July 16 Bulletin

Westworth United Church

1750 Grosvenor Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba

on Treaty One Territory in the heart of the Métis Nation

10:30 am July 16, 2017


We Gather to Worship

Welcome and Announcements

Prelude and Lighting of Christ Candle


Call to Worship

Let us gather together to worship God.

Let us lay aside our plans for this afternoon. 

May we concentrate on why we have gathered here.

May we be attentive to one another. 

Sing, pray, speak, listen, knowing God is here.

We will do this, confident that the Spirit moves among us. Amen

Opening Prayer

Creator God, may we hear Your word in Scripture, 

whether the words are comforting, or challenging. 

Where we are wounded, help us to heal. 

Where we are confused, help us to discover a clear pathway.

Where we are tired, refresh us.

Then help us move beyond ourselves to the people

and the world around us.

When the time comes to depart, may we be energized,

to serve You as Christ’s disciples.  Amen


Hymn VU 227                “For the Fruit of All Creation”             AR HYD Y NOS

Prayer of Confession

Holy One,

we confess the times

that we have rushed into a decision

we later regretted.

 Like Esau, we let immediate desires

cause long term harm.

Holy One, help us heed the advice

that we would give to children.

May we look before we leap,

think before we speak, 

count to ten before we act.

Help us to discover patience

in a world of “I want it now.”




Meditative Silence

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

Hymn VU 600                “When I Needed a Neighbour”              NEIGHBOUR


First Testament Reading: Genesis 25:19 – 34

This is testimony to the Word of God.

Thanks be to God.


Responsive Reading: VU 841 “Psalm 119:105-112”

Part Five,  Refrain 6


Gospel Reading: Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23

This is the Gospel of Christ.

Thanks be to God.

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



We Respond

Hymn VU 584  “Through the Heart of Every City”               BEACH SPRING




Dedication Hymn:  VU 540 “Grant Us, God”

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 706                “Give Thanks for Life”                             SINE NOMINE


Choral Hallelujah                                                                                        ST GEORGE



Thanks Rev. Peter Mitchell for leading us in worship today.

Thanks to Paula Potosky for her special music today, and to Alan Wilson for playing the guitar this summer.



Minister:  Loraine MacKenzie Shepherd            westworthminister@gmail.com

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

Minister Emerita:  Eleanor Geib                                Organist:  Dorcas Windsor

Church Accountant:  Jenny Jeffers                                treasurer@westworth.ca

Office Administrator:  Heather Lavery                                office@westworth.ca

Church Phone # 204 489-6974 Ext. 20                                         www.westworth.ca

Church Custodian: Ian Thomson                                   custodian@westworth.ca


We extend our sympathy to Kevin M. and Kirsten Earl M. and family on the passing of Kevin’s grandmother, Gwendolyn M.



Register your children NOW!! Worthy Kids Day Camp (Formerly Westworth Vacation Bible School) Aug. 21-25. Experience Creation in new, and CREATIVE ways! Registration information and forms found at www.westworth.ca or in the church office.

We recently received an email from the General Council offices saying that a delegation from the Uniting Church of Australia, most of whom are Indigenous, will be visiting Winnipeg on July 23 en route to the United Church All Native Circle Conference’s Grand Council, meeting in Pinawa. General Council contacted us, asking if they may join us for worship Sunday, July 23 as well as our own Moderator and General Council guests. We will be offering a lunch following worship with a time of discussion about the church and reconciliation with Indigenous peoples. The Australians will speak about what they have learned during their processes of reconciliation. If anyone is in town on this Sunday and would like to help with the lunch, please let Heather know by email or phone (204) 489-6974 ext. 20). There is a sign up sheet in the narthex for people to bring food for the lunch and/or help with setup and cleanup.

Loraine will be on holiday until July 19. For Emergency Pastoral Care until July 17 please call Rev. Cathy Kinsman 204 294-2142.

This week at Westworth:

TodayRev. Peter Mitchell will be preaching today.

July 23

Loraine MacKenzie Shepherd will be preaching.

Lunch & Reception for Australian Indigenous events after worship.

 The office will be closed from July 24-Aug. 4 and will reopen on Aug. 8.


Opportunities to support 1JustCity:

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

  1. 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. They need canned meats, canned soup, Kraft dinner, peanut butter, canned fruit and vegetables, pork and beans and breakfast cereal. They are open weekdays from 9-5 except Tuesdays at 222 Furby Street.


Kairos Petition – The Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Call to Action 62.1, states “the TRC call upon the Federal, Provincial and Territorial Governments, in consultation and collaboration with Survivors, Aboriginal peoples and educators, to make age-appropriate curriculum on Residential Schools, Treaties and Aboriginal peoples’ historical and contemporary contributions to Canada a mandatory education requirement of Kindergarten to Grade Twelve students.        KAIROS invites you to TAKE ACTION – On the sign up board there is a Petition that urges the Provincial Government of MB to fully implement such a curriculum in Manitoba.


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

2015      $151,763             2016      $135,887             2017      $123,105

Based upon pledges, we anticipated $143,235 in donations. Please refer to the bulletin board in the Narthex for monthly updates.


Community News (please see more info on bulletin board)

Canadian Poverty Reduction Strategy – Poverty is complex. The Government of Canada is reaching out to find ways to work together to reduce poverty in Canada and develop a Canadian Poverty Reduction Strategy. We want to hear from you on how the Government of Canada, along with other levels of government, organizations and our communities, can better address poverty across the country. Join the conversation! Together, we can ensure that all Canadians have the opportunity to meet their potential and support their families and communities. Information and background listed here: – http://esdc-consultations.canada.ca/poverty-reduction-strategy


  • Family Fun with English for Families and Individuals Learning English Churchill Park UC Every Wednesday through the summer, starting Wednesday, July 19. 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.  525 Beresford Ave. Come for fun, games, snacks and practice English. No registration required.


Minute for Mission

A Home at Last

Our gifts for Mission & Service support people on the margins. Let us hear a story of the impact Wesley Urban Ministries makes daily in changing lives.

Roger finally has a home after many years of struggling with addiction and mental health issues. He lives in a one-bedroom apartment in Hamilton, Ontario, that is part of the housing project of Wesley Urban Ministries. Roger is a personable, kind, and honest soul who has found a home in a community where he is fully accepted.

The building that houses the apartments and a day program is one of several Wesley sites. The day program has been operating since the 1970s; the housing is a more recent addition. Mission & Service has supported the work of Wesley Urban Ministries for decades, helping the ministry to offer housing, a meal program, and support for refugees from around the world. It has helped more than 1,000 Syrian refugees find a home in Hamilton.

One member of the day program spoke about coming there since the 1970s when guests had to sleep on the floor. He now comes to have a meal and connect with the community.

We sing thanksgiving for Wesley Urban Ministries, which offers welcome and a place to call home.

 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!


Summer Series

We have a great line-up of guest preachers for this summer while Loraine is on holiday, ½ month unpaid leave and 1 week of continuing education to prepare an adult lay study for the fall at Westworth on What the United Church believes: past and present. We are also privileged to have a number of our musicians offer music throughout the summer.

July 16: Rev. Peter Mitchell, retired minister, will help us learn from Esau about taking our time before making big decisions (Genesis 32:22-31).

July 23: We will be joined in worship by a largely Indigenous delegation from the Uniting Church of Australia. Loraine will lead us in a theme of reconciliation. Following the service, we will have a light lunch and panel discussion with the Australians describing what has worked and what has not in their process of reconciliation. If you are able to come to this and contribute to the lunch, please contact Heather in the office.

July 30: Rev. Earl Gould will assure us that no one of us can be separated from the love of God (Romans 8:26-39).

Aug 6: rev. barb janes will take us into the world of Jacob, as together we limp with our out-of-joint questions and doubts (Genesis 32:22-31).

Aug 13: Rev. Marilyn Anderson Corkum will lead us in a creative conversation of the coming of the kingdom of love and sermon on all being in the same boat (Matthew 14:22-33).

Aug. 20, Nancy Renwick, from Augustine United Church and discerning a call to ministry, will offer thoughts on the Canaanite woman’s challenge to Jesus, which in turn might challenge our faith! (Matthew 15:21-28)

Aug. 27, Hope Mattus, Licensed Lay Worship Leader from the United Church in Meadowood, will ask us to consider, “Who is Jesus to you?” (Matthew 16:13-20)