Jan. 21 Bulletin

Westworth United Church

1750 Grosvenor Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba

on Treaty One Territory in the heart of the Métis Nation

3rd Sunday after Epiphany: January 21, 2018


We Gather to Worship


Christ Candle Lighting and Prelude:

“How Brightly Shines the Morning Star”                 Jan Bender


Introit:      “Lord Jesus Christ, Be Present Now”             William Byrd

Call to Worship                                          (adapted from Sufi poet Rumi)

Hymn VU 79               “Arise, Your Light Is Come”            FESTAL SONG


Prayer of Confession

      God of grace,

      Forgive us for missing the mark.

      Awaken us when our well-intentioned actions

hurt others.

      Forgive us for drifting off course.

      Awaken us when we lose sight of our resolutions.

      Forgive us for our rebellion.

      Awaken us to self-evaluation that ignores

the wisdom of others.

      Forgive us our sins, as we forgive those

            who sin against us.


Meditative Silence

Words of Assurance


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

Minute for the Environment

Children’s Time

Hymn MV 45              “You Are Holy”             South African Traditional

Song of Faith


Scripture Reading: Jonah 3:1-5, 10

This is testimony to the Word of God.

Thanks be to God.

Sung Response: VU 37 “Glory to God”


Anthem:                “Mercy”                                              Craig Courtney

Sermon:          “Sin Revisited”


We Respond

Hymn MV 76        “If I Have Been the Source of Pain”          CAMACUA


Offertory: “Nobody Knows the Trouble I’ve Seen”

Spiritual/arr. Mark Hayes

Dedication Hymn: VU 81 “As With Gladness” vs. 3

Offertory Prayer


Prayers of the People

Prayer Introit: VU 865  “Hear Our Prayer”

Prayers of Thanksgiving and Intercession

The Lord’s Prayer VU 959 (sung)


Hymn VU 97         “When a Star Is Shining”                    KING’S WESTON


Choral Benediction: VU 87     “I Am the Light”  (refrain)

Postlude:    “O Morning Star, How Fair and Bright”          Paul Manz




Minister:  Loraine MacKenzie Shepherd        westworthminister@gmail.com

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                                              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: Jennifer and Norm Snyder

Ushers: Maureen Lelond and Janet Sealey

Scripture Reader:  Denise Jones


Thank you for your thoughts and prayers over the recent passing of my mom, Mary R. We deeply appreciate all your support.

         Heather & Warren Lavery and family


Spirit Lifter Luncheon Jan.21st TODAY Music by Haskins Street Band followed by Katie MacDonald, a young contemporary singer/song writer from Brandon. Balloons for the children & a peanut/nut free environment will be offered. Come & enjoy Contact Judy if you have any questions.

Ecumenical City-Wide Worship for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity will be held at Westworth TODAY at 7:30 pm. Everyone is welcome

Ecumenical Choir for Jan. 21st Ecumenical Worship  A short final rehearsal from 2:30-4:30pm will be held today. For further information, call Michele Barr at 204-453-5016 or mbarr41@shaw.ca

Archives -Have you noticed the new display in the Memorial Cabinet? It seems that all special events at Westworth include FOOD! This was the inspiration for our new theme which we called “We’re better together: Faith, Fellowship, Fun and Food”


This week at Westworth:

TodayWestworth Winds meet at 9:00 am in the band room.

Westworth Kids –learning about Boy at the Temple Luke 2:41-52.

Ecumenical Choir Rehearsal at 2:30 pm in sanctuary

Ecumenical Worship at 7:30 pm.

Counting Team is Team B – Dan’s team


Jan. 23

Fundraising Planning meeting at 9:30am in the library

Jan. 24

TRC Presbytery meeting at 10:30am in the parlour.

Christian Education meeting at 7:00 pm in the library


Jan. 25

Faith Café  10:30 – 11:30 parlour

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

Fri, Jan. 26Community Event – Coffee House Rock revival

6:30 – 8:00pm

Sat, Jan. 27Westworth Youth 3:30 pm upper classroom.

Jan. 28

Westworth Winds meet at 9:00 am in the band room.

Westworth Kids will be learning about Jesus Baptism Luke 3:15-17, 21-22

Outreach Luncheon-Circle for Reconciliation 12:30pm in the parlour.

Faith Café will meet this Thursday, Jan. 25 at 10:30 to discuss the end times and the Christian faith.

Community Event- A Westworth Rock Revival and Coffee House Jan. 26 6:30-8:00pm with our very own Haskins Street Band.

During Epiphany, Jan. – Feb. 2018, our Worship Services will focus on the United Church’s most recent faith statement entitled “Song of Faith”.  (Copies are available – green booklet – for you to take home or leave for use next week.) We hope to inspire everyone as we learn how to put our beliefs into practice.

Pre-schoolers and Tots Tuesday Morning Drop-in will start on Jan 30th from 9.30-11.00am in the room 1 downstairs. This program will have Kellie W. providing a Music and Movement class for pre-schoolers while the parent /grandparent/caregiver can meet for coffee and conversation. Kellie W. is a certified gymnastic coach specialising in body movement classes from pre-school to adult.

The Annual Reports are due Feb. 11 so they can be completed 2 weeks prior to our Annual Meeting on Mar. 18. Please forward to the office@westworth.ca

Lenten Study:  Buddhist-Christian Lenten Study, Monday evenings starting Feb. 26.

A Minute for the Environment – We welcome the Outreach Team’s Amanda Davis who will be presenting the first in a series of five presentations, focussing on important environmental issues. Amanda will also spend some time each month with Westworth Kids, involving them in the issue of the month. You are also reminded to bring your own mug for Sunday morning coffee! Thanks!

Circles for Reconciliation – Circles for Reconciliation is a process to establish trusting, meaningful relationships between Indigenous and Non-Indigenous peoples as part of the 94 Calls to Action from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Each group will meet weekly or biweekly for ten facilitated discussions on themes related to the colonial experience of Canada’s Indigenous peoples. An informational meeting will be held in the Parlour on January 28 at 12:30 pm to determine whether there is sufficient interest to start a Circle at Westworth. Please sign up today on the sheet in the Narthex!



West Broadway 

Thank you, Westworth, for your generosity! You provided a well-loved meatball sandwich, fruit and cookie lunch for our friends at West Broadway Community Ministry on Thursday, January 16. You also provided hundreds of hats, scarves and mitts which have been distributed during these past frigidly cold weeks. You have also provided shelves and shelves full of pantry items, shower, and famine hygiene products. The folks at WBCM are grateful!


Rummage Sale News    This is the moment about which lots have been asking!!   “Can we bring in rummage contributions yet?”  “yes”!   But please…”Don’t go crazy on me because storage is still very limited”!   Please check items we cannot accept, note on door. If possible, please box your contributions to make it easier to stack and store.   We also greatly appreciate everything being clean.  Clothing and linens can be packed into garbage bags to keep it dry. Place your items in the unlocked room at the base of the steps by the west door.  Thank you in advance for your co-operation!   Dorothy Reid …part of the rummage team!


Community News (please see bulletin boards for more info.)

  • Understanding Dementia –Monday, Feb. 5 at 7 p.m., Crescent Fort Rouge UC will be hosting a Dementia Information Session, resourced by the Alzheimer Society of MB. This is an open session.
  • Manitoba Multifaith Council
    • Leadership Breakfast Feb 27 7:30 am Strangers no More: Refugees, Schools and a Future for all
    • International Holocaust Remembrance Day 3 events Jan 28 – 30


Minute for Mission

Fresh Start

Our gifts for Mission & Service support new ministers.

United Fresh Start is a program offered by the General Council Office through trained presbytery-based facilitators. The goal of the program is to nurture the pastoral relationship between a minister and key congregational leaders, especially at the beginning of a pastoral relationship after a new minister is called or appointed. Over two years, a facilitator works through pieces of the United Fresh Start curriculum with the minister and key congregational leaders to facilitate effective leadership, cooperation, mutuality, creative problem solving, and potential reductions in conflict.

“The program enables shared learning and growing as a tool for strengthening and enhancing the new ministry relationship,” reports Bob Wallace, a facilitator in South Alberta Presbytery. Brenda Watt, a facilitator in Foothills Presbytery, says, “I have watched relationships and attitudes be transformed with renewed enthusiasm and awareness. I have experienced creativity and collaboration emerge from inspired participants who are willing to step outside of their comfort zones and their typical boxes to seek new ways of reflecting on, behaving, and leading in their relationships with others. I am especially grateful for Mission & Service funding and to our church leadership for having the foresight to bring this program into our midst!”

A vibrant ministry that shares in God’s mission of love with our neighbours is often rooted in a healthy pastoral relationship. Thanks to Mission & Service for supporting United Fresh Start and other programs for vital ministry personnel and their healthy pastoral relationships.

If Mission & Service giving is already a regular part of your life, thank you so much! If you have not given, please join me in making Mission & Service giving a regular part of your life of faith. Loving our neighbour is at the heart of our Mission & Service.