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
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.
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.
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
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
Hymn VU 602 “Blest Be the Tie That Binds” DENNIS
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 921
Hymn VU 626 “I Heard the Voice of Jesus” KINGSFOLD
Choral Hallelujah ST GEORGE
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 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
Scripture Reader: Denise Jones
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:
|Today||Rev Josh Ward will be preaching today.|
|Men’s Spirituality meets at 9:00am in the upper classroom.|
|Rev. Peter Mitchell will be preaching today.|
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. 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!
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)