May 7 Bulletin

Westworth United Church

1750 Grosvenor Avenue, Winnipeg

May 7, 2017

4th Sunday of Easter


We Gather to Worship

Welcome and Announcements

Candle-lighting & Prelude:

“O Sons and Daughters Let Us Sing”                         Denis Bédard

Introit:                      “Rejoice Together, Everyone”               Barrie Cabena


Prayer of Approach                                                    (adapted from Hymn 187)

New life, new day!

God, grant us new colour after winter grey.

New leaf, new shoot!

God, grant us hope that will bear the Spirit’s fruit.


Hymn VU 187                       “The Spring Has Come”                      VERVACITY

Prayer of Confession

When we are defensive, we tend to build larger walls.

We shut out those who can hurt us.

We refuse to listen to those with whom we disagree.

Give us wisdom, Gracious God, to negotiate boundaries.

Grant us the courage to lean towards grace.


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.”

The children are invited to go to church school following the passing of the peace)


We Hear the Word

Responsive Reading: VU 749       “Psalm 23”   Refrain 1


Gospel Lesson: John 10:1-16

This is the Gospel of Christ.

        Thanks be to God.

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


Anthem:            “All Things Bright and Beautiful”                     John Rutter

Sermon:     “Leaning Towards Grace”


We Respond

Hymn VU 691                “Though Ancient Walls”                                     KARR


Offertory:    “Bread of the World”                               Kristina Langlois

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

Offertory Prayer


The Sacrament of Holy Communion

Communion Setting A: VU 932                                    Marty Haugen

(Once the communion servers are in place, please proceed up the centre aisle, take a piece of bread and dip in the cup, eat and return to your seat along the side aisles. The central station at the front has gluten-free rice crackers and juice. If you have difficulty walking, please signal servers as they come down the centre aisle and they will serve you in your pew)

May God be with you.

And also with you.

Lift up your hearts.

We lift them up to God.

Let us give thanks to God most holy.

        It is right to give God thanks and praise.


Creator of light…to proclaim the glory of your name:

Holy, holy, holy are you, God of power and might;

heaven and earth are filled with your glory.

Hosanna in the highest!

Blessed is the one who comes in your name.

Hosanna in the highest, hosanna in the highest!


Eternal God, we praise you for…We delight to proclaim:

Christ has died. Christ is risen. Christ will come, come again.


At this, we also remember…With the words Jesus taught us, we now pray to God… (VU p. 921)

Send, O God, your life-giving Spirit…all glory is yours, God most holy, now and forever.

♪ Amen.

 Sharing the Bread and the Cup


Prayer after Communion


Hymn VU 477               “I Come with Joy”                                  DOVE OF PEACE


Choral Response: VU 974 “Amen!”

Postlude    “Now All the Vault of Heaven Resounds”             Robert A. Hobby



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: Elaine Beavis and Carol Hunter

Ushers: Kathy and Alan Wilson

Scripture Reader: Denise Jones


The Great Westworth Rummage Sale was a huge success. We made a profit of $4407.00. None of it would have been possible without the donations of rummage, and the time and effort of many.  The call for volunteers was answered by staff, congregation, choir, friends, and young people, who brought strength and enthusiasm to the tasks. Obviously, the Friday night sale was a big success.  Good fellowship was enjoyed by all.  Special Thanks to Heather. Don’t forget the next Rummage Sale in April 27-28, 2018. Many Thanks.

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!

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 a newsletter editor—if you are interested, please let the office know.


This week at Westworth:

TodayLenten Study Planning meeting at 12:00 in the parlour.

Counting Team is Team D– Dave B’s team.


May 9

ACES will meet at the Parkway at 11:15 for a tour, lunch at noon.

M & P meeting at 7:00pm in the library.


May 10

Staff meeting at 11:00am in the library.

Presbytery Education & Students meeting at 1:00-5:00pm in the parlour.

Outreach meets at 7:00pm in the lower classroom.

Property meets at 7:00pm in the kitchen.

Finance meets at 7:15pm in the parlour.

Worship meets at 7:30pm in the upper classroom.


May 11

Unit 7 meets at the Park Café at 9:30am.

Senior Choir will meet at 7:30pm in the choir room. New singers are welcome to attend!


May 13

Women’s Spirituality at 9:00am in the parlour.

May 14

Christian Family Service with baptism.

The Women’s Spirituality Group will meet Saturday, May 13th at 9:00am in the Parlour.  Our topic will be “Meals – Moments of Grace”. All women are invited to join us for a light breakfast followed by discussion.  For more information, phone Kathy Wilson (489-6617) or email

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.

We will having a transfer of membership on Sunday, June 11. If you would like to have your membership transferred, please let Loraine or Heather, our Office Administrator, know.



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.

Westworth will provide a hot lunch for approximately 160 people at West Broadway Community Ministry (WBCM) on Thursday, May 18. If you are able to provide a box of pre-cooked frozen meatballs, or pasta sauce or buns, or fruit, or cookies, a sign-up sheet is available in the narthex. In addition, volunteers for preparation and serving are needed. You may leave the box of meatballs, buns, fruit or cookies in the fridge in the Westworth kitchen on Wednesday, Feb. 15 OR if you wish to have your contribution picked up, or to make other arrangements, please contact Ruth Wiwchar at 204 889-2892.

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.

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.

West Broadway is in need of a chest of drawers, book shelf, pots and pans, plates and a new phone (landline, doesn’t need to be fancy) for a member of their community.

Opportunities to support 1JustCity:

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

a)  Do You JENGA?Join in on the fun on Saturday, May 13. This family friendly Jenga4Justice event includes delicious wood-fired pizza from Tall Grass Prairie – as well as a winner stays in Jenga tournament (but if the win blows over your Jenga stack for $5 you can try again). Come when you can – prizes are at 5:30 winners are declared at 6pm!

b) At the Heart of the Matter: Stories of Home and Community

Please join artists and storytellers from West Broadway Community Ministries and St. Matthews Maryland Community Ministry for the inaugural public screening of their first person digital stories and an exhibit of photographs and prints on the theme of Home and Community. Discussion and refreshments will follow.

Friday May 12, 2017; 7:00pm to 9:00pm

St. Matthews Maryland Community Ministry 365 McGee Ave.

Project facilitated by Community Works

 c) 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


Main St. Project – Serving the needs of Winnipeg’s most vulnerable residents since 1972, Main Street Project offers programming and services to help our community members build stability. Working under a housing first philosophy, we work with each individual to support positive changes and transition them towards stable, permanent housing. They are in desperate need of coffee, please leave in the office.


Community News (please see more info on bulletin board)

    • The Men of UCiM are hosting their Annual Mother’s Day Tea on Saturday May 13 from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm. For tickets please call 204-256-7002.
    • Part 2 of the three-part series of the Alzheimer Workshop here at Windsor Park UC at 1062 Autumnwood Drive on Saturday May 13th from 9 – Noon. The cost is $10. There is limited seating.




Minute for Mission

Missionary, Moderator, Faithful Follower

Our gifts for Mission & Service support overseas personnel. We celebrate the Mission & Service foundation of missionaries like Dr. Robert Baird McClure!

The thick file on Dr. McClure at the United Church Archives contains many newspaper articles, images, and personal stories about this incredible man. He went from being the child of missionaries, to a doctor in China in the 1930s and 1940s, to the first lay Moderator of The United Church of Canada.

By all accounts, Dr. McClure had a sparkle and a passion to make a difference in the world. Many people have spoken of the way he inspired them to go into ministry or become medical missionaries across the globe. His legacy of caring for and about people lives on even today in Canada and in China, where he is still revered.

McClure went wherever there was a need, often doing so by putting himself in danger of becoming a prisoner of war in China during World War 2, or contracting infectious diseases such as typhus. He laid the foundation of social justice as a way to live out our faith.

We make a difference when we answer God’s call. Dr. McClure called many to make a difference, and his calling inspires us today! We sing thanksgiving for those who have inspired us to be part of a global church.

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!



As the church’s first female lay Moderator, she firmly believed in equality for all people.

Dr. Anne Squire, Moderator of The United Church of Canada 1986-1988

Credit: The United Church of Canada Published on April 26, 2017

Dr. Anne Squire, The United Church of Canada’s first female lay Moderator, died on Monday, April 24, in Ottawa. She was 96. Her daughters Marni, Lauri, and Fran were with her; friends from Emmanuel United Church had visited her earlier in the day.

Squire was Moderator from 1986 to 1988. During this period she had to deal with the anger some people felt while the United Church was considering whether gay and lesbian people were eligible to be ordained and commissioned ministers.

Even after she left that post, she remained passionate about this issue and many others. In 2005, she told a legislative committee in Ottawa that “equality is equality, and to make a difference between the marriages of one group and another is not equality.”

Born in Amherstburg, Ontario, in 1920, she taught school until her marriage to Bill Squire in 1943. They were married for more than 73 years, with Bill dying in October 2016. She received her M.A. in Religion from Carleton University in 1975, then her Doctor of Divinity from Queen’s University in 1985. In 1982 she was appointed Secretary of the United Church Division of Ministry Personnel and Education. Four years later, she was elected Moderator.

In a profile she wrote about herself in 1986, Squire noted: “My theology of ministry is that all ministry is the ministry of Jesus Christ, and we are invited to participate in that. Lay people have as much to offer as those in the Order of Ministry. All that I have done is to help that concept of ministry be accepted by the church.”

There will be a memorial service for Dr. Squire at Emmanuel United Church, 691 Smythe Road in Ottawa, on Thursday, May 4, at 2 p.m. A reception will follow.