Dec. 24 11am Bulletin

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

Opening Prayer

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”

WINCHESTER OLD

 

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?”

Offertory Prayer

 

Hymn VU 73  “The Virgin Mary Had a Baby Boy”        THE VIRGIN MARY

Christmas Prayer

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        westworthminister@gmail.com

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                                               churchschool@westworth.ca

Office Administrator:  Heather Lavery                               office@westworth.ca

Church Phone # 204 489-6974 Ext. 20                                 www.westworth.ca

Church Accountant:  Jenny Jeffers              churchaccountant@westworth.ca

 

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 mbarr41@shaw.ca .

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:

TodayWestworth 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

Sunday

Dec. 31

Worship Around the Breakfast Table. Breakfast at 10:30am Worship at 11:00am
Dec. 25-Jan. 1Office 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.

Breakfast          Worship

 

Sharing Christmas Traditions and

Favourite Carols.

 

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.

 

1JustCity

  1. 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 1Justcity.ca.

 

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 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!!

  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

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!