Westworth United Church
1750 Grosvenor Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba
on Treaty One Territory in the heart of the Métis Nation
5th Sunday after Pentecost, June 24, 2018
Joint Service with St. Andrews River Heights United Church
We Gather to Worship
Welcome and Announcements
Candle-Lighting & Prelude: “Be Still My Soul” arr. Penny Rodriguez
For wind and calm; for rain and sun,
We give you thanks God, Three in One.
For stormy days to read and pray,
For sunny days to work and play,
For challenges and peace within,
We give you thanks for kith and kin.
Hymn MV 30 “It’s a Song of Praise to the Maker” Duck/Klusmeier
Prayer of Confession
When the storms of life threaten;
When we feel overwhelmed,
Help us not disappear into our fear.
Give us faith to know that we are not alone;
That you walk closely beside us.
Help us in our unbelief.
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 MV 90 “Don’t Be Afraid” Bell/Maule
We Hear the Word
First Scripture Reading: I Samuel 17:57-18:5, 10-16
This is testimony to the Word of God
Thanks be to God.
Responsive Reading VU 832 “Psalm 107” Part Three
Gospel Reading: Mark 4:35-41
This is the Gospel of Christ.
Thanks be to God.
Sung Response: VU 840 “Your Word is a Lamp”
Musical Offering: Blake Collis, Tenor Scholar
Sermon: “Calm in the Storms of Life”
Hymn VU 652 “Be Still, My Soul” FINLANDIA
Offertory: “My Shepherd Shall Supply My Need” John Carter
Dedication Hymn VU 540 “Grant Us, God”
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 625 “I Feel the Winds of God” KINGSFOLD
Choral Response: “Hallelujah” ST. GEORGE’S
Postlude: “The Kingsfold Trumpet” Alfred Fedak
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: Iris McKay from St. Andrews RHUC
We extend our condolences to Pat Challis and family on the passing of her husband, Neil Challis. Neil’s Celebration of Life Service was held on Friday, June 22.
Our sympathy to Earl and Joyce Gould and Dickson and Judy Gould on the passing of Earl’s brother and Dickson’s father, Dr. Fred Gould. Fred’s Celebration of Life Service will be held on Tuesday, June 26 at 1:30pm.
Also sympathy to Barbara and Frank Wynes and family on the passing of Frank’s mother, Gladys Wynes.
We send our condolences to the family of Ruth Stewart who graveside service was last Wednesday.
This week at Westworth
- Westworth Kids: Thanks to Marilyn Anderson Corkum for leading our last Blue Jean Sunday School for June. The children will explore our faith beliefs and the world around us.
- Spare Change Sunday donations for West Broadway can be left in plates at back of sanctuary. Thank you.
We welcome our guests from St. Andrews RH United Church.
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. Office will be closed from June 20-26 for holidays.
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
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 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.
Save the date. Aug. 30, 5:30pm Westworth’s First Open House & Barbecue. Barbecued food supplied by the Pork Marketing Board. Please join us.
- 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)
Art From the Attic! Grands ‘n’ More Winnipeg has volunteers ready to pick up donated art for their Art Sale. Please call 204 599-8787 or email gnmAFTA@gmail.com. All proceeds go to the Grandmothers Campaign supporting African grandmothers who are caring for 17 million children orphaned by AIDS, this is part of the Stephen Lewis Foundation. The Sale will take place Sunday, Sept. 30 10:30-4:00pm at Norwood CC at 87 Walmer St.
Loraine’s Sabbatical May-July, 2019
Last September, the Ministry & Personnel Committee began working with Loraine MacKenzie Shepherd on planning related to a sabbatical leave for Loraine. In accordance with United Church of Canada policies, Ministry personnel are entitled to a sabbatical period of at least three consecutive months after each five years of service with a pastoral charge. Loraine will be passing the five year mark with Westworth this July. The dates for Loraine’s sabbatical leave will be May 1-July 31, 2019.
Sabbatical leave is an extension of the biblical concept of a Sabbath day and a Sabbath year for renewal. It is both an act of faith that God will sustain us through a period of reflection and an occasion for recovery and renewal of vital energies. A sabbatical leave is a gift, first of all to the minister who receives it, and secondly to the congregation who receive the outcomes the sabbatical leave provides to the congregation and even to the wider church.
It is with this in mind that the M & P Committee support Loraine’s sabbatical leave. The Westworth Council is also supporting Loraine’s Sabbatical leave for 2019.
Sabbatical leave can be both a time of reflection and of deeper study. Loraine has chosen to dedicate the study portion of her upcoming sabbatical to a topic that she believes will benefit the congregation going forward. The topic for her study will be common traits of thriving congregations that can be copied by other congregations. During this three month period, Loraine will be travelling to and visiting with a number of congregations in at least four provinces.
Unlike when Westworth ministers took sabbaticals in the recent past, we no longer have the luxury of having our other minister step in to pick up the workload. There are several steps that Loraine has taken, endorsed by Council and M&P, designed to mitigate the impact that her sabbatical will have on the congregation. First among these is that she has chosen to propose her sabbatical for the period that is less impactful to Westworth, the months of May, June and July. She has also begun to work with members of the congregation to build skills and capacity of lay worship leaders. This group may be drawn upon as lay worship leaders during the Sabbatical period. Loraine is also putting in place pastoral care during this time.
If there are any questions or comments regarding this upcoming sabbatical, please feel free to direct them to Paul Chard, chair of the M&P Committee, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Minute for Mission
An Investment in the Future
Our gifts for Mission & Service, together with emergency funds and Gifts with Vision, enabled us to build a church-run high school in Haiti.
The opening of a new secondary school in Duplan, in the hills above Port-au-Prince, was the high point of celebrations marking the 200th anniversary of the Église Méthodiste en Haïti (Methodist Church in Haiti) in February 2017. The United Church of Canada financed 80 percent of the cost of building the seven-room structure following the massive earthquake that hit Haiti in 2010, destroying or damaging many schools and churches and killing between 225,000 and 300,000 people.
The shiny yellow building housing the new secondary school is bursting with 215 students and 19 staff. Already, Edzaire Paul, who heads up the Methodist school system, is dreaming of adding computer and science labs, as well as a playing field so students don’t have to compete with motorbikes as they play soccer on the dusty road near the school.
Education was the church’s calling card to Haiti. In 1817, the first president of the Republic of Haiti authorized the first Protestant missionaries to come to the island nation on the understanding that their work would include providing schooling in the newly formed country. Today, the Methodist Church runs a system of 105 primary schools, 15 high schools, and a teachers’ college, as well as three vocational schools. With children in some areas travelling two hours by foot over rocks and boulders to get to school—sometimes without having had breakfast—the need for a major investment in education is clear. Mission & Service makes these schools accessible to families with limited incomes, an important investment in the future of Haiti.
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.