Sept. 16 Bulletin

Westworth United Church

1750 Grosvenor Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba

on Treaty One Territory in the heart of the Métis Nation

17th Sunday after Pentecost, September 16, 2018


We Gather to Worship

10:55am  Welcome and Announcements


Candle-Lighting & Prelude:  Adagio on “Holy, Holy, Holy”     Piet Post


Introit:  VU 384          “The Lone Wild Bird”                            PROSPECT

        Verse 1: Christina Thanisch-Smith

Verses 2 & 5: Choir and Congregation


Call to Worship                                (Prayers to Share Year B  David Sparks)

Jesus said:  Love one another.

We come to worship God who is love,

            that we may learn to love one another.

Jesus said:  No longer do I call you servants;

now I call you my friends.

We come to worship God,

            whose friends we are in Christ.

Let us sing praise to God,

and live in love and friendship;

through Jesus Christ.


Opening Prayer

Hymn VU 315      “Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God Almighty”        NICǼA

Children’s Story

Hymn VU 365       “Jesus Loves Me”                                   JESUS LOVES ME


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.”)


Prayer of Confession   VU 928 A


Words of Assurance                       (Prayers to Share Year B  David Sparks)

You are not fooled, O God.  You see us as we really are and you stand ready to change us for good.

Where we hold back from the truth, you call us to account. Where we lack the courage to confront, you empower us.

      Where we will not apologize, you enable us.

Where our words are not matched by deeds, you inspire us.

      Where our discipleship is lackluster, you enthuse us.

When change becomes reality, peace follows and pardon is experienced.

And we are renewed. Thanks be to God!  Amen.


We Hear the Word

Scripture Readings:   Proverbs 1: 20-33

This is testimony to the Word.

      Thanks be to God.


Gospel Reading:  Mark 8: 27- 38

This is the Gospel of Christ.

      Thanks be to God.

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


Anthem:    “Come, Holy Spirit, Heavenly Dove”   Joe Cox and Jody Lindh

Sermon:                “But who do you say that I am?”


We Respond

Hymn VU 582       “There’s a Spirit in the Air”                             LAUDS



Offertory:    “Jesus Loves Me”                                  Chuck Marohnic

Dedication Hymn MV 191 “What Can I Do”


Offertory Prayer                        (Prayers to Share Year B  David Sparks)

These are good gifts, O God.

May they restore the downhearted,

                  encourage those without hope,

                  bring wholeness to the sick,

put zest back into lives that lack interest and direction,

and go to work in communities far from the shores of this nation.

Bless these gifts, O God, as they bring change in the Way of Jesus Christ.  Amen.


Prayers of the People

Prayer Introit: MV 175 “May We but Wait”

Prayers of Thanksgiving and Intercession

The Lord’s Prayer VU 921


Hymn VU 325      “Christ is Made the Sure Foundation”     WESTMINSTER ABBEY


Commissioning and Benediction (II Corinthians 13:13)

The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ,

the love of God,

and the communion of the Holy Spirit

be with all of you.


Choral Response:      MV 205 “Great Amen”

Postlude:              Finale on “Holy, Holy, Holy”                        Piet Post


Preacher: Rev. Earl Gould



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    


Hosts:  Shirley Ann Simkulak and Florence Baker

Ushers:  Kirk Windsor

Scripture Reader:  Shirley Watts


We extend to Gerald Davis& Cheryl McNabb Davis and family with condolences & prayers on the death of Gerald’s father, Laurence Davis.


Construction on Lanark:  First the good news. Soon you will not have to have a wheel alignment after driving down Lanark. Now for the bad news. Road construction on Lanark St. between Grosvenor and Corydon will begin Sept. 4 and is expected to take approximately 9 weeks. Parking will not be allowed on Lanark.

Support our Sunday School!

Let’s make sure that our Sunday School teachers and students have all the time they need complete their valuable lessons.  We have made some slight changes in the order of service to assist with this.  In addition, beginning September 9, Announcements will be made at 10:55.  Listen for the sound of the singing bowl as a signal to enter the sanctuary. We ask people making announcements to be at the pulpit at 10:55 and be as brief as they are able.  Hopefully these slight changes will add valuable minutes to the lessons and the learning of our children.  Thanks

Westworth Worship Team


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.


The first Sunday in October as the weather gets colder, the Sunday morning coffee service will resume.  All are welcome to come early for a warm cup of coffee and visiting before the Worship service.  The Coffee pot is on at 10:30.

Sunday School will be learning about Adam and Eve (Genesis 2:4-25) this week.


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


United Church Observer The yearly fee is $25.00, and the envelope for payment is on the coffee ledge for your convenience. Please contact Rochelle Baker at 489-6102 or email or Heather at the office with any changes or questions you may have. The deadline is Oct. 7 for your renewals. Thank you for your support.

Unit 77 will meet on Wednesday, September 19th at 1:30 p.m. at the home of Dorcas Windsor to discuss the book, (His) Her Worship, by Susan Thompson.  New members are welcome to attend.

Loraine will be on study leave participating in a Hildegard of Bingen Pilgrimage in Germany Sept. 6-21. Rev. Earl Gould will offer emergency pastoral care during this time and may be contacted at (204) .888-1543. He will help lead in worship on Sept. 16.

Join Loraine after the service on Sunday, September 23 at 12:30 pm in the parlour for a report on the July meeting of General Council.

Unit 94 will be having their September kick off meeting on Tuesday September 18th at 7:30pm in the Parlour.  All women of the congregation are welcome. The evening will be one of socializing and planning for the coming year.   Hope to see you there!

Unit 7 will meet Sept. 20 in the parlour at 9:30am.

Westworth’s annual Bazaar and Luncheon will be on October 27, 2018. The Treasure Table team has already been hard at work washing, packaging and pricing items for this event. This area sells small house wares, ornaments, candles, jewelry, jig saw puzzles, toys, women’s dress scarves, Christmas decorations and so much more! If you have items to donate, please bring them to the lower storage area under the west stairs prior to October 9. Items should be clearly marked “Treasure Table 2018”.


You are invited:

Build your Community and Build your own Sandwich Lunch, September 30th after the Worship Service. All fixings for sandwiches will be provided.  Veggies, Fruit, Coffee, Lemon-aid. $5.00 for Adults, Children free. This will be a time for visiting, connecting after the summer, building new relationships, giving thanks and sharing a meal.


In order to address the growing incidents of violence in our community, Westworth United Church is hosting a free Workshop for De-Escalating Conflict.

  • facilitated by Karen Ridd and Angela Lavallee
  • Wed. Oct. 10, 9:15 am – 4 pm
  • hosted by Westworth United Church, 1750 Grosvenor Ave.
  • designed for
    • student leaders
    • community volunteers
    • interfaith organizations
    • sports teams
    • social service providers
    • area residents

Registration deadline: Oct. 4—space limited. See poster & pamphlet on bulletin board for more details


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

                                                Pledged              Received                  Total Pledged

M&S                                        $26,035                 $23,933                   $39,052

Westworth Operations  $169,445             $164,024                  $254,168

Total                                      $195,480             $187,956                  $293,220

 Total of all donations for the past 3 years.

2016  $180,884        2017  $178,370                    2018  $ 187,956

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


We received thanks from Kathryn Hofley of UC of Canada that Mission & Service givings as of July 6th from our pastoral charge’s givings are up 10% or more over this time last year. “Congratulations! Whether this is because givings have increased and/or you have transferred gifts earlier this year, would you please pass along my sincere thank you to all those responsible for the increase? And would you please remind the generous donors in your congregation that their gifts to the Mission & Service of our Church allow us all to live the gospel message of hope and injustice in tangible, life-changing ways?” Thank you for your support.



  1. West Broadway September Lunch  Dan and Ruth Wiwchar will host this month’s hot lunch on Thursday, September 20th for over 160 people at West Broadway. Meatball sandwiches, fruit and home baked cookies are on the menu, and you may find the signup sheet in the Narthex. Your Outreach Team is grateful for your continued support of this monthly program to provide a nourishing meal that is appreciated so very much by our guests.
  1. West Broadway Community Ministry board requires the services of a volunteer treasurer. This individual would become a member of the board. Estimated time commitment is 8 hours a week. Responsibilities would begin in December 2018 to give the individual an opportunity to work with the current Treasurer, and appointment to the position would occurred at the spring AGM. Please contact Marion or Allan McKay at 204-269-5292.

 Walk a Mile

  1. The annual Walk a Mile, Saturday, September 29,  highlights visits to the West Broadway neighbourhood. The Walk provides all of us an opportunity to get to know first hand the area where our friends at West Broadway spend their time. Last year, Westworth raised over $1000.00 to assist in the vital work at WBCM, and it would be wonderful if we could better that amount this year! Marion McKay will accept your generous donations. More information about the walk can be found on the Outreach Board.

4. Sunday Evening October 14 Sabbath Supper will feature a presentation by Dr. Peter Denton. Watch for further details in next week’s bulletin. Your Outreach Team hope you will plan to attend!



 Icon- by Rublev (Russian, fifteenth cy.)

The icon depicts the Trinity. Father-left, gold-color of perfection, wholeness. Jesus-centre, blue, color of sea and sky, two fingers symbolizing that Jesus is both spirit and matter, divinity and humanity. Holy Spirit-green, color of vitality. So, Holy One in form of Three, eating and drinking together, sharing common bowl. But note- hand of Spirit pointing toward open and fourth place at the table. There is something missing……Yes, you, there is a place for you at the table. from Richard Rohr, The Divine Dance, The Trinity and Your  Transformation.


Community News (please check bulletin board by the elevator)

  • Tuesday September 25 – Saskia & Darrel, The Great Plains musicians. at 7:00 p.m. at Harrow UC, 955 Mulvey Avenue. Tickets are $15 at the church office at 204-284-0079
  • St. Andrews’ RHUC will be holding a garage sale to support the life and work of the church. Friday, Sept. 28 from 4:00-7:00 P.M. and Saturday, Sept. 29, 2018 from 9:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M.
  • For the Journey Retreat with Steve Bell. Sept. 28 & 29. Four sessions. Church of Christ, 170 St. Mary’s Rd. $129 or 774-3715.
  • Mark Damisch, in concert  to benefit The Bell Tower Community Café and 1JustCity Sunday, September 16th 7:30 pm Westminster Church