Archives: December 2015 - Westworth United Church

Love’s Little Miracles

Rev. Dr. Loraine MacKenzie Shepherd, Westworth United Church, December 20, 2015 Micah 5:2-5a It’s the little ones who bring us hope. The ones who aren’t yet scarred by cynicism; the ones wide-eyed with wonder, vulnerable in utter trust. They take us by the hand to patiently teach us the miracle of love. It’s the little …Read more

Christmas Services

Christmas Eve 6:45 p.m. Worship for All Ages, including Lessons & Carols and a Christmas Story. The senior and cherub choirs will be singing. 10 p.m. Carols, Candles and Communion including Lessons & Reflection.  An ensemble will be singing. Sunday, December 27 Worship Around The Breakfast Tables 10:30 a.m.  Breakfast   11 a.m.  Worship The theme …Read more

Joy

Rev. Dr. Loraine MacKenzie Shepherd, Westworth United Church, December 13, 2015 Zephaniah 3:14-20 “Sing a song of joy,” writes Zephaniah, “as a shepherd gathers his sheep, I, the Lord, will bring you home.” A modern-day version of this old, old story of homecoming was crooned by Bing Crosby, “I’ll be home for Christmas—you can count …Read more

A Tarnished Image of God

Rev. Dr. Loraine MacKenzie Shepherd, Westworth United Church, December 6, 2015 Malachi 3:1-4; Luke 1:68-79; Luke 3:1-6 After the first performance of Handel’s Messiah in London in 1741, Handel wrote to a friend, “I should be sorry if I only entertained them. I wished to make them better.”[1] I have heard many in the choir, …Read more

Tidings of Joy

On Sunday, December 13 at 6:45 p.m. please join the Senior Choir, the Cherub Choir, and the Westworth Winds as we prepare for Christmas with our musical offerings, and raise our voices in song with familiar congregational carols. The Senior Choir will be presenting Vivaldi’s Gloria. Reception to follow.

Hope in a Time of Hopelessness

Rev. Dr. Loraine MacKenzie Shepherd, Westworth United Church, November 29, 2015 I Thessalonians 3:9-13; Jeremiah 33:14-16 It sure is hard to be hopeful these days. I’m almost afraid to look at the news. Someone asked me the other week why we keep praying for peace when things just seem to be getting worse in the …Read more