Sept. 9 Bulletin

Westworth United Church

1750 Grosvenor Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba

on Treaty One Territory in the heart of the Métis Nation

16th Sunday after Pentecost, September 9, 2018


We Gather to Worship

10:55 a.m.   Welcome and Announcements

Candle-Lighting & Prelude:  “Jesus Christ, My Sure Defense”J.S. Bach

Introit VU 384           “The Lone Wild Bird”                            PROSPECT


Opening Prayer                           (Prayers to Share Year B  David Sparks)

Creator God, we praise You!

The beauty of the sunset, the colours of hill and harvest leave us breathless with praise.

Holy God, we adore you!

The wonder, mystery, and peace of your presence leave us in awe.

God, Our Friend, we worship you!

You are known to us in times of deepest joy and in times of hard testing.

Just and loving God, we listen to you!

We will work your purpose out when evil threatens and fear looms large.

God revealed in Jesus, we pledge our discipleship!

We will bring the peace of Christ to those who suffer and the compassion of Christ to those who need support.  Amen.


Hymn VU 264 “Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise”             ST. DENIO

Children’s Story

Hymn MV46               “Bless the Lord”                               Dan Brennan


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 B


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

      When it seems that being a contemporary follower of Jesus Christ is beyond us, God breaks through and gives us a sign of hope.

            A child is noticed for giving an honest response, a friend hears an encouraging word from the scriptures, a sufferer takes heart in the midst of crisis. We know we are not alone!

      God will never give up on you or desert you; God is with you for the long haul!

Thanks be to God!  Amen.


We Hear the Word

Scripture Readings:   Romans 8: 28-35, 37-39

This is testimony to the Word.

      Thanks be to God.


Gospel Reading:  John 5:1-9

This is the Gospel of Christ.

      Thanks be to God.

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


Anthem:                      “Put on Love”                                     Lee Dengler

Sermon:                “When Life is Unfair


We Respond

Hymn:  VU652           “Be Still My Soul”                                  FINLANDIA



Offertory:      “Immortal, Invisible”                                 Mark Hayes

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 614             “In Suffering Love”                                BELMONT


Commissioning and Benediction

You are sent out to be Christians of integrity:

to search for the truth with courage and tenacity,

            to counter the powerful with persistence and honesty,

to work against evil with single-mindedness and

determination, to listen to the opinions of others with patience and with an open mind,

to work with others with dedication and good humour, to follow Jesus Christ with faithfulness and


The One God, wise, fearless, all-knowing, embraces you with love!


Choral Response:      MV 205 “Great Amen”

Postlude:              “Ye Servants of God”                         Robert A. Hobby


Preacher:   Rev. Dr. Mac Watts

Liturgist:    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:  Anne & Keith Love

Ushers:  Janet Sealey and Maureen Lelond

Scripture Reader:  Daryl Brooks


We extend our sympathy to the family of Don McKenzie who passed away Mar. 30. We have just been advised of his passing.

Our condolences to the family of Olive Wharf. Olive’s Celebration of Life will be held at Westworth on Wednesday, Sept. 12 at 1:00pm.

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

Sunday School Registration on today.


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.

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.

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

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.

Immediately following the worship you are invited to join the Rev. Dr. Mac Watts 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.

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!

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”.

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

  • faciliated 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


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.


Community News (please check bulletin board by the elevator)

  • We Are All Treaty People Celebration Sunday, Sept. 16,  1-4pm at the Forks near the Provencher Bridge.