Westworth United Church
1750 Grosvenor Avenue, Winnipeg
April 30, 2017
3rd Sunday of Easter
We Gather to Worship
Welcome and Announcements
Candle-lighting & Prelude: “Christ is Arisen” Charles Callahan
Introit: “Rejoice Together, Everyone” Barrie Cabena
Easter Prayer VU 188
Hymn VU 168 “The Risen Christ” WOODLANDS
Prayer of Confession
God of servant love, teach us how to be your hands and feet.
Our own worries and struggles can blind us to the needs of others.
Help us to focus not on personal gain,
but on what we need to be able to better serve others.
Inspire us with your transformative vision of servanthood
within our church, our family, our work, and our community.
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 167 “Christ is Risen from the Dead, vs. 1” KING OF KINGS
First Scripture Lesson: I Peter 1:22-23
Hear what the Spirit is saying to the Church.
Thanks be to God.
Responsive Reading: VU 836 “Psalm 116”
Gospel Lesson: Luke 24:13-35
This is the Gospel of Christ.
Thanks be to God.
Sung Response: VU 840, Refrain 5 “Your Word is a Lamp”
Anthem “Come Down, O Love Divine”
Text by Bianco de Siena/Music by Sheldon Curry
Dialogue Sermon: “Servant Leadership”
Hymn VU 595 “We Are Pilgrims” SERVANT SONG
Prayers of the People
Prayer Introit VU 400 “Lord, Listen to Your Children Praying”
Prayers of Thanksgiving and Intercession
The Lord’s Prayer VU 959 (sung)
Hymn VU 510 “We Have This Ministry” MINISTRY
Choral Response: VU 974 “Amen!”
Postlude “Jesus Lives! The Victory’s Won” arr. Jan Bender
Thank you to Gerald Davis, for his contribution to today’s
Minister: Loraine MacKenzie Shepherd email@example.com
204 489-6974 Ext. 22 Director of Music: Debbie McLeod
Minister Emerita: Eleanor Geib Organist: Dorcas Windsor
Church Accountant: Jenny Jeffers firstname.lastname@example.org
Office Administrator: Heather Lavery email@example.com
Church Phone # 204 489-6974 Ext. 20 www.westworth.ca
Church Custodian: Ian Thomson firstname.lastname@example.org
Greeter: Cathy Ferguson
Usher: Diether Peschken
Scripture Reader: Shirley Watts
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.
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.
It’s like deja vu all over again” according to Yogi Berra. As it is for the Westworth group baseball event. The game will be on Friday, June 2nd, at 7:00 pm. Sign-up sheet is on the board. Cost is $14.00.
Newsletter – We are looking for another newsletter editor—if you are interested, please let the office know.
This week at Westworth:
|Today||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.|
NOSTALGIA 50’s PARTY tickets will be available in the narthex.
Leadership Team Orientation with lunch at 12:00pm in the parlour and upper classroom
Counting Team is Team C – Dave S’s team.
|One on One Tea at 7:00pm in the parlour.|
|Website Staff Training at 8:30am in the parlour.|
Staff meeting at 11:00am in the library.
Prayer Shawl Group meets at 1:00pm in the parlour.
|Senior Choir will meet at 7:30pm in the choir room. New singers are welcome to attend!|
|Concert set up starting at 10:00am in the gym.|
Wedding Rehearsal at 5:00pm in the sanctuary.
|Wedding at 3:00pm.|
NOSTALGIA 50’s PARTY with Corney Rempel. Doors open at 7:00pm.
|Lenten Study Planning meeting at 12:00 in the parlour.|
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.
On May 5th, the Youth will be volunteering at Bell Tower Community Café, building food hampers for those in our community in need, from 6:15pm-8:15pm at Westminster United, 745 Westminster Ave. Bring a friend. Also, parents are welcome to stay to help out or if they prefer to relax and enjoy the entertainment. For further information. check http://www.belltowercommunitycafe.org/ or contact Jenny Jeffers at 487-6814 or email email@example.com and let her know you plan to attend.
Spare Change Sunday
Here’s another option for responding to those who ask you for spare change. On the last Sunday of each month, we will have a basket at the back of the church into which you are welcome to put your spare change. This will go towards West Broadway Community Ministry, which provides services including meals, counselling, advocacy, laundry facilities, telephone, voice mail and a computer lab for those living in poverty.
Your Outreach Committee and WBCM Thanks You!
Thank you Westworth for your gifts this month of food, money and time, thus supporting the wonderful April lunch served at West Broadway. Our guests love those meatball sandwiches and are grateful for the cookies and fruit. Our May luncheon at West Broadway is Thursday, May 18.
ACES: Our wind-up luncheon will be held as planned on Tuesday May 9th at The Parkway, 85 Paget St. Please plan to arrive by 11:15 for a tour followed by complimentary lunch at 12:00. The phoners will be calling to confirm numbers. Hope to see all of you there!
Community News (please see more info on bulletin board)
- At Last is a romantic comedy to relive fond lake memories. Harrow UC, 955 Mulvey Avenue. May 4-6, Contact church office at 204-284-0079 for tickets.
- Young UC U.C.W. Spring Bakesale & Luncheon Sat. May 6 11-1pm Luncheon $10 222 Furby Street
- Westminster Concert Organ Series presents Simon Johnson, Organist of St. Paul’s Cathedral, London, England on Sunday, May 7, at 2:30pm.
Minute for Mission
Our gifts for Mission & Service support safe spaces for children. Let us hear the story of one such place, Camp Caterpillar on Candle Lake, Saskatchewan. Fran Forsberg shares her experience.
“Being a mom of three gender-variant children I was afraid to give my
children the experience of camp. I was afraid that my children would be singled out as weird, bullied by staff and other children for the simple fact that they do not fit into the gender norm.
“I asked around, and after being refused twice, I was told by the Rev. David Kim-Cragg about Camp Tapawingo. A member of the board took my request to the board the following week. One week later not only did I get a resounding YES, I also received the news that Alison Starks (A.J.), a Director for Camp FYrefly, had agreed to run the camp.
“I met with A.J. Both of us were very excited at the prospect of this camp for children ages 7–13 who happen to be transgender and extended the invitation to their siblings as well. Twenty-two children, transgender, two-spirit, and cis-gender, arrived at Camp Caterpillar.
“They formed friendships. They were assured that they were safe, accepted, and valued for their authentic selves. These young humans continue to support each other through e-mails and texts.
“I speak for all the parents; we are thankful for A.J. and her staff, who are LGBTQ+. I read one comment from a boy who is 11 and trans: ‘I had the best time of my life at camp!’”
We sing thanksgiving for LGBTQ+ camps like Camp Caterpillar!
If Mission & Service is already a regular part of your giving, thank you
so much! If you have not given for Mission & Service, please join me in
making Mission & Service a regular part of your life of faith. In all our
Mission & Service giving, with a willing heart, we sing thanksgiving
Year to date, Westworth congregants have generously given:
- $85,401 to support Westworth’s general operations budget
- $11,563 to support the Mission & Service Fund
- $1,025 to Special Appeals
- $554.05 to help run our Lenten Studies program
- $155 to West Broadway Lunches
- $200 to West Broadway Community Ministry
- $91.82 Spare Change Sunday donations to West Broadway
- $100 for Samedi Gras music donations
- $50 for Cuba Funds
- $25 to Memorial Fund in memory of loved ones