Westworth United Church
1750 Grosvenor Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba
on Treaty One Territory in the heart of the Métis Nation
June 18, 2017 Father’s Day
We Gather to Worship
Welcome and Announcements
Candle-lighting & Prelude: “Faith of our Fathers” Camil van Hulse
Call to Worship
On this day of Father-honouring
We give God thanks for fathers.
We come to praise God, who loves us as a father.
We come to seek God, who guides us as a mother.
We come to pray for elderly fathers
who struggle with dementia and illness;
for young fathers who are overwhelmed
with the demands of work and family.
We come to give thanks for the care and support of our fathers;
for our fathers’ gifts of laughter and play,
attentiveness and concern.
On this day of Father-honouring
We give God thanks for fathers.
Hymn VU 240 “Praise, My Soul, the God of Heaven” LAUDA ANIMA
Prayer of Confession
When life seems impossible, give us eyes to look again.
Forgive us for giving up hope and giving in to despair.
With a backward gaze, show us the wisdom
of our fathers and mothers.
With a mindful gaze, let us draw on this wisdom for ourselves.
With a forward gaze, teach us how to pass on this wisdom
to our children.
Grant us renewed hope,
that we may live contentedly in your peace.
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 Hymn: VU 167 “Christ is Risen” 2nd vs KING OF KINGS
Responsive Reading: VU 836 “Psalm 116”
Scripture Reading: Genesis 18:1-15
This is testimony to the Word of God
Thanks be to God.
Sung Response: VU 840, Refrain 5 “Your Word is a Lamp”
Musical Offering: “Be Still and Know” arr. Fred Bock
Sermon: “Twilight Laughter”
Hymn VU 624 “Give to Us Laughter” OLDHAM
Offertory: “This is God’s Wondrous World” arr. Penny Rodriguez
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 959 (sung)
Hymn VU 268 “Bring Many Names” WESTCHASE
Choral Response: “Hallelujah” ST. GEORGE’S
Postlude “Prelude in Classic Style” Gordon Young
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
Greeter: Dorothy Reid
Usher: Diether Peschken
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. Last date for donations will be June 25 so we can prepare cheque in time. Thank you for your support.
This week at Westworth:
|Today||Counting Team is Team D – David B’s team.|
|Council meeting at 7:15pm in the parlour.|
|Staff meeting at 10:00am in the library.|
Set up for Assiniboia Residential School Reunion at 12:45pm in the gym.
Staff Luncheon-office will be closed from 12:45-2:00
Lenten Study Planning meeting at 7:00pm in the upper classroom.
|Set up for Assiniboia Residential School Reunion at 9:00am-3:45pm in the gym.|
Assinboia Residential School Reunion at 4:00pm. Feast begins at 6:00pm.
|Worship starts at 10:30am.|
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.
Your Outreach Committee and WBCM Thanks You!
Thank you Westworth for your gifts this month of food, money and time, thus supporting the wonderful September lunch served at West Broadway. Our guests love those meatball sandwiches and are grateful for the cookies and fruit. . Our Sept. luncheon at West Broadway is Thursday, Sept. 21. Ruth and Dan Wiwchar will act as hosts on behalf of Westworth.
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
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!
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.
Winnipeg’s Indigenous Accord and Winnipeg Presbytery
On Tuesday, June 20th, there will be a formal celebration and signing of the Winnipeg’s Indigenous Accord (Motion 066/2017, p. 8876 of the Wpg. Presbytery minutes).at the Oodena Celebration Circle,at The Forks. Loraine MacKenzie Shepherd will sign on behalf of the Presbytery. This is a public event; an invitation has been received for members of Presbytery to attend.
Opportunities to support 1JustCity:
* Please see the Outreach Board for information about these exciting events!
- a) Summer is here. But poverty doesn’t take a holiday. The cupboards at West Broadway Community Ministry are very low on staples. Please help us out if you can. We need canned meats, canned soup, Kraft dinner, peanut butter, canned fruit and vegetables, pork and beans and breakfast cereal. We are open weekdays from 9-5 except Tuesdays. We are at 222 Furby Street.
Community News (please see more info on bulletin board)
- Students in the U of M course Building a Community Commons invite you to a Food literacy workshop on the life cycle of the Three Sisters crops: squash, beans, and corn. Riverview Community Centre on June 30th from 1:00pm to 3:00pm Please RSVP to Randi Henderson firstname.lastname@example.org by June 23.
Minute for Mission
A Historic Land Transfer
Our gifts for Mission & Service support healing and reconciliation. Let
us hear a story of one ministry and a historic event in Moraviantown,
We give thanks that in April 2016 land was transferred from The United
Church of Canada back to the Delaware Nation. The land is known as
Fairfield and has become a national historic site with a history dating
back to the 1700s.
In June 2015 the Executive of London Conference had been directed to
continue its ongoing discussions with the Delaware Nation concerning
Fairfield. In the spirit of reconciliation the conversation was about two
parcels of land the United Church had owned and that were connected
to the early village, including the burial grounds of the Delaware Nation
up to the 18th century.
As we work toward reconciliation, the actions of London Conference
are to be celebrated as important moves toward partnership.
The land will remain a historic site as well as a Canadian Foodgrains
Bank field, with the addition of an interpretive centre to share the story
of the Delaware, particularly their experience at Fairfield.
The museum is a testimony to a time of safety, nurture, and peace
between two cultures in the past. It is a symbol of the United Church’s
efforts toward healing and reconciliation in the relationship between
these two cultures in the present.
We sing thanksgiving for the heart of London Conference in its work
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!