May 28 Bulletin

Westworth United Church

1750 Grosvenor Avenue, Winnipeg

on Treaty One Territory in the heart of the Métis Nation

May 28, 2017

7th Sunday of Easter


We Gather to Worship

Welcome and Announcements

Candle-lighting & Prelude

“’Tis God’s Hand That Leadeth Me”                  arr. Albin C. Whitworth


Introit:                              “No Hands But Yours”                        Dale Peterson

Opening Prayer

Hymn VU 183                “We Meet You, O Christ”                                      LIFE


Prayer of Confession

This is the place where the broken gather,

Even when we pretend we are not broken.

We follow Jesus,

     Broken like bread,

     Broken on a cross,

     Rising like bread.

Help us name our broken places.

Help us name the places we have broken.

Help us rise.

Help us rise.


Silent Meditation

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

Children’s Time

Children’s Hymn: VU 167     “Christ is Risen” 1ST vs             KING OF KINGS

Responsive Reading: VU 787 Psalm 68


The Story of the Early Church: Acts 1:6-14

Hear what the Spirit is saying to the Church

        Thanks be to God.

        Sung Response:  VU 840, Refrain 5  “Your Word is a Lamp”


Anthem                    “Shines the Light”                        Susan and Lee Dengler




We Respond

Hymn VU 569               “You Call Us Out”                                         THORNBURY



Offertory:         “Jesus, Thou Divine Companion”           David Harris

Dedication Hymn   VU 542 “We Give You But Your Own”

Offertory Prayer


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 619 – “Healer of our Every Ill”                                            HEALER


Choral Response: VU 974 “Amen!”

Postlude                           “Laudation”                                            Gilbert Martin


Thanks to Rev. barb janes for leading us in worship while Loraine, Dorcas and Kirk are at the Annual Meeting of Conference. Also thank you to Alan Wilson for playing the guitar this summer.



Minister:  Loraine MacKenzie Shepherd  

204 489-6974 Ext. 22                                       Director of Music:  Debbie McLeod

Minister Emerita:  Eleanor Geib                               Organist:  Dorcas Windsor

Church Accountant:  Jenny Jeffers                      

Office Administrator:  Heather Lavery                      

Church Phone # 204 489-6974 Ext. 20                               

Church Custodian: Ian Thomson                         


Greeters: Anne & Keith Love

Usher: Elaine Pigden

Scripture Reader: Merle Andrew


Summer Worship time change: June 4-Sept. 3 Worship will begin at 10:30am.

Summer Office Hours: from June to after Labour Day, Monday-Friday, 9:00-3:00pm closed during the lunch hour between 12:30-1:30pm.

Spare Change Sunday – Excuse me, do you have spare change? How often have you been asked this and not known how best to respond? Here’s an alternative response. On the last Sunday of each month, we will put out plates at the back of the church. When you leave, you are welcome to place your spare change into the plates. These donations will be sent to West Broadway Community Ministry, which offers many resources to those living in poverty.


On June 4th we will be celebrating Pentecost and Canada’s 150th Anniversary, along with communion. Please come at 10:00am to enjoy Canadian cookies and lemonade before the 10:30am service. During worship, we will be hearing stories of diversity, as we honour Christian and Canadian intercultural gifts. Please remember that the Summer Worship Time changes to 10:30am beginning June 4th through Sept. 3.

This week at Westworth:

TodayConference Sunday. barb janes will be preaching this week.

Planting Sunday-children will be planting flowers today. Old clothes and trowels would be helpful.

Spare Change will be collected for West Broadway Community Ministry.

Counting Team is Team B – Dan’s team.


May 31

Staff meeting at 11:00am in the library.

June 1

Presbytery TRC meeting at 11:00am in the parlour.

June 4

Worship will start at 10:30am.

UCW Dessert Party Run through after service today.

Plan to attend the UCW Spring Dessert Party and Thankoffering on Monday, June 5 at 7PM. This evening will provide a chance for our Westworth women to worship, celebrate 55 years of UCW across Canada, and share time with one another. There will be a short worship service in the sanctuary, with an opportunity to donate our Thankoffering for Mission and Service. This will be followed by a short Fashion Show of wedding dresses over the past decades. If you have a dress you would like featured, please contact Nancy Doern-White by May 15. We have people willing to model the dresses, or you can wear your own! Bring a wedding photo or album to look at while we enjoy dessert in the Parlour. The photo can be from your parents’ wedding, your own wedding or a wedding you have attended. This event is for all women at Westworth, not just members of UCW. Tickets are $5.00, and are available from Nancy Doern-White or the Church Office.


Extreme Hunger Relief – The United Church is welcoming donations for People in Kenya, Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan, and Yemen have been severely impacted by prolonged or recurring drought, as well as conflict in some of the affected countries, that have caused extreme hunger and starvation. The UN has declared a famine in South Sudan, calling it the largest humanitarian crisis since 1945. United Church partner the Canadian Foodgrains Bank (CFGB) is responding to the hunger crises in Somalia and South Sudan in collaboration with local partners. These recent CFGB response efforts were supported by $50,000 from the United Church. Please make your cheque out to Westworth United Church and we will forward to the UC of Canada. Thank you for your support.

WorthyKids Day Camp

Register your children NOW!! Worthy Kids Day Camp (Formerly Westworth Vacation Bible School) Experience Creation in new, and CREATIVE ways! Registration information and forms found at or in the church office


Winnipeg Pride Parade – The Winnipeg Pride Parade will take place on Sunday, June 4th, at 11:00 a.m – PLEASE NOTE TIME.  The United Church of Canada (Conference of MNWO) and Winnipeg Presbytery have registered as one walking group.  You are invited to bring your church banners and

join the parade.  Let’s walk together in solidarity. Look for Joan Jarvis and The United Church of Canada banner in the marshalling area on the Legislature grounds.

Assiniboia Residential School Reunion: The Assiniboia School, formerly located on Academy Road, housed senior students for decades, and the former students are gathering for a reunion and commemoration weekend June 23and 24. Westworth is privileged to host Friday night events that will include a gathering and “feast”. Your Outreach Team is asking for your assistance in making this day a memorable one for all of the attendees. Please check the Signup sheet in the Narthex for opportunities to serve.

Donations from “identifiable givers” for the year including the month of May for the past 3 years.

2015      $104,508             2016      $94,556               2017      $98,836

Based upon pledges, we anticipated $95,490 in donations. Please refer to the bulletin board in the Narthex for monthly updates.



Opportunities to support 1JustCity:

* Please see the Outreach Board for information about these exciting events!

  1. a) Summertime with 1 Just City: The Joyful Project is proud to present an exciting concert featuring Port Cities, Kenaston, Nadia and Jason Burstick, and Friend of Foes, on June 3, 2017. This concert will raise support for local Winnipeg emergency shelters. Doors 7:00pm, Show at 8:00pm. Tickets are $15 plus fees in advance at The Park Theatre, online, or in-person. For more info send an email to


  1. b) High Tea Fundraiser at West Broadway: Saturday June 3 in the afternoon. Get your white gloves out and join us from 2-4 pm at West Broadway we celebrate the gifts of Sr. Rolande Bissonette, Doug and Phyllis Flint, and Marlene Ramsay. If you cannot attend, but would love to make a donation, you may see Heather in the office.


  1. c) Urban Retreats Garden Tour—Sat. June 17, 10:00am–4:00 pm, rain or shine. Self‐guided tour of beautiful Woodhaven gardens in support of St. Matthews Maryland Community Ministry, Tea and Craft Sale, $5 at the door, 11:30am–2:00pm at St. Andrew’s Woodhaven Anglican Church. More info at


Community News

  • Wpg. Death Café Wed. May 31 7:00-9:00pm Fort Garry UC, 800 Point Road. Join us for an informal evening of conversation about death, dying, funerals, etc.
  • Shi’a Muslim-Mennonite Christian Dialogue 7 – The 7th international series of events where Mennonite and Shi’a Muslim scholars and youth give presentations and engage in meaningful dialogue will take place June 27-30 at CMU. Open to the public. 


Minute for Mission

Asian Heritage Month

Our gifts for Mission & Service support intercultural programs in The United Church of Canada.

May is Asian Heritage Month. The month provides a continuing opportunity to prayerfully reflect on the contributions of Asian Canadians to our church and Canadian society and to honour and celebrate this important aspect of Canadian history.

In church and society, Asian cultures and traditions are broad and diverse.

Comprising many language groups, cultural traditions, histories, and ways of expressing faith, Asian Canadians have many ways of being.

In the United Church, there are Chinese Cantonese–, Chinese Mandarin–, Korean-, Tagalog-, and Tamil-speaking congregations; all of these are expressions of our intercultural church. One way the United Church seeks to honour Asian Heritage Month is through worship, and each year, new resources for worship are created to lift up different aspects of Asian heritages.

Asian Heritage Month is not limited to the contributions of Asians in Canada. The United Church has strong ties to Mission & Service partners throughout Asia who are addressing human rights abuses wherever they occur as part of building a world of justice for all. Critical issues for the region include peace building and upholding the rights of communities to healthy environments in the context of resource extraction projects, such as mining.

We sing thanksgiving that Mission & Service supports our intercultural journey.


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

to God!