Mar. 4 Bulletin

Westworth United Church

1750 Grosvenor Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba

on Treaty One Territory in the heart of the Métis Nation

3rd Sunday of Lent: March 4, 2018


We Gather to Worship

Candle Lighting and Prelude:  “O God Beyond All Praising”

                                                                                             arr. David Cherwien


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

Opening Prayer: VU 257                            Augustine of Hippo, 5th century

Hymn MV 1                     “Let Us Build a House”                     TWO OAKS


Prayer of Confession

God of grace,

in our rule-bound lives, we sometimes quench your Spirit.

Grant us awe-filled wonder with the laws of nature.

Teach us delight in your commandments of love.

Help us be slow to judge and quick to forgive,

according to your rule of grace.


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

Building a Rainbow Covenant

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

Responsive Reading: VU 740 “Psalm 19” Refrain 2


First Scripture Reading: Exodus 20:1-17

This is testimony to the Word of God.

Thanks be to God.


Sermon:           “Wonderment”


We Respond

Hymn VU 299            “Teach Me, God, to Wonder”            MCNAUGHT



Offertory:   “As We Gather at Your Table”            arr. James Clemens

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

Offertory Prayer


Communion Anthem:  “Draw Near”                                     Carl Schalk


The Sacrament of Holy Communion

Communion Setting C: VU 936                                       David Saint

(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.

Blessed are you, gracious God…

…So it is that throughout these Lenten days and nights

we worship you, and bless your name:

♪ (please turn to VU 936)


In his last hours among us…

…By what we do here, we proclaim the mystery of faith:

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


As we remember the death and resurrection of Jesus…

…all glory is yours, God most holy, now and forever.

Amen, amen, amen.


Sharing the Bread and the Cup

Prayer after Communion

Hymn VU 256      “O God Beyond All Praising”                      THAXTED


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

Postlude:     “Lamb of God, Pure and Holy”                  Johann Pachelbel



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

Usher:  Janet Sealey

Scripture Reader:   Shirley Watts

Communion Servers:  Alma Acheson, Keith and Ann Love, Cheryl McNabb Davis and Gerald Davis, Paul Chard, Nancy Pinnell, Teresa Sztaba and Bruce Tefft



This week at Westworth:

Counting Team is Team D – Walter’s team

Senior Choir meets Thursdays at 7:30pm.

Next week please move clocks forward 1 hour on Saturday.


Westworth Community Events – Mar. 9 Demonstrations of Quigong with Sifu Kelly and Tumbling Kids with Kellie W. 6:30-8:00pm.

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


Loraine is on study leave to take a training update in Edmonton this Tuesday-Thursday and will then be in Victoria Thursday-Sunday to be with her family to help move her parents. In case of emergency pastoral care during this time, please call Rev. Heather Robbins at (204) 889-7609. 

The Women’s Spirituality Group will meet Saturday, March 10th, 9:00am in the Parlour. We will share a light breakfast followed by our discussion topic, “Sleep”.  All women are welcome to join us.  For more information call Kathy Wilson (489-6617) or email


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.


Lenten Study:  Buddhist-Christian Lenten Study, Monday evenings starting Feb. 26-Mar. 26 at 7:00pm.

Mar 5:   Bhante Chandananda  Social Justice and Activism

Respondent: Rev. Bob Gilbert

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


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.


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


Revised Total of all donations for the past 3 years.

2016   $27,791                   2017   $33,241                   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.

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! 


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

  • The Winnipeg Singers present Icons & Incense: The Russian Requiem Mar. 4 at 3pm Crescent Ft. Rouge UC
  • Clinic in Uganda Fundraising Dinner, Sat. Mar. 10 6:00pm Muslims & Christians Working Together St. James Civic Centre
  • B’nai Brith is pleased to invite you to our 23rdAnnual Interfaith Model Passover Seder in partnership with Congregation Shaarey Zedek, on March 15th at 6:30 p.m. To purchase tickets, email us at or by phone at 204-487-9623