Aug. 6 Bulletin

Westworth United Church

1750 Grosvenor Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba

on Treaty One Territory in the heart of the Métis Nation

10:30 am August 6, 2017


We Gather to Worship

Welcome and Announcements

Prelude and Lighting of Christ Candle


Call to Worship

Wrestling, struggling, resisting,

powers beyond understanding,

embracing, reconciling, sacred,

let us wrestle,

let us worship,

let us struggle



Opening Prayer

There are many holy ways.

This day, we half-nelson the Mystery,

this day, we limp with a marvellous pain,

we limp with an ego wounded,

we limp,

slower and wiser,

purple-hearted from the battle.

O God,

receive our out-of-joint questions and doubts,

and keep us in the ring when the bell sounds,

we pray. Amen.


Hymn MV 28                  “God of the Bible”                               Murray/Alonso


Prayer of Confession

Because anger, bitterness and envy distort our vision,

because our minds worry about small things,

and we are often busy about the wrong things,

because we do not always get it right,

we yearn to believe:

goodness is stronger than evil,

love is stronger than hate,

truth is stronger than lies.

Because you promise to hear us,

and are able to help us change,

and willing to make our hearts your home,

we ask you to confront us,

we ask you to forgive us,

we ask you to encourage us…


Meditative Silence


Words of Assurance

Let us cherish in our hearts

what we speak with our lips:

goodness is stronger than evil,

love is stronger than hate,

truth is stronger than lies,

and God is changing our lives.


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 296 “This Is God’s Wondrous World”                     TERRA BEATA


Scripture Reading: Genesis 32:22-31

This is testimony to the Word of God.

Thanks be to God.

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




We Respond


Hymn VU 556  “Would You Bless Our Homes and Families”     AITKIN




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 686        “God of Grace and God of Glory”                    RHUDDLAN


Choral Hallelujah                                                                                        ST GEORGE




Thanks Rev. Barb Janes 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    

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                       


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 or in the church office or narthex.


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


Loraine will be on holiday and continuing education from 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:

TodayRev. Barb Janes will be preaching today.

Aug 7

Civic Holiday, office will be closed.


Office reopens

Aug. 13

Rev. Marilyn Anderson Corkum will be preaching.


Summer Series of Guest Preachers

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, 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)


Minute for Mission

You Visited Me

Our gifts for Mission & Service and our gifts for emergency appeals support people recovering from disasters. Let us hear a story of recovery from the Philippines.

In the Philippines, Typhoon Haiyan destroyed homes, farms, communities, and livelihoods in November 2013. Immediately after the storm, Mission & Service partner the United Church of Christ in the Philippines (UCCP) began working with affected communities to meet emergency needs for shelter, food, and water.

UCCP leaders were also planning long term for how the church could work with community members to rebuild better homes, re-establish communities, and restore people’s livelihoods. Much of this years-long work has begun.

Losing their boats meant fishers could not earn a living or provide daily food for their families. With the support of the people of The United Church of Canada through Mission & Service and through extra support through the emergency appeal, UCCP has been able to replace some of those fishing boats, restoring hope to many communities.

In farming communities, UCCP has introduced a new variety of rice that requires less fresh water and responds well to traditional and readily available fertilizers. In other communities, UCCP is lighting the way with micro solar power units that can provide enough energy for basic household lighting.

We sing thanksgiving for Mission & Service partner the United Church of Christ in the Philippines and its work that supports rebuilding lives.


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!