January 7 2018 Bulletin

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

Baptism of Jesus: January 7, 2018

We Gather to Worship

Welcome and Announcements

Candle-lighting and Prelude:  “Divinum Mysterium”   Charles Callahan


An Epiphany Prayer: VU 80

Hymn VU 101    “Songs of Thankfulness and Praise”         SALZBURG (HINTZE)

Prayer of Confession

As we look to another year,

we may feel weary or overwhelmed.

Renew our spirits and our resolve

to be your hands and feet.

Renew our hearts and our minds

to feel compassionate and be mindful

in our words and our deeds.


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.”

Children may go to Church School following the Passing of the Peace of Christ.)

We Hear the Word

Song of Faith

Responsive Reading   VU 756 “Psalm 29”

Gospel Reading:  Mark 1:4-11

This is the Gospel of Christ.

Thanks be to God.

Sung Response:  VU 37 “Gloria”

Gloria, gloria, in excelsis Deo!

Gloria, gloria, alleluia, alleluia

Glory to God, glory to God, glory in the highest!

Glory to God, glory to God, hallelujah, hallelujah!


Sermon: “The Church’s Passion”

We Respond

Hymn VU 92       “In the Darkness Shines the Splendour” IRBY


Offertory: “How Brightly Beams the Morning Star” John Carter

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

            As they offered gifts most rare

at that manger crude and bare,

so may we with holy joy,

pure and free from sin’s alloy,

all our costliest treasures bring,

Christ, to you, our heavenly King.

Offertory Prayer

The Sacrament of Holy Communion       PATRIQUIN: MV 206

(Once  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. If you have difficulty walking, please signal servers as they come down the centre aisle to 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.


Blessed are you, gracious God…

… Therefore we join with all creation,

and all the heavenly hosts

who dwell in light inaccessible, to sing:


Holy, holy, holy God of power and might.

Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might.

Heaven and earth are full, are full of your glory.

Hosanna in the highest. Bless’d is the who comes,

who comes in God’s name. Hosanna in the highest.


…with the words Jesus taught us, we now pray to God,


Lord’s Prayer VU 921


In the bread broken and the cup poured…

… Therefore, as we eat this bread and drink this cup, we sing:


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


Send, O God, your Holy Spirit upon us…

… Through Christ, with Christ, and in Christ,

in the unity of the Holy Spirit, all glory is yours,

God most holy, now and forever.

♪Amen, amen, amen, amen.


Sharing the Bread and the Cup

Prayer after Communion

Hymn VU 481   “Sent Forth by God’s Blessing” THE ASH GROVE


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

I am the light of the world!

You people come and follow me!”

If you follow and love you’ll learn the mystery

of what you were meant to do and be.


Postlude: “Brightest and Best of the Sons of the Morning” Flor Peeters


January 7, 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


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

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 mbarr41@shaw.ca

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.

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!

This week at Westworth:

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

Westworth Kids will be working on an Outreach project.

Counting Team is Team D – Walter’s team


Jan. 8

Celebration of Life for Jim Hicks at 2:00pm

Jan. 9

Good Friday Planning at 2:00pm in the parlour.

M & P meeting at 7:00pm in the library.


Jan. 10

Property meeting at 7:00pm in the choir room.

Finance meeting at 7:15pm in the parlour.

Worship meeting at 7:30pm in the upper classroom.


Jan. 11

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

Jan. 12

Westworth Community Event – games night in Room 1 and gym.

Jan. 13

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

Westworth Youth meet at 3:30pm in the lower classroom or gym.


Jan. 14

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

Westworth Kids will be learning about Jesus the Word-John 1:10-18

Ecumenical Choir Rehearsal at 2:30pm in the sanctuary.


The Women’s Spirituality Group will meet Saturday, January 13th, 9:00am in the Parlour.  Our discussion topic will be “Looking Back and Moving Forward”.  All women are welcome to join us.  For more information call Kathy Wilson (489-6617) or email wilsonka@mymts.net

Council News:  The minutes from the Congregational Meeting of Dec 3 and the EDGE Discussion paper (final) are posted on the website.  They are posted under Documents/Congregational minutes. Paper copies can also be obtained at the office, including large print.

Looking ahead into 2018

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.

Opportunities to support 1JustCity:

Petitions to support West Broadway initiatives are available in the Narthex.

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

Putting a face on Just a Warm Sleep

Many members of the Westworth family, including the Senior Choir, donated to 1Just City’s initiative, Just a Warm Sleep. This year, capacity is being raised to 25 people, and Augustine United is hosting this project once again.
Your Outreach team is asking you to join the challenge to raise $250 for Just A Warm Sleep. Share this information with 10 people you know and ask each of them to donate $25.  Tax receipts for donations of $25 and up.

You may submit your cheque to the church office, send it directly to 1Just City addressed to 1JustCity 1622-B St. Mary’s Road, Winnipeg, MB R2M or donate onlin at 1Justcity.ca.

Plarn’ing?  Who knew that Crocheting strips of plastic would create fantastic warm sleeping mats and be so much fun! A mat-making bee will take place on January 7th from 1-5pm at Augustine UC.  It will be one week into being open at Just a Warm Sleep by then so feel free to take your pledges in that day!  You can get started on your plan now!

Step 1 – Cut handles and seems off your plastic bag Step 2 – Cut plastic bags into four strips to create big loops Step 3 – Attach these loops together by looping one end around the other Step 4 –  Repeat a lot!!

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 to determine whether there is sufficient interest to start a Circle at Westworth.  Soup (vegetarian, gluten-free), biscuits and coffee/tea will be provided. If you are interested, please indicate your intention to attend on the sign-up sheets posted in the Narthex and in the Choir room.

Minute for Mission

Displaced People

Our gifts for Mission & Service support displaced people. The widespread displacement of people is a crisis around the world. In 2014 the United Nations High Commission for Refugees reported 19.5 million refugees—those fleeing their homes across international borders—and 38.2 million internally displaced people—those who remain within their own country but cannot return to their homes. Throughout 2015, many more undocumented people were displaced as refugees or were internally displaced due to natural disasters, including here in Canada. More than half of refugees and displaced people are under the age of 18. Through Mission & Service, the United Church and our partners are addressing the needs of displaced people in many ways: ‚ Mission & Service provides for the basic needs of displaced people. As the number grows globally the need for resources for housing, shelter, medical assistance, and education also increases through refugee sponsorship, congregations and community groups are working hard to provide the emotional, financial, and practical support refugees need to positively integrate into Canadian society. Mission & Service funds the refugee sponsorship program staff that assist congregations. ‚ Congregations respond to immediate needs of refugee claimants entering Canada. Mission & Service funds the national program staff that provide advice and guidance to congregations. ‚ Mission & Service funds the United Church’s participation in the Canadian Council for Refugees so that we can advocate with the Canadian government on refugee-related issues.

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.

 Hosts:  Anne and Keith Love

Ushers: Kathy and Alan Wilson

Scripture Reader:  Mac Watts

 We extend our condolences to the family of Jim H who passed away last week. A Celebration of Life service will be held here on Jan. 8 at 2:00pm

 Spirit Lifter Luncheon Jan.21st – FOOD!!

To sign up for the Jan. 21st  luncheon, 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, & will be able to see what others have signed up for. I hope you can all come & visit with one another & enjoy the music & good food. You can reach Judy at 204 488-2891  or e-mail judypbrown@gmail.com   if you have any questions.

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.