Westworth United Church
1750 Grosvenor Avenue, Winnipeg
April 23, 2017
2nd Sunday of Easter
We Gather to Worship
Welcome and Announcements
Candle-lighting & Prelude:
“On Earth Has Dawned This Day of Days” Samuel Scheidt
Solo Introit: “I Will Give Thanks” Douglas E. Wagner
SOLOIST: Blake Collis
Prayer of Approach
Hymn VU 158 “Christ is Alive” TRURO
Prayer of Confession (please respond with the bold print)
A week ago we proclaimed “Christ is risen. Christ is risen indeed!”
And yet another week has passed and we realize now, on this little Easter, that Christ is hiding in the sleepiness of our hearts and heads.
We need God to inspire us again, to make real for us that Jesus is alive in our hearts right now and for each day of the week to come.
The ancient Christians cried, “Maranatha,” which means “Come Lord!” We want you to come into our lives and hearts today!
Awaken, inspire and breathe on us breath of God—Fill us with life anew!
That we may love what you love, dear God, and do what You would do!
Words of Assurance
The Peace of Christ
One: May the peace of Christ be with you.
All: And also with you.
(Please extend to others a blessing of peace with words such as,
“Peace be with you,” or “Peace,” with the response, “And also with you.”)
We Hear the Word
Hymn VU 166 “Joy Comes with the Dawn” DAWN
First Scripture Lesson: Acts 2:14a, 22-32
Hear what the Spirit is saying to the Church.
Thanks be to God.
Responsive Reading: VU 738 “Psalm 16”
Gospel Lesson: John 20:19-31
This is the Gospel of Christ.
Thanks be to God.
Sung Response: VU 840, Refrain 5 “Your Word is a Lamp”
Solo: “Ich will dir mein Herze schenken” J.S. Bach
SOLOIST: Christina Thanisch-Smith
Ich will dir mein Herze schenken, I shall give my heart to you, Senke dich, mein Heil, hinein! Come down, my salvation, and bury yourself within it! Ich will mich in dir versenken; I shall bury myself in you; Ist dir gleich die Welt zu klein, If the world is too small for you Ei, so sollst du mir allein ah, then you alone to me shall Mehr als Welt und Himmel sein. Be more than the world and heaven.
Sermon: “Not Seeing is Believing”
Hymn VU 382 “Breathe on Me, Breath of God” TRENTHAM
Minute for Mission
Offertory: “This Joyful Eastertide” Charles Callahan
Dedication Hymn VU 542 “We Give You But Your Own”
Prayers of the People
Prayer Introit VU 400 “Lord, Listen to Your Children Praying”
Prayers of Thanksgiving and Intercession
The Lord’s Prayer VU 921
Hymn VU 173 “Thine is the Glory” JUDAS MACCABAEUS
Choral Response: VU 974 “Amen!”
Postlude “Thine is the Glory arr. Robert A. Hobby
We are grateful to Rev. Dr. Ray Cuthbert for leading us in worship today. Thanks also to Blake Collis and Christina Thanisch-Smith.
Minister: Loraine MacKenzie Shepherd firstname.lastname@example.org
204 489-6974 Ext. 22 Director of Music: Debbie McLeod
Minister Emerita: Eleanor Geib Organist: Dorcas Windsor
Treasurer: Jenny Jeffers email@example.com
Office Administrator: Heather Lavery firstname.lastname@example.org
Church Phone # 204 489-6974 Ext. 20 www.westworth.ca
Church Custodian: Ian Thomson email@example.com
Greeters: Nancy Williamson and Dorothy Reid
Usher: Janet Sealey
Scripture Reader: Teresa Sztaba
Minute for Mission Reader: Fraser Muldrew
We extend our sympathy to Carol J. on the passing of her husband Karl.
THE GREAT WESTWORTH RUMMAGE SALE-NEW DATES
By request the sale has been extended.
Friday, April 28, 7-9 pm, Sat., April 29, 9am – noon
This is the only sale this year, so we have to make it worthwhile. PLEASE, sign up in the narthex for whatever you can do. Bring your family, neighbours or friends to help and share in the fellowship and fun.
Donations can be put in the storage room under the west stairs.
It is appreciated if donations can be in by noon on Friday, as the sale is occurring in the evening. Please note what items are not accepted.
Thanking you in advance for your co-operation.
Your Rummage Sale Committee: Andrea Firth – 204 489-2284
Dorothy Reid – 204 489-6655 Lee-Ann Blase
Rummage Request- If anyone has a somewhat sturdy portable clothing rack or coat tree you could lend for display for the sale, we’d be grateful if we could borrow it. Better displays make for more sales! Please contact Andrea Firth at
204-489-2284 if you can help with this.
This week at Westworth:
|Today||NOSTALGIA 50’s PARTY tickets will be available in the narthex.|
Counting Team is Team B – Dan’s team.
|Governance meeting at 7:15pm in the library.|
|Council meeting at 7:30pm in the parlour.|
|Pastoral Care meeting at 1:30pm in the parlour.|
Rummage Sale set up tables at 7:00pm in the gym.
Property meeting at 7:15pm in the parlour.
|Rummage Sale set up at 9:00am in the gym.|
Presbytery TRC meeting at 11:00am in the parlour.
Senior Choir will meet at 7:30pm in the choir room. New singers are welcome to attend!
|Rummage Sale set up 9:00am-7:00pm.|
Rummage Sale starts at 7:00-9:00pm in the gym.
|Rummage Sale at 9:00am-noon in the gym.|
|Spare Change Sunday- Plates will be left at the back of the church for any spare change donations. All donations will be given to West Broadway Community Ministry to help with their programs.|
Leadership Team Orientation with lunch in the parlour and upper classroom starting at noon.
Loraine is on holiday with her family in B.C. this week. We are grateful to Rev. Earl Gould (204) 888-1543 or cell (204) 795-7535, who is on call for emergency pastoral care April 17-23, and to Rev. Dr. Ray Cuthbert, who will lead in the worship service today.
“Here is a story about four people named Everybody, Somebody, Anybody and Nobody.
“A job had to be done and Everybody was sure Somebody would do it. Anybody could have done it, but Nobody did it. Somebody got mad about that, because it was Everybody’s job. Everybody thought Anybody could do it and that Somebody would do it. Nobody realized that Everybody thought Somebody would do it. It ended up that Everybody blamed Somebody when Nobody did what Anybody could have done.” – anonymous
We’re going to rock the night away at the NOSTALGIA 50’s PARTY on MAY 6, 7:00 PM beginning with a full and believable Elvis Show featuring the award winning Elvis impersonator, CORNEY REMPEL. This will be followed by a rock and roll 50’s dance with the Haskin Street Band and our own, Ray McClelland. Games of nostalgia, a hula hoop & a bubble gum blowing contest will go on throughout the evening. **Prizes for the best 50’s costume!** Cash bar. Ice cream floats and a social lunch to end the evening! Can you afford to miss it???? NEVER!!!
TICKETS are now available in the narthex or in the office for $20/adult and $8/child (school age –12 years.) “Pay as you are able” available in the office.
Newsletter – Our next newsletter will be coming out on May 14 and will have information about the summer services & activities. Please send your newsletter articles to Ingrid Peters Derry by Easter Sunday, April 16 regarding the summer or advance notice for the fall. The next newsletter will come out in early September. This will be Ingrid’s last newsletter that she is editing and we are grateful to her for all of her work. We are looking for another newsletter editor—if you are interested, please let the office know. Please contact Ingrid Peters Derry at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We will be celebrating the Sacrament of Baptism on Christian Family Sunday, May 14 (Mother’s Day). If anyone else would like to have their children baptized, please let Loraine know.
ARCHIVES. Did you notice that there is a new display in the Memorial Cabinet? Our theme is “Traditions Then and Now”. Take a moment and look at some of the church events that used to take place and some that still continue on.
Save the Date…WorthyKids Creation Vacation will be Aug. 21-25, 2017. 9:00-1:00 pm Vacation Fun Program; 1:00-4:00 pm childcare upon request. Registration forms are available in the narthex or the office.
Donations from “identifiable givers” for the year including the month of March for the past 3 years.
2015 $81,874 2016 $71,610 2017 $77,828
Based upon pledges, we anticipated $71,617 in donations. Please refer to the bulletin board in the Narthex for monthly updates.
Update for Syrian Refugee Sponsorship (for more details, see Outreach bulletin board)
It has been 18 months since the three (3) al Diab families arrived in Winnipeg on October 5, 2015, to settle in Winnipeg. As you can well imagine, there are many things to learn and to accept when one arrives as a refugee/newcomer to Canada. The Steering Committee, members of REFUGE, neighbours and friends have guided them in their settlement – navigating the bus system, shopping, rental responsibilities, banking and taxes, computer and telephone agreements, school registration and reports card, sports and recreation, the medical, dental and optometrist systems, and so on. Kamal and Fatima, Fadel and Huda, and Jalal and Taghrid and their 18 children have worked through the challenges and in most respects are settled and flourishing.
Refuge has applied to sponsor two more families of Syrian refugees currently living in Beirut, Lebanon. Like the previously sponsored families, these families are relatives of Fadila al Diab, long-time resident of Winnipeg. As members of REFUGE, Debby Lake and the First Unitarian Universalist Church of Winnipeg are taking the settlement lead on these sponsorships.
We look forward to welcoming these 7 people to Winnipeg, where they will reunite with their extended family and start a new life in safety and security.
The al Diab families have often expressed their gratitude for all the people who have supported them over the past year and a half—financial and material donations, time and hospitality. The REFUGE Steering Committee also thanks you for your generosity.
In peace and harmony,
The REFUGE Steering Committee:
Barbara Wynes (Chair) – Westworth United Church
Debby Lake (Recorder) – First Unitarian Universalist Church of Winnipeg
Sue Bernjak – St. Mary’s Road United Church
Laila Chebib – Manitoba Islamic Association
Ezzy Ibrahim – Manitoba Islamic Association
Kevan Bowkett – community member
Mahmoud Alzaibaq – Syrian Assembly of Manitoba
Loraine MacKenzie Shepherd – Minister, Westworth United Church
Community News (please see more info on bulletin board)
- It’s Your Funeral! Wed. Apr. 26 7-9pm by Karen Toole Ft. Garry UC 800 Point Rd.
- SPRING RING Sturgeon Creek United Church on Saturday, April 29th at 3:00 p.m.
- Coffee and Conversation with Shahina Siddiqui President and Executive Director of the Islamic Social Services Association Inc Tuesday, May 2, 2017 at 7-8:30pm here at Crestview United, 316 Hamilton Ave.
- Churchill Park UC on Saturday, April 29, 8 a.m. – 10 a.m. at 2065 Pembina Hwy for Applebee’s Flapjack Fundraiser breakfast. Tickets are available for purchase at CPUC office only. Deadline: noon, April 27, 204-452-8561 or 525 Beresford Ave