May 20 Bulletin

Westworth United Church

1750 Grosvenor Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba

on Treaty One Territory in the heart of the Métis Nation

Pentecost Sunday, May 20, 2018


We Gather to Worship

Welcome and Announcements

Candle-Lighting & Prelude:    “Come Down, O Love Divine”

                                                                 Ralph Vaughan Williams/Marilyn Biery


Introit:      “O Holy Spirit, By Whose Breath”         VENI CREATOR SPIRITUS

Opening Prayer VU 206 “Pentecost Prayer”


Hymn VU 374       “Come and Find the Quiet Centre”        BEACH SPRING

Prayer of Confession

      In our rushed, multi-tasking culture,

            we have lost the joy of being.

      Teach us to welcome the delays and the interruptions.

      Help us savour these extra minutes of waiting

            as holy pause and sacred breath.

      Spirit of God, guide us to intentional pause every day,

            that we may breathe your holy calm

            and be mindful of your presence in all that we do.


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

Responsive Reading VU 827 “Psalm 104” Part Two, Refrain 1


Scripture Reading: Romans 8:22-27

This is the Gospel of Christ.

      Thanks be to God.

      Sung Response:  VU 826, Refrain 2 “Hallelujah”


Anthem:          “Come Down, O Love Divine”                           Sheldon Curry

Sermon:                            “Holy Pause”


                             We Respond

Hymn VU 208                  “Veni Sancte Spiritus”



Offertory: “Like the Murmur of the Dove’s Song”                       John Carter

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 373            “As Comes the Breath of Spring”                    DENBY


Choral Response: VU 974           “Amen!”

Postlude:  “Come Holy Ghost, Our Souls Inspire”              arr. Wilbur Held



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: Kirk Windsor

Scripture Reader:  Kathy Wilson


This week at Westworth

Counting Team is Team C – Dave S’s team

Office Closed May 21 for Victoria Day.


Westworth Kids and Youth:

  • Westworth Kids Today, will be celebrating the end of the regular session of church school.
  • Westworth Youth will meet Saturday at 3:30 pm in the upper classroom for Qigong.
  • Mums/Caregivers and Tots Tuesday Morning Drop-in from 9.30-11.00 am

Other Announcements

There are only two seasons – winter and baseball.” And, now that winter is behind us, it is time to put the Goldeyes game, that we Westworth keeners will be attending, into your calendars. Reserve June 8th, 7:00 pm, for a game against the Chicago Dogs. Watch for the sign-up sheet to appear in the narthex. Contact Nancy Williamson ( if you want more information.

Summer Office Hours start June 1 until after Labour Day, except the month we are closed, and are from 9:00am-3:00pm, closed at 12:30-1:30pm for lunch.

Johnny Cash Westworth Hoedown
Last Saturday’s event was a great success and we all had a great time along with raising just under $2000 which will go into our general funds for the church. We would like to thank the many people who helped to make this such a success. Firstly, our husbands who work so hard supporting Dorothy and me! The Haskins Street Band were wonderful in providing our entertainment after Johnny Cash left – thanks so much. Thank you to Andrea Firth, who so efficiently looked after tickets, the Bakers and Moroz’s and friends who looked after drinks, Maureen Lelond who stirred chili for hours, and with Pat Stephenson washed a lot of dishes. Thanks to all of those who helped with setting up, washing dishes and taking down tables etc. This was, as always, a team effort – thank you.

Shirley Watts and Dorothy Reid


Conference Worship -Westworth will not be holding a Sunday Service on May 27th in order to encourage people to attend the final worship service of Conference. The 10:00 am service will be at University Centre, University of Manitoba. Please sign up if you plan to attend and indicate if you can provide a ride or need a ride.


Faith Café will discuss the meaning of the sacraments on Thursday,

May 31st at 10:30 am. Clergy and laity welcome!


Westworth Vacation Bible School

  • August 27th – August 31st  from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
  • Cost: $75.00/child/Full Day week.
  • Theme: A Road Trip with Mary and Joseph – The Christmas Story
  • Registration forms: contact Maggie or Heather in the office or online at


On Monday, June 4 at 7 pm, plan to attend the UCW Thankoffering and Dessert Party. The evening will begin with a short worship service in the sanctuary, and an opportunity to donate a Thankoffering for Mission and Service. Sharon Dainard, a graduate student in Native Studies at the University of Manitoba, will be speaking on Treaties. Following her presentation, we will enjoy dessert and fellowship in our auditorium. This event is sponsored by the UCW, and both women and men are welcome to attend. Tickets are $5.00 and will be available after worship and in the church office during the week.


Pride Sunday, June 3 immediately following the service we will be marching with the United Church Conference of Manitoba and NW Ontario. Look for the banner and join us!



1. Your Outreach Committee and WBCM Thanks You!  Thank you Westworth for your gifts this month of food, money and time, thus supporting the wonderful May lunch served at West Broadway. Our guests love those meatball sandwiches and are grateful for the cookies and fruit. Next month’s luncheon will be held on June 7.

  1. 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); Cheese Whiz, 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! 
  1. Save the Date. Walk a Mile in My Shoes Fundraiser Sept. 29. Stay tuned for updates.


Summer Schedule:

Our worship service will begin at 10:30 am from June 17 – September 2. It will resume at 11:00 am as of September 9.

St. Andrew’s River Heights United Church recently received an unexpected request for a change in pastoral relations from one of its ministers and it has appreciated our prayers and support. They have decided to close for June 24-July 15 and encourage its congregants to attend Westworth United Church during this time. Their continuing minister, Rev. Karen Lumley, has rearranged her holidays so that Loraine and Karen can be on call for emergency pastoral care for both congregations.

While Loraine is attending General Council as a Commissioner July 20-29 and is on holidays in August, Westworth will be closed July 19-Aug.12 and our congregants are encouraged to attend St. Andrew’s River Heights. Their service time is at 10:30 am. Westworth office will open again on Monday, August 20. Rev. Don Ross will lead in worship Aug. 19 and Rev. Heather Robbins will lead in worship Aug. 26.

For emergency pastoral care from July 20-August 25, please call Rev. Karen Lumley for emergency pastoral care on her cell at (204) 488-1130. From August 25-28, please call Rev. Heather Robbins at (204) 889-7609 (home) or (204) 295-1542 (cell). Loraine will return Aug. 29.


Save the date. Aug. 30, 5:30pm Westworth First Open House & Barbecue. Barbecued food supplied by the Pork Marketing Board.


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

  • Lori Neale is on the “People in Partnership” team at General Council.  Her particular focus is on supporting the pilgrim stream short term immersion experiences and on promotion of the People-to-People opportunities.  She will be in Winnipeg in June 6th for a conference and is hoping to meet a few people to speak about global opportunities for both short term and long term travel at 1:00 pm at the Conference Office. She wants to connect with folk who might be interested in learning more about organizing short term immersion experiences and/or hosting global partners.  Please contact Joan Jarvis 233-8911 ex. 226 by Wednesday, May 23rd if you plan to attend.
  • The Divas Vocal  Ensemble under the direction of Joylynn Deeley present Summer Breeze, an evening of choral music with guest performers the Winnipeg Male Chorus and the Fourte String Quartet on Sunday, June 3rd at 7:00p.m. at Fort Garry UC (800 Point Rd.) Tickets are $15.00 available at the door or to reserve tickets call Joylynn at 204-888-7960.
  • URBAN RETREATS GARDEN TOUR: Saturday June 23rd, 10am-4pm, rain or shine. Self‐guided tour of beautiful Riverview gardens in support of Matthews Maryland Community Ministry. New this year, guided tours of South Osborne Permaculture Gardens at 11am &1pm. Tickets $15, available at Ron Paul Garden Centre, McNally Robinson, Jensen’s Nursery & Garden Centre, St. Mary’s Nursery & Garden Centre, Lacoste Garden Centre, or by calling the Community Ministry at 204‐774‐3957.
  • A Manitoba Tea & Craft Sale 11am-2pm at Riverview Community Centre, 190 Ashland Ave. Ask a Master Gardener & Master Composter, plant sale, crafters, door prizes, tea, bannock and jam. Tickets for the tea & craft sale are an additional $5/person, available at the door. Garden tour tickets also available on June 23rd at Riverview Community Centre. More info at‐retreats‐garden‐tour‐tea‐sale‐2/
  • Transcona Memorial UC is looking for a person to run a Messy Encore program for adults. Please check board for details.


Minute for Mission

Embracing the Spirit

Our gifts for Mission & Service support innovation in ministry.

As a jazz saxophonist, Peter Woods knows that live music performances are spiritually moving events for both the performer and the audience. As an ordained minister, he has always wanted to connect his performances more overtly to faith communities and spiritual growth.

That is now happening, thanks to funding from Embracing the Spirit, a Mission & Service–funded learning network and innovation fund. The program fosters new forms of ministry—including drum circles, outdoor labyrinths, arts festivals, and community cooking classes—along with supporting existing faith communities through connection and collaboration.

When Embracing the Spirit was launched at the Skylight Festival in 2016, Woods and his Evensong Ensemble were there to perform. They were later granted an innovation grant, allowing the group to develop professionally, combining the power found in the contemporary jazz-pop concert experience with the progressive theology of the United Church.

“Support from Embracing the Spirit is making that possible,” Woods says. “People have never stopped seeking spiritual nourishment in a musical setting. The music is a vessel and is one part of a message about love and acceptance in the world.”

He notes that Evensong also hopes to connect with other musicians as the United Church seeks to be a credible presence in the Spiritual but Not Religious world. “We want to be part of the conversation” he says, “and funding from Embracing the Spirit is making that possible.”

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.