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.
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”
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?”
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 email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Office Administrator: Heather Lavery email@example.com
Church Phone # 204 489-6974 Ext. 20 www.westworth.ca
Church Accountant: Jenny Jeffers firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com .
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:
|Today||Westworth 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
|Senior Choir starts at 7:30pm in the choir room. New singers are welcome to attend.|
|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. 1||Office will be closed.|
|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
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!
- 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.
- 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
- 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!!
- 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!