Jan. 28 Bulletin

Westworth United Church

1750 Grosvenor Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba

on Treaty One Territory in the heart of the Métis Nation

4th Sunday after Epiphany: January 28, 2018


We Gather to Worship

Christ Candle Lighting and Prelude:


Introit:                   “Day by Day”                                 Stephen Schwartz

                   soloist Blake Collis


Call to Worship                                  (adapted from VU 381 Spirit of Life)

Spirit of Life, come to us.

Sing in our hearts all the stirrings of compassion.

      Blow in the wind, rise in the sea;

Move in the land, giving life the shape of justice.

Roots hold us close; wings set us free;

Spirit of life, come to us.


Hymn VU 374       “Come and Find the Quiet Centre”     BEACH SPRING


Prayer of Confession (guided meditation)


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

Children’s Time

Hymn MV 45              “You Are Holy”             South African Traditional

Song of Faith


Scripture Reading: Romans 8:14-27

This is testimony to the Word of God.

Thanks be to God.

Sung Response: VU 37 “Glory to God”


Anthem:    “O Holy Spirit”                                                Ron Klusmeier

Sermon:  “The Untameable Breath of God”


We Respond

Hymn MV 71        “When the Wind of Winter Blows”        Duck/True




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 921


Hymn VU 375       “Spirit, Spirit of Gentleness”              James Manley


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



Thanks to Alan Wilson, Tim Stephenson and Ray McClelland for their music today.



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: Anne and Keith Love

Usher:  Janet Sealey

Scripture Reader: Earl Gould


This week at Westworth:

Spare Change Sunday is today. Please pick up your Tax Receipts.

Counting Team is Team C – Dave S’s team


Council will meet at Tuesday, Jan. 30 at 7:30pm in the parlour.


Westworth Kids –learning about Jesus Baptism Luke 3:15-17, 21-22 today; next week they will focus on an Outreach project.

Westworth Youth -meet Sat. Feb. 3 at 3:30 pm in the upper classroom.


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”

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.

Because Tuxedo Villa’s entire Christmas programs and services were cancelled due to flu outbreak, we will be leading in Christmas Carolling at Tuxedo Villa this Tuesday, Jan. 30 at 2:00 pm. Please let Loraine know if you can come.

Mums/Caregivers 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.

Excuse me, do you have spare change? How often have you been asked this and not known how best to respond? Here’s an alternative response. On the last Sunday of each month, we will put out plates at the back of the church. When you leave, you are welcome to dump your spare change into the plates. We will send all spare change donations to West Broadway Community Ministry, who offer many resources to those living in poverty.

Please mark your calendars for Mar. 3 Samedi Swing 7pm with Westworth Winds Big Band, Haskins Street Band & The Bodner 5. Great Music, Dancing and Tasty Desserts. Tickets $15, Family $40, Children $8. Tickets available after church. Join us for a great time.

Help Wanted!  Your CE team needs a member who enjoys working with numbers.  If you have a couple of hours a month and would enjoy working with the Christian Education committee in keeping track of our budget, please contact Dianne Sjoberg at dsjoberg@mymts.net

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 today at 12:30 pm to determine whether there is sufficient interest to start a Circle at Westworth.


Just A Warm Sleep is now in its fifth week of operation, and capacity has been raised to 25 people. Augustine United is hosting this project once again. Your Outreach team is asking you to join the challenge to raise $250 to support the hiring of security personnel as well as costs incurred by Augustine for heat bathroom supplies etc. Every donation of $25. or more will receive a tax receipt. Thank you for your help!

A number of us appreciate Father Richard Rohr’s daily devotionals, which are emailed every morning. The link to sign up is: cac.org/sign-up
Community News (please see bulletin boards for more info.)

  • Quebec City Mosque Massacre Commemorations Jan. 29

MB Legislative Building 7-8pm The Rotunda

  • Wind Chamber Clarinet Choir featuring The Artie Shaw Concerto with Dr. Catherine Wood and Clarinetists from Winnipeg and Brandon University will be performing at Crescent Fort Rouge UC, 525 Wardlaw, on Sunday 4 February at 7pm. Tickets are $15
  • PAINT NITE at Harrow UC- Saturday April 14  from 7:oo – 9:30 pm. The cost is $45 per person.



Lenten Study 2018:

Buddhism and Christianity


Westworth United Church

1750 Grosvenor Avenue, Winnipeg

Mondays, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Feb 26—March 26



To help participants better understand practices and beliefs of Buddhism in dialogue with Christianity.

Each session will be presented by leaders in the Winnipeg Christian and Buddhist communities.



Feb 26:   Sensei Fredrich Ulrich and Tanis Moore

                          Introduction to Buddhism & Women’s Roles

Respondent: Rev. Dr. Maylanne Maybee


Mar 5:   Bhante Chandananda

                          Social Justice and Activism

Respondent: Rev. Bob Gilbert


Mar 12:  Sensei Fredrich Ulrich

                          Buddha and Jesus

Respondent: Rev. Dr. Loraine MacKenzie Shepherd


Mar 19:  Bhante Chandananda

                          Medical Assistance in Dying (MAID) and After Life

Respondent: Rev. Dr. Paul Peters Derry         


Mar 26:   Sensei Fredrich Ulrich

                          God and the Soul in the Light of Buddhist Non-Theism

Respondent: Rev. Dr. Michael Wilson


To assist in planning, please advise if you will be attending by contacting
office@westworth.ca or 204-489-6974 ext 20 by February 15th, if possible (later deciders – come anyway!)
Supported by a grant awarded by the Living Spirit Fund of the United Church of Canada Foundation.


Minute for Mission

Celebrating United Church Women

Our gifts for Mission & Service support United Church Women.

Since the union of the Woman’s Missionary Society (WMS) and the Woman’s Association (WA) in 1962, for 55 years UCW members have lived out their mission to

  • love God
  • foster Christian commitment
  • be faithful
  • embrace spirituality
  • promote respect and love for all God’s creation

We celebrate the extraordinary devotion of these ordinary heroes who have

  • raised money for Mission & Service (over $134 million)
  • advocated for human rights in Canada and internationally
  • cared for the sick
  • promoted cooperation and leadership
  • fed the church and community
  • joined protests
  • studied the Bible
  • written letters to politicians and government leaders
  • provided fellowship and service
  • supported the ministry of global partners, especially the Morogoro Women’s Training Centre in Tanzania, where birth attendants are trained to go out into communities and offer a healthy start for newborns as well as care for the mothers
  • laughed, loved, and made room for women of all ages

Please offer your gratitude for UCW and join them in making Mission & Service a regular part of your life of faith. Loving our neighbour is at the heart of our Mission & Service.