July 15 Bulletin

Westworth United Church

1750 Grosvenor Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba

on Treaty One Territory in the heart of the Métis Nation

8th Sunday after Pentecost, July 15, 2018


Joint Service with St. Andrews River Heights United Church


We Gather to Worship

Welcome and Announcements

Candle-Lighting & Prelude:    “When Morning Gilds the Skies”

Dale Wood

Opening Prayer

Hymn VU 245      “Praise the Lord with the Sound of Trumpet”


Prayer of Confession

When our hearts spill over with gratitude,

Fear lurks in the shadows.

When love is full and life is blessed,

Worry lies just around the corner.

Forgive us when we give into foreboding joy.

Set us free from future’s anxious grasp,

That we may fully live in the grace of your presence.


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.”


Children’s Story

Hymn VU 352      “I Danced in the Morning”              LORD OF THE DANCE


We Hear the Word

Scripture Reading: II Samuel 6:1-5, 17-19

This is testimony to the Word of God.

      Thanks be to God.

      Sung Response:  VU 840 “Your Word is a Lamp”


Musical Offering:                                     Blake Collis, Choral Scholar

Sermon:                      “Poetry of Praise”



We Respond

Hymn MV 156                  “Dance with the Spirit”            Jim Strathdee



Offertory:        “I Danced in the Morning”               Noel Rawsthorne

Dedication Hymn VU 540 “Grant Us, God”

Offertory Prayer


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 750 “Psalm 24: Lift Up the Gates Eternal” Israeli Folk Melody


Choral Response:            “Hallelujah”                                   ST. GEORGE’S

Postlude:          “Joyful, Joyful, We Adore You”                      Craig Curry




“A Summer Prayer” by Joyce Rupp[1]  with added congregational response


May you breathe in the beauty of summer with its power of transformation.
May this beauty permeate all that feels un-beautiful in you.

May the God of summer give us beauty. 

May you seek and find spaces of repose during these summer months.
May these moments refresh and restore the tired places within you.

May the God of summer give us rest.

May you be open to times of celebration and recreation that are so much a part of summer.
May you find happiness in these times of play and leisure.

    May the God of summer give us joy.

May your eyes see the wonders of summer’s colors.
May these colors delight you and entice you into contemplation and joy.

May the God of summer give us inner light.

May you feel energy of summer rains penetrating thirsty gardens, golf courses, lawns and farmlands.
May these rains remind you that your inner thirst needs quenching.
May your inner self be refreshed, restored, and renewed.
May the God of summer give us what we need for healing.

May you savor fresh produce that comes to your table and enjoy the fruits of summer’s bounty.

May the God of summer give us a sense of satisfaction in the works of our hands.

May you find shelter when the stormy skies of summer threaten your safety.

May the God of summer give us shelter when inner storms threaten our peace of mind and heart.

May you enjoy the unexpected and find surprises of beauty and happiness as you travel the roads on summer vacation.

  May the God of summer lead us to amazing discoveries as we

also travel the inner roads of our soul.


[1] The Heart’s Journey Through the Seasons: The Circle of Life, Joyce Rupp and Macrina Wiekerkehr reprinted with permission from Joyce Rupp, July 9, 2018



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


Usher:  Janet Sealey

Scripture Reader: Vinny Ashton from St. Andrews RHUC


This week at Westworth

Welcome to our guests from St. Andrews RH United Church.


Today is the last Sunday at Westworth before we close and go to St. Andrew’s River Heights, from July 22-Aug 12 at 10:30 am for our joint summer services. Arlene Hintsa and Nancy Pinnell will be providing cookies and lemonade following the service to give us an opportunity to visit with our St. Andrew’s River Heights guests on their last Sunday with us at Westworth.

Other Announcements

Circles for Reconciliation

Circles for Reconciliation circles for Westworth members have been organized, starting September 2018. There is a choice of:

Tuesday evenings starting at 7 pm, or

Wednesday afternoons starting at 1:30 pm.

Start date for both circles would be the week of September 17.

The Indigenous Family Centre on Selkirk Avenue will accommodate the circles in a partnership with Westworth members. You can register via the Circles for Reconciliation website www.circlesforreconciliation.ca and in the neighborhood section, please indicate IFC-Fall.

If you have any further questions or need help registering, please contact Ingrid Dowan at idown@shaw.ca.


Westworth Vacation Bible School

  • August 27th – August 31st  from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
  • Cost: $75.00/child/Full Day week; ages 4-12
  • 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


Summer Office Hours Monday-Friday, 9:00am-3:00pm, closed at 12:30-1:30pm for lunch. The office will be closed July 19-Aug. 17.


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.

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 now until July 19, please call Rev. Loraine MacKenzie Shepherd at home 204 775-8817. 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. Please contact Nancy Williamson for any pastoral care cards that should be sent out at sarahtrois@shaw.ca or 204 487-2857.

At the upcoming meeting of the 43rd General Council in Oshawa July 22-27, we will be discussing many hot topics in various proposals from across the United Church. They will include considering Israel an apartheid state and applying boycott, divestments & sanctions to Israel as a whole, changing the wording of the faith statement for candidates for ordination & commissioning to a broader understanding of God, changing the requirement for church membership from a profession to faith to an intent to belong to community, the Caretakers Report from an Indigenous council of Elders that calls for changes in the United Church, support for mental health, implications for becoming an intercultural church, and addressing the rural crisis (about half of our Conference’s rural pastoral charges are without ministry personnel). See the online workbook for details: https://generalcouncil43.ca

Loraine will be a commissioner at General Council and invites anyone who would like to discuss General Council topics to meet after church in the parlour at Westworth today.


Loraine will be participating in the fundraising Alvin Dixon Memorial walk early Sunday morning, July 22, just before the beginning of General Council. This walk will raise money to support Indigenous education. For more info about Alvin Dixon, see following. To donate for Loraine’s fundraising, please use this link, or email Loraine to receive it. https://www.canadahelps.org/me/6TMUjrk


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



  1. West Broadway Pantry  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!

Community News (please check bulletin board by the elevator)

  • Jonathan Wong is the co-music director for the contemporary worship at St. Mary’s Road UC. He and Chuck Kroeker produced the album “The Journey” for cello and accompanying instruments after he was diagnosed with a neuromuscular condition that threatens both your medical and musical careers. Please check out chvnradio.com /made-in-manitoba/local-musician-releases-album-to-give-back
  • Catholica 200 Ecumenical Service July 13 at 7:30pm St. Boniface Cathedral to help celebrate the 200th bicentenary of the Archdiocese of St. Boniface and reconciliation with First Nations. Loraine has been asked to preach with Anglican Bishop Don Philips. July 15 at 7:30 pm will be a concert at the Cathedral inspired by the Seven Teachings of the First nations peoples Featuring: Tom Jackson, Brad Roberts, Zachary Richard, Connie Kaldor, Heather Bishop les soeurs Campagne, Martha Wainwright, World Village Music Choir, Luc De Larochelière


Minute for Mission

Hope under Occupation

 Our gifts for Mission & Service support Palestinians in Gaza. About 1,300 Christian Palestinians live in the Gaza Strip, enduring three wars in five years along with their Muslim neighbours. Israel controls the land, sea, and air around Gaza, with one crossing into Egypt through Rafah controlled by Egypt and monitored by the European Union in coordination with Israel. The Near East Council of Churches (NECC) works in Gaza with both communities, focusing on providing education and health care to a population under blockade.

In Gaza City, the NECC operates apprenticeship programs for young men and women to develop skills such as fashion design and aluminium engineering. Yet even these programs are adversely affected by the blockade. For example, not all the materials needed for aluminium housing are allowed into Gaza.

The NECC also operates three primary health care clinics in Gaza, serving over 150,000 people. The clinic in Shijaia (built with contributions from Canadian churches and CIDA, among others) was destroyed in 2008 during Israel’s Operation Cast Lead and has since been rebuilt. At these clinics, patients receive primary health care, antenatal and postnatal care, malnutrition and anemia treatment, psychosocial support particularly for children, family planning services, and dermatological care. The latter was recently introduced due to the high prevalence of skin diseases as a result of the effects of war and the poor water quality in Gaza.

Through these programs, the NECC gives hope to a civilian population facing blockade, unemployment, poverty, and frequent wars.


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.