Apr. 1 Easter Sunday Bulletin

Westworth United Church

1750 Grosvenor Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba

on Treaty One Territory in the heart of the Métis Nation

Easter Sunday, April 1, 2018


We Gather to Worship


Pre-Service Music:

“Ermuntre dich”                                                                        J. S. Bach

“Trumpet Voluntary”                                                J. Clarke / W. Barnes

“Petite Concertante”                                                               C. Johnson

“Air” (from Water Music Suite )                                   Handel / Kingston


Welcome and Announcements

Candle-lighting & Prelude:

Introit:      “Rejoice Together Ev’ry One”                      Barrie Cabena


Easter Greeting

Christ is risen!

He is risen indeed!

Christ is risen!!

He is risen indeed!!

      Christ is risen!!!

He is risen indeed!!!


Hymn VU 155       “Jesus Christ Is Risen Today”                EASTER HYMN


Prayer of Confession

      God of new life and possibility,

            we sometimes lose sight of abundant life.

      Our relationships may not speak love.

      Our priorities may not show generosity.

      Our decisions may lack consideration.

      Forgive us and grant us the power

            of the resurrected life in Christ,

            that we may live your love for all.


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.” Following the Passing of the Peace, the children may go to Sunday School.)


We Hear the Word

Gospel Lesson: Mark 16:1-8

This is the Gospel of Christ.

      Thanks be to God.

      Sung Response:  VU 826, Refrain 2 “Hallelujah”


Hymn MV 122            “This Is the Day”                            Bruce Harding

Sermon:          “A Resurrected Life of Promise”


We Respond

Hymn VU 176      “Who Is There on This Easter Morning” FRAGRANCE



Offertory:              “Canon”                                Pachelbel / W. Barnes

Dedication Hymn VU 544 “In Gratitude and Humble Trust”

Offertory Prayer


Anthem           “This Joyful Eastertide”                               John Bertalot


The Sacrament of Holy Communion

Communion Setting A: VU 932                             Marty Haugen

(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 and juice. 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.


Creator of light…to proclaim the glory of your name:

Holy, holy, holy are you, God of power and might;

heaven and earth are filled with your glory.

Hosanna in the highest!

Blessed is the one who comes in your name.

Hosanna in the highest, hosanna in the highest!


Eternal God, we praise you for…We delight to proclaim:

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


At this, we also remember…With the words Jesus taught us, we now pray to God… (VU p. 921)

Send, O God, your life-giving Spirit…all glory is yours, God most holy, now and forever.



Sharing the Bread and the Cup

Prayer after Communion


Hymn VU 448      “We Know That Christ Is Raised”            ENGELBERG


Choral Response: VU 974 “Amen!”

Postlude:              “Rondeau”                                  J.J. Mouret / W. Barnes


Our thanks to the Falconer Brass Quintet for their music today. Rick Sellwood-Trumpet, Janet Driver-Trumpet, Dan Cowan- French horn, Melissa Schwartz- Trombone, Ray McClelland-Tuba


Minister:  Loraine MacKenzie Shepherd           westworthminister@gmail.com

204 489-6974 Ext. 22

Director of Music:  Debbie McLeod                            Organist:  Dorcas Windsor

Cherub Choir Director:  Jewel Casselman

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:  Dorothy and Garry Reid

Ushers: Janet Sealey and Kirk Windsor

Scripture Reader: Teresa Sztaba

Communion Servers:  Nancy Doern-White, Arlene Hintsa, Merle McTaggart,       Barb Magarrell, Dorothy Reid, Jennifer Snyder, Carol Wilkie, Nancy Williamson     and Ruth Wiwchar.


This week at Westworth:

Counting Team is Team D – Walter’s team


Westworth Community Events – Apr. 6 Tartan Night has been cancelled and will be rescheduled in the fall.

The Westworth Kids This week we will be learning about Disciples-

Luke 5:1-11, 8:1-3.

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


THE GREAT WESTWORTH RUMMAGE SALE Fri. Apr.27 7pm-9pm and Sat. Apr. 9am-noon Sign-up sheets are on bulletin board for volunteers who can offer a hand, aid the church in fund raising and enjoy fellowship.  Any amount of time is appreciated – bring your family, bring your friends.

This is a once-a-year event.


The beautiful flowers are placed in loving memory of: 

ELIZABETH M.         from Eleanor, Laura & Jack

JIM AND OLIVE W.     from Kathy & Alan

HARRY AND VAL D.    from Wilson


Circles for Reconciliation – Please Sign up if you would like to join a Circle of 5 Indigenous and 5 non-Indigenous People that will meet once a week for 10 weeks to discuss agreed upon topics.


Lenten Study:  Buddhist-Christian Lenten Study,

April 2: Bhante Chandananda (Sri Lankan Buddhist Monk)

Social Justice and Activism         Respondent Rev. Bob Gilbert


Lenten Study Goodies:  Contribution of items for a light snack needed for the Apr. 2 Study. We are suggesting twenty-four servings of cookies, muffins, loaves, biscuits etc. Please label them “Lenten Study” and leave in the kitchen. Thank you.


Items of interest to congregation from the Council meeting of March 13 and the AGM of March 18:

  • The annual reports of all Leadership Teams were approved. (see the Annual report for these reports)
  • The deficit budget was approved but there was a surplus from the previous year that will cover the shortfall
  • The Fellowship, Membership, and Pastoral Care teams have been amalgamated into one encompassing team called the Community Care team under the leadership of Jennifer Snyder
  • Covenanting of the new leadership will take place as part of the AGM (see annual report for list of leadership team).
  • Approval for beer and wine sales at the Johnny Cash fun night on May 12, 2018.


Faith Café Thursday, Apr. 19 at 10:30am. The topic will be Atonement and Communion.

We will be having a Membership Transfer Sunday in the spring so if you are interested in transferring your membership please speak with Loraine in the next several weeks.

Please return your Special Appeals donations this Easter Sunday. Envelopes are on the coffee ledge in the narthex. Donations for Special Appeals support various non-profit organizations which Westworth and the UCW support. Last year, we supported:

*Conference of MB and NW Ontario Bursary Fund                             $  200

1 Just City                                                                                                       $  200

*Willow Place (formerly Osborne House)                                               $  200

*West Broadway Community Ministry                                                    $  700

St. Andrew’s College                                                                                    $  200

Sandy Saulteaux Spiritual Centre                                                             $  250

Centre for Christian Studies                                                                      $  200

LITE (Local Investment Toward Employment)                                    $  200

Days for Girls, Winnipeg Chapter                                                            $  200

Rossbrook House                                                                                        $  200

CGIT Camp Brereton (campership)                                                        $  200

Rock Lake United Church Camp                                                              $  500

West Central Women’s Resource Centre, 640 Ellice                           $  200

Total                                                                                                               $3450



Our Environment

“The Future of Sustainable Energy in Manitoba”: The Manitoba Sustainable Energy Association (ManSEA) 2018 Conference & AGM on April 11, at the Bethel Mennonite Church, 465 Stafford Street, Winnipeg

Learn about renewable energy, carbon emission reduction and community energy projects.  Get up to date on Electric Vehicles and the future of sustainable energy in Manitoba. We encourage your participation and input into how Manitoba might move forward with renewable energy projects to not only reduce our carbon emissions but also do so in a sustainable way. To register for the conference or for more information visit our website at www.mansea.org or connect by email at info@MANSEA.org  or by phone (204) 730-0559.


  1. The Outreach team thanks Carol and Clark Wilkie who hosted the March lunch at West Broadway Community Ministry. Thanks toall who once again provided our guests with a hot meatball sub, fruit and home baked treats. Your generosity is appreciated so much! Our next lunch at West Broadway is Thursday, April 19 with hosts, Nancy Doern White and Marion and Denis Simpson.


  1. The response to last month’s plea for food for the West Broadway food cupboard was nothing short of miraculous! Unfortunately, there is a critical need for Canned Tomato Sauce, Stews or Chilli, Canned ravioli or spaghetti, Baked Beans, Canned Veggies or fruit, Tuna/Chicken/Ham, Small jars of Peanut Butter, Instant Oatmeal and Dry Breakfast Cereal. Thanks to all of you for your continued support. Unfortunately, the demand for emergency food is increasing, averaging over 20 clients a day. Due to the lingering cold weather, there is now acute shortage of gloves and mitts.

Also needed are toothbrushes, travel size toothpaste, deodorant, and shampoo. Please help!


Conference Snacks and Volunteers Needed:

The annual general meeting of the Conference of MB and NW Ontario will be held at the University Centre at the U of M, Thursday, May 24 – Sunday, May 27. We are asking each United Church in Wpg. to contribute 4 doz. muffins and 8 doz. cookies for the nutritional breaks during the meetings on Friday and Saturday. It would be helpful if they did not contain nuts or icing, some sugar-free and gluten free (please label). If you can contribute, please sign up in the narthex. Please consider delivering baked goods on Friday morning or Saturday morning by 9:30 a.m.

We would also request volunteers to assisting with the book table and to billet conference delegates Thursday-Sunday.


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

  • Westminster Concert Organ Series presents Rachel Assistant Organist of Chester Cathedral, England on Sunday, April 8, at 7:30 pm. At 7 pm, Pre-concert with the Morna-June Morrow Handbell Quartet. Tickets available at the door.