Westworth United Church
1750 Grosvenor Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba
on Treaty One Territory in the heart of the Métis Nation
11:00 am December 24, 2017
Christmas Intergenerational Service
Approaching the Manger
Welcome and Announcements
Candle Lighting and Prelude: “Infant Holy, Infant Lowly”
arr. Mark Hayes
Introit: “Hurry, Hurry Yonder” Douglas Wagner
Hymn VU 60, vs 1, 3, 4 “O Come, All Ye Faithful” ADESTE FIDELES
Advent Candle Lighting
Hymn VU 7 “Hope Is a Star” MOON BEAMS
Cherubs sing the 4th verse and the congregation joins in the refrain & vs. 3,2,1
Gospel Lesson: Luke 2:8-20
This is Gospel of Christ.
Thanks be to God.
Sung Response: VU 840 “Your Word is a Lamp” refrain 5
The Shepherd’s Story
Hymn VU 75, vs. 1-4 “While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks”
Hymn VU 48 “Hark! the Herald Angels Sing MENDELSSOHN
Cherub Anthem: “A La Ru” Douglas Wagner
Hymn VU 69 “Away in a Manger” CRADLE SONG
Responding with the Shepherds
Offering: Anthem: “Lullay, My Liking” Gustav Holst
Dedication Hymn: VU 55 vs 4 “What Can I Give Him?”
Hymn VU 73 “The Virgin Mary Had a Baby Boy” THE VIRGIN MARY
Hymn VU 43 “Go, Tell It on the Mountain” GO, TELL IT
VU 38, chorus “Angels We Have Heard on High” GLORIA
Postlude: “Joy to the World” arr. Fred Bock
Thank you to all our Westworth Kids for their participation in our Christmas Pageant this morning.
Minister: Loraine MacKenzie Shepherd firstname.lastname@example.org
204 489-6974 Ext. 22
Director of Music: Debbie McLeod Organist: Dorcas Windsor
Cherub Choir Director: Jewel Casselman
Minister Emerita: Eleanor Geib
Coordinator of Children, Youth & Family Ministries: Maggie Barnett
204 489-6974 Ext. 23 email@example.com
Office Administrator: Heather Lavery firstname.lastname@example.org
Church Phone # 204 489-6974 Ext. 20 www.westworth.ca
Church Accountant: Jenny Jeffers email@example.com
Hosts: Anne & Keith Love
Readers: Denise Jones and William Lougheed
Advent Candle-lighters: Rose Younka and Ava Dyce
Children’s Directors: Maggie Barnett, Cheryl Ennis, Julia Shayna
Ecumenical 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 firstname.lastname@example.org .
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.
Spirit Lifter Luncheon Jan.21st. Music by Ray’s musical group followed by Katie MacDonald, a young contemporary singer/song writer from Brandon. Please sign up in the narthex for what you can bring, the numbers attending, & if you can help with set up &/or tear down & cleanup. Balloons for the children & a peanut/nut free environment will be offered. Come & enjoy!
This week at Westworth:
|Today||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.
Counting Team is Team A – Dave B’s team
|Worship Around the Breakfast Table. Breakfast at 10:30am Worship at 11:00am|
|Dec. 25-Jan. 1||Office will be closed.|
All are welcome to our Christmas Services
Worship Around The Breakfast Tables
December 31, 2017
10:30 a.m. 11 a.m.
Sharing Christmas Traditions and
Christmas Office Hours
Dec. 25 – Jan. 1 – office will be closed
Donations should be received before Dec. 31, 2017 to be tax receiptable for 2017. Please consider a post-dated cheque to ensure donations get here on time. Thank you.
Looking ahead into 2018
Lenten Study: Buddhist-Christian Lenten Study, Monday evenings starting Feb. 26.
During the season of Epiphany, Jan.-Feb. 2018, our Worship Services will focus on the United Church’s most recent faith statement entitled “Song of Faith”. We hope to inspire everyone as we learn how to put our beliefs into practice.
- 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 UC. 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
New Beginnings after Civil War
Our gifts for Mission & Service support rebuilding after conflicts and natural disasters. Let us hear a story from Guatemala.
The Nebaj region of rural Guatemala suffered through three decades of civil war that ended in 1996. Here, the Guatemala Conference of Evangelical Churches (CIEDEG) is training more than 400 Indigenous women in human rights, citizen participation, and economic empowerment through farming.
The women have seen changes since the training. Their confidence has grown; they are no longer afraid to voice their opinion and some have even run for political office. Training encourages women to not just know their rights but also to exercise them. Says Veronica Gomez, CIEDEG’s Gender Equality Program Coordinator, “Not only do they have a voice, but they also have a vote.”
The agricultural development project has reduced malnutrition in the community’s children and provided a new source of income for families. CIEDEG organizes local women into groups and provides each with seeds and materials for a greenhouse. Through these small cooperatives, the formerly displaced communities are becoming self-sufficient.
We sing thanksgiving that, through Mission & Service, communities are able to rebuild and experience peace!
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!
The Staff of Westworth United Church
Wish you and your loved ones
A very blessed Christmas and
A Happy New Year!