Oct. 1 Bulletin

Westworth United Church

1750 Grosvenor Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba

on Treaty One Territory in the heart of the Métis Nation

October 1, 2017

World Communion Sunday


We Gather to Worship

Welcome and Announcements

Prelude and Lighting of Christ Candle:

“Bread of the World”                                   Kristina Langlois


Introit:                      “I Was Glad”                                                        Craig Curry


Call to Worship

We come with diverse arrays of privilege and need.

We come with health and illness; strength and weakness.

We come with modest income and with wealth.

We come with gratitude and with grief.

In the midst of our diversity,

We come united in our worship.


Hymn VU 477              “I Come with Joy”                                   DOVE OF PEACE

(Children are invited to go to Church School. Parents may bring them

back for the Celebration of Holy Communion, if they wish.)


Prayer of Confession VU 525

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


Responsive Reading: VU 792 “Psalm 78” Part One


Epistle Reading: Philippians 2:1-13

Hear what the Spirit is saying to the Church

Thanks be to God.

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


Sermon:             “Kneeling in Protest and in Praise ”


We Respond

Hymn VU 458        “Christ, Let Us Come with You”           WROSLYN ROAD



Offertory:                 “One Bread, One Body”                            John Carter

Dedication Hymn:  VU 540    “Grant Us, God”

Offertory Prayer


Anthem :   “Come Into the Presence”                                    Judith Snowdon


The Sacrament of Holy Communion

Communion Setting MV 206                                                         PATRIQUIN

(Once the communion servers are in place, please proceed up the centre aisle, take a piece of bread and dip it 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.


Blessed are you, Creator God.

You formed the universe in all its wonder,

gave us all that we could need,

made us caregivers of all that you have made.

Praise be to you, Creator of this wondrous world.

We give you thanks for the amazing diversity of creation:

from the prairies and lakes to the dusty deserts,

from the majestic mountains to the vast seas.

Praise be to you, Creator of this wondrous world.

We give you thanks for the multiplicity of humanity

with our complexity of color and culture,

called into oneness-of-being through Christ.

With many tongues, yet with one voice, we worship you:

Praise be to you, Creator of this wondrous world.


…So we, with all creation, with saints across the world from the past into the present join to sing your praise:

♪Holy, holy, holy, God of power and might;

heaven and earth are full, are full of your glory.

Hosanna in the highest.

Bless’d is the One who comes, who comes in God’s name.

Hosanna in the highest.


…We offer these petitions through Christ Jesus,

who taught us to pray to God,

our Mother and our Father, (Lord’s Prayer VU 921)


…we may so offer ourselves to you that our lives may proclaim the mystery of faith:

♪Christ has died. Christ is risen. Christ will come again.


…all glory is yours, God most holy, now and forever.

♪Amen, Amen, Amen, Amen!


Sharing the Bread and the Cup

Prayer after Communion

Hymn VU 606        “In Christ There Is No East Or West”            ST PETER

(VU 344)


Choral Hallelujah                                                                             ST GEORGE

Postlude:          “All People That On Earth Do Dwell”           Denis Bédard



Minister:  Loraine MacKenzie Shepherd            westworthminister@gmail.com

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

Minister Emerita:  Eleanor Geib                              Organist:  Dorcas Windsor

Coordinator of Children, Youth & Family Ministries:      Maggie Barnett

204 489-6974 Ext. 23                                                     churchschool@westworth.ca

Church Accountant:  Jenny Jeffers                                treasurer@westworth.ca

Office Administrator:  Heather Lavery                               office@westworth.ca

Church Phone # 204 489-6974 Ext. 20                                       www.westworth.ca


Usher: Diether Peschken

Scripture Reader: Shirley Watts

Candle-lighter: Zoe Attazada


The family of Randy Beynon wishes to thank the congregation for their support and assistance over the past year.


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. Please sign up in narthex.

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?


In the memorial cabinet in the narthex you will find Tasmanian water carriers, a gift to us from the largely Indigenous delegation from the Uniting Church in Australia when they visited us in July.

The Outreach Team congratulates those of you who participated in Active Transportation Sunday. Lets keep the ball rolling.


This week at Westworth:

TodayWorthyKids will be learning about Messy Kids Outreach and will be making magnets for the Bazaar in support of Westworth UC.

Westworth Winds practice at 9:30am

Counting Team is Team A – David B’s team


Oct. 2

Study Group meeting start at 7:30pm in the parlour.

Oct. 4

Prayer Shawl Ministry meets at 1:00pm in the upper classroom.

Oct. 5

Senior Choir starts at 7:30pm in the choir room. New singers are welcome to attend.

Oct. 6

Finance Committee helping with Stewardship packaging at 9:30am in the parlour.

Oct. 8

Happy Thanksgiving

WorthyKids will be learning about Zechariah

Luke 1: 68–79


Oct. 9

Office will be closed.

No Fall Study today, it continues Oct. 16.

Westworth United Church has hired a part-time cleaning service on a trial basis. The company is called Certified Green Cleaning and is the same company Charleswood United Church uses very successfully.  Please welcome Dexter De Jarisco from Certified Green Cleaning. You will see him around the church Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.  Dexter will be taking instructions from Heather our Office Administrator in regard to cleaning, set-up and some minor repairs.  Unfortunately he will not be able to take individual instructions from church members, so please contact Heather if you have any specific requests.  This is a new way of doing things for Westworth so please be patient and understanding with the changes.  If you have positive feedback or concerns please contact M & P, Paul Chard or Property Committee, Spencer Newton.  Church groups please be prepared to set up for your groups when needed.

ACES: On Tuesday October 10, 2017 at 12:00 the ACES group “as we know it” will meet for the last time. Please bring your own lunch as dessert, tea, coffee will be provided. There will be no cost for this gathering. We will discuss the future of senior gatherings at the luncheon. Our entertainment will be fun as Loraine, Nancy and Alma will be presenting their trips to Iceland. Anyone in the congregation is certainly welcome to join us if you’d like to learn about Iceland. If you plan to come but don’t usually attend ACES please notify Elaine (204-487-6543) so seating can be arranged. Hope to see lots of you there!

We will be having a transfer of membership and baptism on Sunday, Oct. 29. If you would like to transfer your membership or request baptism for your child, please contact Loraine.

United Church Observer The yearly fee is $25.00, and the envelope for payment is on the coffee ledge for your convenience. Please contact Rochelle Baker at 489-6102 or email aandrbaker@shaw.ca or Heather at the office with any changes or questions you may have. The deadline is Oct. 15 for your renewals. Thank you for your support.

Turkey Buyers needed!!!   Our bazaar is famous for its Turkey Burgers, but, to make them, we need a lot of birds.  They are on sale right now for Thanksgiving.  If you might be able to buy a LARGE bird on sale, please let Dianne Sjoberg know you can do that.  Call her at 885-0700. Can buy but can’t store???  Dianne can make arrangements.  Then, closer to bazaar time, we will need turkey cookers as well.  If you are able to cook a bird, again, please let Dianne know.  Any questions?  Call Dianne. Thank you!!


LUNCHEON AND BAZAAR 2017!  Fall activities are in full swing and the congregation and U.C.W. are gearing up for another wonderful Luncheon and Bazaar on Saturday, October 28th . Over the summer months many of you have been busy preparing wonderful homemade jams and jellies for the Bake Table. Craft projects have been completed and treasures for the China Cabinet and the Treasure Table have been set aside. Donations to the General Store of handcrafted items, special gift items, and selected used books have also been collected.  A new addition to the bazaar is a Framed Art and Photo Gallery.  Items for the new gallery are just beginning to arrive. And local authors will be signing their books in the General Store. Thanks so much for the donations/work already completed!

If you have not made a donation as yet, below are some of the items we are looking for: home baking of items such as cookies, muffins, pies for the luncheon and bake table, slices, squares and cakes. Jams, jellies and pickles are very popular or perhaps you have a great recipe such as “nuts and bolts”.   Please ensure preserves have the proper canning lid and label your baked item e.g. banana bread.  All baked items should also include a notation as to whether there are nuts or not.  If you are donating baking please bring it to the church before 8 p.m. on Friday, the 27th if possible.  If you have any questions please call Barb at 204-488-0853

We are also in need of contributions to the China Cabinet and the Treasure Table; used books, current crafts or gift baskets for the General Store and framed art and photos for the new Framed Art and Photography Gallery. If you are donating framed art or photos please provide a suggested selling price along with your name and phone number as unsold items will be returned.  Any questions regarding the Framed Art and Photo Gallery should be directed to Rochelle Baker at 204-489-6102.  The General Store will also be selling house plants and so donations of plants in a nice container or plant pot would be appreciated with any special care instructions. Please advise Andrea Firth if you can lend a plant stand for this event.

The involvement of the total church helps to make it the great success it is!   Your volunteer time is needed!  Please join us! Sign-up sheets will be in the Narthex starting today.


Rental Hosts are needed for the following booked concerts: Feb. 25 afternoon, Apr. 30, May 2 evenings and May 5 and May 6 afternoons. Practices on Nov. 18, Jan. 13, Feb. 10, Mar. 17 and Apr. 21. Duties would include unlocking the church, checking bathroom supplies, be available and visible to answer questions, tidying and lock up. We have removed set up and cleaning to make this more manageable. Remuneration provided. Please contact the office if interested.


Westworth UC is in need of a person to shovel snow – though hopefully, not for a while! This paid position is likely a temporary one, but could become permanent. What does the job entail?  The good news is Westworth has a snowblower!  The incumbent will use it to keep the sidewalk on Grosvenor free of snow, from Lanark to the entrance into the west parking area, as well as to clear any drifts that accumulate along the base of the church at the back (south side), and in front of the 5 doors: the main entrance and sanctuary door on Grosvenor, a west door and two doors at the back.  Every door must be accessible at all times.  Westworth retains a company to clear the parking lot.

What qualifications are necessary to do this job? The incumbent must be flexible (time-wise, although physically is a definite asset!) and work well independently. An all-night snowfall would necessitate an early-morning shovel.  Evenings would work if the snow fell during the day.  A definite priority is shoveled walkways for Sunday morning service at 11 a.m.  In other words, you will need to be available within a couple of hours after snow has fallen.

If you have the qualifications and are interested in this position, there’s ‘snow’ reason why you shouldn’t leave your name and phone number with Heather at the office (204-489-6974, extension 20); someone will call you back. It’s an ideal job for the person who wants to get some physical activity, earn money at the same time and perform a valuable service for Westworth.  For the most part, you would still be free to pursue other activities (part-time work, studies, personal interests) when you weren’t clearing snow.


Hurricane and Flood Relief

The United Church of Canada is accepting donations for relief efforts related to Hurricane Irma and Maria. Please make your cheques out to Westworth United Church, marked “Hurricane Relief for (either the Caribbean or for the U.S).” and we will forward all donations.


Opportunities to support 1JustCity:

* Please check the Outreach Board for more information about exciting events!

  1. Walk a Mile in My Shoes, the annual major fundraising event for West Broadway Community Ministry took place Saturday, Sept. 30 and was 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 gave participants a snapshot of what it is like to live in poverty.

Marion McKay wishes to thank you everyone for your generous support of Walk a Mile in My Shoes. I exceeded by goal and raised $1280.00 to support the work of West Broadway.

  1. Thanks to you, the pantry at West Broadway is able to provide much needed food supplies! Needed as well are feminine hygiene products. If you are travelling, please keep the extra soaps, lotions and shampoos that are found in your hotel room. West Broadway appreciates receiving those items.


Save the Date

1 Join the Outreach Team as they welcome Shaun Loney to Westworth on Sunday evening October 15 for our first Sabbath Supper Pot Luck of the year. 

Shaun, son-in-law of Fraser and Marion Muldrew, founded BUILD in 2013 and later co-founded Aki Energy. This non-profit social enterprise employs First Nations communities in green energy and health food initiatives, and reaches more communities every year. The job now is to engage the new Canadian government so that we can remove the barriers preventing the re-emergence of the local economy.

His recent book, An Army of Problem Solvers: Reconciliation and the Solutions Economy talks about problem solvers and what they can do to improve Canadian society. Why are there no gardens in Garden Hill First Nation? What does reconciliation really mean for Canada? In all of this there is a new role for government: it must shift from focusing on problems to focusing on problem solvers.

You are invited to gather in the gym at 5:00 pm. Dinner will be served at 5:30 and Shaun will speak at 6:30. 

  1. “Feast for Friends”, Saturday, Oct. 21, at the Sandy Saulteaux Centre is open to all. Please see detailed information on the Outreach Board. 

    Community News (please see more info on bulletin board)

      • Rally to Denounce Burma Genocide of Rohingyas, today at 1:00 pm at the Legislature.
      • 2017 Restorative Justice Lecture Series. Thur. Oct. 5 6:30-8:30pm An evening with Tom Denton, The Rule of Law, Immigrants & Refugees: A Discussion of Civility, Rights and Values. Canadian Museum for Human Rights
      • Minute for MissionDisplaced People

        Our gifts for Mission & Service support displaced people. Let us hear a story about one of our partners in Kenya.

        Around the world tens of millions of people are forced to flee their homes due to natural disaster, violence, conflict, and persecution. Some are pushed across international borders and become refugees. Others remain in their own country but cannot return to their homes.

        Ripped from homes and livelihoods, most displaced people have difficulty meeting the most basic needs of shelter, food, and clothing.

        They have experienced severe trauma and need psychosocial support.

        Some face serious health problems. Host communities, often already facing widespread poverty, are further challenged with the addition of many more people in need.

        Mission & Service partner the National Council of Churches of Kenya works in collaboration with others in two Kenyan refugee camps that house refugees from Sudan, Somalia, Ethiopia, and other countries.

        In existence for more than 20 years, these camps are becoming “generational”—children are born and raised in the camps and know no other life.

        We sing thanksgiving that through Mission & Service we are able to support our partners in offering displaced people the basic necessities of life.


        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!