Apr. 8 Bulletin

 Westworth United Church

1750 Grosvenor Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba

on Treaty One Territory in the heart of the Métis Nation

2nd Sunday of Easter, April 8, 2018


                             We Gather to Worship

Welcome and Announcements

Candle-lighting & Prelude: ”Christ  the Lord is Risen”       J.G. Walther

Opening Prayer: VU 174

Hymn VU 175       “This Is the Day That God Has Made”       EASTER JOY

Prayer of Confession

      Gracious God, forgive us for being tight-fisted.

      Forgive us for not being as generous as we might

            with our resources and with our hearts.

      Forgive us for not being able to receive from others

            their care and their help.

      Teach us, instead, how to be open-handed in our lives.

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.”

The Sacrament of Baptism

VU 454 May God Who Creates You

(the children may now go to Sunday School)

                          We Hear the Word

Scripture Reading: Acts 4:32-35

Hear what the Spirit is saying to the Church.

      Thanks be to God.

      Sung Response:  VU 826, Refrain 2 “Hallelujah”


Psalm 133: VU 856 “Behold, How Pleasant”

Solo:          “I Know that My Redeemer Liveth”                         HANDEL

Christina Thanisch-Smith

Sermon:          “Gracious Power”

                                              We Respond 

Hymn VU 194      “Filled with the Spirit’s Power”         NATIONAL HYMN


Offertory:             “This Joyful Eastertide”                         Paul Bouman

Dedication Hymn VU 544 “In Gratitude and Humble Trust”

Offertory Prayer


Prayers of the People

Prayer Introit: MV 16      “Come & Fill Our Hearts””

Prayers of Thanksgiving and Intercession

The Lord’s Prayer VU 959 (sung)


Hymn VU 586 “We Shall Go Out with Hope of Resurrection”




Choral Response: VU 974           “Amen!”

Postlude:                    “Lift High the Cross”                     arr. John Carter



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:  Florence van Dijk and Alex and Zoe Attazada

Usher:  Shirley and Walter Watts

Scripture Reader:  Elaine Pigden


We extend omellie.

There will be a funeral at Westworth for Jean Provencher on Sunday,  April 15 at 2 pm. In lieu of flowers, donations to Siloam Mission would be appreciated by the family.


Today with joy we baptize:

Logan James C son of Heather and Andrew C

Theodore Matthew d, son of Jennifer and Steve d


This week at Westworth:

Counting Team is Team A – David B’s team

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

Luke 9:28-36.  Next week we will learn about Early Believers.

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

Lenten Study Evaluation meeting after worship in the parlour.

We received $190 from our Easter open donations that were designated for 1JustCity. Thank you for your support.


The office will be closed for a luncheon meeting Friday, Apr. 13 from 11:30-1:00pm.

The Women’s Spirituality Group will meet Saturday, April 14th, 9:00am in the Parlour.  Our topic will be “Unexplained event? Just a Coincidence? Divine Intervention? All women are welcome to join us for a light breakfast and discussion.  For more information, phone Kathy Wilson (489-6617) or email wilsonka@mymts.net.

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.

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.

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

We no longer need plastic bags for the prayer shawls. Thank you.

We will be having a Membership Transfer Sunday in the spring so if you are interested in transferring your membership Apr. 15 or June 10 please speak with Loraine soon.


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. West Broadway April Lunch Nancy Doern White, with Marion and Denis Simpson will host this month’s hot lunch on Thursday, April 19th 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.
  2. 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 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. Always gratefully received are travel size toothpaste, shampoo, and soap, as well as personal hygiene products.

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


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. Each United Church in Wpg. is being asked 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. or leave at church office by Thursday noon and Loraine will take them to Conference Friday am.

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.
  • Artfest 2018 at Crescent Ft. Rouge UC Apr. 13-15 check poster for different events.
  • Connie Kaldor & Family Band Apr. 28 7:30pm at Crescent Ft. Rouge UC
  • Bible Study: The Revelation to John UC in Meadowood Thursdays beginning Apr. 12, 2-3:30pm or 7-8:30pm. ucm@ucim.org or 256-7002
  • The Fly and Camel Café Apr. 14 at 7:30pm St. Mary’s Rd. UC
  • “Spring Fling” Fundraiser Apr. 14 7:00pm Fort Garry UC

Come out and enjoy the sounds of  Our FGUC Choir,  The New Horizons Jazz Band, The Wpg Male Chorus, & The Wild Homes Band.


Minute for Mission

Organ Donation across “Enemy Lines”

Our gifts for Mission & Service support health and peace and the breaking down of barriers to peace. In the Holy Land, bringing ordinary Israelis and Palestinians peacefully together is extremely difficult in such a tense and violent environment. But the International Christian Committee in Israel (ICCI) does just that.

Along with Palestinian girls’ empowerment programs in Arab towns in Acre, the ICCI brings Palestinians and Israelis together through a variety of programs, from academic conferences to supporting inter-ethnic organ donation. As Hussam Elias, ICCI’s Executive Secretary, says, “Arabs and Jews are not ‘doomed’ to live together but should live together.”

The medical expenses related to organ donation in Israel are covered by the state; the ICCI raises awareness and organizes conferences to break down the social barriers and conflicting ideas about organ transplants that have been in place across cultures. Often, people only want to donate within their own ethnicity.

As a result of the support of the ICCI and other organizations, Israeli and Palestinian families come together in very unique, life-giving situations. One Arab youth was killed in a car accident, and his family donated his heart to a Jewish person; when the boy’s mother met the recipient, they hugged, and she said it felt like she was hugging her son. In another case, a Jewish family donated the liver of a relative to a young Arab man. When he got married, he invited his donor’s family, and the wedding photos show them all together as one big family.

As a piece of anonymous street art in the city of Haifa says, “This is for the organ donors, reminding us all that we won’t be strangers for long.”

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.