Feb. 11 Bulletin

Westworth United Church

1750 Grosvenor Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba

on Treaty One Territory in the heart of the Métis Nation

6th Sunday after Epiphany: February 11, 2018


We Gather to Worship

Christ Candle Lighting and Prelude:

Introit:                  “Come Unto Me”                             Mark Blankenship

Opening Prayer: VU 719

Hymn VU 333      “Love Divine, All Loves Excelling”           HYFRYDOL


Prayer of Confession

Suffering Servant, Messiah of passion,

Teach us how to move through our suffering.

Give us the courage not to deny it

nor to mask it through self-medication.

Help us accept it with your comforting strength

that we may find a depth of peace, even joy,

within the midst of our pain.


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


First Scripture Reading: Revelation 21:1-6

Hear what the Spirit is saying to the Church.

Thanks be to God.


Gospel Reading: Mark 8:31-33

This is the Gospel of Christ.

Thanks be to God.

Sung Response: VU 37 “Glory to God”


Anthem:    “Christus Lux Mea” (Christ is My Light)

 Heather Sorenson

Sermon:  “The Suffering Servant”


We Respond

Hymn VU 718       “O God, You Gave Your Servant John”      CANDLER




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 93   “When Heaven’s Bright with Mystery”     SUSSEX CAROL


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




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


Host:  Doris Woodward

Ushers:  Janet Sealey and Maureen Lelond

Scripture Reader:   Paul Chard


This week at Westworth:

Counting Team is Team A – David B’s team


Westworth Community Events

The Westworth Kids Outreach project made 72 bags of Diabetic Friendly Trail Mix to send to West Broadway Ministries. After measuring and mixing healthy food, each child got their own bag to try. Also thank you to Jennifer Snyder for the donation of oranges for the children.

This week we will be learning about a Wedding at Cana – John 2: 1-11. Next week we will learn about Jesus goes to Nazareth – Luke 4: 14-30.

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

Mums/Caregivers and Tots Tuesday Morning Drop-in 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.

Senior Choir meets Thursdays at 7:30pm.

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.

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

St. Andrew’s River Heights United Church invites Westworth to their Shrove Tuesday celebrations and service. We have invited them to our Ash Wednesday Taizé service. Shrove Tuesday at St. Andrew’s River Heights – February 13. Dinner Served – Pancakes, Sausages and fruit from 5:00-6:30  –   $5.00/person. Mini Carnival – Cake Walks, Pancake flipping contests 6:00 – 6:30 pm  Ash Tuesday service – 6:45-7:15pm

Taizé Ash Wednesday Service will be held this Wednesday, Feb. 14 at 7:30 pm in the parlour. Come for a quiet service of scripture readings, silent meditation, chants led by cantor and piano and the opportunity to light prayer candles and/or receive the administration of ashes.

The topic for this month’s Men’s Spirituality is “Where is your God”. A light breakfast will be served Feb. 17th at 9:00 A.M. with discussion to follow. Please contact Bob Lindsay with any questions at bogl@mymts.net or 204 488-7968.

Lenten Services begin next Sunday. Throughout Lent we will be building a rainbow together as we consider how Jesus’s sacrifice of his own life is calling us to live with respect in all of Creation.

Lenten Study:  Buddhist-Christian Lenten Study, Monday evenings starting Feb. 26. Please pick up handout in the narthex for more details and to spread the word! Please sign up on the sign up board.

AGM will be held March 18 immediately after the worship service, which will begin at 10:30 am. We will begin in the sanctuary and proceed to the gym for the AGM, the covenant with the new Leadership Team and the conclusion of worship. Please bring a bag lunch. Activities will be provided for the children.

Hearing Devices. The Worship Team is researching new hearing devices. We are considering a Listen FM system and invite those who would like to try this to attend a service at any of the following churches who already have this system: Harrow United Church, St. Mary Magdalene Church, St. Georges Anglican Church, River East Mennonite Church, St. Paul’s Anglican Church, Westwood Community Church, Faith Lutheran Church, Sturgeon Creek United Church. Please let the Worship Team know by the end of March so that we can proceed on this purchase.

Winnipeg Presbytery will be holding a workshop on MAID (Medical Assistance in Dying) from 1-3 pm on March 17 at Sturgeon Creek United Church as part of their day-long Presbytery meeting. The MAID Team from the Winnipeg Health Authority will lead the first hour and describe the process and conditions for MAID. Paul Peters Derry and Loraine MacKenzie Shepherd will lead the second hour on the pastoral, ethical and theological implications of MAID. Congregants are welcome to come to this workshop.

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.

Holy Week

This year’s Maundy Thursday Service will take place over a meal together on March 29 at 6:00 pm. Signup sheet is in the narthex.

Our Good Friday Service on March 30 will be a joint service with St. Andrew’s River Heights United Church. We will begin at St. Andrew’s River Heights at 10:00 am with a brief devotional before processing with the cross from there to Westworth. The Good Friday service will begin at Westworth at 11:00 am.

Easter Sunday Service on April 1 will begin at 11:00 am and include the Sacrament of Holy Communion.


January 30, 2018 Council Meeting

  • The budget for 2018 was presented and reviewed and will be presented to the congregation in the annual report and at the annual meeting.
  • Discussion regarding summer hours for Westworth church took place and feedback from the Leadership Teams has been requested.
  • There was discussion about the structure of leadership teams and the governing Council. Additional information will be presented at the AGM.
  • The Urban Retreats Garden Tour sponsored by St. Mary’s Maryland United Church will be taking place Saturday, June 22, 2019. This year’s tour will be in River Heights and they will be using our church facilities.
  • All Leadership Teams are looking for members to help them in their work for our church, congregation, and community endeavors. Please contact any Team Leader/member if you can volunteer some of your time.
  • Annual General Meeting will be March 18, 2018. It will be a bring your own bag lunch and take place after the church service.  All are welcome.


Just A Warm Sleep is now in its sixth 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!

West Broadway February Lunch:  Westworth, represented by Barb and Brian Gwyer, will host this month’s hot lunch for approximately 160 people. Your Outreach Team is grateful for the energy and passion of the River Heights Junior High “Butterfly Club” for co-hosting this month, and for providing all of the food for the lunch. The staff advisor for the club is Petra Thanisch, and we are thrilled that she and her students are offering this gift for the second year in a row! Allan McKay will provide educational opportunities for the students as he shares his knowledge of the program with them. Westworth will once again provide food in March!

Bill C262: Please see Outreach Board for an update on the progress of this bill, which aligns Canadian law with the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP).

West Broadway Pantry Just a quick note to our faithful supporters who so generously supply the emergency food program with canned and dry food. There are specific needs specific needs right now that include small jars of Peanut Butter (500 ml or less); tinned meat, especially tuna, but also chicken, ham and salmon;  pasta sauce; pork and beans; granola bars. Supplies of these crucial items are extremely low.

Items not required at this time, as the pantry is overstocked, are dry pasta, chick peas, lentils and dry rice.

Thank you Westworth for your continued and generous support of the guests at West Broadway! 


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

  • Community Spirit Party-Celebrate the Olympics Friday, Feb. 16, 5:30 – 7:30 PM Fort Garry UC, 800 Point Road ($15 suggested donation per family.)
  • Westminster Concert Organ Series presents RAUL PRIETO RAMIREZ from Barcelona and the US in concert on the four manual Casavant Pipe Organ on Sunday Feb. 18 at 2:30 PM.  Tickets $25 and Seniors $20. Tickets at McNally or at the door.
  • We are seeking an experienced Youth Leader to provide weekly programming to youth ages 12-17 from a group of 4-5 churches. Based out of Trinity UC, the schedule would involve travelling to each of the churches to provide the programming and working with youth.


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 contactingoffice@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

Like a Family

Our gifts for Mission & Service create safe spaces where people can come together as family. Bissell Centre in Edmonton is one of these places. The stories in today’s Minute for Mission were first shared on its blog.

Bissell Centre offers people living on the margins food, shelter, and a feeling of belonging. Most people who visit the centre can immediately tell that the people there have a special bond with one another. Diane, a long-time volunteer, describes the connection she feels. “When I don’t come, I miss the people in the Drop-in Centre. They’re always stopping us and talking to us,” she says. “It’s like a family.”

The phrase “like a family” is often used by staff, volunteers, and especially the participants themselves. Here are some of the ways Bissell Centre has shaped people’s sense of family.

Kayla shared that “Bissell Centre has given us a sense of belonging, tradition, and foundation to start from. The staff has encouraged us to grow and always gives us something to look forward to.”

Judy says, “I don’t know what I would have done without all of the staff at Bissell Centre. Look! Now I am sitting in my own home. I consider all of the staff to be my family.”

The community at Bissell Centre has grown and changed for over 100 years, thanks in part to the support you have provided through Mission & Service.

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.