January 14, 2018 Bulletin

Westworth United Church 1750 Grosvenor Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba on Treaty One Territory in the heart of the Métis Nation

2nd Sunday after Epiphany: January 14, 2018

We Gather to Worship

Welcome and Announcements

Christ Candle Lighting and Prelude: “O Morning Star”     Charles Callahan

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

Call to Worship                                                                Jack Ballantine-Dixon

In mystery and grandeur
We see the face of God.
In earthiness and ordinary
We know the love of Christ.
In heights, in depths, in life and in death
the spirit of God moves among us.
Come, let us praise this God!

Hymn VU 299    “Teach Me, God, to Wonder”                            MCNAUGHT

Prayer of Confession

We sing “teach us God to wonder”, and to learn, and to grow in how we understand You and your world. We need to also admit that sometimes we would rather not think about what you really want us to do and to be. We know you love us and so we can say forgive us and keep us wondering where you’ll lead us next. Amen.

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

Anthem        “How Can I Keep From Singing?”                                                                   American Folk Hymn, arr. Andy Beck

Scripture Reading:  John 1: 29-34

This is the Gospel of Christ.

Thanks be to God.

Sung Response: VU 37  “Gloria”

Dialogue Sermon:  “How Big is Your God?”

We Respond

Hymn VU 268  “Bring Many Names”                                       WESTCHASE

Offering

Offertory:       “How Great Thou Art”                        arr.Chuck Marohnic

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

Offertory Prayer

Prayers of the People

Prayer Introit: VU 865 “Hear Our Prayer” (Refrain)

Prayers of Thanksgiving and Intercession

The Lord’s Prayer VU 921

Hymn VU 753   “Psalm 27: Safe in Your Hands”                SAFE IN THE HANDS

Benediction

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

Postlude: “Christ, Whose Glory Fills the Skies”                    Charles Callahan

Thanks to Rev. Marilyn Anderson Corkum and Rev. Bill Corkum for leading worship today.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

January 14, 2018

There are pew cards available for special requests.

Listening aids are obtained from the ushers.

Children’s activities on the coat tree.

Please try to avoid leaving or entering the sanctuary during prayers.

Westworth is a scent free church.

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:  Dorothy and Garry Reid                  Usher: Kirk Windsor

Scripture Reader:  Elaine Pigden

Emergency Pastoral Care for Jan. 11-17 while Loraine is on holiday:

Rev. Marilyn Anderson Corkum and Rev. Bill Corkum, (204) 885-6580

Unit 77 will meet on Wednesday, January 17 at 1:30 pm at the home of Marilyn Trickett to discuss the book The Golden Son by Shilpi Somaya Gowda.  All are welcome to attend.  Contact Dorcas Windsor for further information rwindsor@mymts.net

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”

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. 21st  Ecumenical Worship

Rehearsals will be held at Westworth UC from 2:30 to 4:30 pm. today. 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 mbarr41@shaw.ca

 The Men’s Spirituality Group will meet Saturday, January 13th at 9:00 am in the upper classroom.

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

This week at Westworth:

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

Westworth Kids working on an Outreach project.

Ecumenical Choir Rehearsal at 2:30 pm

Counting Team is Team A – Dave’s team

Mon, Jan. 15RCME using narthex, sanctuary, parlour 8:30 – 5:30
Tues, Jan. 16RCME using narthex, sanctuary, parlour 8:30 – 12:30
Wed,

Jan. 17

RCME using narthex, sanctuary, parlour 8:30 – 5:30

Unit 77 at the home of Marilyn Trickett at 1:30 pm

Christian Education meeting at 7:00 pm in the library

Thurs,

Jan. 18

RCME using narthex, sanctuary, parlour 8:30 – 5:30

West Broadway Lunch starts at 12:30 pm

Hymn Planning at 2:00 pm

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

Fri, Jan. 19
Sat, Jan. 20Westworth Youth 3:30 pm lower classroom or gym.
Sunday

Jan. 21

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

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

Ecumenical Choir Rehearsal  2:30 pm in the sanctuary.

Ecumenical Worship at 7:30 pm

 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.

 Spirit Lifter Luncheon Jan.21st 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!  To sign up for food contributions – please go to the Perfect Potluck Website, http://www.perfectpotluck.com, key in the last name Brown, and the password spirit. You will find all the options listed, and items committed. Contact Judy at 204 488-2891 or e-mail judypbrown@gmail.com   if you have any questions.

 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.

West Broadway

Westworth will provide a hot lunch for approximately 160 people at West Broadway Community Ministry (WBCM) on Thursday, Jan. 18. If you are able to provide a box of pre-cooked frozen meatballs, or pasta sauce or buns, or fruit, or cookies, a sign-up sheet is available in the narthex. In addition, volunteers for preparation and serving are needed. You may leave the box of meatballs, buns, fruit or cookies in the fridge in the Westworth kitchen on Wednesday, Feb. 15 OR if you wish to have your contribution picked up, or to make other arrangements, please contact Ruth Wiwchar at 204 889-2892.

 Linda Trono Sabbatical

Linda will be taking a 3-month sabbatical and brief vacation, returning on April 9th.  While she is away, her friend and colleague Dave Robinson will be working half time at the ministry, focusing on keeping it running smoothly.  More information on the bulletin Board.

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

  • The UC in Meadowood with John Badertscher presents The Reformations. A 6-week series beginning in January on Wednesday afternoons or Thursday evenings. Please email ucm@ucim.org or call 204 256-7002 to register.
  • Winnipeg Elementary & Middle Schools – open houses Jan 30 and 31
  • A & O Lunch and Learn – Jan 17th River Heights CC at 1370 Grosvenor Lunch 12:30 Presentation on Support Services for Older Adults at 1:15. RSVP Martin swsrc@mymts.net or 204-478-6169 by Noon Jan 16th.
  • 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
    • CMHR Lecture Series – Jan 15 ISIS propaganda strategy and its role in the Yazidi genocide
  • Wednesdays for Seniors – Various activities see poster
  • Schizophrenia/Schizoaffective Disorder/Psychosis support group – Wednesdays 5:30 – 7:00 pm starting Jan 17 ACCESS Fort Garry

Minute for Mission

Family Resources Close to Home

Our gifts for Mission & Service support community ministries for families, like this ministry in Nova Scotia. In 1986, Fairview UC in Halifax opened a family resource centre in its building. The programs initiated focused on providing education and support in a safe and welcoming environment.

 Let’s hear from long-time participant, now board member Tia Forsythe, about the centre’s lasting impact:

 “I first heard of Parent ’n’ Tot (as it was called then) when we moved here in 2006. While my husband went to work every day, it was hard for me and my three children to make connections…. I was told there was a great playgroup, so off we went.

 “It is a decision I am thankful for every day. My children made friends that they still are connected to over 10 years later. I met people who became my support system in the city.… I have been privileged to watch not only my children grow and achieve amazing things, but also the children they met all those years ago.

 “The Family Resource Centre has had to move out of the church to a new, larger building. Programs and services offered today include advocacy and referrals, health and wellness, youth, preschool, adult skill development, health and safety, pre-kindergarten, parenting skills and support, and community partnerships.

In 1986, Fairview UC in Halifax opened a family resource centre in its building. The programs initiated focused on providing education and support in a safe and welcoming environment.

 Let’s hear from long-time participant, now board member Tia Forsythe, about the centre’s lasting impact:

 “I first heard of Parent ’n’ Tot (as it was called then) when we moved here in 2006. While my husband went to work every day, it was hard for me and my three children to make connections…. I was told there was a great playgroup, so off we went.

 “It is a decision I am thankful for every day. My children made friends that they still are connected to over 10 years later. I met people who became my support system in the city.… I have been privileged to watch not only my children grow and achieve amazing things, but also the children they met all those years ago.

 “The Family Resource Centre has had to move out of the church to a new, larger building. Programs and services offered today include advocacy and referrals, health and wellness, youth, preschool, adult skill development, health and safety, pre-kindergarten, parenting skills and support, and community partnerships.

 “I want to say a big thank you to Fairview United Church and also to the people of The United Church of Canada. Through your generous gifts to Mission & Service, you are making a true and lasting impact on communities and in the world, in Jesus’ name.”

 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.