July 23 Bulletin

Westworth United Church

1750 Grosvenor Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba

on Treaty One Territory in the heart of the Métis Nation

10:30 am July 23, 2017

 

We Gather to Worship

Welcome and Announcements

Prelude and Lighting of Christ Candle

 

Call to Worship

As we gather to worship, we give thanks for the presence of the Creator.

God is with us in the call of the loon and the flight of the eagle.

        Our Creator is with us in our berry-picking and fish-frying.

God is with us when we gather together and when we are alone.

        Our Creator is with us in our apologies and reconciliation.

Let us worship God, our Creator.[1]                                                       

 

Opening Prayer

Hymn MV 1                    “Let Us Build a House”                                TWO OAKS

 

Prayer of Confession

God of grace, we confess our confusion of competing truths. When we discount the truths of others, we silence their voices. Teach us how to hold together multiple truths.

God of grace, we confess compassion fatigue. Fill us with your overflowing love, that we may find spacious hearts and ready ears to receive the wounded stories of others.

God of grace, we confess guilt-driven paralysis. Our fear that we might offend through words and actions leads us into silent withdrawal. Give us courage to risk love.

 

Meditative Silence

 

Words of Assurance                 (excerpt from United Church “Song of Faith”)

        God forgives,

               and calls all of us to confess our fears and failings

               with honesty and humility.

  God reconciles, and calls us to repent the part we have played in damaging our world, ourselves, and each other.

God transforms, and calls us to protect the vulnerable, to pray for deliverance from evil, to work with God for the healing of the world,

        that all might have abundant life.

We sing of grace. Amen.

 

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

 

Epistle Reading: II Corinthians 5:17-20

Hear what the Spirit is saying to the Church

Thanks be to God.

 

Gospel Reading: Matthew 5:23-24

This is the Gospel of Christ.

Thanks be to God.

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

 

Sermon      “Truth and Reconciliation”

 

We Respond

Hymn:                      “This Path We Walk,”               O WALY WALY

This path we walk, through joy and tears, a living Way of faith and fears, through each step’s risk, each sorrow’s pain, when walked in love, we’ll rise again.

When life is shared, together, free we’ll grow to be all we can be: a circle wide will call us home, when wrapped in love, we’re not alone.

These gifts we bring, this light we hold, our songs of grace, our stories told, remain un-done, told just in part, till shared in love, and known by heart.

When life is shared, together bound, God’s richest gifts, together found; together walk the Spirit’s Way when love’s the guide, we shall not stray.

This life we share, a blessing deep; a promised gift, now ours to keep. God grant our words were spoken true, now clothed in life, each day anew.[2]

Offering

Offertory

Dedication Hymn:  VU 540 “Grant Us, God”

Offertory Prayer

 

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… 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

Prayer after Communion

Hymn VU 713                “I See a New Heaven”                   I SEE A NEW HEAVEN

Benediction

Choral Hallelujah                                                                                        ST GEORGE

Postlude                                                                                                                

 

 

[1] adapted from The Dancing Sun (United Church of Canada/Anglican Church of Canada)

[2] Words by Rev. Curtis Tufts, April 2016, in honour of the 30th anniversary of the United Church’s Apology to First Nations      

 

 

 

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

 

Greeters: Frank & Barbara Wynes

Ushers: George and Carol Aradi

Scripture Reader: Gord McLeod

Communion Servers: Frank & Barbara Wynes, Paul Chard & Rhea Yates,

Marion & Fraser Muldrew, Nancy Pinnell, and Loraine MacKenzie

Shepherd

 

We extend our sympathy to David and Olwyn L. and family on the passing of David’s mother, Elizabeth L.

We are pleased to welcome the delegation from the Uniting Church of Australia, as well as our own Moderator, General Council staff and ecumenical guests.

Thanks to Christina Thanisch-Smith for her special music today, and to Alan Wilson for playing the guitar this summer.

 

The office will be closed from July 24-Aug. 7 and will reopen on Aug. 8.

You are invited to Celebrate Beryl Fallis’s 90th birthday. The celebration is taking place Sunday July 30th between 3:30 to 5:30 pm at the Chalfont Room at the Wellington 3161 Grant Avenue.

 

Loraine will be on holiday and continuing education from July 28-Aug. 27. For Emergency Pastoral Care from July 28-Aug. 5 please call Rev. Earl Gould at home 204 888-1543 or cell 204 795-7535. From Aug. 6-27 please call Rev. Karen Lumley at cell 204 250-5073.                               

 

This week at Westworth:

TodayLoraine MacKenzie Shepherd will be preaching today.

Please welcome a delegation from the Uniting Church of Australia joining us. We will be offering a lunch following worship with a time of discussion about the church and reconciliation with Indigenous peoples.

July 24-Aug. 7Office will be closed and will reopen Aug. 8.
Sunday

July 30

Rev. Earl Gould will be preaching.

 

Opportunities to support 1JustCity:

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

 

  1. a) West Broadway Community Ministry Do you have a bike lock that you just don’t need? WBCM would love to have them! During the summer months, many of our clients can get around the city on bicycle, but many lack a bike lock to keep their wheels safe. We are looking for good quality U locks or similar to help make sure our folks can have reliable transportation.

 

  1. b) We are also looking for a person with a vehicle that is capable of picking up furniture for a client. He currently has furniture waiting for him, but he has no way to move it to his apartment. If you could help out, we would love to hear from you.

 

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.

 

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

 

 

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,

London Conference.

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

toward reconciliation!

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 of Guest Preachers

July 30   Rev. Earl Gould

Aug. 6    rev. barb janes

Aug. 13 Rev. Marilyn Anderson Corkum

Aug. 20 Nancy Renwick

Aug. 27 Hope Mattus