Westworth United Church
1750 Grosvenor Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba
on Treaty One Territory in the heart of the Métis Nation
2nd Sunday after Pentecost, June 3, 2018
Welcome and Announcements
Candle-lighting & Prelude: “We Place Upon Your Table” R. J. Powell
Introit: “No Hands But Yours” Dale Peterson
Call to Worship
From far and wide, rich and poor,
we are welcome in God’s house.
Gay and straight, young and old,
we are welcome in God’s house.
Differing abilities, differing ethnicities,
we are welcome in God’s house.
Hymn MV 1 “Let Us Build a House” TWO OAKS
(The children are invited to go to church school and parents may bring them back to join in the celebration of communion)
Prayer of Confession
In our efforts to support order and safety,
we may become too rule-bound.
In our honouring of tradition and propriety,
we may shut out those we intend to welcome.
God of grace, help us find the balance
between order and chaos, law and grace.
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.”)
Responsive Reading: VU 861 “Psalm 139”
Epistle Reading: Mark 2:23-3:6
This is Gospel of Christ.
Thanks be to God.
Sung Response: VU 840 “Your Word”
Anthem: “Keep God’s Light” Mark Patterson
Sermon: “Bending Towards Grace”
Hymn MV 12 “Come Touch Our Hearts” Light/Donaldson
Offertory: “Come Share the Lord” Bryan Jeffrey Leech
Dedication Hymn VU 540 “Grant Us, God”
The Sacrament of Holy Communion (see insert)
(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)
The Sacrament of Holy Communion: Earth
(Communion Setting Kingsfold, MV 203)
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.
Loving Creator, your Word is the impulse for all things to be:
for space, stars, and stardust to appear,
for Earth to emerge from the deep,
and for life to be born of Earth.
Your Spirit is the life force in all things,
restoring the broken and healing the wounded,
groaning in anticipation of a new creation,
stirring with new life born of water and the Spirit.
You chose to be born a human being,
to become a part of Earth,
to suffer, die, and rise from death to redeem humankind,
to renew creation,
and to reconcile all born of Earth and the Spirit.
Therefore with angels and archangels, saints and sinners,
ancient voices in the forest, high voices from the sky,
deep voices from the sea, and the whole company of creation,
we sing your praise:
♪O holy, holy holy God, O God of time and space.
All earth and sea and sky above bear witness to your grace. Hosanna in the highest heav’n, creation sings your praise.
And blessed is the One who comes
and bears your name always!
On the night before Jesus died, he had supper with his disciples. He took bread, thanked you as we have thanked you,
broke the bread and gave it to his friends, saying,
“Take this, all of you, and eat it. This is my body given for you. Each time you eat this bread, remember me.”
After supper he took the wine, thanked you for it,
and passed a cup of wine to his friends, saying
“This cup is the new promise God has made with you in my blood. Each time you drink from this cup, remember me.”
In the bread broken and the cup poured,
we proclaim the good news of Christ
that restores to memory and hope
those who are broken and unremembered.
We long for the bread of tomorrow
and the wine of the age to come.
Therefore, as we eat this bread and drink this cup,
we sing life and love to one another and to the world:
♪Sing Christ has died and Christ is risen,
Christ will come again!
Sing Christ has died and Christ is risen,
Christ will come again!
At this time, we also remember
all with whom you would have us share your feast.
We pray for all who are in sorrow or in pain . . .
all who are ill or alone . . .
all who live with fear, oppression, or hunger . . .
all who live with childhood trauma, abandonment and abuse…
We pray for the church and its varied ministries . . .
for nations as they strive for peace and justice . . .
for respect and healing for the earth and all its creatures…
for all our families and friends . . . .
With the words Jesus taught us, we now pray to God,
our Mother and our Father,
who art in heaven
hallowed be thy name.
Thy kingdom come, thy will be done
On earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread;
and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us;
and lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
for thine is the kingdom,
the power, and the glory,
forever and ever.
Come, life-giving Spirit of God,
bring us together in unity at your table.
Shower us with your grace that we may know,
in the depths of our being,
that each one of us is dearly loved and warmly welcomed
to this table of healing and wholeness.
May these gifts of life be a sign of your grace to us.
Through Christ, with Christ, and in Christ,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit, all glory is yours,
God most holy, now and forever.
♪Amen, amen, O Holy One! Hosanna and Amen!
Amen, amen, O Holy One, Hosanna and Amen!
Sharing the Bread and the Cup
The gifts of God for the people of God.
Everyone who follows Jesus Christ, no matter what your denomination, is welcome to come to this table.
Come, for all things are now ready.
Prayer after Communion
We give thanks that bread broken, brings wholeness to this wounded earth and all its creatures;
that wine poured out, replenishes the weary;
that communion with the Risen Christ and with one another is gift and grace. Amen.
Hymn VU 277 “I Come with Joy” DOVE OF PEACE
Benediction & Commissioning
Choral Response: “Hallelujah” ST. GEORGE’S
Postlude: “Trumpet Tune in A Major” Michael McCabe
Minister: Loraine MacKenzie Shepherd email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Office Administrator: Heather Lavery email@example.com
Church Phone # 204 489-6974 Ext. 20 www.westworth.ca
Church Accountant: Jenny Jeffers firstname.lastname@example.org
Usher: Maureen Lelond
Scripture Reader: Denise Jones
Communion Servers: Petra Thanisch, Alma Acheson, Eunice Pratt, Taekyu Lee and Heain Choi
We extend our sympathy to Gladys, Denis, Danielle C. and family on the passing of Gladys’s mother and Danielle’s grandmother, Kathleen J. who passed away May 20.
This week at Westworth
Counting Team is Team E – Denise’s team
Senior choir practices end on the last Thursday in May which is May 31.
- 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.
- Mums/Caregivers and Tots Tuesday Morning Drop-in from 9.30-11.00 am and continues until June 5.
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.
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 (email@example.com) if you want more information.
Counting – Over the last year the procedures and forms for counting the weekly offering have been revised (and re-revised) in order to try to make things as clear and efficient as possible. Heather Lavery in the Westworth office has been diligent in her attention to detail and commitment to providing feedback. The weekly counting team volunteers have been patient in waiting for the revisions and in implementing the new procedures. The Finance Committee thanks all of these amazing people for their time and dedication with this work for our congregation.
Rummage Sale – THANK YOU to all who donated, and helped.
Our final numbers are in and the Rummage Sale profit was $3,289. The sale was co-ordinated by Andrea Firth, Dorothy Reid, and Lee-Ann Blase.
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
Please pick up your kitchen items in the narthex this morning.
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!
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.
Lay Worship Leader Workshop: Wednesday, June 6, 7-9 pm. Learn about the meaning of the various parts of a worship service, how scripture readings are chosen, resources for prayers, and various ways of offering reflections. Please let Loraine know if you are interested in attending.
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.
The Local Arrangements Committee for the Conference of MB and NW ON Annual General Meeting held May 24-27th, wish to thank all those congregations who contributed muffins and cookies for the nutrition breaks and the Sunday reception. There was a wonderful variety and everyone enjoyed and appreciated having a snack at their breaks. Also benefiting from your contributions were St. Matthews-Maryland Community Ministry and West Broadway Community Ministry. We also wish to thank all those who worked in Book Sales.
- Westworth will provide a hot lunch for approximately 160 people at West Broadway Community Ministry (WBCM) on Thursday, June 7. If you are able to provide a box of pre-cooked frozen meatballs, or pasta sauce or buns, or fruit, or cookies, a sign-up sheet is available in the narthex. In addition, volunteers for preparation and serving are needed. You may leave the box of meatballs, buns, fruit or cookies in the fridge in the Westworth kitchen on Wednesday, June 6 OR if you wish to have your contribution picked up, or to make other arrangements, please contact Ruth Wiwchar at 204 889-2892.
- 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.
Save the date. Aug. 30, 5:30pm Westworth’s First Open House & Barbecue
Barbecued food supplied by the Pork Marketing Board.
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) 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.
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.
Minute for Mission
100 Years of Being the Change
Our gifts for Mission & Service support the long-standing ministry of St. Columba House, a community ministry that is an important constant in the lives of those who are living on the margins in Montreal.
The year 2017 marked a very important milestone in the history of St. Columba House. Who could have imagined in 1917 that, a century later, the ministry would be celebrating 100 years of offering healing and hope to the most vulnerable members of the Pointe-Saint-Charles community?
From its beginnings as a place that only provided hot meals, to its current status as a leader in changing public policy in Montreal, St. Columba House has transformed many lives. It is now an organization on the cutting edge of emerging needs and innovative responses through its environmental programming. This includes a community gardening program, where participants develop their own balcony gardens, and beekeeping programs that allow participants to learn how to interact with bees at the ministry’s own rooftop beehive.
St. Columba House, in partnership with United Church Ministries, Montreal City Mission, and Québec Presbytery Justice and Global Ecumenical Relations Committee, has also created the Green Church project to engage ministries in its ecological practices.
Together through our Mission & Service support we can celebrate with St. Columba House all the lives that have been transformed and look ahead to innovation for the future. We give thanks for its 100-year history and look forward with it to the next 100 years!
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.