Mar. 11 Bulletin

Westworth United Church

1750 Grosvenor Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba

on Treaty One Territory in the heart of the Métis Nation

4th Sunday of Lent, March 11, 2018


We Gather to Worship

Christ Candle Lighting and Prelude:

“Jesus, Lover of My Soul”                              Jack C. Goode


Introit:      “Come My Way”       text George Herbert/music William A. Cross


Opening Prayer/Call to Worship

L:  It is an awesome thing to stand in the presence of God, to call God’s holy name.

P:  As far as the heavens are above the earth, God’s ways are above our ways.

L:  But we come with confidence, because in Christ we are called to be God’s people.

P:  And so we come to worship, and to bow down before God our Maker!


Hymn VU 679                    “Let There Be Light”                     CONCORD


Prayer of Confession

As we gather to praise you, we are aware of our failures as your people.  We confess that we take your gracious acceptance for granted.  We are careless with our relationships and more focused on ourselves than on you or those around us.  We spend our days in darkness rather than living in your light.

Forgive us.  Draw us near to you.

Awaken our dull spirits and kindle the flame of compassion within us. Give us a new vision of your purposes and our place within them, so we may walk and live in your light.  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 

A Minute for the Environment

Building a Rainbow Covenant

Hymn MV 88        “Over My Head”                African-American Spiritual


First Scripture Reading: Numbers 21:4-9

This is testimony to the Word of God.

Thanks be to God.


Responsive Reading VU 831 “Psalm 107”, Parts 1 & 2


Gospel Reading: John 3:14-21

This is the Gospel of Christ.

Thanks be to God.

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


Anthem:          “Heavenly Light”                    A. Kopylow, arr. P. Wilhousky

Sermon:          “ An Odd Prescription for Healing”


We Respond

Hymn VU 274      “Your Hand, O God, Has Guided”          THORNBURY



Offertory:  “The Light of the World is Jesus”            Philip P. Bliss

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 678    “For the Healing of the Nations”     WESTMINSTER ABBEY


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

Postlude:  “Partita on Westminster Abbey”                      Charles Callahan



Minister:  Loraine MacKenzie Shepherd

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                                    

Office Administrator:  Heather Lavery                     

Church Phone # 204 489-6974 Ext. 20                       

Church Accountant:  Jenny Jeffers    


Hosts:  Shirley-Ann Simkulak and Florence Baker

Ushers:  Kathy & Alan Wilson

Scripture Reader:  Denise Jones

Minute for the Environment:  Amanda Davis


We extend our sympathy to Doug & Cheryl E. on the passing of Doug’s grandmother.


This week at Westworth:

Counting Team is Team A – David B’s team

Senior Choir meets Thursdays at 7:30pm.


Westworth Community EventsMarch 23rd Family Cooking Night: Make your own family pizza and as it cooks make a dessert!

The Westworth Kids This week we will be continuing the Rainbow Covenant.

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


Loraine is deeply grateful to the M & P Committee and to Marilyn Anderson Corkum, who is leading today’s worship service, so that Loraine can be with her family this weekend in Victoria to help move her parents. Loraine will return late tonight.

Your Outreach Team is excited to offer monthly “Minutes for the Environment” developed and presented by Amanda Davis. January and February messages dealt with Our Homes and on Clothing. Today, Amanda will deliver thought provoking information on Money.


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, Monday evenings starting Feb. 26-Mar. 26 at 7:00pm. Please note the cancelled session on Mar. 5 will be rescheduled on Apr. 2.

Mar 12:  Sensei Fredrich Ulrich   Buddha and Jesus

Respondent: Rev. Dr. Loraine MacKenzie Shepherd 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


Faith Café this Wednesday, March 14, at 10:30 am in the parlour. We will be discussing atonement. Everyone is welcome to attend.

LIBRARY NEWS   Please take time to look at our book display in the Library.  This year, our Lenten Study is on Buddhism and Christianity.  Therefore, the books on display focus on the practices and beliefs of Buddhism. Books may be borrowed by filling in the card at the back. Please leave the card in the wooden crate under the cupboards. Sensei Fredrich Ulrich, one of the presenters at our first study session, gifted Westworth with a book entitled, “The Heart of Buddha’s Teaching” by Thich Nhat Hanh.  The author is a revered global spiritual leader, poet and peace activist known throughout the world for his powerful teachings and best selling writing on mindfulness and peace.  When this book has been catalogued it will be available for borrowing.

Men’s Spirituality  Saturday  March 17, 2018 Topic : Process Theology:  How it might help you get to know God (Exciting features and concerns) The back door will be open at nine and a light breakfast served at 9:30. Please contact Bob Lindsay with any questions at or 204 488-7968.

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.

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.


West Broadway March Lunch  Carol and Clark Wilkie will host this month’s hot lunch on Mar 15th for over 160 people at West Broadway. Meatball sandwiches, fruit and home baked cookies are on the menu, and you may find the signup sheet in the Narthex. Your Outreach Team is grateful for your continued support of this monthly program to provide a nourishing meal that is appreciated so very much by our guests.

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.

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

Please let the office know if you go by the 700 block on Renfrew St. and would be willing to drop off a Sunday bulletin. Thank you.

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

  • Spirit Path and Ft. Garry UC are hosting Community Spirit Party Friday Mar. 16 5:30-7:30pm at Fort Garry UC  Music From Around the World -themed dancing, food, games, crafts and storytelling. Suggested donation for food is $15 per family.
  • The Realities of Dementia: Care Essentials. Thursday, March 22, 2018, 7 p.m. Crescent Fort Rouge United Church, 525 Wardlaw Ave. Learn about caregiving approaches that focus on understanding how the person with dementia is trying to communicate with their words, gestures and behaviours.
  • Pianist Michael McKay will perform Franz Liszt’s “Via Crucis”—with narrations from Anne Catherine Emmerich’s “The Dolorous Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ”—in a candlelight “liturgical recital”. Sunday, March 25, at 7:30 PM Westminster UC  $20.00 at door
  • CUC Musicals Presents “All Shook Up” Apr. 4, 5 & 6 7:30pm