Westworth United Church
1750 Grosvenor Avenue, Winnipeg
on Treaty One Territory in the heart of the Métis Nation
June 11, 2017
We Gather to Worship
Welcome and Announcements
Candle-lighting & Prelude: “I Bind unto Myself Today” Colin Mawbry
Introit: “No Hands But Yours” Dale Peterson
Hymn VU 315 “Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God Almighty” NICÆA
Prayer of Confession
No matter our successes, not matter our failures,
we stand before you, God, in need of your grace.
Forgive us our errors, strengthen our hearts;
Grant us your peace and your presence
when we lie down and when we arise,
when we depart and when we return.
Through the grace of Christ Jesus, the love of God
and the communion of the Holy Spirit, we pray.
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
Reception of New Members
Sung Blessing: VU 454 “May God Who Creates You”
First Scripture Reading: II Corinthians 13:11-13
This is testimony to the Word of God.
Thanks be to God.
Responsive Reading: VU 732 “Psalm 8”
Second Scripture Reading: Ephesians 6:10-17
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: “This Little Light of Mine”
arr. Mark Hayes
Sermon: “St. Patrick’s Breastplate”
Hymn VU 317 “I Bind unto Myself Today” ST PATRICK
Hymn VU 318 “Christ Be with Me” ST PATRICK
(after the 4th verse of VU 317, sing VU 318 and then return to VU 317 to sing the final 5th verse)
Offertory: “Holy, Holy, Holy” arr. Mark Hayes
Dedication Hymn VU 540 “Grant Us, God”
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 312 “Praise with Joy the World’s Creator” LAUDA ANIMA
Choral Response: “Hallelujah” ST. GEORGE’S
Postlude “Crown Him with Many Crowns” arr. Wilbur Held
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
Church Accountant: 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
Ushers: Janet Sealey and Diether Peschken
Scripture Reader: Shirley Watts
We extend our sympathy to Debbie and Gord M. on the passing of Debbie’s niece, Julianne.
Summer Worship Time changes to 10:30am beginning June 4th through Sept. 3.
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.
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. If donations are made before June 30 the federal government will match the donations. Thank you for your support.
This week at Westworth:
|Today||Worship will start at 10:30am and includes Transfer of Memberships.|
Counting Team is Team D – David B’s team.
|Presbytery TRC meeting at 10:00am in the parlour.|
Staff meeting at 11:00am in the library.
|West Broadway Lunch|
|Men’s Spirituality will meet at 9:00am in the upper classroom.|
|Worship starts at 10:30am.|
The Outreach Team is pleased to advise the congregation that the delivery of 40 student chairs, 6 guitars and cases, and extra strings were successfully delivered by Gardewine Transport Company to Cross Lake United Church. We thank each and every one of you for your donations.
Summer Music Series
During the summer, our choir takes a well-deserved break. We are blessed each summer Sunday with the musical offerings of individuals/small groups. If you have some musical background, and are able to share your gifts with us, we would love to hear from you. We are looking for singers, instrumentalists, soloists of groups who would consider providing a musical offering for one or more worship services during the summer. The dates are Sundays from June 18 to September 3. Please speak to Debbie or Dorcas if you are interested in volunteering. There is a signup sheet in the narthex.
Westworth will provide a hot lunch for approximately 160 people at West Broadway Community Ministry (WBCM) on Thursday, June 15. 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, June 14 OR if you wish to have your contribution picked up, or to make other arrangements, please contact Barb and Brian Gwyer who will act as hosts on behalf of Westworth 204 489-4071.
Over 85 women attended our UCW Thankoffering and Dessert Party on June 5. The devotion was followed by a fashion show featuring 14 wedding dresses from 1945 to 2015. Some dresses were modeled by their original owners, some by friends, and others were modeled by family members. Many memories were shared as people viewed wedding memorabilia in the Narthex. Dessert was served in the auditorium, as our turnout exceeded the parlour space. A total of $1015.00 was donated for the United Church Mission and Service Fund. Thank-you to all the women, both young and “young at heart”, who made this evening a success!
Men’s Spirituality Saturday June, 17/17 Father’s Day Weekend Join the group for an informal gathering at 9:00 am in the upper classroom. Bring your own coffee and a delicious treat. If you wish and if it applies you may wish to think about and contribute to a discussion about Fathers; being one, having one. Questions concerns: firstname.lastname@example.org
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 www.westworth.ca or in the church office.
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.
Opportunities to support 1JustCity:
* Please see the Outreach Board for information about these exciting events!
- a) 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 stmatthewsmaryland.ca
- b) Matthews Maryland volunteers opportunities. Needs a Food Supplement Program Supervisor plus soup makers. See details at stmatthewsmaryland.com
- c) Rossbrook House Annual Community Meeting and BBQ lunch Friday, June 23 at noon. 648 Ross Ave.
Community News (please see more info on bulletin board)
- Pathways to Treaty Relations. Treaty 1 was signed 146 years ago at Lower Fort Garry. What does Treaty 1 mean to you? Treaty is an invitation into sharing land for the benefit of all living things. Come learn about the ways this sacred commitment can breathe new life into our relationships with one another and the world around us.
- June 25, 4-6 pm @ Little Britain United Church (5879 Provincial Trunk Hwy 9, Lockport, MB – Just a short walk away from Lower Fort Garry): Bagged picnic lunch
- June 25, 1-4 pm @ Lower Fort Garry (5925 Highway 9 St. Andrews, MB): Workshops and Artist Tent
- Bring $5, a bagged lunch, a lawn chair and a friend to both events!
- “Organized Crime” Sarah Svendsen and Rachel Mahon, organists Wednesday, June 28 at 7:00 p.m. St. Luke’s Anglican Church 130 Nassau St. N.
- Join us at Windsor Park United Church, 1062 Autumnwood Drive on Saturday June 17th from 9 am to 12 Noon for Part 3 of the Alzheimer Workshop. Topics of discussion: Navigating house and care options. Advocating for the person with dementia and care for yourself. The cost is $10 which includes refreshments and resources.
- Buddhist One-Day Retreat June 17, 8-4pm for a day of learning and practicing the teachings of the Buddha. Guided by Theravada Buddhist monks from the Buddha Meditation Centre of Wpg. 204 881-5094
- Windsor Park United Church is looking for an enthusiastic, experienced administrative assistant to fill a 30 hour/week position. Please forward cover letter along with resume to Gloria Saindon email@example.com
Transfer of Memberships
Florence was born Sept. 4, 1941 in Ethelbert, Manitoba. In 1964, she graduated from the School of Pharmacy, University of Manitoba, and worked as a pharmacist in Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta.
She has 2 children, both living in Florida. Her greatest joy is spending time with her three grandchildren.
I grew up in the rural community of Unity, Saskatchewan. The United Church has always been my church home.
I obtained my RN from the U of S and BN from the U of M and worked most of my career in paediatrics, obstetrics, and geriatrics. Earl and I will have been married 45 years this July. There’s no life like it- spouse of a clergy person!
We have two daughters-Crystal and Tracy-who have given us two grandchildren- Traci-Lynn (13), and Grayson (6).
On retirement we have sought a new church home. We feel welcome and comfortable here at Westworth United and are happy to be here.
Kathy was raised in southern Manitoba on a small mixed farm south of Crystal City. Early schooling began in a one room country school (Eton) and Kathy completed high school in Crystal City. She graduated as a registered nurse from Grace Hospital and also attended various universities. Kathy has worked at a variety of Healthcare roles both in Manitoba and Saskatchewan, recently retiring from a CEO position with Southern Health-Santé Sud, one of the 5 Regional health authorities in Manitoba. Kathy and husband Larry (retired UC Minister) have 3 adult children and 3 grandchildren (all living in Winnipeg). Kathy has always been active in the United Church in various capacities.
I grew up mainly on Vancouver Island and in Nova Scotia and have lived in four other provinces since. My working life has taken me from special education at the elementary level to adult literacy to curriculum development. I enjoyed each of them but retirement has to be the best gig of all!
Pat Stephenson was born in Toronto and raised on the road with her father, a career military police officer. A nurse by training, Pat is now a consultant in elder care with Esprit Lifestyle Communities.
Tim Stephenson was born and raised in Winnipeg. A shop teacher by training, Tim has spent much of his working days in the construction field. Pat and Tim are happy to be home again and back at Westworth.
She was raised in Wpg Beach, oldest of eight children. She has a daughter and son. Kim is retired from Manitoba Hydro and loves to travel.
Minute for Mission
The Healing Fund Is Changing Lives
Our gifts for Mission & Service support the work of healing and reconciliation. Let us hear a story of how The Healing Fund is changing lives.
The Liqwiltach Elders’ and Youth Culture Group hosts events and learning experiences in the Campbell River area of British Columbia. Led by volunteer June Johnson, the group connects residential school survivors with local Indigenous youth to provide learning experiences that revitalize culture and language.
These experiences also provide a space for youth from different communities to share their oral histories and traditions, which are once again being passed down from generation to generation.
One of the learning experiences uses button blankets. As the group grows
and travels to different communities, it needs financial support to make new blankets and masks. The blankets are adorned with unique family crests. Each mask signifies a particular dance. A mask dancer teaches the youth the dance and mentors them through the dance process.
These events, acknowledged by The Healing Fund Council and supported through your gifts for Mission & Service, help people reconcile the residential school experience and restore Indigenous languages and cultures in Indigenous communities.
A Liqwiltach Elder noted, “I am happy that our children are learning the
culture, and you see the pride they have to show off their dances. It gives them the sense of belonging, of who they are and where they come from.”
We sing thanksgiving for the gifts of The Healing Fund.
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!