Dec. 3 Bulletin

Westworth United Church

1750 Grosvenor Avenue, Winnipeg

on Treaty One Territory in the heart of the Métis Nation

December 3, 2017

1st Sunday of Advent: Hanging of the Greens

Welcome and Announcements

Processional Hymn VU 1, vs. 1 “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel”


Opening Prayer VU 11 “An Advent Prayer”


Hymn: “O Come Little Children”           IHR KINDERLEIN KOMMET

O come, little children, from near and afar,
And gaze on the wonder ‘neath Bethlehem’s star,
God own Son was sent as a dear little boy
To be our redeemer, our hope, and our joy.

 So come, little children, O come one and all,

O come to the manger in Bethlehem’s stall,

Sing glory to God in the Heavens above

And give thanks for Jesus, God’s gift of great love.


Candle Lighting

Hymn VU 7, vs 1                                 “Hope Is a Star”                   MOON BEAMS

Cherubs sing the first verse and the congregation joins in the refrain.


Advent Colours


Prayer of Confession

        God of light, sometimes our worries keep us in the dark.

        Help us give our worries to you.

        God of love, sometimes our fears keep us from loving others.

        Help us give our fears to you.

        God of hope, sometimes our discouragement leads to despair.

        Help us give our discouragement to you.


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

Holly and Ivy

Cherub Anthem: “Holly and Ivy and Evergreen Tree” Teresa Jennings

Mistletoe and 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.”)

First Scripture Reading: Isaiah 60:1-3, 13

(adapted from The Message translation)

This is testimony to the Word of God.

Thanks be to God.


Evergreen Garlands

Carol: Deck the Halls

        Deck the halls with boughs of holly.  Fa la la la la la la la la.

        ‘Tis the season to be jolly.  Fa la la etc.

        Don we now our gay apparel.  Fa la la etc.

        Troll the ancient Yuletide carol. Fa la la etc.


Christmas Tree


Senior Choir Anthem: “Jesus Christ the Apple Tree”     Howard Helvey



Carol:                         “O Christmas Tree”                                       O TANNEMBAUM

O Christmas tree, O Christmas tree,
How lovely are your branches.
(Repeat these 2 lines)
In beauteous green they always grow,
Through summer sun and winter snow.
O Christmas tree, O Christmas tree,
How lovely are your branches.

O Christmas Tree, O Christmas Tree,
We gladly bid you welcome.
(Repeat these 2 lines)

You bid us true and faithful be,

To trust in God unfailingly.

O Christmas Tree, O Christmas Tree,
We gladly bid you welcome.


Nativity Scene



Gospel Reading: Matthew 2:1-2 (adapted from The Message translation)

This is the Gospel of Christ

Thanks be to God.




Offertory:   “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel”        arr. James E. Clemens

Dedication Hymn VU 55 “In the Bleak Midwinter” vs 4

Offertory Prayer

The Sacrament of Holy Communion

Communion Setting A  VU 932                                           Marty Haugen

(Once the communion servers are in place, 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 give you thanks… we join with all the company of heaven and earth to give you praise:

♪Holy, holy, holy are you, God of power and might;

heaven and earth are filled with your glory.

Hosanna in the highest!

Blessed is the one who comes in your name.

Hosanna in the highest, hosanna in the highest.


Mighty and tender God…we now pray to God,

VU 921 “The Lord’s Prayer”

…that our lives may proclaim the mystery of faith:

        ♪Christ has died. Christ is risen. Christ will come again.


Send, O God…all glory is yours, God most holy, now and forever.

        ♪Amen, Amen, Amen, Amen                                                                     


Sharing the Bread and the Cup


Hymn VU 87 “I am the Light of the World” (recessional hymn)

Postlude:   “Saviour of the Nations, Come”                                Paul Manz



Thank you to everyone who helped to lead today’s service


Minister:  Loraine MacKenzie Shepherd  

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                                       

Office Administrator:  Heather Lavery                   

Church Phone # 204 489-6974 Ext. 20                           

Church Accountant:  Jenny Jeffers  


Hosts: Jennifer and Norm Snyder


Ushers: Kirk Windsor and Dan Wiwchar

Service Participants ( in order of appearance):

Caitlin, McKenna, Riley and Rob Fleischaker

William, Sophie & Brett Lougheed and Denise Jones

Kebba O’Grady

Gord McLeod

Noella and Ed White

Larson, Cade, Evan & Kathy Andrew

Myles Gilmore & Andrea Wilkie Gilmore

Kevin & Peter Sim & Judy Brown

Rose Younka McLeod & Ava Dyce

Molly & Charlotte Rodgers

Participant Guides: Petra Thanisch, Julia Shayna,

Danielle Cadieux, Maggie Barnett

Scripture Readers: Alex & Zoe Attazada

Communion Servers:

Andrea Wilkie Gilmore & Carol Wilkie, Reina Younka & Rose Younka McLeod, Ava Dyce & Amanda Younka, McKenna, Caitlin & Rob Fleischaker


We extend our sympathy to Bertha B. and family on the passing of her husband Robert B.



This week at Westworth:

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

Westworth Kids will be participating in the Hanging of the Greens.

Poinsettias sales in the narthex.

Congregational meeting held after worship to update the Congregation on the discussions and actions that have been taking place in council meetings and with other organizations regarding the future considerations for Westworth. Please join us.

One on One Visitors may pick up the shortbread for their visitees in the kitchen today.

Counting Team is Team B – Dan’s team


Dec. 4

Taizé Advent Service at 7:00pm in the parlour.

Dec. 5

TRC meeting at 9:30am in the parlour.

Dec. 6

Prayer Shawl Ministry meets at 1:00pm in the upper classroom.

Dec. 7

Unit 7 will meet at 9:30am at the Park Café.

Staff Luncheon at Jennifer S’s home at 12:00am-2:00pm. The office will be closed during this time.

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


Dec. 9

Women’s Spirituality meet at 9:00am in the parlour.

Dec. 10

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

Westworth Kids will learn about Jesus is Born

Luke 2:1-20

West Broadway Community Ministry Service and Fair Trade sales today

Poinsettias sales in the narthex.

Lessons & Carols Evening Service at 7:00pm .


As we approach the season of giving, consider purchasing fair trade products for your loved ones from Ten Thousand Villages. The Outreach Committee will be hosting a sale on December 10th after the service in the Narthex. Items will be on display prior to the service for viewing. We will accept cash, cheque or credit.

Westworth Community Evenings All events run from 6.30-8.00pm. Everyone welcome. December   15th  A potluck of your favourite Xmas food while enjoying our time together.

The Women’s Spirituality Group will meet Saturday, December 9th, 9:00am in the Parlour.  All women are invited to join us for a light breakfast followed by discussion of our topic, “Finding Your Quiet Centre”.  For more information phone Kathy Wilson (489-6617) or email

Lessons and Carols Evening Service takes place on Sunday, December 10 at 7:00 p.m at Westworth United Church. It will include the Senior Choir’s presentation of Benjamin Britten’s “Ceremony of Carols,” with special guests WSO Principal Harpist Richard Turner and Vocal Ascent Community Choir. This family-friendly service is one hour in length, and will include traditional readings, congregational singing of beloved seasonal carols, and selections by the Cherub Choir.   A freewill offering will be taken, with proceeds divided between the Westworth Choral Scholar program and Westworth general funds.

The Fellowship Committee is once again preparing for the reception to follow our annual Lessons and Carols night. We would really appreciate it if you could sign up to bring 3 dozen dainties to be dropped off in the kitchen either on Sunday morning or in the evening prior to the event at 6:30pm.  If you have time to spare, please consider volunteering for one of our crews.


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.


Opportunities to support 1JustCity:

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

  1. MITTS for MEN!         MITTS FOR MEN!  Westworth has been asked by the WBCM Board to provide medium and large, thick warm, winter mitts for the men at West Broadway. Let’s get together with our Westworth Kids to offer the Men at West Broadway a warm hand during the Advent/Christmas season!
    1. 2.  Many of you have been asking if Westworth will, once again be asked to give socks to West Broadway, and some of you have already purchased wonderful heavy, warm winter socks! The guests at West Broadway are in constant need of those socks, and we are asked to continue gifting warm socks throughout the winter season by placing them at any time, in the yellow basket in the Narthex.


    1. Rossbrook House Turkeys: Westworth will once again provide cooked and sliced turkeys with gravy for Rossbrook House. The turkey may be placed in foil pans suitable for reheating. Gravy can be frozen in plastic containers. Rossbrook offers a drop-in program over the Christmas break when they provide the hot turkey sandwiches. If you are able to provide a turkey by Dec 17th for this cause please contact Allan McKay at 204-269-5292; or the church office. A sign-up sheet is in the narthex. A reminder card is also nearby the sign-up sheet.
    2. 2. Did you send a Support Bill C-262 postcard to your MP this fall? C-262 is currently in first hearing. It’s first hour of debate will be on December 6. Breaking news is that the Liberals are now officially supporting the bill!
    3. Thank you Jennifer and Nadia for the delicious warm coffee  that greets us each Sunday! Let’s work together this Advent to assist in this act of hospitality by joining with the Outreach Team in the challenge to “bring your own coffee mug” each Sunday.
    4. 4. Westworth’s Annual Fair Trade Marketwill happen after the service on Sunday, Dec. 10.


    For online donations to Westworth United go to


    Community News (please see more info on bulletin board)

      • Margaret’s Choir will present a benefit concert to aid the Syrian Refugee families brought here by REFUGE Winnipeg, to repay their transportation costs ($10, 000 per family).  The concert will be held Sunday, December 10th, 2:30pm at Jubilee Place, The Mennonite Brethren Collegiate, 173 Talbot Avenue.  For more information or to buy tickets (Adults $20;  Students and Youth $10) please phone 204 452-6590.
      • Renaissance Voices Chamber Choir presents Sweelinck and SwingDoors open 7:30 pm   Concert  8 pm Friday, December 8 and Saturday, December 9, 2017 at Young United Church, Furby at Broadway
      • “Sill-i-Tones” – Musical group playing traditional Scandinavian tunes. Temple Shalom, 1077 Grant Ave. at 1:30, Wednesday, Dec.