Oct. 29 Bulletin

Westworth United Church

1750 Grosvenor Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba

on Treaty One Territory in the heart of the Métis Nation

11:00 am October 29, 2017

Reformation Sunday


We Gather to Worship

Welcome and Announcements

Prelude and Lighting of Christ Candle:

“Come, Come, Ye Saints”                                                     Cyril Jenkins

Introit:       “I Was Glad”                                                                       Craig Curry

Opening Prayer

Wondrous God: Thirteen billion years ago your creative spark

        called creation into being. Two thousand years ago

        you lit a spark of new creation in Christ. Five hundred years ago, your grace reignited

        the hearts of reformers, such as Martin Luther,

        Ulrich Zwingli and John Calvin.

Just when we think all is settled, everything is finished,

        your power and presence explodes on to the scene

        yet again, bringing newness, bringing life. Fill us with your power and presence, O God,

       so we, like our grandparents in faith,

        may carry your truth, your beauty, and your justice

        to the world you so love—a world in such need.

                                      In Jesus’ name. Amen.

(adapted from Ryan Slifka, “A Service for Reformation Sunday”)


Hymn VU 705         “For All the Saints”                                         SINE NOMINE


Prayer of Confession

Our Creator, you have made us in your image.

Help us know, at the core of our being,

        that we are your beloved;

        created to receive and give love in abundance.

Our wounds and trappings have obscured

        our deepest selves.

We confess words and actions that have betrayed

        your image.

Teach us how to live out of our true selves;

Teach us how to become more like you.


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

Reception of New Members and the Sacrament of Baptism

Baptismal Blessing VU 454   “May God Who Creates You”

Responsive Reading: VU 770 “Psalm 46” Refrain 2


Scripture Reading: Romans 3:21-24, 28

Hear what the Spirit is saying to the Church

Thanks be to God.

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


All Saints Anthem       “Hark, I Hear the Harps Eternal”

American Folk Hymn, arr. Mark Hayes

Sermon: “Reforming our Faith and Action”


We Respond

Hymn VU 578        “As a Fire Is Meant for Burning”                 JOYOUS LIGHT


Offering: “Why I Give” – Shirley Watts

Offertory: “How Firm a Foundation”                     arr. Craig Courtney

Dedication Hymn:  MV 182 “Grateful” (refrain)

Offertory Prayer & Blessing of Pledges


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 262         “A Mighty Fortress Is Our God”            EIN’ FESTE BURG


Choral Hallelujah                                                                                        ST GEORGE

Postlude:  Voluntary on “Ein’ Feste Burg”                          Gordon Young


Thanks to John Erskine for playing the piano with Dorcas this morning.


What theses of reform would you post on the doors of:

  • your church
  • your workplace
  • your governments
  • your home


Minister:  Loraine MacKenzie Shepherd         westworthminister@gmail.com

204 489-6974 Ext. 22

Director of Music:  Debbie McLeod                    Organist:  Dorcas Windsor

Minister Emerita:  Eleanor Geib

Coordinator of Children, Youth & Family Ministries:  Maggie Barnett

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

Office Administrator:  Heather Lavery                            office@westworth.ca

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

Church Accountant:  Jenny Jeffers                                treasurer@westworth.ca


Hosts: Kathy & Alan Wilson

Ushers: Kirk Windsor and Diether Peschken

Scripture Reader: Denise Jones


We extend our sympathy to Sam and Merle A. on the passing of Sam’s mother, Lydia A.


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. 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. 30: What are United Church values? What is our future direction?

Nov. 6 Mac Watts will lead us in a discussion of the United Church’s        changing beliefs over the decades as sung in our hymns


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 has passed so please send in your renewal. Thank you for your support.

Remembrance Day Service: Sunday, Nov. 12, beginning at 10:45 am with pre-service music. During the service, we will be recognizing veterans and those currently serving in the Armed Forces.

This week at Westworth:

TodayWestworth Winds meet at 9:30am in the band room.

Ian Thomson’s Farewell Reception at 10:30am.

Dedication of Pledges Oct. 29

Spare Change Sunday today.

Sunday School will be learning about John the Baptist Prepares the Way Mark 1: 1-8

Lenten Study Planning meeting at 12:30pm in the upper classroom.

Opera will load in at 2:00pm.

Ceremony of Carols practice at 6:30pm in choir room

Counting Team is Team A – David B’s team


Oct. 30

Fall Study today at 7:30pm in the parlour.

Oct. 31

Membership to meet at 1:00pm at Shirley W’s home.

Nov. 1

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

Property meets at 7:00pm


Nov. 2

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

Nov. 3

Westworth Community meets at 6:30pm for Youth Games Night

Nov. 4

Women’s Spirituality meets at 9:00am in the parlour.

Nov. 5

Westworth Winds meet at 9:30am in the band room.

Please remember to change clocks back one hour.

Westworth Kids Community Outreach are making banana bread to support West Broadway

Ceremony of Carols practice at 6:30pm in choir room

Today we baptize with joy,

Iona Penelope B., daughter of Stacey and Adam B. 

Spare Change Sunday- Here’s another option for responding to those who ask you for spare change. On the last Sunday of each month, we will have a basket at the back of the church into which you are welcome to put your spare change. This will go towards West Broadway Community Ministry, which provides services including meals, counselling, advocacy, laundry facilities, telephone, voice mail and a computer lab for those living in poverty.


Christian Education News

  1. The CE Committee will be handing out Hot Chocolate and candy on Halloween evening at Westworth from 6.00-8.00pm.
  2. Community Games Night  Nov. 3rd 6.30-8.00pm. All ages welcome, canteen available.

Please have your Cheer Board knitting in by Nov. 12. Thank you.

TICKETS ON SALE NOW for the radio play Future Present: An Elleston Liddell Mystery being performed at Westworth on November 24th 7:30pm, 25th 7:30pm and 26th 2:30pm. Cast includes some familiar faces/voices from Westworth.  Ticket price includes tea/coffee and cookies at intermission.  Pricing for children, adults and low income.  Tickets available in the narthex after the service or in the office during the week.

The Women’s Spirituality Group will meet Saturday, November 4th, at 9:00 am in the Parlour.  (We are meeting a week earlier than normal because of Remembrance Day falling on our usual Saturday.)   All women are invited to join us for a light breakfast followed by discussion. Our topic will be “Free Speech and Civility”.  For more information call Kathy Wilson (489-6617) or email wilsonka@mymts.net

Newcomers’ Welcome Breakfast Invitation: The Membership Team of Westworth would like to extend an invitation to ALL NEWCOMERS, and those who may be returning after an extended time away from Westworth, to join us in The Parlour for a Welcome Breakfast on Sunday, Nov. 12 at 9:30 AM.   Mark your calendar and plan to attend.   Further details will soon be available.

Westworth is looking for a handyperson to do repairs around the church,  if you are recently retired or have time on your hands and are able to fix and repair things,  please give the church office a call 204 489-6974 Ext. 20.  The job would be occasional and on an as needed basis.  Remuneration paid.


Opportunities to support 1JustCity:

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

  1. 1Just City Gift Catalogues and Gifts with Vision catalogues are available now. There are a few copies of each catalogue available in the Narthex today. More have been ordered and should be available next Sunday.


Community News (please see more info on bulletin board)

  • Annual Open House & School Craft Sale at Rossbrook House Thur.,Nov. 2 11-2pm 658 Ross Ave.
  • JUST Christmas on Sunday, Nov. 5 from 1:30-4:00 p.m. at Transcona Memorial United Church – 209 Yale Ave. W. JUST Christmas brings together fair trade and ethical vendors and organizations supporting a more just and equitable economic system.
  • The Winnipeg Singers Thanksgiving & Remembrance Tues., Nov. 7 7:30pm Westminster UC
  • The Rev. Dr. John Pentland will be speaking Sunday, Oct. 29th, 2017 @ 7:00pm at Westminster UC . All are Welcome! (free will offering)
  • “Parkinson’s 101”. Presented by Donna Greening, Parkinson Society of MB. Temple Shalom, 1077 Grant Ave. at 1:30, Wed., Nov. 1s. All are welcome, especially those over 55. Entrance is free. Refreshments provided
  • Grief Support Series Thursday evenings 7 – 9 p.m. from Nov. 2 to Dec. 14, (no session on November 23rd).  This series of 6 evenings will be led by Rev. Linda Churchill. Limited to 8 participants. The cost is $60/person and pre-registration is required. Please register through Harrow Church office at 204-284-0079. 

Minutes for Mission

Breaking Down Stereotypes

Our gifts for Mission & Service support peace and justice work. Let us hear a story from Lebanon.

What will it take to bring peace to the Middle East? Mission & Service partner the Middle East Council of Churches believes it includes creating opportunities for youth to relate to one another across differences and to reject judgment and stereotypes.

The realities of the region mean that Christians and Muslims live in a state of heightened tension and potential conflict. In Lebanon these tensions have been exacerbated by the influx of a large number of displaced persons, many from Syria, who have stretched to the breaking point communities’ capacity to cope.

The Middle East Council of Churches plans to bring together groups of youth aged 15–22 in Lebanon. The youth will meet with one another to discuss, work, and play together to lay the foundations for new and positive ways of understanding and seeing one another beyond traditional boundaries and barriers. The experience will give participants real and practical models for Muslim–Christian dialogue in their own communities.

We sing thanksgiving for the ways that Mission & Service is in the Middle East helping to change hearts and minds for the sake of peace and justice.

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!


500th Anniversary of the Protestant Reformation

On October 31, 2017, we celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. The date comes from Martin Luther’s act of tacking on the door of the Wittenberg Cathedral a document containing 95 theological propositions and criticisms of the church of his day.

While Luther’s act was unquestionably important, and his critique led to the formation of what we now know as the Lutheran Church, he was not the only church reformer of the 1500s. Some of those reformers remained within what would subsequently become known as the Roman Catholic Church. Others found their initiatives led to a split from the established church and the formation of a new denomination.

Ulrich Zwingli, a contemporary of Martin Luther, was one such reformer. Zwingli’s reforms in the city of Zurich, where he was a parish priest, led to what is called the Reformed tradition. The Reformed tradition includes various Presbyterian, Congregationalist, and Christian Reformed denominations, as well as uniting denominations such as The United Church of Canada whose roots include these denominations. A generation later John Calvin, based in Geneva, would become a key figure in shaping the Reformed tradition further. Both Zwingli and Calvin were more radical in their reforms than Luther had been.

Some of Zwingli’s emphases continue to have influence in the United Church. Zwingli stressed the importance of scripture as a primary authority for theology, and of preaching as an interpretation of scripture in the current context. He also emphasized the role of lay people in the life of the church. For example, he began the practice of having members sit around a table in the middle of the sanctuary and receive the communion elements of bread and wine from their neighbours at the table as these elements were passed around, rather than each person going to the front of the church to receive communion from the priest. The custom in many Reformed churches of receiving communion while seated in the pews has its roots in Zwingli’s practice.

As we commemorate efforts at reforming the Church 500 years ago, let us remember that we are part of a tradition that has understood itself to always be in need of reform, always needing to avoid the twin perils of continuing past practices merely because they are traditions and of being captivated by the new simply because it is new.


Transfer of Membership

Stacey B.

I work at the University of Manitoba in Libraries.  My husband Adam and I have a 6 month old daughter, Iona.  I enjoy being outside pretty much year round and spending time with my friends, family and my dog Bella.

Heain C.

I am glad to be a member of Westworth United Church! I am Heain Choi and came from South Korea with my husband in 2015. We decided to move to Canada during our first visit in 2011. Currently, I am working as a community pharmacist, and my husband, Tae-kyu, is studying at St. Andrew’s College in Saskatoon to be a minister of UCC. I like to walk and bike (but not in the winter), and to cook (but not do the dishes).

Joyce C.

Joyce grew up on a small family farm, one of the oldest of seven children, attended Cloverdale United Church, and was active in Selkirk youth group. Moving away to attend university in 1967, she has lived and raised three children in Winnipeg. A clinical social worker and writer, Joyce has worked and published in areas relating to promotion of children’s health and welfare, and community development to support sharing faith stories of First Nation and Metis community members. Joyce is currently in private practice – as well as a consultant in school arts programs.

Cathy M.

I was born and raised in Winnipeg. I worked for Manitoba Telecom Services for 32 years retiring as Vice President – Corporate Services. I have been retired for several years and so far, retirement is my favourite job. I golf, curl, swim, and play bridge. I have a summer home at Matlock where I enjoy spending time.

Linda P.

I have lived in Winnipeg my entire life except for one interesting year in San Francisco. I have been married to my husband, Wayne, for 48 years and we have 2 children. I am a retired pharmacist and now that my husband has retired we have done more travelling. The United Church has always been a part of my life from Sunday School, Explorers, CGIT to UCW and I am happy to make Westworth my new church home.