Dec. 17 Bulletin

Westworth United Church

1750 Grosvenor Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba

on Treaty One Territory in the heart of the Métis Nation

10:45 am December 17, 2017

Third Sunday of Advent


We Gather to Worship


Preservice music – by the Westworth Winds

Flourish for Wind band, God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen,

A Trumpeter’s Lullaby, In the Bleak Midwinter,

What Child is This?


Welcome and Announcements


Candle Lighting and Prelude: “Mary, Woman of the Promise”

                                                                                          Fedak/ Morgana Graham


Introit:     “There is No Rose”          Text: Medieval Anon., Music: Tim Porter

An Advent Prayer VU 13

Hymn VU 44               “It Came upon the Midnight Clear”          CAROL

Advent Candle Lighting


Hymn VU 7, vs 3                          “Hope Is a Star”                MOON BEAMS

Cherubs sing the 3rd verse and the congregation joins in the refrain, vs. 2,1.

The children are invited to Sunday School following this hymn.


Prayer of Confession

      Forgive us for believing that we don’t matter.

      Forgive us for not offering our own

            birthing of God in this world.

      Forgive us for not living out the miracle of God incarnate.

      Forgive us for not having the courage to say yes to God.


Silent Meditation

Words of Assurance: MV 90       “Don’t Be Afraid”              Bell/Maule


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

Gospel Reading: Luke 1:26-56

This is Gospel of Christ.

Thanks be to God.

      Sung Response: VU 377, vs. 2  “Holy Spirit, Hear Us”


Anthem:          “Come, Lord Jesus”                                arr. Lloyd Larson

Sermon:                      “Mighty Mary’s Song”


We Respond

Hymn VU 14         “To a Maid Whose Name Was Mary”  ANNUNCIATION



Offertory              Adeste Fideles

Dedication Hymn:  VU 55 vs 4 “What Can I Give Him?”

Offertory Prayer


Prayers of the People

Prayer Introit VU 64, vs 4  “O Little Town of Bethlehem”

Prayers of Thanksgiving and Intercession

The Lord’s Prayer VU 921


Hymn MV120            “My Soul Cries Out”         STAR OF THE COUNTY DOWN

Commissioning & Benediction

VU 38, chorus      “Angels We Have Heard on High”                 GLORIA

Postlude:        First part of Symphony # 83                         by F. Haydn


Thanks to Westworth Winds for supporting our worship service today.



Minister:  Loraine MacKenzie Shepherd

204 489-6974 Ext. 22

Director of Music:  Debbie McLeod                            Organist:  Dorcas Windsor

Westworth Winds Director:  Ray McClelland

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:   Alessie Srichandra and Graham Kaan

Ushers:  Maureen Lelond and Dan Wiwchar

Scripture Reader:  Teresa Sztaba


Ecumencial City-Wide Worship for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity will be held at Westworth United Church Sunday, Jan. 21 at 7:30 pm. We expect around 200 ecumenical guests. Everyone is welcome


Ecumenical Choir for Jan. 21 Ecumenical Worship

Rehearsals will be held at Westworth UC from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, January 7, 2018 and on Sunday, January 14, 2018. A short final rehearsal will be held immediately before the Ecumenical Worship Service hosted at Westworth on Sunday, January 21. For further information, call Michele Barr at 204-453-5016 or .


Ecumenical Worship reception: Westworth will be hosting a reception following the City-Wide Ecumenical Service Please save any leftover Christmas baking and pop in the freezer so that we can provide goodies for our guests. If you can help Arlene Hintsa with setup and tea/coffee, please talk to her.

If anyone would like to help put together the Christmas Eve candles after church today in the parlour, that would be appreciated.


This week at Westworth:

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

Worship will begin at 10:45 am with pre-service music from the Westworth Winds

Westworth Kids are reading Noel, An Unforgettable Night ( An Inuit Nativity Story)

Our Advent Offering will go towards providing Christmas Gits for children living in God’s Lake Narrows.

Counting Team is Team D– Walter’s team


Dec. 21

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

Dec. 24

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

Westworth Kids-The Sunday school is presenting the pageant ‘The Shepherd’s Story’ at 11:00am service.

Carols, Candles & Communion Service at 9:00pm.

Dec. 25-Jan. 1Office will be closed.

Dec. 31

Worship Around the Breakfast Table. Breakfast at 10:30am Worship at 11:00am


Poinsettia plants are placed in loving memory of

Victor, Mary and Alan            by Maggie & Peter Barnett

C.                                                    and family


Randy B.                                      by Cathy B. and family


John R. and                                 by The R. Family

William C.

Margaret Y.                    by her Children and Grand-children

Donations also made to those receiving our care and prayers by Denise Jones & Brett Lougheed, Kim O’Grady & Peter Marrier, Joyce & Earl Gould, Kathy & Alan Wilson, and Kathy & Evan Andrew.


Children’s Activity Bags

You may have noticed the miniature “coat tree” hung with activity bags in the narthex this morning.  The bags are intended for young children and include books and activities that can be used in the pews or narthex.  Each week, there should be 2 bags for “pre-readers” and 2 for “early readers”.  Please check to be sure the materials are suitable for your child and return the bag to the “tree” when you are finished with it or leave for the day.  Materials will be changed throughout the year.  Your feedback is appreciated.

The choir and I would like to thank all of you who assisted us in making the recently staged radio play such a success. We raised $2765.00 (half of the sales went to Young United), which was split between the general fund at WUC and the choir’s musical scholar fund. Special thanks to all of those who helped with food and beverages, ticket sales, acting and just attending the performances. Well done!              – Shirley Watts

Rummage Sale News    Many of you are asking, “Can we bring in rummage contributions yet?”   With the Treasure Table, General Store, and China Cabinet boxes emptied from the storage room, the word is “yes”!   But please keep in mind…”Don’t go crazy on me because storage is still very limited”!   No furniture, computer components, baby gates, cribs, or highchairs, CD’s, DVD’s, magazines or encyclopaedias.  Pocket novels are acceptable. If possible, please box your contributions to make it easier to stack and store. We also greatly appreciate everything being clean.  Clothing and linens can be packed into garbage bags to keep it dry. Place your items in the unlocked room at the base of the steps by the west door.  Thank you in advance for your co-operation!   Dorothy Reid …part of the rummage team!


  1. On behalf of your Outreach Team, Amanda Younka and Amanda Davis thank you for your support of the sale of products from 10,000 Villages. A total of $1204.00 was raised! This was an increase from last year’s sale by $350.
  2. Petitions to support West Broadway initiatives are available in the Narthex.


Opportunities to support 1JustCity:

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

Just a Warm Sleep

Putting a face on Just a Warm Sleep

Many members of the Westworth family, including the Senior Choir, donated to 1Just City’s initiative, Just a Warm Sleep. Here is just one story that illustrates your making a difference in the lives of many.

One of the women who accessed Just A Warm Sleep (JaWS) last year had been homeless for a while, but had never slept at a shelter. When she came to Just a Warm Sleep for the first time she stood out. Her clothes were pretty nice, but she was on edge, very tense, she always took the corner to sleep. 

 The second time, a volunteer asked her why she had not gone to a shelter before ours.  Her words reminded me that you are providing her choice. She said “I can’t go to that end of town or those places – he’s there.” “He” is her abuser. Last year, for a short time you were her protector. Faced with the realities of our winter and the recent freedom from an abusive relationship she would have had nowhere to sleep except that you helped. Coming to Just A Warm Sleep meant she could keep her job, she showered at her gym before work, and she gradually re-built her life and stopped needing to come to JaWS.  
In that moment of urgent need – you made sure she had somewhere to rest for the weariness of her day and of her experiences. she won’t need you again this winter but someone just like her NEEDS YOU! This year, capacity is being raised to 25 people, and Augustine United is hosting this project once again.
Your Outreach team is asking you to join the challenge to raise $250 for Just A Warm Sleep. Share this information with 10 people you know and ask each of them to donate $25. Every donation of $25. Or more will receive a tax receipt.

If you submit your donations before 2017 ends – there are volunteers from last year willing to be matching donors for the first $5000 dollars.

You may submit your cheque to the church office, send it directly to 1Just City addressed to 1JustCity 1622-B St. Mary’s Road, Winnipeg, MB R2M or donate online at


Save the Date

  1. Plarn’ing?  Who knew that Crocheting strips of plastic would create fantastic warm sleeping mats and be so much fun! A mat-making bee will take place on January 7th from 1-5pm at Augustine United Church.  It will be one week into being open at Just a Warm Sleep by then so feel free to take your pledges in that day!  You can get started on your plan now!

Step 1 – Cut handles and seems off your plastic bag Step 2- Cut plastic bags into four strips to create big loops Step 3 – Attach these loops together by looping one end around the other Step 4-  Repeat a lot!!

  1. Circles for Reconciliation information session Sunday, January 21, immediately following the service. If you are interested in being a part of a small group, twinned with members of the Indigenous community in order to share experiences and to learn of and from each other, this session is for you!


Minute for Mission

Supporting Local Churches

Our gifts for Mission & Service offer support to congregations. Let us hear a story from central Newfoundland.

Worship is at 3:00 p.m. at Northern Arm Pastoral Charge, a four-point pastoral charge. Its members feel this is a convenient time for worshippers to gather. It also gives folks of other traditions who are curious a good opportunity to check the church out.

Northern Arm is a warm, welcoming pastoral charge of The United Church of Canada on the beautiful Bay of Exploits. Worship is held in one of its beautiful churches each week.

The charge receives a Mission Support Grant funded by Mission & Service. At the end of each year, if any funds are left over, Northern Arm makes a donation to Mission & Service in the spirit of gratitude to pay it forward.

We sing thanksgiving for the giving heart of communities of faith whose gifts for Mission & Service change lives and offer hope!


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!