Nov. 26 Bulletin

Westworth United Church

1750 Grosvenor Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba

on Treaty One Territory in the heart of the Métis Nation

11:00 am November 26, 2017

Reign of Christ Sunday


We Gather to Worship

Welcome and Announcements

Candle Lighting and Prelude

“At the Name of Jesus”                                 Ralph Vaughan Williams


Introit               “Laudate”                                                          Knut Nystedt

Opening Prayer VU 576   “A Prayer for Service to Others”


Hymn VU 348          “O Love How Deep”         PUER NOBIS NASCITUR


Prayer of Confession

God of grace, we know what we ought to do.

We know who we ought to be.

At times, we succeed but at other times, we fail.

Please forgive us for things left undone,

       for words and actions that have caused harm,

       for passing by an opportunity to care for a stranger.

Help us to know, beyond a shadow of a doubt,

       your love for us,

       that your love might flow through us to others.


Silent Meditation

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

Covenant with Ministers


Hymn MV 171       “Christ Has No Body Now but Yours”

Adapted by Warner/Gunn from St. Teresa of Avila


Responsive Reading: VU 824   “Psalm 100”  Refrain 2


Gospel Reading: Matthew 25:31-46

This is Gospel of Christ.

Thanks be to God.

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


Anthem:    “Christ, Whose Glory Fills the Skies”                   Ronald Gibson

                                       Jewel Casselman, recorder

Sermon:                   “Costly Grace”


We Respond

Hymn VU 210 “You, Lord, Are Both Lamb and Shepherd”      PARADOX



Offertory:  “All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name”                    Mark Hayes

Dedication Hymn:  MV 182 “Grateful” (refrain)

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 959 (sung)


Hymn VU 213       “Rejoice, the Lord is King”                    DARWALL’S 148TH


Choral Hallelujah                                                                                 ST GEORGE

Postlude:                  “Rejoice, the Lord is King”                          Percy Whitlock



Minister:  Loraine MacKenzie Shepherd    

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                                           

Office Administrator:  Heather Lavery                      

Church Phone # 204 489-6974 Ext. 20                                

Church Accountant:  Jenny Jeffers      

Hosts: Anne & Keith Love

Usher: Alma Acheson

Scripture Reader: Taekyu Lee


Any outstanding pledges for 2018 are still being requested and welcomed. Budgeting for our plans and needs in the following year is greatly enhanced by as much knowledge of our financial situation as possible. If you have not already done so, even if you are on PAR, please submit your pledge for 2018 to the church office as soon as possible. Blank pledge forms are located on the Pledge Box in the narthex.

There will be a Congregational Meeting on Dec 3, 2017 following the regular church service. The meeting will be a bring your own lunch, but coffee, tea and water will be available.  The purpose of this meeting is to update the Congregation on the discussions and actions that have been taking place in council meetings and with other organizations regarding the future considerations for Westworth.

As we approach the season of giving, consider purchasing fair trade products for your loved ones from Ten Thousand Villages. The Outreach Committee will be hosting a sale on December 10th after the service in the Narthex. Items will be on display prior to the service for viewing. We will accept cash, cheque or credit.

For online donations to Westworth United go to


This week at Westworth:

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

Spare Change Sunday

Westworth Kids will be learning about Mary visits Elizabeth, Luke1:39-58

Interesting Theatre radio play Future Present:   An Elleston Liddell Mystery at 2:30pm.

Ceremony of Carols practice at 7:30pm in choir room.

Counting Team is Team A – David B’s team


Nov. 27

Taizé Rehearsal at 7:00pm in the parlour.

Nov. 28

Council Meeting at 7:30pm in the parlour.

Nov. 30

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


Westworth Community Advent Event meets at 6:30pm.

Dec. 3

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

Westworth Kids will be participating in the Hanging of the Greens.

Ceremony of Carols practice at 7:30pm in choir room

 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.

Christmas Cheer Board Knitters – We have received and forwarded to the Christmas Cheer Board a total of 173 toques, 46 mitts. Also 35 toques were made for West Broadway.  Our thanks to all who have knitted these items for children in need. Please bring in your Cheer Board knitting. Thank you.

Lessons and Carols Evening Service takes place on Sunday, December 10 at 7:00 p.m at Westworth United Church. It will include the Senior Choir’s presentation of Benjamin Britten’s “Ceremony of Carols,” with special guests WSO Principal Harpist Richard Turner and Vocal Ascent Community Choir. This family-friendly service is one hour in length, and will include traditional readings, congregational singing of beloved seasonal carols, and selections by the Cherub Choir.   A freewill offering will be taken, with proceeds divided between the Westworth Choral Scholar program and Westworth general funds.

One on One Visitors may pick up the shortbread for their visitees in the kitchen Sunday, Dec. 3. If you are unable to deliver your shortbread please call Nancy Doern-White 204-885-2765 to make other arrangements.


Westworth Community Evenings

All events run from 6.30-8.00pm. Everyone welcome

December 1st  Advent Event  An evening to make ornaments, decorate the gym and tree and enjoy those cookies. Donations of undecorated sugar cookies greatly appreciated.

December   15th  A potluck of your favourite Xmas food while enjoying our time together.


We will be sponsoring a Days for Girls sewing event Nov. 28 at 1:00-4:30pm in the gym. Days for Girls is an international organization that works to help girls have access to quality sustainable feminine hygiene so they can continue to go to school.



Opportunities to support 1JustCity:

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

  1. MITTS for MEN!         MITTS FOR MEN!  Westworth has been asked by the WBCM Board to provide medium and large, thick warm, winter mitts for the men at West Broadway. Let’s get together with our Westworth Kids to offer the Men at West Broadway a warm hand during the Advent/Christmas season!
  2.   Many of you have been asking if Westworth will, once again be asked to give socks to West Broadway, and some of you have already purchased wonderful heavy, warm winter socks! The guests at West Broadway are in constant need of those socks, and we are asked to continue gifting warm socks throughout the winter season by placing them at any time, in the yellow basket in the Narthex.


  1. Turkeys for Rossbrook House – Advance notice On behalf of Westworth, the Outreach Team has once again agreed to coordinate the donation of cooked, frozen, sliced turkeys with gravy to support the drop-in at Rossbrook House over the Christmas period. Get your turkey soon and prepare to cook-up a storm. Watch the bulletin and the notice board for details. Questions or concerns may be directed to Allan McKay at
  2. Did you know that Tuesday, November 28 is “Giving Tuesday”, a response to the commercial Black Friday campaigns?  This day could be the perfect day for you to order your gifts from theGifts with Vision and the JustGifts catalogues. Copies of both catalogues are in the Narthex.
  3.  Did you send a Support Bill C-262 postcard to your MP this fall? C-262 is currently in first hearing. It’s first hour of debate will be on December 6. Breaking news is that the Liberals are now officially supporting the bill!
  4. Thank you Jennifer and Nadia for the delicious warm coffee  that greets us each Sunday! Let’s work together this Advent to assist in this act of hospitality by joining with the Outreach Team in the challenge to “bring your own coffee mug” each Sunday.
  5.  Westworth’s Annual Fair Trade Market will happen after the service on Sunday, Dec. 10.


Community News (please see more info on bulletin board)

  • 2nd Revised date for the UCW 55th Anniversary “Celebrating Spirit” service will be MONDAY, NOV. 27TH at 7 p.m. at Harrow UC, 955 Mulvey Ave. The Offering will go to the M & S Fund, and there will be a brief PowerPoint ‘Morogoro Women’s Training Centre’ report, followed by refreshments and fellowship.
  • The Government of Canada is matching donations to the Rohingya crisis until Nov. 28. Over half a million Rohingya people have escaped extreme violence and persecution in Myanmar and are seeking refuge across the border in Bangladesh. Bangladesh is struggling to cope with the influx of refugees, many of whom fled with few possessions and are deeply traumatized. Families are exhausted, and struggling to get by. Until Nov. 28, Canadian Foodgrain Bank donations to their Rohingya Refugee Appeal are eligible for 4:1 matching through our regular ongoing grant agreement with the Government of Canada. Help us respond!   944-1993
  • Charleswood UC invites you to the annual Women’s Advent Service on Monday, Dec. 4th at 7pm. This will be a service of inspiration, hope, renewal and love. All women and girls of your congregation are welcome. A time of fellowship and refreshments to follow the service.
  • Steve Bell with the WSO Christmas Concert Dec. 12 at 8pm Centennial Concert Hall. Tickets through the WSO box office.
  • Margaret’s Choir will present a benefit concert to aid the Syrian Refugee families brought here by REFUGE Winnipeg, to repay their transportation costs ($10, 000 per family).  The concert will be held Sunday, December 10th, 2:30pm at Jubilee Place, The Mennonite Brethren Collegiate, 173 Talbot Avenue.  For more information or to buy tickets (Adults $20;  Students and Youth $10) please phone 204 452-6590.


Ministers in Voluntary Covenant

Nov. 26, 2017


Taekyu Lee

I grew up and lived in Seoul entire my life, the capital city of South Korea before came to Canada. I started to study theology at the University of Han-Shin in 1996 and was ordained as a minister in 2008 from The Presbyterian Church in the Republic of Korea(PROK), has a partnership with UCC. In the school, I mostly researched the gospel about Justice, equality, and reconciliation and in the graduate school, studied spiritual theology and pastoral counseling. I had have diverse experience in the field of ministry such as education, mission, pastoral care and counseling, leading worship service and so on since I was a student minister. I am currently taking MTS course at St. Andrews College to be a minister of UCC. I am happy living in Winnipeg and participation of WWUC.


Larry McPhail

Larry McPhail was ordained in 1975 and served various churches in Saskatchewan and Manitoba before retiring in 2008. During 17

years of that time Larry also worked as an instructor (teaching computer system technology courses) at Assiniboine Community College in Dauphin and Brandon while providing Weekend Supply to Winnipegosis United Church. Since retirement, Larry has been the Minister at Dauphin First United Church. He retired again last year, and lives with his wife Kathy in Winnipeg, close to their Grandchildren. Kathy and Larry have made Wentworth United their church home.


Heather Robbins

I retired from congregational ministry on Christmas Eve 2016. On my way home from that last service, I came to Westworth United for the late service and communion.  I began worshipping here more regularly on Palm Sunday. I was a late entry, second career student into ministry, starting at the Centre for Christian Studies in 1999, becoming commissioned as a Diaconal Minister in 2003.  My husband Don and I moved to Birtle in July of  2003 as I began my ministry with the people of the Birtle-Isabella-Miniota Pastoral Charge. We stayed there as I served with these fine people until 2012 when I accepted a call to the Stony Mountain-Lilyfield Pastoral Charge just north of Winnipeg. We moved to Winnipeg that July. Don was struggling with health issues and he died June 15, 2015.

Before going into the ministry I was a nurse and also a mother and wife. I have three adult children…Son Jason (Kris) and my granddaughters Aela and Cassidy in Winnipeg and daughters Brenda in Vancouver and Lisa (Dave Parker) in Toronto.

I am happy to call Westworth United my spiritual home and am looking forward to getting to know more people and be a worthy member of this Christian family.


Minute for Mission

Training Birth Attendants

Our gifts for Mission & Service support midwives and healthy babies and mothers. Let us hear a story from Tanzania about this important work.

Four hundred and ninety-four women from across Tanzania, East Africa, and 16 training sessions in collaboration with the Tanzanian Ministry of Health: these are the latest totals for training traditional birth attendants (midwives) reported by Mission & Service partner the Morogoro Women’s Training Centre. The collaboration, which is made possible with the support of United Church Women, is part of an overall strategy to reduce maternal and infant mortality rates in Tanzania.

The women have been named by their community and range in age from early 20s to over 70. Some have worked as traditional birth attendants for decades. Some completed high school, others some grades in elementary school. A few have never attended school. All have developed a wide range of skills on the job and faced many challenges in the course of their career. Some live close to a health clinic or hospital, where they can readily refer high-risk cases. Others live many kilometres from the closest medical centre over difficult and sometimes impassable terrain.

Molen Abdul has been delivering babies for 47 years. She welcomes the additional training and says, “This work is very important to me. It is like it keeps the clock of life ticking.”

We sing thanksgiving that Mission & Service is helping to improve the health of women and babies in Tanzania.

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!