Westworth United Church
1750 Grosvenor Avenue, Winnipeg
on Treaty One Territory in the heart of the Métis Nation
June 4, 2017
Celebrating the 150th Anniversary of Canada’s Confederation
We Gather to Worship
Welcome and Announcements
Candle-lighting & Prelude: “Veni, Creator Spiritus” Malcolm Archer
Introit: “No Hands But Yours” Dale Peterson
Opening Prayer, in English & Cree Very Rev. Stan McKay
Hymn MV 156 “Dance with the Spirit” Jim Strathdee
Prayer of Confession
We give you thanks, Spirit of God, for your diverse creation:
plants and animals, birds and insects;
humans of different colour, gender, sexual orientation, and ability;
various cultures, languages and religions
through which we praise you and serve one another.
In our country and in our church,
we confess times when we have not honoured diversity.
We have interned and imprisoned people
on the basis of identity and political expression.
We have tried to assimilate Indigenous children
by separating them from their families
and forbidding them from speaking their language.
Just as we have benefitted from policies of colonialism,
we take responsibility for the harm they have caused.
We lament the suffering caused by our historic actions.
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 820 “Make a Joyful Noise: Psalm 100”
Scripture Reading: Acts 2:1-18
Hear what the Spirit is saying to the Church.
Thanks be to God.
Sung Response: VU 840, Refrain 5 “Your Word is a Lamp”
Reflections of Diversity
Hymn MV 135 “Called by Earth and Sky” Pat Mayberry
Offertory: “Draw Us in the Spirit’s Tether” Charles Callahan
Dedication Hymn VU 542 “We Give You But Your Own”
The Sacrament of Holy Communion
Communion Setting: MV 203 Kingsfold Kervin/Stott
(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.
Loving Creator…from ages past and from the present, we sing your praise:
♪ O holy, holy holy God, O God of time and space.
All earth and sea and sky above bear witness to your grace. Hosanna in the highest heav’n, creation sings your praise.
And blessed is the One who comes
and bears your name always!
On the night before Jesus died…we sing life and love to one another and to the world:
♪ Sing Christ has died and Christ is risen,
Christ will come again!
Sing Christ has died and Christ is risen,
Christ will come again!
At this, we also remember…With the words Jesus taught us, we now pray to God… (VU p. 921)
Come, life-giving Spirit…all glory is yours, God most holy, now and forever.
♪ Amen, amen, O Holy One! Hosanna and Amen!
Amen, amen, O Holy One, Hosanna and Amen!
Sharing the Bread and the Cup
Communion Anthem: “In Mercy Broken” Ruth Elaine Schram
Prayer after Communion
Hymn VU 524 “O Canada”
Choral Response: VU 974 “Amen!”
Postlude “Come Holy Ghost, Our Souls Inspire” Wilbur Held
Thanks to George Aradi, Allan McKay and Frank Wynes for sharing their stories this morning.
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
Usher: Kirk Windsor
Summer Worship Time changes to 10:30am beginning June 4th through
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.
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.
This week at Westworth:
|Today||Worship will start at 10:30am.|
UCW Dessert Party Run through after service today
Counting Team is Team C – Dave S’s team.
|UCW Dessert Party starts at 7:00pm in the sanctuary.|
|Staff meeting at 11:00am in the library.|
Finance meeting at 6:30pm at the treasurer’s home.
Property meeting at 7:00pm in the lower classroom. Note change of date.
|Worship will start at 10:30am and includes Transfer of Memberships.|
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
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.
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
- Wpg. Male Chorus Concert with the Icelandic Ernir Male Choir Monday, June 5 at 7pm Fort Garry UC
- ANNUAL MARKET DAY John Black Memorial UC Sat. June 10th 9:00 am to 2:00 pm 898 Henderson Hwy at Roberta Ave.
- 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 7:00p.m. St. Luke’s Anglican Church, 130 Nassau St. N. Tickets: Adults $20; Students $10; children under 12 free. “Organized Crime” was created by two young, talented and precocious Canadian organists who dare to go where no organists have gone before. The evening will be filled with tongue-in-cheek theatrics, hilarious props and brilliant organ playing – four hands and four feet at the same time! This is a family friendly show that is sure to appeal to all generations. Sarah was last in Winnipeg when she performed with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra at Westminster United Church in the fall of 2016. Check out the Organized Crime Duo at www.organizedcrimeduo.com.
Minute for Mission
A Call to Leadership
Our gifts for Mission & Service support theological schools like St. Andrew’s Theological College in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Let us hear the reflection of Principal Lorne Calvert.
“Our United Church of Canada has initiated a new campaign to attract people to ordered ministry under the theme ‘God’s World Needs Leaders.’ As a college whose mission is to offer justice-driven education for Christian leadership, we welcome this undertaking.
“Our ministers are responsible for leading, guiding, and supporting the community of faith in the proclamation of the good news of Jesus Christ. They touch people’s lives at various points of joy, pain, celebration, and vulnerability in a variety of ways—by leading in worship, by providing pastoral care, by standing with those who suffer, and by working for justice and peace.
“With the help of St. Andrew’s alumni the college is being equipped with new technology to provide our students with the best possible options for online and distance learning. We are reaching out to establish new partnerships locally and internationally for educational opportunities. Through the work of our faculty beyond the classroom we offer cutting-edge theology and scholarship.
“We seek to be the affirming, justice-driven, and welcoming community that we are called to be. All of this we strive for because God’s world needs leaders.”
We sing thanksgiving for the commitment of United Church theological schools that our gifts for Mission & Service support!
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