Feb. 18 Bulletin

Westworth United Church

1750 Grosvenor Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba

on Treaty One Territory in the heart of the Métis Nation

1st Sunday of Lent: February 18, 2018


We Gather to Worship

Christ Candle Lighting and Prelude:

“Forty Days and Forty Nights”                              Charles Callahan


Introit:                  “Come Unto Me”                             Mark Blankenship

Opening Prayer

Hymn VU 108 “Throughout these Lenten Days and Nights”

                                                                                         WINCHESTER NEW

 Prayer of Confession

God of promise and hope,

you call us to trust in your way

and set before us paths of faithfulness.

Sometimes we hesitate to follow you

and to make changes in our lives.

Sometimes our priorities and commitments

reflect personal interests

more than your desire for our lives and world.

Free us, O God, that we might be faithful to you

in the name of the Christ, we pray, 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

Building a Rainbow Covenant

Hymn VU 356             “See Ye First the Kingdom”                   LAFERTY


First Scripture Reading: Genesis 9:8-17

This is testimony to the Word of God.

Thanks be to God.


Gospel Reading: Mark 1:9-15

This is the Gospel of Christ.

Thanks be to God.

Sung Response: VU 830 “O Give Thanks to God”


Anthem:                “O Love”                                           Elaine Hagenberg

Sermon:  “Repent, and Believe in the Good News”


We Respond

Hymn VU 116       “Giver of the Perfect Gift”                              SONG 13


Offertory:   “How Deep is God’s Love For Us”          Stuart Townend

Dedication Hymn: VU 538 “For the Gift of Creation”

Offertory Prayer


Prayers of the People

Prayer Introit: VU 950 “Stay With Me”

Prayers of Thanksgiving and Intercession

The Lord’s Prayer VU 921


Hymn VU 330            “Jesus Shall Reign”                             DUKE STREET


Choral Benediction: MV 224 “May the God of Peace”

Postlude:  “Lord, To Thee I Make Confession”                 F. W. Marpurg


Our thanks to Rev. Earl Gould for leading our worship this morning.



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:  Alma Acheson

Usher:  Kirk Windsor

Scripture Reader:   Tom Dunn


Loraine will be on Continuing Ed from Feb. 16-23 at a Progoff Journaling retreat at St. Benedict’s. For emergency pastoral care during this time, please call Rev. Earl Gould at (204) 888-1543.


This week at Westworth:

Counting Team is Team B – Dan’s team

The Office will be closed Feb. 19 for Louis Riel Day.

Unit 77 will meet on Wednesday, February 21st at 1:30 p.m. at the home of Rochelle Baker to discuss the book, The Break, by Katherena Vermette.

Property Meeting  Feb. 21 at 7:00pm.

Senior Choir meets Thursdays at 7:30pm.


Westworth Community Events – Thank you to Julia Shayna, Andrea Firth, Judy Brown and Sean Barnett for their help at Painting Night.

Feb. 23  Movie Night starting at 6:30-8:30pm.

The Westworth Kids  This week we will be learning about Jesus goes to Nazareth – Luke 4: 14-30. Next week we will learn about Jeremiah 1: 4-10.

Westworth Youth -meet Sat. 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.

Lenten Services begin today. 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.

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.

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.

Holy Week

This year’s Maundy Thursday Service will take place over a meal together on March 29 6-7:15 pm in the gym. 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.


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.

The Annual Reports are overdue so please forward to the office@westworth.ca as soon as possible.



Just A Warm Sleep is now in its seventh 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!

Your Outreach Committee and WBCM Thanks You for the February Lunch!  Barb and Brian Gwyer and 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! 



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

Children’s Rights

Our gifts for Mission & Service support children’s rights in Kenya. Near Lake Victoria, the Kenya Alliance for the Advancement of Children’s Rights works in schools in the area, creating a child ambassador program that seeks to live out the United Nations Declaration of the Rights of the Child.

Javan was 11 years old when he lost both of his parents, leaving him to look after his younger brother. He had to leave school to sell mangoes and oranges to raise money to keep his younger brother in school. When Javan was 12, he heard about the child rights program. He was so inspired by what he heard that he worked to get himself enrolled in this program. Soon he was back in school.

Through the partnership of the Kenya Alliance for the Advancement of Children’s Rights and Mission & Service of The United Church of Canada, we are thankful that Javan and his brother are able to continue their education. Javan will soon be going to university to study to become a medical laboratory technician, and his brother is now in high school. Our gifts for Mission & Service made this possible.

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.