Westworth United Church
1750 Grosvenor Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba
on Treaty One Territory in the heart of the Métis Nation
15th Sunday after Pentecost
September 2, 2018
We Gather to Worship
Welcome and Announcements
Candle-Lighting & Prelude: “You Satisfy the Hungry Heart”
Robert E. Kreutz/John Carter
We turn our hearts to you, O God.
May we be kind-hearted.
May we be open-hearted.
May we be heartfelt in our worship today. Amen.
Hymn MV 12 “Come Touch Our Hearts” Light/Donaldson
Prayer of Confession
God of all knowing,
there are times when we are out of step
with our inner selves.
Our heart, head and hands are out of synch.
We do or say that which we would rather not.
We betray our heart. We betray you.
Forgive us. Grant us the grace
to be true to you and to our core being.
Words of Assurance
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.”)
We Hear the Word
Epistle Reading: James 1:19-27
Hear what the Spirit is saying to the Church.
Thanks be to God.
Gospel Reading: Mark 7:1-8, 14-16, 21-23
This is the Gospel of Christ.
Thanks be to God.
Sung Response: VU 840 “Your Word is a Lamp”
Sermon: “Heart Alignment”
Hymn VU 457 “As We Gather at Your Table” BEACH SPRING
Offertory: “Let Us Break Bread Together” Mark Hayes
Dedication Hymn VU 540 “Grant Us, God”
The Sacrament of Holy Communion: Creation
(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.
Blessed are you, gracious God,
Creator of light, Giver of all life, Source of love.
You guide the sun, cradle the moon, and toss the stars.
At your word the earth was made
and spun on its course among the planets.
You breathe life into us
and set us among all your creatures,
in a covenant of love and service.
Even when we turn away from you, you do not forsake us.
You send your prophets to proclaim your justice,
to remind us of your promise of peace,
and to call us back to you.
Creator, Christ, and Spirit,
we praise you for your love revealed to us in Jesus,
who walks with us, our Wisdom and our Way,
sharing our joy and sorrow,
healing the sick,
feeding the hungry,
and setting the captive free.
So it is that we join the song of all creation
to proclaim your goodness:
♪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.
Mighty and tender God, in Jesus of Nazareth
we recognize the fullness of your grace:
light, life, and love, revealed
in words that confront and comfort us,
in teachings that challenge and change us,
in compassion that heals and frees us.
And now we gather at this table to remember
and to be filled with such longing for your realm,
that we may rise together
to turn our worship into witness
and to follow in your way.
We remember that when Jesus ate with his friends,
he took a loaf of bread, and after blessing it,
he broke it and gave it to them, saying:
“Take, eat. This is my body, given for you.
Each time you do this, remember me.”
Then, he took a cup, and after giving thanks,
passed it to his friends, saying:
“Drink. This cup that is poured out for you
is the promise of God, made in my blood.
Whenever you drink it, remember me.”
Loving God, we rejoice in the gift of your grace,
remembering Christ’s life and death,
proclaiming his resurrection,
waiting in hope for his coming again.
Grant that, in praise and thanksgiving,
we may so offer ourselves to you
that our lives may proclaim the mystery of faith:
♪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 . . .
for all whom the world counts as last and least . . . .
We pray for the church and its varied ministries . . .
for nations as they strive for peace and justice . . .
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.
Send, O God, your Holy Spirit upon us and upon these gifts,
that all who share in this loaf and cup
may be the body of Christ:
light, life, and love in the world.
In this hope and as your people, we praise you.
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 Bread of Life
The Cup of Communion
The gifts of God for the people of God.
Everyone who follows Jesus Christ, no matter what church you belong to, 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;
that wine poured out, replenishes;
that time spent in the presence of God and with one another,
is gift and grace. Amen.
Hymn MV 79 “Spirit, Open My Heart” WILD MOUNTAIN THYME
Choral Response: “Hallelujah” ST. GEORGE’S
Postlude: “Trompette Jubilante” Craig A. Penfield
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: Kathy Wilson
Scripture Reader: Shirley Watts
Communion Servers: Kathy McPhail, Shirley Watts, Petra Thanisch, Eunice Pratt, and Debbie McLeod
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
Our worship service will resume at 10:55 am as of September 9.
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 email@example.com 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.
Sunday School Registration on Sept. 9
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com 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.
The Women’s Spirituality Group will meet Saturday, September 8th, at 9:00, in the Parlour. All interested women are welcome to join us for a light breakfast followed by a time to share our summer activities and discuss topics for the coming year. Please use the back door entrance. For more information call Kathy Wilson (204 489-6617) or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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. 9 with the Rev. Dr. Mac Watts and will lead worship on Sept. 16.
Next Sunday, September 9, the Rev. Dr. Mac Watts is preaching. His sermon title is “When Life is Unfair.” Immediately following the worship you are invited to join Mac in the parlour to continue the dialogue on the topic- when life is unfair. Bringing a bag lunch is optional. See you there.
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.
- 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 email@example.com 204-475-1586.
- UC in Meadowood seeking part time youth leader from Sept.-Dec. and may be extended. see poster.
- Westminster United Church seeks an alto and tenor soloist/section leader for the 2018/2019 season. Candidates having experiences in paid church work would be a plus. For more information please visit our website: westminsterchurch.org
Minute for Mission
Spiritual and Practical Care in the City
Our gifts for Mission & Service support Indigenous ministries in downtown Toronto.
The urban Aboriginal population in Canada has increased dramatically in recent years, with the overwhelming majority of the country’s 1.2 million Indigenous people living off reserve. Toronto Urban Native Ministry has a heart for Indigenous people living on the margins of city life. Founded in 1996, it reaches out to Aboriginal people in precarious life situations: on the streets and in prisons, shelters, hostels, and hospitals. An ecumenical organization that integrates Christian and Aboriginal spirituality, Toronto Urban Native Ministry provides counselling and spiritual care as well as referrals to community services.
Working out of Council Fire Native Cultural Centre, it offers everything from spiritual mentorship to sharing circles for Sixties Scoop survivors— Indigenous people who were taken from their families and placed in predominately White foster homes between the 1960s and 1980s.
Worship services are held every Sunday morning and offer an opportunity for Aboriginal Christian worship. This is a time of storytelling, prayer, and sharing of a meal or activity led by an Indigenous Anglican priest or United Church of Canada minister. Chris Harper describes Sunday mornings at Council Fire as wonderfully unique: “Individuals come with such amazing, wonderful, colourful life experiences. The services are diverse and responsive rather than liturgically sequential. Every Sunday is an adventure.” Sacred gatherings like these offer connection and healing while honouring the Creator and all of creation. For urban Indigenous people living off reserve, they fill a vital need for spiritual and cultural community.
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.