Westworth United Church
1750 Grosvenor Avenue, Winnipeg
December 24, 2017—Christmas Eve, 9:00 pm
We Gather to Worship
Welcome & Announcements
Candle-lighting & Prelude: “The Holy Boy” John Ireland
Introit: “Carol of the Bells” Music: Leontovych, Lyrics Wilhousky
Opening Christmas Prayer VU 66 (unison)
Hymn VU 36 “Angels, from the Realms of Glory” REGENT SQUARE
Christmas Prayer of Confession VU 63 (unison)
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
First Lesson: Isaiah 9:2-7
Hymn VU 40 “Before the Marvel of This Night” MARVEL
Second Lesson: Luke 2:1-7
Hymn VU 71 “ ’Twas in the Moon of Wintertime” JESOUS AHATONHIA
Third Lesson: Luke 2:8-14
Hymn VU 38 “Angels We Have Heard on High” GLORIA
Fourth Lesson: Luke 2:15-16
Hymn VU 59 “Joy to the World” ANTIOCH
Fifth Lesson: Luke 2:17-20
Anthem: “O Holy Night” Adolphe Adam
SOLOIST: Christina Thanisch-Smith
Reflection: “The Search for Enough”
Hymn VU 49 “No Crowded Eastern Street” HERITAGE
We Gather at the Table
Offertory: “I Wonder as I Wander” arr. Douglas Smith
Bettina Nyman, flute
Dedication Hymn VU 74 “What Child is This?”
The Sacrament of Holy Communion
Communion Setting E: VU 942-3
(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…
…we celebrate the mystery of Love incarnate as we sing:
♪Holy, holy, holy Lord…
…as we eat this bread and drink this cup, we sing:
♪Christ has died…
…all glory is yours, God most holy, now and forever.
The Lord’s Prayer VU #921 (unison)
Sharing the Bread and the Cup
Commissioning & Benediction
Hymn VU 67 “Silent Night, Holy Night” STILLE NACHT
Jewel Casselman, recorder
- Silent night! Holy night! All is calm,
all is bright round yon virgin mother and child.
Holy infant so tender and mild, sleep in heavenly
peace, sleep in heavenly peace.
- Silent night! Holy night! Shepherds quake
at the sight: glories stream from heaven afar,
heavenly hosts sing Hallelujah, Christ the Saviour
is born, Christ the Saviour is born.
- Silent night! Holy night! Son of God,
love’s pure light radiant beams fro thy holy face,
with the dawn of redeeming grace, Jesus, Lord,
at thy birth, Jesus, Lord, at thy birth.
Postlude: “In dulci jubilo” arr. Denis Bédard
We welcome all visitors to Westworth this evening.
If you add your name, contact info and requests to the card in the pew rack and place it on the offering plate, we will be glad to follow up with your wishes.
Hosts: Bill Corkum and Marilyn Anderson Corkum
Scripture Readers: Amanda Davis and Cheryl McNabb Davis
Communion Servers: Ron and Melissa Bailey, Gerald Davis, Stan and Wendy Moroz, Shirley and Walter Watts, Taekyu Lee and Heain Choi
Ushers: Paul Edwards and family
All are welcome to our
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
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!
Lenten Study: Buddhist-Christian Lenten Study, Monday evenings starting
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.
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.
The Staff of Westworth United Church
Wish you and your loved ones
A very blessed Christmas and
A Happy New Year!
Welcome to Westworth
Thank you for coming to Westworth. Whether you are here for the first time, come every now and then, or are a familiar face, we are glad you are here.
Many people here may have missed some of the “goings on” at Westworth this year, so we have included the highlights for you and notices of next year’s events. Please keep this insert and read it when you have time. If you want more information, please get in touch at: www.westworth.ca or 204-489-6974 ext. 20
Lenten Study Group
2017 was year 3 of a 4-year series to help us learn about world religions. In 2017, members of the Jewish and Christian communities led us as we gained a better understand the practices and beliefs of Judaism in dialogue with Christianity.
In 2018, leaders of Winnipeg’s Buddhist community will help us learn more about Buddhism. We invite you to join us in this 5-week series starting February 26th.
Men’s Spirituality Group
Meets the 3rd Saturday morning of the month for breakfast and discussion of topics selected by the group.
Women’s Spirituality Group
Meets the 2nd Saturday morning of the month for breakfast and discussion of topics selected by the group.
In addition to the adult and children’s choirs, there is a wind band that plays for services, a big band that plays for an annual swing dance (next one held Mar. 3, 2018), and a rock-style band that plays for services and outside events.
Anyone with musical abilities is encouraged to share their talents.
United Church Women’s Units
Unit 5 meets occasionally as a social get together.
Unit 46 meets on the 3rd Tuesday afternoon for snacks and discussions.
Unit 77 meets on the 3rd Wednesday and focuses on the discussion of books.
Unit 94 meets on the 3rd Tuesday evening of the month for discussions and information speakers on a variety of topics. In addition, the members prepare baby layettes for West Broadway Community Ministry Building Healthy Families Program.
Our annual spring Rummage Sale (held the last Saturday of April) provides community-building opportunities as we work together to recycle re-usable goods at low prices, as well as raise funds for programming.
Annual Luncheon and Bazaar
Held the last Saturday in October, this is a chance to do some early shopping for treasures and baking, then meet friends for a home made lunch. A great chance to get to know folks, whether you help in the preparation, or come for the event.
Vacation Bible School
This one-week event combines fun, learning and friendship in a safe and caring place at the end of the summer when most summer programs are finished. The 2018 program is titled A Road Trip – The Journey of Mary and Joseph to Bethlehem.
Meets Saturdays from 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. in the gym for Qigong (a holistic system of movement and coordinated body posture).
The Prayer Shawl knitting group meets the 1st Wednesday afternoon of each month to knit shawls. Prayer Shawls are blessed in a worship service and taken to those in hospital or in need of prayer and comfort.
One-on-One visitors and the minister connect with those who have difficulty getting out. The minister also visits those in hospital.
Our library provides thoughtful reading material for adults and children, as well as a quiet place for reading and reflection, or distraction!
Little Library – we have a new little library outside. The community is welcome to take or leave a book.
All newcomers are invited to brunches held a couple of times a year.
We support West Broadway Community Ministry with food, financial support and volunteers to help provide needed services in the West Broadway area, as well as offering a monthly hot lunch.
Rossbrook House – for many years, we have provided food and donations to help with needs over the Christmas break and to support programs for at-risk children and youth.
Knitters work year-round making hats, mitts, and neck warmers to be distributed in Christmas Cheer Board hampers and to West Broadway Community Ministry.
Once a year, we have a “Fair Trade Fair” to make items available to the congregation and to provide a reminder that individuals can make shopping choices to help reduce poverty.
We are continuing to help, on an informal basis, the three Syrian families which we have co-sponsored.
We are supporting ways in which we can build relationships with Indigenous communities.
A Faith Exploration Group meets for adults wishing to explore the roots of the Christian faith and/or be confirmed.
We hold fall study groups for adults. This past fall, we explored the history and theology of the United Church. In 2018, we will be exploring spirituality through the writing of Hildegard of Bingen, a mystic from the 12th century who coined the phrase “the greening power” of God.
Weekly worship and Church school for children at 11:00 am (10:30 am in the summer).
Special services at Christmas and Easter.
December 31, 2017 we will have a potluck breakfast at 10:30am, followed by worship with a focus on Christmas traditions.
Westworth Kids is our Sunday morning children’s programming.
We have a new ramp built at the front of the church and have recently installed an automatic door.
Alternate Friday from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. we host community gatherings with activities such as Games Night, Paint Night, plays, Rock Revival Coffeehouse. These events are sponsored or low cost and open to all members of the community. Drop in when you are able.
Parent and Child Drop In
This weekly activity will be starting in the New Year. Check our website for more information.
So . . .
Now you know a little about what we do and, we hope,
something about who we are.
Please feel free to join us for anything that captures your interest, your desire for connection, or your curiosity.
We don’t take attendance! Come when you can!
Office: www.westworth.ca or 204-489-6974
Minister: Loraine MacKenzie Shepherd
204-489-6974 ext. 22