Dec. 31 Bulletin

Westworth United Church

1750 Grosvenor Avenue, Winnipeg

Christmas 1: December 31, 2017


 Worship around the Breakfast Tables


We Gather to Worship


Welcome and Announcements

Candle-lighting and Prelude


Call to Worship

      We come to the cusp of another year.

We await a new year budding with possibilities.

We leave behind a year of both blessings and challenges.

We ask God to help us negotiate endings and beginnings.

As we gather for worship, we welcome God’s guiding light.                                      


Hymn VU 76               “See amid the Winter’s Snow” 


Prayer of Confession

With choices and challenges that lie before us,

we may feel overwhelmed.

With losses and difficulties that lie behind us,

we may feel heavy with grief.

Take us through the night of our struggles.

Lead us into a new day, one step at a time.


Words of Assurance


We Hear the Word


First Scripture Reading: Galatians 4:4-7

This is testimony to the Word of God.

Thanks be to God.


Responsive Reading   VU 871 “Psalm 148” (with sung refrain)

Gospel Reading:  Luke 2:22-40

This is the Gospel of Christ.

Thanks be to God.

Sung Response: VU 37 “Gloria”


Hymn VU 42         “Down to Earth, as a Dove”                    THEODORIC


Theme Conversation: “Integrating the Old with the New”


We Respond

Hymn VU 50                        “He Is Born”                                  IL EST NÉ

Christmas Carolling

Hymn VU 74               “What Child is This?”                     GREENSLEEVES



Offertory Prayer

Offertory Hymn VU 55 vs. 4 “In the Bleak Midwinter”


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 VU 45         “Joy Is Now in Every Place”       RESONET IN LAUDIBUS


Hymn VU 884       “You Shall Go Out with Joy”         TREES OF THE FIELD




Minister:  Loraine MacKenzie Shepherd

204 489-6974 Ext. 22

Director of Music:  Debbie McLeod                             Organist:  Dorcas Windsor

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     



Host:  Shirley Watts

Usher:  Janet Sealey

Scripture Reader:  Shirley Watts


George and Carole Aradi wish to thank the congregation for the poinsettia they received this December.


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 .


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.


This week at Westworth:

TodayWorship Around the Breakfast Table. Breakfast at 10:30am Worship at 11:00am

Counting Team is Team C – Dave S’s team

Jan. 2Office reopens regular hours.
Jan. 6Westworth Youth meet at 3:30pm in the gym.


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 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.


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.



Minute for Mission

Mission & Service through the Years

June 10, 2017, was the 92nd anniversary of The United Church of Canada. In the beginning, some Presbyterian churches along with the Methodist and Congregational churches in Canada came together in Mutual Street Arena in Toronto.

Mission & Service has always been at the core of the denomination. It has had different names, but the function has always been the same: to seek justice, love kindness, and walk humbly with God to answer the call to mend the world.

We have come a long way in understanding our place in the world and how to make a difference—from the Woman’s Missionary Society and Home and Global Mission Boards to the Missionary and Maintenance Fund that we now call Mission & Service.

With this evolution we have also transformed how we live out our mission in the church, from sending missionaries to being in partnerships to a more holistic view of Mission & Service. We no longer think that God’s church has a mission; rather, God’s mission has a church.

We sing thanksgiving for your support of Mission & Service ministry and programs with people on the margins in Canada and around the world. Together we have done far more than we can ever do alone.

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!