Westworth United Church
1750 Grosvenor Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba
on Treaty One Territory in the heart of the Métis Nation
10:30 am August 27, 2017
We Gather to Worship
Welcome and Announcements
Prelude and Lighting of Christ Candle
Call to Worship
*One: The cloud-capped hills are silent evidence of God’s power.
All: The color and variety of trees and flowers, bear witness to the Holy One.
One: The smile on a baby’s face speaks of God’s renewing miracle in humankind.
All: The knowing glance of an older person mirrors the wise, accepting God.
One: Praise and glory, honor and blessing, be to the God who has created us, the God who has formed us as a community of faith, the God whose love goes beyond the boundaries of time and space.
All: Let us worship God!
Hymn MV 62 “There is Room for All” Harding/Fines
Prayer of Confession
*One: O God, you call us to be “rocks” like Peter, but often we are more like clay.
All: We make clear our principles, but then compromise and give in. Forgive us!
One: O God, you call us to be “rocks” like Peter, but often we are more like sand.
All: We know the words that need to be said, but words fail us at the crucial time. Forgive us!
One: O God, you call us to be “rocks” like Peter, but often we are like a loose pile of stones.
All: We try to go it on our own, although our strength lies in what we can accomplish with others. Forgive us!
One: O God, you call us to be “rocks” like Peter, but often we are cracked and fragmented.
All: We go in several directions at once when we need focus and a goal, like Jesus. Forgive us!
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 MV 171 “Christ Has No Body Now but Yours”
Warner/St. Teresa of Avila
Epistle Reading: Romans 12:1-8
Hear what the Spirit is saying to the Church.
Thanks be to God.
Gospel Reading: Matthew 16:13-20
This is the Gospel of Christ.
Thanks be to God.
Sung Response: VU 840 “Your Word is a Lamp” refrain 5
Musical Offering “Give Me Jesus” spiritual, arr. Moses Hogan
Sermon: ‘Who is Jesus to you?’
Hymn VU 331 “The Church’s One Foundation” AURELIA
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 664 “What a Friend We Have in Jesus” FRIENDSHIP
Choral Hallelujah ST GEORGE
* David Sparks: Prayers to Share, Year A pp153-54
Thanks to Hope Mattus, Licensed Lay Worship Leader and member of The United Church in Meadowood, for leading us in worship today.
Thanks to the Christina Thanisch-Smith for her special music today, plus music from Judy Brown and Kevin Sim, and to Alan Wilson for playing the guitar this summer.
Minister: Loraine MacKenzie Shepherd email@example.com
204 489-6974 Ext. 22 Director of Music: Debbie McLeod
Minister Emerita: Eleanor Geib Organist: Dorcas Windsor
Church Accountant: Jenny Jeffers firstname.lastname@example.org
Office Administrator: Heather Lavery email@example.com
Church Phone # 204 489-6974 Ext. 20 www.westworth.ca
Church Custodian: Ian Thomson firstname.lastname@example.org
We extend our condolences to Eleanor G. and family on the passing of her niece, Susan G. of Medicine Hat, AB.
Loraine will be on holiday and continuing ed and will return on Aug. 28. For Emergency Pastoral Care from Aug. 6-27 please call Rev. Karen Lumley at cell 204 250-5073.
It is with regret that we have accepted our custodian Ian Thomson’s resignation, effective Sunday, Sept. 3. Ian is sorry to be leaving and didn’t resign without a lot of thought. However, he has been offered a job with a chance for future advancement. We understand and wish him well.
Westworth is grateful to Ian for all his work. We will announce an opportunity in the near future to invite Ian back to say a proper goodbye to him. If you would like to remember him with a gift, please put your donation in an envelope marked “Ian’s Gift” and drop it off at the office or put it in the offering plate.
Westworth is very pleased to welcome Maggie Barnett as our new Coordinator of Children, Youth and Family Ministries. Maggie began her position on Aug. 15 and actively led WorthyKids Day Camp this past week. She already knows many of our children and families and is looking forward to working with everyone again, as well as welcoming new people. To this end, she will be holding a “Meet and Greet” with parents and teachers on Sunday, Sept. 10, more information to come. Please find a moment to welcome Maggie back to Westworth. It’s wonderful to have her with us again.
This week at Westworth:
|Today||Hope Mattus will be preaching today.|
|Council meeting at 7:15pm in the parlour.|
|Governance meeting at 1:00pm in the parlour.|
|Loraine MacKenzie Shepherd will be preaching.|
|Labour Day-office will be closed. It will reopen Sept. 5 with regular office hours of 9:00am-5:00pm.|
Donations from “identifiable givers” for the year including the month of Jan. for the past 3 years.
2015 $181,841 2016 $161,071 2017 $160,715
Based upon pledges, we anticipated $167,107 in donations. Please refer to the bulletin board in the Narthex for monthly updates.
Opportunities to support 1JustCity:
* Please see the Outreach Board for information about these exciting events!
- a) “Walk a Mile in My Shoes“, the annual major fundraising event for West Broadway Community Ministry, will take place Saturday, September 30, 2017 and is an educational event as well as a fundraiser. It has been said that to understand someone, you must walk a mile in their shoes. This event is designed to give participants a snapshot of what it’s like to live in poverty, particularly with some of the issues individuals and families face to make ends meet. Your Outreach Team is encouraging you to gather your colleagues, fellow students, fellow faith-community members, and family to form a team to participate. Forming a team will allow you to celebrate the day with friends and family and create a community of people committed to ending poverty and to learning about poverty in your own back yard!
- b) 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)
- Annual Garage Sale & Korean Luncheon Saturday, Sept. 9. Garage Sale: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Hosted by Churchill Park UC & Korean UC 525 Beresford Ave (at Nassau)
- Charleswood UC Musicals Presents Disney’s “The Little Mermaid” Sept 14 & 15 7:30pm, Sept. 16 2:00 & 7:30pm. 204 832-3667
WorthyKids, Creation Vacation
Day Camp 2017
2017 was another great year for Day Camp (formerly known as VBS) at Westworth.
The Creation curriculum was based on the Spark Bible, used in the WorthyKids Church School program.
18 children, 5 L.I.T.’s and 5 adult helpers created memorable art
for the days of creation. Galaxy magnets, silhouettes, sun and moon art, creation trail mix and of course, slime to name but a few.
Our thanks to Marla Lockhart and Judy Brown for their leadership with Songs with Marla and Judy.
Based on the cheerful noise level, a wonderful time was had by all.
Maggie Barnett and Julia Shayna
WorthyKids Day Camp Coordinators
Minute for Mission
Bissell Centre and Childcare
Our gifts for Mission & Service support community ministries like the Bissell Centre. Let us hear a story from Stuart Jackson, ministry personnel at Chalmers Castle Downs United Church, about the behind-the-scenes story of a Mandate magazine cover.
The cover of the 2015–2016 Mission & Service special edition showed a father and son who are part of the Bissell Centre’s family support program in Edmonton, Alberta. The background of the cover photo is an alphabet quilt.
For more than 50 years, a group of women at Chalmers Castle Downs United Church has been meeting monthly for tea and fellowship. Twice a year, the group holds a Bissell Baby Shower to support the centre’s well-baby program. The women bring hand-knitted baby sets, hand-tailored children’s clothing, blankets, diapers, toys, and one year, a quilt to donate to the program. Two staff from the Bissell program attend the tea to receive the gifts with thanks.
Participants sit in a circle as the gifts are opened and passed around. It is a wonderful time of sharing between the church and this Mission & Service–supported community ministry!
We sing thanksgiving for the many people who support Mission & Service and offer gifts of time, talent, and treasure to the Mission & Service–supported ministries closest to home. What we do together none of us could achieve alone.
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!