Aug. 26 Bulletin

Westworth United Church

1750 Grosvenor Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba

on Treaty One Territory in the heart of the Métis Nation

14th Sunday after Pentecost, Aug 26, 2018


We Gather to Worship

Welcome and Announcements

Candle-Lighting & Prelude:        “Bunessan”                 Michael Higgins


Opening Prayer

God who welcomes all, we gather together from diverse paths.

Sometimes we wander—we get lost in the rough places of our lives.

In those times, you call to us. We hear your voice and we are found.

May we create in this place a sacred home for all—the saint and the sinner, the lost and the found..a018, p., nowing and open our hearts to love all you have in. Teach us how to love without condition. Forgive[a]


Hymn VU 410                  “This Day God Gives Me”                BUNESSAN


Prayer of Confession

God of infinite diversity, we come as unique individuals sharing common stories and yet our paths diverge and we live in different realities. Sometimes we ignore the stories of others who seek a safe place. We ask them to keep their struggles to themselves and just fit in. Teach us how to love without condition. Forgive our fear and unknowing and open our hearts to love all you have created.a


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.”


Time with Children

Hymn VU 296      “This Is God’s Wondrous World”          TERRA BEATA


We Hear the Word


First Scripture Reading: I Kings 8:22-30, 41-43

This is testimony to the Word of God

      Thanks be to God.


Responsive Reading VU 800 “Psalm 84” (without refrain)


Gospel Reading: John 6:56-69

This is the Gospel of Christ.

      Thanks be to God.

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


Musical Offering:                           Martin Robson



We Respond

Hymn MV 154                “Deep in Our Hearts”                             FREED



Offertory:       “This is God’s Wondrous World”     Penny Rodriguez

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 238            “How Great Thou Art”                        O STORE GUD


Choral Response:            `“Hallelujah”                                 ST. GEORGE’S

Postlude:                             “Masque”                                 Denis Bédard


 [a] Joanne Annquist, Gathering 2018, p. 37.



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    


Usher:  Kirk Windsor

Scripture Reader:  Shirley Watts


This week at Westworth

Thanks to Rev. Heather Robbins for leading worship this morning.

Westworth Vacation Bible School starts next week Aug. 27th–Aug. 31st   from 9:00am-4:00 pm


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 and in the neighborhood section, please indicate IFC-Fall.

If you have any further questions or need help registering, please contact Ingrid Dowan at


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.

For emergency pastoral care from August 21-28, please call Rev. Heather Robbins at (204) 889-7609 (home) or (204) 295-1542 (cell). Loraine will return Aug. 29.


2018 Pledges and Donations from January to July received from identifiable givers.

 Pledged                Received               Total Pledged

M+S                                       $  22,780                    $  20,619                    $   39,052

Westworth operations       $148,265                    $142,796                    $ 254,168

Total                                      $171,045                     $163,415                   $ 293,220


Total of all donations for the past 3 years.

2016   $162,227                 2017   $161,621                 2018   $163,415

Please refer to the bulletin board in the Narthex for monthly updates.



  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)

  • Fort Garry UC is having assorted fitness programs including pilates, yoga, walking for seniors and a cardio program. Check bulletin board for posters or 204-475-1586.


Photo Directory

Upon making some early attempts at planning for a new photo directory for Westworth, it was found that for security reasons (for our e-mail list) primarily, it was not feasible at this time to do an “in house” directory. The Community Ministry Team has decided to return to the same company who did our last directory. Plans are underway to do this in October of this year.

We are way overdue for a new version but to be of the BEST use – we need everyone to be in it! It is our hope that you all will make your best effort to set your appointment times and join your church family in making this version of the Directory a big success.

Below, see the schedule of photography sessions:

Tues, Oct 9                  2:30 – 8:30pm

Wed, Oct 10                2:30 – 8:30 pm

Tues, Oct 16                2:30 – 8:30 pm

Wed, Oct 17                2:30 – 8:30 pm

Thurs, Oct 18               2:30 – 8:30 pm

Fri, Oct 19                   2:30 – 8:30 pm

Sat, Oct 20                   9:00 – 3:00 pm

Only those folks who have their picture taken will get a free photo directory. There is no cost for sitting for the professional photo, and no obligation to purchase photos but you will have the choice to purchase added pictures if you wish. There will be people sitting in the narthex before and after the Sunday services, starting in September to make your appointments. If you plan to still be away on summer break in September, PLEASE, consider calling Shirley Watts (204-489-7695) or e-mail at to make your appointments. Doing this early will insure that you get the time slot best for you.

One last item: our committee will need some people’s help to do this and if you can give us even a little time – it would be so appreciated. Call Shirley for this as well.


Come join us for a BBQ

And Open House at

Westworth United Church,

1750 Grosvenor on August 30th, at 5.30pm


‘Pork in a Bun’ (The Pork Marketing Board) with a drink and dessert ($5.00 per person)

Donations of fresh fruit are welcome


Let us show you what we will be offering in our community this coming Fall:


Caregivers and Tots drop-In Tuesday Mornings

Gymnastics and Qigong for Children, Youth and Families

Once a Month on a Friday evening Games and Fun Night for all ages.

Brownies and Sparks

Westworth Annual Bazaar and Rummage sale

Concerts throughout the year


Please visit our website at for more information

Everyone welcome


Minute for Mission

Across Turtle Island

Our gifts for Mission & Service support ecumenical partners like KAIROS, which seeks justice and offers ways for faith groups to live out the 94 Calls to Action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

In March 2017, 45 people from many different backgrounds—Indigenous and settler, young and old, teachers and counsellors, medical staff and faith leaders—gathered with one common goal, to learn how to facilitate the KAIROS Blanket Exercise at the Saskatoon Friendship Centre, Treaty 6 territory.

Those gathered were committed to living out the Calls to Action, especially as they pertain to education around the impacts of colonization. The KAIROS Blanket Exercise is a rich, complex, and emotional experience of sharing the history of colonization. It tells the story that we are not fully taught in school. The new facilitators committed themselves to carrying the experience into their communities.

The Blanket Exercise can be very powerful for participants. Together, the group learned ways to navigate the anger, tears, and painful revelations that can be brought to light by the experience. The 45 new facilitators listened to the words of the Elders, laughed, and shared together, promising to support one another. The group left with open hearts and open ears, ready to share the good news of truth telling and reconciliation.

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.