Oct. 21 Bulletin

Westworth United Church

1750 Grosvenor Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba

on Treaty One Territory in the heart of the Métis Nation

22nd  Sunday after Pentecost, October 21, 2018


We Gather to Worship

Welcome and Announcements

Candle-Lighting & Prelude:   “O God of Life’s Great Mystery”

Kenneth T. Kosche

 Introit:           “O Come, Ye Servants of Our God”            Christopher Tye

Opening Prayer                                                               Hildegard of Bingen

Hymn VU 291       “All Things Bright and Beautiful”             ROYAL OAK

Children’s Story


“Viriditas”                                                                         Betsey Beckman

Let my soul be greening with the Living Light

Let my heart awaken morning from the night.

Let the Spirit guide me to presence true and whole.

Viriditas, viriditas, the greening of my soul.


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                                                  Hildegard of Bingen      

Holy Spirit,

you, quickening life,

prime mover of the universe

and root of all creation,

cleanse your creation from impurity,

heal the guilt and anoint the wounds.

O radiant life, worthy of praise,

      awaken and reawaken the universe!


Meditative Silence & Words of Assurance               Hildegard of Bingen


We Hear the Word 

Responsive Reading: VU 871 “Psalm 148”


Gospel Lesson: John 1:1-5

This is the Gospel of Christ.

      Thanks be to God.

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


Anthem:  “Lead Me, Lord”                            Samuel Wesley, arr. Jay Rouse

CELLO: Allison Warrian


Sermon:                      “Hildegard’s Wisdom”


We Respond

Hymn VU 307      “Touch the Earth Lightly”                       TENDERNESS



Offertory:  “This is God’s Wondrous World”                 Craig Curry

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 959 (sung)


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

Commissioning                                                           Hildegard of Bingen

Choral Response:  MV 205         “Great Amen”

Postlude:         “Festive Trumpet Tune”                                David Germ


welcome to westworth

We hope you’ll find us to be an encouraging, friendly group of people. While we don’t make any claims to be perfect, we are regularly discovering truths that are changing us individually and enriching our lives as a church community. Our doors are open to all who come near, and our hearts are open to receive those we meet. If you have been thinking, praying, searching and hoping for a place to belong, we welcome you to join us and make yourself at home in our midst.

  • The Sunday morning coffee service is on at 10:30 am. We encourage you to bring your own mug each Sunday.
  • If this is your first time here, or if you’re new to Westworth, fill out the pew card and drop it in the collection plate.
  • Children’s activities are on the coat tree.
  • Listening aids can be obtained from the ushers.
  • Avoid leaving or entering the sanctuary during prayers.
  • Westworth is a scent free church.


Minister:  Loraine MacKenzie Shepherd        westworthminister@gmail.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                                                 churchschool@westworth.ca

Office Administrator:  Heather Lavery                               office@westworth.ca

Church Phone # 204 489-6974 Ext. 20                                    www.westworth.ca

Church Accountant:  Jenny Jeffers              churchaccountant@westworth.ca



Hosts:  Bettina and George Nyman

Usher:  Alma Acheson

Scripture Reader:  Teresa Sztaba


Counting Team today is Team E – Denise’s team




The children will be learning about manna, quail and water (Exodus 16: 1-18) this week.

Our Junior Youth in Sunday School  (G5-G8) will be with Marilyn Anderson Corkum in Room 2 working on a special lesson- ‘The Solitary Life’ an essay on the life of Jesus.


Maggie Barnett will be visiting her family from November 7-21, inclusive, so will be away 2 Sundays:  Nov. 11th and 18th.  Maggie has arranged all the lessons ahead of time and Sunday School will be led those two weeks by Julia and Danielle whom the children know well.



We have received a membership request for someone to join the United Church and we will be having a United Church orientation session to facilitate this request. If anyone else is interested in joining us for a brief session on United Church history and beliefs, please let Loraine know. Also, if anyone would like to transfer their membership, please let Loraine know.



We have purchased a new Hearing assist system and would appreciate your feedback. Please let us know if the sound is clear enough for you to hear or if you are experiencing any difficulty with it. Thank you.



Please bring in your knitting by Nov. 4.


upcoming events

FAITH JOURNEYS – Mondays, Oct. 15-Nov. 12, 7-9 pm

Feeling stuck in life? Interested in looking again at the meaning of a significant event you’ve had? Wondering where God might be leading you in the future? Come to our Monday evening Faith Journeys, Oct. 15-Nov. 12, 7-9 pm. We will use the Progoff Journalling method to help each of us identify key moments that have helped to shape our faith journeys. We will have reflective time for each person to journal and begin to put together his/her faith story. Please sign up in the Narthex if you are interested.



Loraine will offer a mini pilgrimage based on her recent Hildegard of Bingen Pilgrimage in Germany. Various rooms at Westworth will be set up on different themes relating to HIldegard’s Gregorian music, cosmic visions, herbal medicine, and prophetic verve. Come promptly at 7:00 pm and Loraine will lead the group from room to room. There will be time for learning and for personal reflection.


FAITH CAFÉThursday, Oct. 25 10am in choir room.

We will be discussing whether or not God intervenes in the world.


ANNUAL LUNCHEON AND BAZAAR Saturday October 27th 11 am-2 pm. Next Saturday is the BIG day here at Westworth.  Have you invited all your family, friends, and neighbours yet?  We are looking forward to seeing and greeting everyone there!  If you wish to make a contribution to the Home Baking or General Store areas, please bring them to the church on Friday October 26TH. Please ensure your baked item is labeled e.g. Banana bread and also include a notation as to whether there are nuts or not.  Monetary donations are also welcomed.  Thank you for your contribution… each one adds to the success of the event


Turkey Burgers Guaranteed!  Thank you so much to all our congregants who have either purchased or offered to cook a bird for our bazaar. The burgers are a highlight for many.  Please have your thawed sliced meat in the kitchen in Shirley Watt’s care on Friday morning.


REMEMBRANCE DAY SERVICE  Sunday, Nov. 11  10:40am

We will begin with the Westworth Winds playing a Prelude and will have 2 minutes of silence at 11:00 am. If you have pictures of veterans within your family, please send to Heather, with the name attached, by Nov. 5.

We would like to include personal veteran photos for a slide show during our Nov. 11 Remembrance Day service. If you have a photo, please send to the office with the name of the person (and even a brief story, if you wish). We will scan the photo and give it back to you. Please have all photos to Heather by Nov. 2.



  1. The Outreach team thanks Carol and Clark Wilkie who hosted the October lunch at WEST BROADWAY COMMUNITY MINISTRY Thanks to all who once again provided our guests with a hot meatball sub, fruit and home baked treats. Your generosity is appreciated so much! Our next lunch at West Broadway is Thursday, Nov. 15, and will be hosted by Barb and Brian Gwyer.


  1. THANK YOU to all who made two recently-held Outreach projects such a success. A workshop on De-Escalation Techniques was held for 70 participants on Wednesday October 10th, followed by a Sabbath Supper with Peter Denton on Sunday October 14 with 40 participants. The Sabbath Supper was certainly an opportunity for education, but more importantly, it was an opportunity to share a meal and conversation with our church family!


  1. NEIGHBOURS HELPING NEIGHBOURS! The Jewish Organization, Operation Ezra, has sponsored many Christian Yazidi refugees, who are doing very well in their new homes in Wpg. However, government-sponsored refugees are finding it very difficult to make ends meet.  These families need our help, and your Outreach Team is making it possible for you to be part of this effort. We have designated Sunday November 11 as Westworth Yazidi Food Blitz Day!  What is needed? Here is the list. Foods purchased in bulk, such as large bags of flour are gratefully received, as they are repackaged and distributed according to need and family size. All purpose flour, Sugar, Bags of Dried Red split lentils, Bags of Dried Chickpeas, Tetley Orange pekoe tea, Canola Oil, Long Grain Rice, Couscous.


  1. WEST BROADWAY PANTRY Just a quick note to our faithful supporters who so generously supply the emergency food program with canned and dry food. There are specific needs specific needs right now that include small jars of Peanut Butter (500 ml or less); 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.

COMMUNITY NEWS (please check bulletin board by the elevator)

  • REGENERATING PLACES OF FAITH Workshop Sat. Nov. 3 8:30amto 4:00pm. Crescent Ft. Rouge UC. Local faith groups, heritage and community organizations will share their experience, concerns and creative solutions to declining congregations. $20 register online at http://regenerationworks.ca/events/


Minute for Mission

Drought in Kenya

 Our gifts for Mission & Service support global partners in their day-to-day work through long-term change and emergencies.

Our global partner the Organization of African Instituted Churches (OAIC) works on gender justice, microcredit, sustainable agriculture, and programs to address the extreme hunger caused by drought. Listen to this reflection from a participant in the Mission & Service Global Pilgrimage to Kenya on the visit to an area hardest hit by extreme hunger:

“We left the office of William Lokira, Minister of Agriculture, and made our way up a winding mountain road. The minister’s words were still fresh on our minds: ‘Please help my people.’ We saw dry lands, sparse and skinny livestock, and we saw the hardship in people’s eyes. After driving through dry riverbeds, we saw a lot of people running toward a large truck. This was a government water truck delivering water each day.

“OAIC is working in this arid region to support agriculture and food security, including empowering female small holder farmers to advocate on their behalf to impact legislation. Indicators show that when women are at the centre of projects and decisions there is significant progress toward food security. Dry riverbeds, the plea to ‘help my people,’ the daily water truck, the hope shared by the farmers—these images stay with us. Our gifts for Mission & Service make this hope of a better tomorrow possible.”

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.