Sept. 23 Bulletin

Westworth United Church

1750 Grosvenor Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba on Treaty One Territory in the heart of the Métis Nation

18th Sunday after Pentecost, September 23, 2018

We Gather to Worship

 Welcome and Announcements

Candle-Lighting & Prelude: “O Blessed Saviour”       Dwight Gustafson

Introit:  VU 384          “The Lone Wild Bird”                            PROSPECT

        Verse 1: AustinWinchell       Verses 2 & 5: Choir and Congregation

Opening Prayer               (Matthew Heesing, General Council 43 worship)

We breathe and know that you are God.

united as your people in this place.

      We breathe and know that you are God.

filling us with your breath of life.

      We breathe and know that you are God.

even in our inevitable moments of exhaustion.

      We breathe and know that you are God.

not us, not us.

We breathe and know that you are God.

We breathe and know that you are God.

Hymn MV 2          “Come All You People”     Alexander Gondo, Zimbabwe

Children’s Story

Hymn VU 272 “Open Your Ears, O Faithful People”     YISRAEL V’ORAITA

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                   (Susan Lukey, General Council 43 worship)

      Our hearts yearn to serve you, O God.

      Our minds long to love you

            as you should be loved.

      Our bodies ache to live

            as the blessing you call us to be.

      But we know that sometimes we are afraid

            to risk living our faith in you;

      sometimes we can’t bring ourselves

            to dare to hope in what Jesus shared.

      This we know; this we bring,

            trusting that there is nothing

            that can separate us from your love.

Meditative Silence & Words of Assurance


We Hear the Word

VU 856: Psalm 133


Scripture Readings: Isaiah 58:6-9a

This is testimony to the Word.

      Thanks be to God.

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


Anthem:                “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring”                        J.S. Bach

Reflection:      “Risking Faith, Daring Hope” 

Love Grows Tired                                                         Bri-anne Swan

(copied with permission)


Risking faith, daring hope,

we begin to know

            how much we don’t know.

Where is Kazakhstan?

What is the capital of Bangladesh?

How many countries are in Africa?


And we begin to confess our complicity in crucifixion.

we want you to leave your conflicts at the border

            we want you to leave your trauma at the border

            we do not see our help as the sunny side of control

we are eager to teach you our ways, less eager to learn

your ways


We begin to confess our silences at crucifixion

the ethnic joke unchallenged,

            sexual harassment downplayed

            Black Lives Matter replaced by All Lives Matter

            the long hard work of reconciliation side-lined


Love Grows Tired




Refugee, asylum seeker, exile, displaced person, boat people.

Risking faith, daring hope:

we see you, hungry

      we see you, thirsty

      we see you, naked

      we see you, sick

      we see you.

      we see you.


Love Grows Tired




Risking faith, daring hope,

people on the move.

Refugee, asylum seeker, exile, displaced person, boat people.

You put your lives into the hands of strangers

To get out of danger

Panic rising, pulse racing, no time for tears


Say the names.

Iraq, Eritrea, Iran, Congo, Somalia.

Say the names.

Syria, Afghanistan, Ethiopia, Pakistan, Colombia.

Name the causes.

Climate change.


Political persecution.

Member of wrong tribe or group.

Queer, trans.


Risking faith, daring hope,

even when cruelty is policy

even when the maze of bureaucracy keeps the vulnerable


      even when Empires still crush everything from Bethlehem to Golgotha


We Respond


Offertory:              “He Leadeth Me”                        Penny Rodriguez

Dedication Hymn MV 191 “What Can I Do”

Offertory Prayer


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 696      “Homeless People, Will You Listen”    FAIR WEATHER


Choral Response:  MV 205 “Great Amen”

Postlude:                     “Trumpet Tune”                        David N. Johnston


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

Usher:  Elaine Pigden

Scripture Reader:  Elaine Pigden

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 from the Westworth Worship Team

Sunday School will be learning about The First Sin (Genesis 3: 1-24) this week.

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.

 Counting Team today is Team A – Denise’s team

 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.

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.

On Sunday, September 30, the St. Andrew’s RHUC youth and Rev. Karen Lumley are leading worship at Westworth. They will be sharing their experiences of our Guatemala Mission Experiences.

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.

Westworth Winds will begin practice after Thanksgiving on Oct. 14 at 9:15am.

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.

Hosted by the Worship and Community Care Teams

Spare Change Sunday

Here’s another option for responding to those who ask you for spare change. On the last Sunday of each month, we will have a basket at the back of the church into which you are welcome to put your spare change. This will go towards West Broadway Community Ministry, which provides services including meals, counselling, advocacy, laundry facilities, telephone, voice mail and a computer lab for those living in poverty.

 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”.

LUNCHEON AND BAZAAR 2018!  Fall activities are in full swing and the congregation and U.C.W. are gearing up for another wonderful Luncheon and Bazaar on Saturday, October 27th. Over the summer months many of you have been busy preparing wonderful homemade jams and jellies for the Bake Table. Craft projects have been completed and treasures for the China Cabinet and the Treasure Table have been set aside. Donations to the General Store of handcrafted items, special gift items, and selected used books have also been collected.   Thanks so much for the donations/work already completed!

 If you have not made a donation as yet, below are some of the items we are looking for: home baking of items such as cookies, muffins, pies for the luncheon and bake table, slices, squares and cakes.  Jams, jellies and pickles are very popular or perhaps you have a great recipe such as “nuts and bolts”.   Please ensure preserves have the proper canning lid and label your baked item e.g. banana bread.  All baked items should also include a notation as to whether there are nuts or not.  If you are donating baking please bring it to the church before 8 p.m. on Friday, the 26th if possible.  If you have any questions please call Barb at 204-488-0853

We are also in need of contributions to the China Cabinet and the Treasure Table; used books particularly for young boys and girls,  current crafts or gift baskets and house plants  for the General Store.

Card tables for this event are also required.  If you have a card table you would like to donate or loan the church for this event,  please call Janet Sealey, Co-Convenor,  at 204 2561522.

The involvement of the total church helps to make it the great success it is!   Your volunteer time is needed!  Please join us! Sign-up sheets will be in the Narthex starting next Sunday, September 30th.


Your Outreach Committee and WBCM Thanks You!

1Thank you Westworth for your gifts this month of food, money and time, thus supporting the wonderful September lunch served at West Broadway. Our guests love those meatball sandwiches and are grateful for the cookies and fruit. Our October luncheon at West Broadway is Thursday, Oct. 18.

  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.
  2. 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.
  3.  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!

 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
  • 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.
  • Art from the Attic! Sale in support of Grands ‘n’ More Winnipeg

Sept. 30 10:30-4:00pm Norwood Community Centre 87 Walmer St.

  • In Memoriam RCCO Choral and Organ Evensong Celebrating the lives of Winnipeg organists Sunday, November 4, 4pm at St. John’s Cathedral 135 Anderson Avenue