Feb. 25 Bulletin

Westworth United Church

1750 Grosvenor Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba

on Treaty One Territory in the heart of the Métis Nation

2nd  Sunday of Lent: February 25, 2018


We Gather to Worship

Christ Candle Lighting and Prelude:

“Simple Gifts”                                            arr. Gilbert Martin

Introit:      “Come Unto Me”                                         Mark Blankenship


Opening Prayer

The world belongs to God;

      the earth and all its creatures.

It is God who gives life;

we receive life abundantly.

For all that we have and all that we can share

we give God thanks.

God provides the warmth of the sun,

      the nourishment of the soil,

the moisture of the rain,

the breath of the air.

Let us praise the Creator for these good gifts;

May we give blessings

      in the same measure that we receive.


Hymn VU 509            “I, the Lord of Sea and Sky”          HERE I AM, LORD


Prayer of Confession

Remind us, Giver of all good gifts,

      how richly you have blessed us.

Remind us how fortunate we are in our country

      and our homes.

Forgive us for considering these blessings

      our inherited right to own.

Lead us instead to consider them

      our responsibility to share.


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 

A Minute for the Environment

Building a Rainbow Covenant

Hymn MV88          “Over My Head”                  African-American spiritual


First Scripture Reading: Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16

This is testimony to the Word of God.

Thanks be to God.


Gospel Reading: Mark 8:34-37

This is the Gospel of Christ.

Thanks be to God.

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


Anthem:                “Be Still”                                              Mary McDonald

Sermon:           “Cross Bearing”


We Respond

Hymn “Simple Gifts” (see insert)



Offertory:    “Here I Am, Lord”                                   arr. John Carter

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 MV 212            “Sent Out in Jesus’ Name”      Trad. Song from Cuba


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

Postlude:  “The Heavens Declare the Glory of God”           B. Marcello



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:  Shirley Ann Simkulak and Florence Baker

Usher:  Janet Sealey

Scripture Reader:   Kathy Wilson

Minute for the Environment Reader:  Amanda Davis


This week at Westworth:

Counting Team is Team C – Dave S’s team

Spare Change Sunday-Please leave your spare change in support of West Broadway.

Senior Choir meets Thursdays at 7:30pm.


Westworth Community Events

The Westworth Kids-This week we will be learning about Jeremiah 1: 4-10.

Next week we will continue to learn about Our Rainbow Covenant.

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


Lenten Services -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-Mar. 26 at 7:00pm.

Feb 26:   Sensei Fredrich Ulrich and Tanis MooreIntroduction to Buddhism & Women’s RolesRespondent: Rev. Dr. Maylanne Maybee

Please pick up handout in the narthex for more details and to spread the word! Please sign up on the sign up board.


Lenten Study Goodies:  The organizers of the Lenten Study Series are requesting the contribution of items for a light snack which will be served at the events. We are suggesting twenty-four servings of cookies, muffins, loaves, biscuits etc. If you wish to supply more than suggested, feel free.

If you are unable to attend but still wish to support the event, your contribution of goodies will be appreciated.

Contributions may be clearly marked “Lenten Study” and left in the kitchen or if you are attending, bring your contribution with you.

There is a sign-up sheet in the narthex. Questions; contact Allan of Marion McKay admckay@shaw.ca


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 and at the office. Join us for a great time.


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 has been re-scheduled in the Parlour on March 4 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. We would also appreciate it if those who had signed up for the originally scheduled meeting could confirm their attendance.


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.


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.


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.


2018 Pledges and Donations to January received from identifiable givers

Jan. Pledged          Jan. Received            Total Pledged

M+S                                       $    3,254                    $    3,147                    $   39,052

Westworth operations       $  21,180                    $  22,941                    $ 244,434

Total                                     $  24,434                    $  26,088                    $ 293,220


Total of all donations for the past 3 years.

2016   $33,241                   2017   $26,088                   2018   $ 26,088

Please refer to the bulletin board in the Narthex for monthly updates.


The Centre for Christian Studies implemented changes to their policies as a result of what all of us learned through last year’s student field placement. If you would like to read these changes, please contact Heather Lavery in the office and she can forward them to you.


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!

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.)

  • World Day of Prayer Service at Harrow UC Mar. 2 at 2:00pm. Theme is “All God’s Creation is Very Good”.
  • Michael Kaan, author of The Water Beetles, will give a reading at Crescent Fort Rouge UC, 525 Wardlaw on Friday, Mar. 2 at 7:30pm. This book was shortlisted for the 2017 Governor General’s Award for Fiction.
  • Andrew’s Annual Choir presents “We’ll Meet Again” March 9 & 10. People have often wondered why war produces great art! Our show this year will try to demonstrate this oft-held theory, by presenting songs from the two World Wars of the 20th century. Tickets are $20
  • Real to Reel Film Festival Feb. 20-25 1315 Gateway Rd. www.WinnipegFilmFestival.com