Nov. 5 Bulletin

Westworth United Church

1750 Grosvenor Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba

on Treaty One Territory in the heart of the Métis Nation


November 5, 2017

22nd Sunday after Pentecost


We Gather to Worship

Welcome and Announcements

Prelude and Lighting of Christ Candle:

“Eucharistia”                                                                   G.Winston Cassler

Introit:       “I Was Glad”                                                                       Craig Curry

Opening Prayer

Hymn MV 1                   “Let Us Build a House”                                TWO OAKS


Prayer of Confession

       Deep inside ourselves, O God,

       we fear that we are not enough.

       What others think of us matters.

       We feel a need to prove ourselves.

       Help us release this need for affirmation.

       Help us rest contented in you,

       for you love us as we are.


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.” The children may go to Church School following this Passing of the Peace of Christ.)


We Hear the Word

Responsive Reading: VU 831 “Psalm 107” Parts One & Four


Scripture Reading: Matthew 23:1-12

This is the Gospel of Christ.

Thanks be to God.

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


Anthem                                    “Weave Me, Lord”                           Linda Spencer

Sermon:                          “The Trouble with Titles”


We Respond

Hymn VU 595                       “We Are Pilgrims”                             SERVANT SONG



Offertory:    “A Gaelic Improvisation”                        Charles Callahan

Dedication Hymn:  MV 182 “Grateful” (refrain)

Offertory Prayer


The Sacrament of Holy Communion

Communion Setting C VU 936                                                   David Saint

(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.

Before all that is…So we, with saints across the world

from the past into the present, join to sing your praise:

(please turn to VU 936)


…We delight to proclaim:

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


…With the words Jesus taught us, we now pray to God,

our Mother and our Father… (p. 921)


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

♪Amen, amen, amen.


Sharing the Bread and the Cup

Prayer after Communion

Hymn VU 410               “This Day God Gives Me”                              BUNESSAN

Benediction adapted from St. Patrick’s Breastplate

Choral Hallelujah                                                                                        ST GEORGE

Postlude:      “Ein Feste Burg”                                            Dietrich Buxtehude



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: Carol and Paul Galbraith

Usher: Kirk Windsor

Scripture Reader: Shirley Watts


The flowers in the sanctuary are in loving memory of Brin B., who died 25 years ago and placed by his wife Merle , daughters Lorna, Donna and Brenda and their families.

We extend our condolences to Bettina and George N. on the passing of Bettina’s father.

A big ‘THANK YOU’ to all the convenors, contributors and many many volunteers who helped to make our 2017 Luncheon and Bazaar such a great success.  Our profit for this event was $9,642.92 which will be included in the general funds. Wendy Moroz and Janet Sealey, Co-Convenors


What does the United Church believe? How have these beliefs changed over the decades? Join us for our last session of our fall study tomorrow 7:30-9:00 pm. Mac Watts will lead us in a discussion of the United Church’s changing beliefs over the decades as sung in our hymns.

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.

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

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

Counting Team is Team B – Dan’s team


Nov. 6

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

Nov. 8

Outreach meets at 7:00pm in the upper classroom.

Finance meets at 7:15pm in the parlour.

Worship meets at 7:30pm in the library.


Nov. 9

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

Nov. 12

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

Newcomers Breakfast at 9:30am in the parlour.

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

 CE and Community News

Members of the CE committee had a great time handing out candy and hot chocolate to 62 community members on Halloween night. Note for next year remember dog treats!!

A big thank you to Dianne, Julia, Danielle, Cheryl, Michaela and Sydney for helping with this event and for supplying candy and the decorations.

 Westworth Community events is very excited to host Jazz Haz Productions play  ‘Tales of Foreign Lands and People’ on Friday, November 17th at 6.45pm here at Westworth. Keep looking for more information.


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.


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.

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

Revised Donations from “identifiable givers” for the year including the month of Sept. for the past 3 years.

2015      $224,790             2016      $206,851             2017      $205,544

Based upon pledges, we anticipated $214,852 in donations. Please refer to the bulletin board in the Narthex for monthly updates.


Council Meeting of Oct 24, 2017 – items of interest:

    • 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.
    • Wage increases for all Westworth employees were approved effective Jan 1, 2018
    • The new compensation model (in accordance with the United Church’s required new model) for Loraine MacKenzie Shepherd was approved effective Jan 1, 2018.
    • The Council considered Property’s enquiry as to whether renter requests for a lower limit of liability insurance should be allowed. After consultation with the Trustees it was determined that the policy should not be changed and the current limits which are prescribed under our United Church insurance policy must be adhered to.
    • It is possible to go online to use credit cards for donations through CanadaHelps but there is a cost of 4% to Westworth. Finance would accept this for special donations.Reminder that minutes are posted in full on the Westworth Web site under Documents.
    • Reminder that minutes are posted in full on the Westworth Web site under Documents.


      Opportunities to support 1JustCity:

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

      1. . The September Lunch for our friends at West Broadway Community Ministry will be held Thursday, September 21. You are invited to share in this vital ministry by contributing to the monthly offering of meatball subs, home baked cookies and fruit. The sign-up sheet is available in the Narthex. Please speak to our November hosts Barb and Brian Gwyer or  phone 204 489-4071 if you have any questions.
  • * Please check the New Outreach Board for more information about exciting events!


2.Thank you so much for your continued support of “The Pantry” at West Broadway Community Ministry. You can help keep the Pantry stocked by continuing to contribute to our yellow bin located in the Narthex. Most needed items for the Pantry are tinned meats and soups, tinned vegetables fruits, and pork and beans, along with Kraft dinner and breakfast cereals. Also urgently needed are feminine hygiene products and hotel size shampoos, conditioners, and lotions.

LITE’s 21st Annual Wild Blueberry Pancake Breakfast

Friday, November 24 at 7 AM – 10 AM Indian and Metis Friendship Centre 45 Robinson at Dufferin Winnipeg, MB R2W 5H5 You’re invited to LITEs largest fundraiser to celebrate 21 years of creating jobs! You will enjoy a delicious locally-sourced menu, live entertainment, good people and good times. You will also have the opportunity to meet some of LITEs grant recipients whose lives have been changed thanks to the opportunities LITE’s donors provide. Regular priced  tickets are $20. Limited income tickets are $5 Not a morning person but still want to support the event? Purchase a Sleep-in ticket! For each sleep-in ticket purchased,  LITE will donate 3 tickets to a community organization in Winnipeg’s inner-city. Sleep-in tickets are $20

 Community Ministry Newsletters are kept in a green binder in the library for those who wish to read more detailed information.


Community News (please see more info on bulletin board)

    • 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.
    • Westminster Concert Organ Series Nov. 12 at 2:30pm with Joshua Stafford at Westminster UC.      

Minute for Mission

EDGE Social Innovation Challenge

Our gifts for Mission & Service co-funded the first bilingual Social Innovation Challenge in Montreal, Quebec, in May 2016. Let us hear about that event.

Le défi : Innovons ensemble brought together more than 80 people excited to share their innovative ideas to make a difference in their communities and the world. Participants spent time with coaches to prepare their one-minute pitches. After 35 ideas were pitched to the assembled crowd, everyone voted for their top three ideas.

The following morning 11 projects moved to round two, but in the spirit of community and collaboration, everyone was invited to stay and participate. There were opportunities to network, learn, and help the finalists perfect their next pitch. The second round of pitches allowed the innovators three minutes to present their ideas to the judges.

The judges came from a variety of backgrounds. They offered feedback to the presenters and then gathered to select the winning ideas.

The United Church was well represented, with five projects initiated by United Church ministries, three of which made the final round. These included Mission & Service–supported Montreal City Mission’s idea, a kindness map; La présence, pitched by Mission & Service–supported United Theological College; and Dans les pas du Sauveur—an initiative with widows and orphans in Ivory Coast—pitched by l’Église Unie St-Marc, which won the People’s Choice Award.

We sing thanksgiving for the many ways Mission & Service partners create innovative ministry!

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!