a stone manger. It is the oldest church on earth that is still being used. It was built within 100 years of Jesus' death, so it was the grandkids of those who were there that identified it as The Spot.



"Harvey Silverstein" © Copyright 2011 by Mac Nelson and Rich Swingle.

Saturday, December 24, 2011

A Picture of our King

Pastor Linda with the
painting to which she
refers in her sermon.
Painting: "Father's Prize"
by Pastor Linda's mother,
Edith DeCecca.
Pastor Linda Warren preaches on Isaiah 11:1-10.

Call to worship by Rich Swingle.

Scripture reading by Chris L. and Tamara W. (NIV)

Pastoral and closing prayers by Joyce Swingle.

Testimonies by Claude Chew and Pastor Randy Solomon.



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Edward Hicks
(1780-1849)

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

The Shepherd's Daughter in the Shepherd's Cave of Bethlehem

Pastor Joyce Swingle performed this piece that she wrote in the Shepherds' Cave of Bethlehem during our trip to Jordan and Israel through CITA to the Nations.



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Sunday, December 18, 2011

Advent of God

Pastor Joyce Swingle preaches on Matthew 1:18-24, and Rich Swingle continues his piece "What!?" from his play, Views of the Manger. Additional prayers and comments by Bill Huisman and Pastors Linda Warren and Randy Solomon.




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Sunday, December 11, 2011

Advent of the Lord

Rachel Taylor preaches on Mark 1: 1-8 after Rich Swingle's performance of the first half of "What!?", a sketch from his one-man play Views of the Manger.



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Sunday, December 4, 2011

Advent of the Light

Pastor Linda Warren preaches on John 1:1-18 after Rich Swingle performs Part 2 of Views of the Manger, "Guess What", the story of Gabriel's announcement to Mary. In this recording Pastor Joyce Swingle lends her voice to Mary's reaction to the news.

Pastoral prayer by Joyce Swingle.



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Sunday, November 27, 2011

Freedom from Fear of Everlasting Pain

Rich Swingle performed his sketch "The Covenant Keeper" from his Christmas play, Views of the Manger, and Pastor Joyce Swingle preached on the text the piece dramatizes: Genesis 15.  This service closes the Freedom Series and launches a five-part series which will include each sketch from Views of the Manger.

Opening prayer by Pastor Linda Warren.



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Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Thanksgiving Eve

This is Pastor Linda Warren's opening prayer and remarks at the Thanksgiving Eve service.




Unfortunately there was a technical issue and Pastor Randy Solomon's sermon was not recorded. He told the story of the first Thanksgiving, which you can read about in Squanto and the Miracle of Thanksgiving, which you can download now on a Kindle:


Pastor Linda's prayer is available for download free on iTunes, where you can also subscribe to our podcast. Search for "Westchester Chapel" on the iTunes Store.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Freedom from the Fear of Circumstances

Rich Swingle preaches from Matthew 14: 22-33 on Peter's walk on water. Opening prayer by Pastor Randy Solomon.



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Here's footage of Rich performing the role of Peter walking on the Sea of Galilee from their May 2011 trip to Jordan and Israel with Christians in Theatre Arts:



Rich alluded to The Tree of Life by Terrance Malick:

Monday, November 14, 2011

Freedom from the Fear of Lack


Conceived by Pastor Linda Warren, who plays the role of Shoshona, Rich & Pastor Joyce Swingle address their flock as Zelophahad and Pethahiah, shepherds with a perspective on Psalm 23.



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Music at the start of the service is from "Stand Up and Give Him the Praise", from the album Shalom Jerusalem.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Thoughts on Cyrano de Bergerac

At the MasterWorks Festival this summer, Rich Swingle directed Cyrano de Bergerac, the story of a swashbuckling hero who won't dare to express his love for Roxane because he believes that his long nose makes him too ugly for her to love in return. Here are Rich's closing statements after the last performance:



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To view Rich's full report on MasterWorks visit RichDrama.com/MWF.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Here am I

Pastor Joyce Swingle opened by sharing the lyrics of The Rose.

Pastor Rachel Taylor preached on Isaiah 6. She opened by sharing The Message by For Him.

After the sermon Pastor Joyce prayed over Natasha D. and Sandy R., who are launching a small group. Click their names to send them a message via Facebook to receive directions. The small group will meet Wednesdays at 7pm.

Then Pastor Ken prayed over Pastor Rachel, and Rich Swingle prayed over Rachel L., who will be teaching in Malaysia. You can prayerfully follow her adventures at RachelsESLExplosion.blogspot.com.

Pastor Randy Solomon provided some final thoughts.



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Ministry beyond Westchester

Rich Swingle reported on recent adventures in Taiwan, Singapore, Oregon and his recent performance in the film Writers' Block.  For photos from the Swingles outreach in Asia visit SwinglesInAsia2011.Shutterfly.com, and for more stories visit blog.richdrama.com (September and October 2011).



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Sunday, October 9, 2011

Pastoral Prayer by Linda Warren

This is Pastor Linda's prayer for the congregation.



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Recent Ministry Opportunities

Pastor Joyce Swingle reports on recent ministry opportunities the Swingles have had: Performing Five Bells for 9/11 in NYC on 9/11, leading Spiritual Life Week at Morrison Academy in Taiwan, and performing The Acts during Homecoming at Rich's alma mater, George Fox University.



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Freedom from Fear of the Future

Pastor Joyce Swingle preaches on Revelation 14:1-5.




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Sunday, October 2, 2011

Freedom from the Past

Pastor Randy Solomon preaches from Genesis 37:17-18 and surrounding books about the story of Joseph.

Opening prayer by Pastor Linda Warren.



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Sunday, September 25, 2011

Meditate on the Word

Joyce got to preach this morning on Psalm 1 at the House of Blessing Church in
Taichung, Taiwan.



Introduction by Dan Robinson, principal of Morrison Academy. Translated into Mandarin.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Fall Cleaning

Assistant Pastor Rachel Taylor's sermon on Ephesians 4:17-32: A timely call to forgiveness on 9/11/11. Closing comments by Pastor Randy Solomon.



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Walking in Victory on 9/11/11

Rich Swingle's call to worship.



Rich will be performing Five Bells for 9/11 tonight in NYC at 8pm: RichDrama.com/FiveBells.

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Saturday, August 27, 2011

Paradise Lost

Here is the full performance of Paradise Lost for Narrator (with Percussion), Oboe, and Bassoon by Terry B. Ewell. Westchester Chapel hosted the first public performance of the introduction. Since then it was performed at the International Double Reed Conference in Tempe, Arizona, and at the MasterWorks Festival
Rich Swingle, Narrator, percussion; Doris DeLoach, oboe; Terry B. Ewell, bassoon. 1. Introduction. 2. Adam. 3. Eve.  

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Part 1A: Introduction, Adam, and Eve (6 min.)

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Part 1B: Worship and Dance (5 min.)

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Part 1C: Angel's Charge and Satan's Soliloquies (9 min.)

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Part 2A: Temptation of Eve (12 min.)

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Part 2B: Temptation of Adam (8 min.)

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Part 3A: Judgment and Repentance (8 min.)

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Part 3B: Sacrifice and Expulsion, Acknowledgements (7 min.)

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Comments on Paradise Lost by Terry B. Ewell

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Thursday, August 18, 2011

Radha Memorial


Thank you for your prayers for Radha.  The Lord in His Mercy called her home Nov. 18 around 1 in the morning.  Please praise God for her steadfast witness and her life devoted to the praise and glory of God.
Both the wake and funeral will be held at Yannantuono Burr Davis Sharpe Funeral Homes at 584 Gramatan Ave., Mount Vernon, NY 10552  914/699-4010.

Details on the wake:  Sunday, Nov. 20, from 5 pm to 8 pm. There will be a service starting at 6 pm for about a hour and a half.  
Details on the funeral:  Monday, Nov. 21, 10 am with a service, grave site ceremony and reception following.

"Brothers, we do not want you to be ignorant about those who fall asleep, or to grieve like the rest of men, who have no hope.  We believe that Jesus died and rose again and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him." 1 Thess. 4:13-14.
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Sunday, August 14, 2011

Enacted Prayer for the Body of Westchester Chapel

This enacted prayer is for all that are suffering with illness right now.



The song, "The Lord that Heals", is posted with permission by the songwriter/performer and is available for download here.

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Sunday, June 12, 2011

Peter Walks on the Sea of Galilee



This was performed on The Sea of Galilee during CITA to the Nations: Jordan and Israel.

Scripture by Jenny, performance by Rich Swingle, who commented:

I had this idea on Westchester Chapel's trip in 2005, but when we arrived on this trip there were three boats and none of them looked like they would work for this sketch. But then our guide told us we were on the third boat, which turned out to be the very boat that inspired the idea six years ago.


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Peter's Mother-in-Law



This sketch was performed in Capernaum, about 100m from where they believe Peter's mother-in-law lived. Anna Bryant and Morgen developed this sketch and Rich Swingle stepped in as Jesus.

Find out more about our trip, CITA to the Nations: Jordan and Israel at RichDrama.com/HolyLand.

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Monday, April 18, 2011

Greetings from the Muccis


Our district's former district superintendent, Dallas and Sandy Mucci send their greetings from the Pittsburgh area.

This greeting is available for download free on iTunes, where you can also subscribe to our podcast. Search for "Westchester Chapel" on the iTunes Store.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Report on the Ivy League Congress on Faith and Action

Rich Swingle reports on The Ivy League Congress on Faith and Action, which brought together students from all eight Ivy League schools to worship the Lord, fellowship and explore changing the world for the better.  His talk at the Congress is posted at RichDrama.com/IvyLeague.



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The Father's Passion for Us


Rachel Taylor preaches on John 16:25-32 as a part of the series The Passion and Peace of God for Us.

The closing prayer is by Pastor Randy Solomon.

She refers to "How Deep the Father's Love for Us" which is available on our Book Store under Recommendations, or by clicking here.


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Greater Glory

Pastor Joyce Swingle kicks off Westchester Chapel's annual meeting preaching on Haggai.



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Don't Check Out!

This Pastoral Prayer is by Linda Warren.



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Sunday, March 27, 2011

Virtual Church



Welcome to Westchester Chapel. We couldn't meet in our new home today, but we're glad you stopped by for fellowship and spiritual growth anyway.

At WestchesterChapel.org/BookStore you can find links to downloads of music created by our own musicians (that page will great you) as well as songs we sing that our musicians didn't write (click the Our Music link).  Worship the Lord, and check out the offerings below on this page, or if you want to go further back, visit WestchesterChapel.org/Media for sermons, creative worship, pastoral prayers and (for those of you who have already made plans for the day) mini-messages. They go all the way back to 2008.

Then fellowship!  Come back to this page and post a comment, a praise, a prayer request and/or a prayer.  Maybe you'll want to post a reflection on your reading from Psalm 91 since we couldn't meet for Thirst, or share something that struck you in a new way from The Gospel if you've taken Pastor Randy's suggestion and have been reading through one this Lenten Season.

Last night I had dinner with friends of mine, Charlie and Ruth Jones of Peculiar People, who continue to tour with drama as they have for decades. They've taken a bit of a shift and have started a community ministry in Greensboro, NC. In the photo you can see that they set up a table in the hallway of their space and invite 50 people to dinner once a month.

The table is set. Feed each other today with your posts.

in Christ alone,
Rich for the pastoral team

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Christ's Passion for the Father

Pastor Randy Solomon preaches on John 14:5-14 as a part of the series The Passion and Peace of God for Us.

The opening prayer by Pastor Joyce Swingle refers to "Let Go", the sketch that preceded this sermon.  Her closing prayer leads into Bill Huisman's invitation to worship as a community.



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Let Go

This sketch was written and Directed by Natasha Dormeus. Some dialogue was created through improv with actors: Rich Swingle, Ava P., Rachel Taylor, Jan Miele, Andrew Kelly and Claude Chew.



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© Copyright 2011 by Natasha Dormeus

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Andrew Kelly's Missions Trip to the Dominican Republic


Andrew will be going on a medical missions trip to the Dominican Republic. Talk to Andrew after a church service about how you can partner in prayer and giving.



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Sunday, March 13, 2011

God is Passionate About Intimacy with Us

Rich Swingle opens worship, leading up to Pastor Linda Warren's sermon Christ's Passion to Be with Us.



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