Westworth United Church
1750 Grosvenor Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba
on Treaty One Territory in the heart of the Métis Nation
10:30 am September 3, 2017
We Gather to Worship
Welcome and Announcements
Prelude and Lighting of Christ Candle
Call to Worship
To God’s very being
We open our hearts.
Onto holy ground
We step in reverence.
Into holy communion
We enter as we share
story and song
bread and cup.
Hymn VU 460 “All Who Hunger” HOLY MANNA
Prayer of Confession
When work becomes trudgery,
teach us how bring love into work.
When rest becomes fleeting,
strengthen our resolve to protect our time of rest.
On this Labour Day weekend,
help us honour our work,
even as we rest from our labour.
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
Epistle Reading: Romans 12:9-18
Hear what the Spirit is saying to the Church
Thanks be to God.
Responsive Reading: VU 828 “Psalm 105” Part One
Hebrew Reading: Exodus 3:1-6; 13-15
This is testimony to the Word of God.
Thanks be to God.
Sung Response: VU 840 “Your Word is a Lamp” refrain 5
Sermon: “Turn Aside”
Hymn MV 161 “I Have Called You by Your Name” KELLY
Dedication Hymn: VU 540 “Grant Us, God”
The Sacrament of Holy Communion
Communion Setting: MV 203 Kingsfold Kervin/Stott
(Once the communion servers are in place, please proceed up the centre aisle, take a piece of bread and dip in the cup, eat and return to your seat along the side aisles. The central station at the front has gluten-free rice crackers and juice. If you have difficulty walking, please signal servers as they come down the centre aisle and they will serve you in your pew)
May God be with you.
And also with you.
Lift up your hearts.
We lift them up to God.
Let us give thanks to God most holy.
It is right to give God thanks and praise.
Loving Creator… we sing your praise:
♪ O holy, holy holy God, O God of time and space.
All earth and sea and sky above bear witness to your grace. Hosanna in the highest heav’n, creation sings your praise.
And blessed is the One who comes
and bears your name always!
On the night before Jesus died…we sing life and love to one another and to the world:
♪ Sing Christ has died and Christ is risen,
Christ will come again!
Sing Christ has died and Christ is risen,
Christ will come again!
At this, we also remember…With the words Jesus taught us, we now pray to God… (VU p. 921)
Come, life-giving Spirit…all glory is yours, God most holy, now and forever.
♪ Amen, amen, O Holy One! Hosanna and Amen!
Amen, amen, O Holy One, Hosanna and Amen!
Sharing the Bread and the Cup
Prayer after Communion
Hymn VU 481 “Sent Forth by God’s Blessing” THE ASH GROVE
Choral Hallelujah ST GEORGE
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
Scripture Reader: Petra Thanisch
Communion Servers: Petra Thanisch, Shirley and Walter Watts, Eunice Pratt, Arlene Hintsa, and Loraine MacKenzie Shepherd
We extend our sympathy to Peter M. and Kim O. and family on the passing of Peter’s father, Larry M. in Thunder Bay.
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||Last worship time of 10:30am for the summer.|
|Labour Day-office will be closed. It will reopen Sept. 5 with regular office hours of 9:00am-5:00pm.|
|Property meeting at 7:00pm in the choir room.|
|Senior Choir starts at 7:30pm in the choir room. New singers are welcome to attend.|
|Women’s Spirituality meets at 9:00am in the parlour.|
|Church School Meet and Greet at 10:00am in the gym.|
Worship will start at 11:00am.
The Women’s Spirituality Group will meet Saturday, Sept. 9th, at 9:00am in the Parlour. We will have an opportunity to reconnect and plan our meetings over the coming months. For more information call Kathy Wilson (489-6617) or email email@example.com
What does the United Church believe? How have these beliefs changed over the decades? Join us for our fall study on Mondays, 7:30-9:00 pm, beginning Sept. 11 through to Oct. 30 (except Thanksgiving Monday). You may attend as many Mondays as you wish—each session is complete in itself. These sessions are adapted for laity from a course Loraine teaches on United Church history and theology.
Sept 11: Changing United Church Beliefs Over the Decades
Sept. 18: The Social Gospel and Evangelism; Pacifism & the War Effort, Women’s Roles
Sept. 25: United Church Overseas Missions: From Colonization to Partnership
Oct. 2: Lessons Learned from our Outreach & Mission Work: United Church Home Missions and Indigenous Relations
Oct. 16: “But the Bible says…” Gender, Sexual Orientation and Biblical Interpretation
Oct. 23: Is Jesus the only way? Interchurch and Interfaith Relations
Oct. 30: What are United Church values? What is our future direction?
What’s In A Name? The Membership Committee has made a slight change to a wonderful Sunday morning routine! It’s a name change! What we used to call “Sunday Morning Greeters” will now be addressed as “Sunday Morning Hosts”. (Please note that “Hostess” is easily substituted!) In our own homes, we greet our family, visitors, and friends, but continue to extend the “little extras” in “hosting” to make their visit a pleasure. And so we hope it will be in our church home. The morning will start with a smile and a welcoming “Hello”, but our host folks will ensure everyone knows where the cloakroom is found, the guest book is available to sign, and a cup of coffee is offered, and perhaps an introduction to someone in our congregation. We will “host” all who enter our door to make each feel welcome and wanted. Please consider a Sunday morning to volunteer. A team of two people is suggested for each morning. See the sign-up sheet on the board in the narthex. Our volunteers have done a wonderful job in past years, and a “Thank You” is given to all who help.
And On The Idea Of “Names” Don’t forget to wear your Name Tag!!! It is especially important during September and October to have your name tag, as new people join us as we enter the Fall season and it is easier to remember names if you “see it”, as well as “hear it”. If you would like to order a Westworth tag, call Heather in the office. But….any name tag….your bridge club, your bowling league, or dance group name tag will suffice!
Spirit Path invites you to join us for our Myers Briggs event “Explore your Personality through Myers Briggs”. Exploring Myers Briggs Personality Type helps us recognize our strengths and our preferred working styles. It is a first step to our personal and professional growth, helping us to explore self-awareness and clarity of purpose. Understanding others Myers Briggs types helps us appreciate our team members and colleagues – enabling us to work better together.
The event will take place Saturday September 16th 9:30 am to 4:30 pm here at Westworth. The cost is $40 per person (including MBTI Assessment Indicator and Coffee Breaks) (please bring a lunch) (please register before Tuesday September 12th for time to complete the online MBTI Assessment Indicator and have it prepared for Saturday). Please contact Garth Fallis at 204-487-1466 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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)
- The United Church in Meadowood is seeking to hire a part-time Christian Education Coordinator and a part-time Communications Coordinator. Please go to ucim.org for a details! Application deadline: is Sep. 15.
- Anti-Hate Rally: Interfaith groups are specifically invited to attend this rally at the Legislative Building on Sat. Sept. 9 at 2 pm. This is in response to an earlier rally planned that day against Muslims. The Anti-Hate Rally will include music and speakers from many different faith communities, the LGBT communities and dignitaries.
Minute for Mission
Educating Girls in China
Our gifts for Mission & Service have supported many overseas personnel. Let us hear the story of Laura H. Hambley, born in Port Perry, Ontario, in 1877. Laura was a member of the Woman’s Missionary Society appointed as a teacher to West China in 1904.
By all accounts a strong woman, Laura’s major contribution was in girls’ education. She overcame widespread resistance in a city in China to build a four-storey girls’ school. She gathered architectural plans from across Canada, then created the plan for her school. Starting with a handful of students, enrollment grew as more and more parents saw value in their daughters receiving an education.
During World War 2, when the school housed 200 girls, Laura and the staff were faced with the threat of being bombed by Japan. To keep them safe, Laura took her girls from the city up into the mountains to an old monastery.
Laura spent 40 years educating the girls in the city. She was also a successful advocate for ending the practice of binding girls’ feet. When she left in 1943 for the long journey home, the entire city came out to wish her well. They had high esteem for their beloved “Han Jaousa,” her Chinese name, which in English means “Hambley Teacher.”
We sing thanksgiving for missionaries who offered their life in service with global partner churches. Mission & Service is built on the foundation of their vision and witness!
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!
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