Westworth United Church
1750 Grosvenor Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba
on Treaty One Territory in the heart of the Métis Nation
4th Sunday after Pentecost, June 17, 2018
We Gather to Worship
Welcome and Announcements
Candle-Lighting & Prelude: “Morning Has Broken” Chuck Marohnic
For this place of worship and of friendship,
We give you thanks.
For this place of ministry and of learning,
We give you thanks.
For seeds of compassion you sow in our lives,
We give you thanks.
For seeds we can sow in the lives of others,
We give you thanks.
For your abundant blessings in all of creation,
We offer our praise to you.
Hymn VU 227 “For the Fruit of All Creation” AR HYD Y NOS
Prayer of Confession
Creator of infinite patience,
Forgive us for giving in to our discouragement and giving up.
Grant us faith that you will tend the seeds we sow,
even as we water them with our tears and rays of laughter.
Help us resolve to daily scatter seeds of compassion,
that your love will grow.
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.”
Time with Children
Hymn 260 “God Who Gives to Life Its Goodness” ABBOT’S LEIGH
We Hear the Word
First Scripture Reading: Ezekiel 17:22-24
Responsive Reading VU 742 “Psalm 20”
Gospel Reading: Mark 4:26-34
This is the Gospel of Christ.
Thanks be to God.
Sung Response: VU 840 “Your Word is a Lamp”
Musical Offering: “In Your Heart” George Nyman
In Memory of Bettina Nyman’s father, Gunars Tomsons
MV 154 “Deep in Our Hearts” FREED
Offertory: “Ar hyd y nos” Wilbur Held
Prayers of the People
Prayer Introit: VU 400 “Lord, Listen to Your Children Praying”
Prayers of Thanksgiving and Intercession
The Lord’s Prayer VU 921
Hymn VU 643 “Faith, While Trees Are Still in Blossom” FOR THE BREAD
Choral Response: “Hallelujah” ST. GEORGE’S
Postlude: “Tuba Tune in D Major” C.S. Lang
Minister: Loraine MacKenzie Shepherd firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com
Office Administrator: Heather Lavery firstname.lastname@example.org
Church Phone # 204 489-6974 Ext. 20 www.westworth.ca
Church Accountant: Jenny Jeffers email@example.com
Usher: Janet Sealey
Scripture Reader: Earl Gould
This week at Westworth
- Westworth Kids: Blue Jean Sunday School begins on June 4th and runs through the month of June. The children have an informal lesson exploring our faith beliefs and the world around us.
- Westworth Youth will meet Saturday at 3:30 pm in the upper classroom for Qigong and continues until June 23.
Summer Office Hours starting 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.
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 www.westworth.ca
Spare Change Sunday Here’s another option for responding to those who ask you for spare change. Next Sunday, we will have a basket at the back of the church into which you are welcome to put your spare change. This will go towards West Broadway Community Ministry, which provides services including meals, counselling, advocacy, laundry facilities, telephone, voice mail and a computer lab for those living in poverty.
Our last Faith Café before summer will discuss the changing church with its changing beliefs. What should we keep? What should we change? Would such changes attract more people? Gordon Toombs and Deither Peschken will each offer brief thoughts, followed by discussion. Laity and clergy welcome! We will meet on Thursday, June 28 from 10:00-noon.
Our first casual Men’s Spirituality Breakfast will take place on June 23rd so as not to conflict with the Father’s Day weekend. Please bring your own coffee, eats and ideas for discussion. Hope to see you there!
Save the date. Aug. 30, 5:30pm Westworth’s First Open House & Barbecue. Barbecued food supplied by the Pork Marketing Board.
- Your Outreach Committee and WBCM Thanks You! Thank you Westworth for your gifts this month of food, money and time, thus supporting the wonderful June lunch served at West Broadway. Our guests love those meatball sandwiches and are grateful for the cookies and fruit.
- 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!
- Save the Date. Walk a Mile in My Shoes Fundraiser Sept. 29. Stay tuned for updates.
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.
We will be sharing summer worship with St. Andrew’s River Heights United Church this year. They will close for June 24-July 15 and encourage their congregants to attend Westworth United Church during this time.
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 and services will resume at Westworth. Rev. Don Ross will lead us 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, minister at St. Andrew’s River Heights, on her cell at (204) 250-5073. From August 25-28, please call Rev. Heather Robbins at (204) 889-7609 (home) or (204) 295-1542 (cell). Loraine will return Aug. 29.
Council Meeting Information from May 29, 2018
- We have received notice from the City of Winnipeg that they will be doing major construction on Lanark between Grosvenor and Corydon. This will involve repaving of the street, curb repairs, and sidewalk repairs as required. During the construction time the street will be open to local traffic only and parking will be prohibited. Pedestrian access will be maintained throughout the construction period. At this time, they have not given a specific date, only that it will take place sometime between the beginning of July and mid-October. The church will get approximately one (1) week notice prior to the commencement of construction and we will inform you when we get this notification.
- Stewardship campaign scheduled for first and third Sundays of November (second Sunday is Remembrance Day). Dedication of pledges will be on the third Sunday (November 18)
- Criteria regarding conditions for rent free use of church approved. Criteria may be viewed in minutes posted online and available in office.
- Lay Worship training session being offered starting June 6, 7-9pm.
- There was discussion about long range planning and items to be discussed at the Fall retreat for all Leadership team members.
- Council discussed a number of joint initiatives with St Andrews including shared summer services, shared activities for families, children and youth, joint confirmation classes, and shared outreach opportunities. Council feels that these initiatives will become a solid basis for the possibility of a more formal partnerships in the future. Shared arrangements with other faith groups are also being explored.
Community News (please see bulletin boards for more info.)
- 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. Tickets $15.
- A Manitoba Tea & Craft Sale 11am-2pm at Riverview CC, 190 Ashland Ave. Tickets are an additional $5/person, available at the door.
- McClure UCW Fashion Show & Strawberry Social. Saturday, June 23 2 – 4 pm 533 Greenwood Place Tickets: $8 per person – must be reserved in advance by contacting Anne @ (204) 269-7724
- Rock Lake United Church Camp is slowly coming to life as we prepare for another fantastic summer of fun. If you haven’t gotten your registration in, be sure and go on-line at rocklake.com and sign up right away! You can also call (204)825-2553 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org. You can register by snail mail by writing to Box 395, Crystal City, MB R0K 0N0. We are almost ready. All we need is you!
- Transcona Memorial UC is looking forward to expanding our Messy Church Program to include Messy Encore, an inclusive program with adults in mind. We are looking for an enthusiastic person who can be available to provide assistance for 8 hours a week with paid remuneration. Please submit a cover letter and resume on or before June 29th,to the M & P Team at Transcona Memorial UC, 209 Yale Avenue W., R2C 1T9, or via email to email@example.com, Subject line: Messy Encore.
Minute for Mission
Our gifts for Mission & Service support the work of reconciliation with Indigenous brothers and sisters.
The Mohawk words “Akwe Nia’Tetewá:neren” (in English, “All My Relations”) were added to The United Church of Canada’s crest in 2012, recognizing that we are all connected to each other and all of creation.
A recent visit from the Uniting Church in Australia’s Aboriginal and Islander Christian Congress demonstrated the truth of this phrase. The visit was part of a dialogue on reconciliation between our two countries and churches. A return visit from Canada took place in March 2018.
The Australians arrived in Vancouver, British Columbia, and after exploring its urban Indigenous context, were scheduled to fly up the coast to the Indigenous community of Bella Coola. The United Churches there had worked to ensure a meaningful visit, but wildfires intervened. Concerned that the community might need to provide refuge for those displaced by fire, everyone reluctantly decided to cancel the visit.
Several phone calls later, friends in Peepeekisis and Carry the Kettle First Nations in Saskatchewan helped out with “Plan B.” The warmth with which the visitors were received was overwhelming. In Peepeekisis, after a brief service in the beloved old church, everyone was invited to a community feast, where the Australian guests participated in sacred ceremony. At Carry the Kettle, a visit to the annual powwow turned into the Australians being part of the Grand Entry—an incredible honour, and an experience that most will likely never have again.
This happened because of a simple recognition, that no matter how far apart we are, we are all connected; we are all relatives.
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.