Aug. 20 Bulletin

Westworth United Church

1750 Grosvenor Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba

on Treaty One Territory in the heart of the Métis Nation

10:30 am August 20, 2017


We Gather to Worship

Welcome and Announcements

Prelude and Lighting of Christ Candle


Call to Worship

We come here today, Uniting God, as a community of faith to worship and praise you. We celebrate the joy of being in the brotherly and sisterly bonds of love and acceptance. We come today, Creating God, who has called us as one fellowship to revere our God. We celebrate God’s blessings that continue to enable us to daily grow into God’s grace. We come today, Refreshing God, who anoints us with grace, mercy and forgiveness as we confess our sin, and who renews us by the pouring out of God’s guiding presence. We celebrate the journey we are travelling to become one community, and ask for God’s blessings as we seek to serve our God in ways that witness to God’s presence. Amen.[1]


Opening Prayer

Hymn VU 559        “Come, O Fount of Every Blessing”            NETTLETON


Prayer of Confession

Almighty God, you poured your Spirit upon gathered disciples creating bold tongues, open ears, and a new community of faith.

We confess that we hold back the force of your Spirit among us.

We do not listen for your word of grace, speak the good news of your love, or live as a people made one in Christ.

Have mercy on us, O God.

Transform our timid lives by the power of your Spirit,

and fill us with a flaming desire to be your faithful people, doing your will for the sake of Jesus Christ our Lord.[2]


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

Responsive Readings: VU 856 “Psalm 133: Behold, How Pleasant”

(in English)


Gospel Reading: Matthew 15:21-28

This is the Gospel of Christ.

Thanks be to God.

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


Sermon: “Challenging Faith”


We Respond

Hymn VU 580               “Faith of Our Fathers”                            ST CATHERINE




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 703        “In the Bulb There Is a Flower”                         PROMISE


Choral Hallelujah                                                                                        ST GEORGE





[1] 2014 Joan Stott – ‘The Timeless Psalms’ RCL Psalms Year A

[2]Book of Common Worship (Louisville: Westminster/ John Knox Press, 1993), p. 343


Thanks to Nancy Renwick, from Augustine United Church,

for leading us in worship today.

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



Summer Series of Guest Preachers

Aug. 20, Nancy Renwick, from Augustine United Church, 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)


Minister:  Loraine MacKenzie Shepherd  

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

Minister Emerita:  Eleanor Geib                                Organist:  Dorcas Windsor

Church Accountant:  Jenny Jeffers                      

Office Administrator:  Heather Lavery                      

Church Phone # 204 489-6974 Ext. 20                               

Church Custodian: Ian Thomson                         


Loraine will be on holiday until July 28-Aug. 27and will return on Aug. 28. For Emergency Pastoral Care from Aug. 6-27 please call Rev. Karen Lumley at cell 204 250-5073


This week at Westworth:

TodayNancy Renwick will be preaching today.

Aug 21-

Aug. 25

WorthyKids Vacation Creation Day Camp 9:00am-4:00pm except Aug. 25 which will finish at noon.

Aug. 27

Hope Mattus will be preaching.


 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.

Community News (please see more info on bulletin board)

  1. a) Oak Table Community Ministry, our partner in Osborne Village, has been blessed with an abundance of food items lately and they’ve generously offered to share with us if we can find someone to start making weekly pickups from their site. This volunteer position requires a person who has a vehicle and enough energy to carry boxes of food up and down stairs and load/unload food from their vehicle.

Contact if you’d love to help us take advantage of this amazing opportunity to help feed our community members.


Minute for Mission

Paying It Forward!

Mission & Service supports and develops leaders. Let me share with you a letter that Nora Sanders, General Secretary of The United Church of Canada, received from one such leader. In the letter the Rev. Park Young Ju, chairperson of East Seoul Presbytery in the Presbyterian Church in the Republic of Korea (PROK), shared the story of the scholarship she received from the United Church.

“I was very glad to see you at the 100th General Assembly of PROK. At the moment of exchanging between our two denominations, it reminded me of the scholarship I received from The United Church of Canada in 1989 for my Ph.D. course at Ewha Women’s University…. I give my deep thanks to you.”

The United Church of Canada and the PROK have been in partnership since 1953. The relationship between the two has been a special one, with overseas personnel and gifts such as the scholarship that Park received. In 1989 our gifts for Mission & Service funded scholarships for those who would not otherwise be able to continue their studies, to develop leadership within the PROK.

Park has been ministry personnel of JamSil Jubilee Church since 1999, as

well as the only woman chairperson among 25 presbyteries in the PROK.

With the letter, Park enclosed a scholarship gift for the same amount that she received. As we celebrate her gift, we also celebrate how our gifts for Mission & Service support and develop leaders.

We sing thanksgiving for the leadership of the Rev. Park Young Ju and for gifts given in gratitude!

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!