Mar. 25 Bulletin

Westworth United Church

1750 Grosvenor Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba

on Treaty One Territory in the heart of the Métis Nation


Palm/Passion Intergenerational Service, March 25, 2018



Welcome & Announcements

Christ Candle Lighting and Prelude:

“St. Theodulph”                                          Michael Burkhardt


Call to Worship (adapted from Psalm 118: 25-29)

Blessed is the one who comes in the name of God!

Hosanna! Save us, O God, we pray.

Our God has given us light.

Hosanna! Save us, O God, we pray.

With palm branches in hand, let us march to the altar.

Hosanna! Save us, O God, we pray.

Give thanks to God, for God is good.

Hosanna! Save us, O God, we pray.

God’s constant love lasts forever.

Hosanna! Save us, O God, we pray.


Hymn VU 122            “All Glory, Laud and Honour”        ST THEODULPH


                                         Palm Branches

Story & Prayer

Hymn VU 128                  “Sanna, Sannanina”                       SANNANINA

(As Jesus enters on the donkey, wave your palm branches!)


                                          The Donkey 

First Scripture Reading: John 12:12-15

Cherub Anthem:              “The Donkey”                            Joseph Martin


Second Scripture Reading: Zechariah 19:9-10

Hymn VU 124      “He Came Riding on a Donkey”             DONKEY SONG




“A Palm Sunday Rap”                                                          Bill Lamont


                                      The Powerful




Offertory:       “What Wondrous Love”                         John Carter

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

Offertory Prayer


                                     Light and Darkness

 Third Scripture Reading: John 12:27-36


Building a Rainbow Covenant

Prayer of Confession

Words of Assurance


Anthem: “The Ground” from “Sunrise Mass”                                         Ola Gjeilo

Although the glory and praise of Palm Sunday are a part of this traditional Latin text, the musical treatment is one of introspection, not euphoria, with realization of the ultimate sacrifice of Christ. The translation is as follows:

Plenisunt caeli et terra gloria tua..  Osanna in excelsis.   

                        Heaven and earth are full of Your glory.  Hosanna in the highest.

Benedictus qui venit in nomine Domini.

                         Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord.

Agnus Dei, qui tollis peccata mundi, dona nobis pacem.

Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world, grant us peace.


Prayers of the People

Prayer Introit: VU 950 “Stay With Me”

Prayers of Thanksgiving and Intercession

The Lord’s Prayer VU 921


Hymn VU 126        “Ride On, Ride On, the Time is Right”         RIDE ON


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

Postlude:   “The Royal Banners Forward Go”                     Wilbur Held



Minister:  Loraine MacKenzie Shepherd

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                                     

Office Administrator:  Heather Lavery                     

Church Phone # 204 489-6974 Ext. 20                       

Church Accountant:  Jenny Jeffers    



Hosts:   Lesley, Charlotte and Molly Rodgers

Ushers: The White Family

Scripture Readers: Ed, Wendy Martin-White and Noella White.


This week at Westworth:

Counting Team is Team C – Dave S’s team


Excuse me, do you have spare change? How often have you been asked this and not known how best to respond? Here’s an alternative response. On the last Sunday of each month, we will put out plates at the back of the church. When you leave, you are welcome to dump your spare change into the plates. We will send all spare change donations to West Broadway Community Ministry, who offer many resources to those living in poverty.

Westworth Community Events – April 6th Tartan Night:  A Scottish themed evening including a demonstration of Highland Dancing from members of Kids in Kilts.

The Westworth Kids This week is a Palm Sunday Intergenerational Service.

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


Pre-service music on Easter Sunday will begin around 10:40 am.

If you are bringing flowers for Easter Sunday, please ensure that they are unscented, no lilies please and take them home for your family. Thank you.


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-Apr. 2 at 7:00 p.m. Please note the cancelled session on Mar. 5 will be rescheduled on Apr. 2.

Mar 26:   Sensei Fredrich Ulrich

God and the Soul in the Light of Buddhist Non-Theism

Respondent: Rev. Earl Gould


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.


We will be having our annual Special Appeals envelope in the in the Palm Sunday bulletin for people to return on Easter Sunday. 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

The balance at the end of 2017 was $59.


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

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, with Communion, on April 1 will begin at 11:00 am, with pre-service music beginning at 10:40am.


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 or connect by email at  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.
  2. 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!


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


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 5, 2018.


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 churches 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). 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 (Thursday evening, Friday and Saturday or billet conference delegates.


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

  • All Shook Up Charleswood UC Musical Apr. 4-6 at 7:30pm
  • Truly a Bucket List: Things to Know Before You Go” – Sat., April 7th Harrow UC Sessions will include ‘legal matters’; ‘leaving a legacy/enduring gifts’; and ‘at the Funeral
  • George’s Anglican Church hosts Readings and Music for the Easter Season Sunday, Apr. 8 at 4pm. Free Will Offering.
  • Artfest 2018 at Crescent Ft. Rouge UC see poster for details



Minute for Mission

Ecumenical Accompaniment in Palestine and Israel

Our gifts for Mission & Service support the Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel.

In 2002, the World Council of Churches developed the program to create an international presence in the face of Israeli occupation. Since then the United Church has sent over 25 ecumenical accompaniers who have been posted in many regions of Palestine and Israel.

From February through April 2017, a United Church of Canada Ecumenical Accompanier was posted in north Israel. There they primarily monitored agricultural gates—counting the number of Palestinian farmers granted access to their land and noting whether the gates were open during their allotted times. During a visit, the Ecumenical Accompanier took United Church staff to a Palestinian park, where Palestinian families enjoy picnics and fresh air. The simple act of picnicking there is a protest against the occupation, and claims land that is (for now) Palestinian. Two Israeli settlements sit atop the valley ridge overlooking the park. The once-flowing river is diminished to a stream, as pipes route water over two kilometres to the Israeli settlement.

Ecumenical Accompaniers take a risk participating in the program. They also face a context very different than life in Canada. Many return to Canada informed and ready to advocate for a just peace and an end to the occupation. Mission & Service allows United Church Ecumenical Accompaniers to accompany the mission and ministry of the World Council of Churches in occupied Palestine. They share first-hand experience to inform their local community of faith, civil society, and government of the realities of occupation. Our gifts for Mission & Service accompany partners in the midst of occupation.


We are called to love our neighbours! Your gifts for Mission & Service show that love every day at Jane Finch Community Ministry. Thank you for your ongoing gifts, and if you have not given, please join me in making Mission & Service a regular part of your life of faith.