July 9 Bulletin

Westworth United Church

1750 Grosvenor Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba

on Treaty One Territory in the heart of the Métis Nation

10:30 am July 9, 2017

 

We Gather to Worship

Welcome and Announcements

Prelude and Lighting of Christ Candle

Call to Worship

 

Opening Prayer

Holy God,

you call us together

to reflect on your Word,

and our life in your world.

Be with us now as we sing and pray together,

that we may hear your voice

and understand your way.

This we pray through Jesus Christ.

Amen.

 

Hymn VU 374        “Come and Find the Quiet Centre”          BEACH SPRING

 

Prayer of Confession

All merciful tender God, you have given birth to our world,

conceiving and bearing all that lives and breathes.

We come to you as your daughters and sons,

aware of our aggression and our drive to manipulate others.

We ask you to forgive us, and by the gentle touch of your Spirit

help us to find a renewed sense of compassion,

that we may truly live as your people.

Amen.

 

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 681    “Where Cross the Crowded Ways of Life ”          FULDA

 

Epistle Reading: Romans 7:15-25a

Hear what the Spirit is saying to the Church

Thanks be to God.

 

Gospel Reading: Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30

This is the Gospel of Christ.

Thanks be to God.

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

 

Sermon

 

We Respond

Hymn VU 602                “Blest Be the Tie That Binds”                       DENNIS

 

Offering

Offertory

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 626                 “I Heard the Voice of Jesus”                     KINGSFOLD

Benediction

Choral Hallelujah                                                                                        ST GEORGE

Postlude

 

Thanks to Rev. Josh Ward 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

 

Scripture Reader: Denise Jones

 

WorthyKids

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 Josh Ward will be preaching today.
Saturday

July 15

Men’s Spirituality meets at 9:00am in the upper classroom.
Sunday

July 9

Rev. Peter Mitchell will be preaching today.

 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.

 

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

 

 

Minute for Mission

Thank You to Our Ministers

 Our gifts for Mission & Service support the continuing education of

ministers as well as those in the discernment process. Let us hear a

story from the Rev. Bronwyn Corlett, Program Coordinator for Ministry

Recruitment, reflecting on the role of ministers in life’s joys and sorrows.

“Life is full of ups and downs that we have the privilege to share with

our communities of faith.

 

“Thank you to our ministers who have answered God’s call to lead

in our communities of faith and continue to answer God’s call again

and again. Thank you for living out your call in The United Church of

Canada. Thank you for being present in our big moments: baptisms and

funerals, weddings and divorces, celebrations and crises. Thank you for

visiting, witnessing, and walking with us. We appreciate your reminder

that God is with us while we wrestle with life, faith, and love.

 

“Thank you for your various gifts and unique service. Thank you for

putting your own problems and pains on hold while you hold ours.

Thank you for the sermons, prayers, visits, theological reflections, and

worship. Thank you for the times you leave your families to be with

someone else’s. Thank you for your faithful leadership.

 

“Thanks to our gifts to Mission & Service, we support our ministers

through training and continuing education at theological schools and

education centres. Mission & Service also provides support through

pastoral relations at presbytery and Conference.”

 

We sing thanksgiving for the commitment of those who minister to

communities in times of joy and in times of crisis.

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 2: Rev. Earl Gould spoke about offering a cup of cold water (per Matthew 10:40-42) within the celebration of our Canadian context.

July 9: Rev. Josh Ward, recently commissioned at Conference and serving St. Matthew’s Maryland Community Ministry, will offer reflections on giving our heavy loads to God and finding rest for our weary souls (Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30).

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)