Feb. 4 Bulletin

Westworth United Church

1750 Grosvenor Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba

on Treaty One Territory in the heart of the Métis Nation

5th Sunday after Epiphany: February 4, 2018


We Gather to Worship

Christ Candle Lighting and Prelude: “Holy Manna”        by John Carter

Introit:            “Come Unto Me”                               by Mark Blankenship

Opening Prayer

Hymn VU 84         “O Radiant Christ, Incarnate Word”        CANONBURY


Prayer of Confession

Christ Jesus,

Too often, we betray you through our actions and words.

We forget that you depend upon our hands and voice

     to spread your message of grace and love.

We forget that we are your body on earth.

Forgive us, and grant us another day

     with renewed hope and courage.


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

Song of Faith


Scripture Reading: Mark 8:27-33

This is the Gospel of Christ.

Thanks be to God.

Sung Response: VU 37 “Glory to God”


Anthem:                “Gather Us In”               by Marty Haugen, arr. Hayes

Sermon:     “Who Do You Say That I Am?”


We Respond

Hymn VU 82               “A Light Is Gleaming”               LIVING IN THE LIGHT



Offertory Trio on “Wayfaring Stranger”              by David Johnson

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

Offertory Prayer


The Sacrament of Holy Communion                            PATRIQUIN: MV 206

(Once the 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 and they will 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 465             “Christ, Be Our Host”             EARTH AND ALL STARS


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

Postlude               “Processional”                                by William Mathias


Thanks to Debbie McLeod, for both directing the choir and accompanying while Dorcas is on holiday.


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:  Barb and Kent Magarrell

Ushers:  Alma Acheson and Elaine Pigden

Scripture Reader:   Heather Robbins

Communion Servers:   Arlene Hintsa, Eunice Pratt, Anne and Keith Love, Glenna and Bob Lindsay, Kathy and Alan Wilson, and Heather Robbins.


We congratulate Merle Brown on celebrating her 90th birthday Jan. 27!


This week at Westworth:

Please pick up your Tax Receipts.

Counting Team is Team D –Walter’s team


Westworth Community Evening Event

A big thank you to our very own Haskins Street Band for a great evening of rock music. Thanks also to Jennifer Snyder for the cookies and Julia Shayna, Peter and Sean Barnett for their help.

Next Community Event Friday Evening Feb. 9 at 6:30-8:00pm is Painting Night with Julia.– registration required.

Caregivers and Tots Tuesday morning program. Thank you to Barb Magarrell for the donation of coffee for our newest program.

Westworth Kids – they will be making a diabetic friendly trail mix for their Outreach project today. Next week we will be learning about a Wedding at Cana – John 2: 1-11

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.

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.

Prayer Shawl Ministry Group meets Wednesday, Feb. 7 at 1:00pm in the upper classroom.

Senior Choir meets Thursdays at 7:30pm.

The Women’s Spirituality Group will meet on Saturday, February 10th, 9:00am in the Parlour.   All women are welcome to join us for a light breakfast followed by discussion. Our topic will be “SLEEP”.  For more information call Kathy Wilson (489-6617) or email wilsonka@mymts.net

The Annual Reports are due Feb. 11 so they can be completed 2 weeks prior to our Annual Meeting on Mar. 18. Please forward to the office@westworth.ca

Taizé Ash Wednesday service Feb. 14, 7:30-8:30 pm. What better way to celebrate love than to receive God’s blessing and enter the season of Lent through meditative prayer? Rachel Landrecht, a renowned Taizé cantor, will be joining us.

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.

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



Just A Warm Sleep is now in its fifth 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!

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! 


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).


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

  • Royal Canadian College of Organists present Lenten Organ Communion Services at St. Andrew’s Ang. Wednesdays during Lent at 12:15-12:45pm. Starts Feb. 21. 2700 Portage Ave.


Minute for Mission

A Passion for Learning

Our gifts for Mission & Service support girls, human rights, and learning.

On a Kenyan mountain surrounded by farms is the Jerusalem Secondary School for Girls. The school is supported by Mission & Service global partner the Organization of African Instituted Churches. It is a safe place for young women who are escaping child marriage and the threat of female genital mutilation, or female circumcision.

The students share with pride their commitment to completing their education—students like Philomena. Philomena was able to complete primary school before her father sold her into marriage when she was 16. While her husband never forced her to undergo female genital mutilation, his family pressured her to do so. When her husband died, she was told by his family that she would now need to undergo the procedure or they would throw her out and keep her four children. In fear, Philomena and her children ran away. She returned to her home village, where her mother welcomed her and the children into her home. Philomena’s mother heard about the school a short walk away and encouraged her daughter to go to it. Philomena was able to get a scholarship, and while she spends her day in class, her mother takes care of her children.

Philomena is beginning her final year of secondary school and looking forward to going to university, where she will study education. Her dream is to become a teacher because she believes that education is very important. The Organization of African Instituted Churches supports the school by providing scholarships and contributing to the salaries of three teachers.

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.