Westworth United Church
1750 Grosvenor Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba on Treaty One Territory in the heart of the Métis Nation
Thanksgiving Sunday and World Communion, October 7, 2018
We Gather to Worship
Welcome and Announcements
Candle-Lighting & Prelude: “One Bread, One Body” Ron Schmoltze
Introit: “Laudate” Knut Nystedt
Call to Worship
We come before God,
Grateful for all that nurtures our souls and bodies,
Grateful for friendship and love,
Grateful for the earth, the air, the sun and the rain,
Grateful for the harvest and the farmers,
Grateful for what we receive,
that we may give more abundantly.
Hymn VU 516 “Come, You Thankful People, Come”
ST GEORGE’S, WINDSOR
Prayer of Confession
God of mystery,
Our rationalization denies that which we cannot understand.
Our excess blinds us to your presence within.
God of abundance,
Our fears of scarcity rob us of the joy of life in all its fullness.
Empty us of excess words and concerns,
that we may taste the sweetness of your verdant pulse of life.
Meditative Silence & 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
Responsive Reading VU 850: “Psalm 126” Refrain 2
Gospel Reading: Matthew 6:25-34
This is the Gospel of Christ
Thanks be to God.
Sung Response: VU 840 “Your Word is a Lamp”
Anthem: “What a Wonderful World” Louis Armstrong
Sermon: “A Sweet Simplicity of Gratitude”
Hymn VU 467 “One Bread, One Body” ONE BREAD, ONE BODY
Offertory: “Bread of Life” William F. Sherwin/Mark Hayes
Dedication Hymn MV 191 “What Can I Do”
The Sacrament of Holy Communion: World
(Communion Setting Patriquin: MV 206)
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, Creator God.
You formed the universe in all its wonder,
gave us all that we could need,
made us caregivers of all that you have made.
Praise be to you, Creator of this wondrous world.
We give you thanks for the amazing diversity of creation:
from the prairies and lakes to the dusty deserts,
from the majestic mountains to the vast seas.
Praise be to you, Creator of this wondrous world.
We give you thanks for the multiplicity of humanity
with our complexity of color and culture,
called into oneness-of-being through Christ.
With many tongues, yet with one voice, we worship you:
Praise be to you, Creator of this wondrous world.
We are grateful for your tender love
made known to us through Jesus,
who reassures and reconciles us
to you, to ourselves and to one another.
Even as we are enriched
by the diversity of your Church throughout the world,
grant us a common heart that seeks unity in love and purpose.
As Christ is our light to you, may we be lights to others,
illuminating the path toward communion with you.
So we, with all creation, with saints across the world from the past into the present join to sing your praise:
♪Holy, holy, holy, God of power and might;
heaven and earth are full, are full of your glory.
Hosanna in the highest.
Bless’d is the One who comes, who comes in God’s name.
Hosanna in the highest.
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,
as one united yet diverse body of Christ in the world,
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.”
At this time, we also remember
all with whom you would have us share your feast.
We pray for our Christian sisters and brothers throughout the world,
some of whom risk their lives to practice their faith…
We pray for nations as they strive for peace and justice…
We pray for our own United Church of Canada,
that we may seek your will for our future
as we worship you and minister to others…
We pray for the ministry of our Presbytery and Conference as we transition to Regions.
We pray for all who are in sorrow or in pain . . .
all who are ill or alone . . .
We offer these petitions through Christ Jesus,
who taught us to 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.
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:
♪Christ has died. Christ is risen. Christ will come again.
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, Amen, Amen!
Sharing the Bread and the Cup
Jesus Christ, the Bread of Life
Jesus Christ, the Cup of New Life
The gifts of God for the people of God.
Everyone who follows Jesus Christ,
whether or not you belong to a particular church,
is welcome to come to this table.
Come, for all things are now ready.
Prayer after Communion
Life-giving God, we thank you
that you have called your people from east and west,
and north and south, to feast at the table of Jesus Christ.
May we, who share Christ’s body, live his risen life;
we, who drink his cup, bring new life to others;
we, whom the Spirit lights, give light to the world.
Hymn VU 518 “As Those of Old Their First-fruits Brought” FOREST GREEN
Choral Response: MV 205 “Great Amen”
Postlude: “Thanksgiving” Charles Callahan
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
Hosts: Dorothy and Garry Reid
Ushers: Maureen Lelond and Janet Sealey
Scripture Reader: Kathy Wilson
Communion Servers: Bettina and George Nyman, Arlene Hintsa, Rose McLeod, Kevin Sim, Judy Brown, Noella White, Ed White and Ava Dyce
We extend our condolences to Kim O’ and Peter M and family on the passing of Kim’s father, Ken O of M, ON.
Sunday School will be learning about Baby Moses (Exodus 2:1-10) this week.
The Sunday morning coffee service resumes today. 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. We encourage you to bring your own mug each Sunday.
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 has passed please forward your subscription fee asap. Thank you for your support.
Counting Team today is Team F – Paul’s team
Congregational Meeting on Oct. 14
As recommended in our JNAC report, our new governance model was adopted on a trial basis. At congregational meetings in 2017 and 2018, the trial period was extended for a further year. In order to adopt the new model, approval of Presbytery will be required. Council expected to make this recommendation at our AGM in 2019, however, as a consequence of changes implemented by the United Church of Canada, Presbytery will cease to exist as of December 31, 2018. After that date, there is currently no alternative approval process available for the adoption of a new governance model, and so, to avoid further delay and uncertainty, Council has elected to call a congregational meeting now in order to consider adoption of the new model in time for Presbytery to approve it in 2018. To that end, a congregational meeting will be held immediately following the service on Sunday, October 14, 2018, at which time the following resolution will be presented for approval:
That the Westworth United Church Congregation adopts the New Governance Model as outlined in the Westworth United Church Council Manual 2018 understanding adjustments may be made on as “as needed basis” to better reflect the needs and work of the church, and that once accepted by the congregation will be submitted to Presbytery for approval.
Please note that at the meeting, we will also be updating the congregation on Loraine’s sabbatical plans for May-July, 2019. Please try to attend!
Please check the website for the new governance model diagram, description summary and the revised Manual. There will also be hard copies of these available on the coffee ledge.
Maggie Barnett will provide childcare during the congregational meeting and she would like parents to bring a brown bag lunch for any children planning to stay.
What is the story of your faith? How has it been shaped over your life and where is it taking you into the future? What impact does our spiritual life have on the rest of our life? Our Monday evening fall study this year will focus on our Faith Journeys. 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. We will also have opportunity to share some of our stories with one another. We will begin Oct. 15 from 7-9 pm in the parlour. Please sign up in the Narthex if you are interested in attending.
The Women’s Spirituality Group will meet Saturday, October 13th, 9:00am in the Parlour. All women are invited to join us for a light breakfast and discussion. Our topic will be “Declutter your home and your life”. Please use the backdoor kitchen entrance. For more information phone Kathy Wilson (489-6617) or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Westworth Winds will begin practice after Thanksgiving on Oct. 14 at 9:15am.
The Men’s Spirituality Breakfast will be on October 20th at 9:00 A.M. (rear entrance to the church). After catching up from our summer activities, we will decide on our subjects for the current year. Hope to see you there.
Hildegard of Bingen Pilgrimage: Loraine will offer a mini pilgrimage Tuesday, Oct. 23, 7-9 pm, 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 teaching and for personal reflection.
The next Faith Café will be on Thursday, Oct. 25. We will be discussing whether or not God intervenes in the world.
IT’S TURKEY TIME! Your luncheon and bazaar committee is committed to providing our famous Turkey Burgers at our upcoming big event. If you are able to purchase a large bird on sale, or cook a bird, or both, or if you require further information please contact Dianne Sjoberg at 204-885-0700. Thank you!
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”.
Just a reminder that our annual Luncheon and Bazaar is only 3 weeks away! Please join us on Saturday, October 27th from 11 am to 2 pm for lunch and shopping. From delicious Home Baking, terrific “finds” at the Treasure Table, wonderful gifts from the China Cabinet to fabulous handcrafted gifts and other such finds from the General Store – there is something for everyone. Invite your friends and neighbours!
Volunteers are needed to make the day a success. In addition some homemade pies are needed for the luncheon and for sale at the home baking table. If you could spare some time to volunteer or are able to donate a pie, see us in the Narthex today. If you require information or have any questions please contact one of the convenors, Wendy Moroz at 204-885-5752 or Janet Sealey at 204-256-1522. It’s a great way to share our congregational spirit and to meet new people.
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.
The following items of interest to the congregation were discussed at the Council meeting on Sept. 25, 2018. The full minutes are available on the Westworth Website:
- The final version of the updated Westworth Manual will be available soon. When available the manual will be posted on the Westworth Website. If you wish a hard copy of the manual, please contact the church office.
- Stewardship Sundays will be Nov 4 and 18
- Council will be having a retreat on October 13 that all Council members and Team Leaders are encouraged to attend.
- The Community Places report will be forwarded to Property Team for review. Several of the items have been seen to already.
- Planning for the Council Retreat and the Congregational meeting was covered
The following motions were passed:
- Motion: That funds up to $5000 be approved from the Memorial Fund to cover the costs of replacing the Hearing Assist Devices and repairs to the current sound system.
- Motion: That Westworth Council support the application to Winnipeg Foundation for a Reconciliation Grant related to the Outreach Team sponsored Lenten Series (2019) “Interfaith Dialogue”.
The following workshops are being held in the near future. If interested, please contact Loraine MacKenzie Shepherd for further details:
- November 3 – “Regenerating Places of Faith”.
- October 18 – ”Natural Church Development “
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.
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.
Cheer Board Knitting will be needed by Nov. 4, would you please bring in your knitting.
Save the date
- 1. Please join the Outreach Committee on Sunday Oct. 14th for a potluck Sabbath Supper. We will share a meal and then listen to a talk by Peter Denton called, Living Close to Home: Local Choices toward a Sustainable Future. We will gather in the gym for dinner at 5:00pm. Please sign up on the bulletin board outside of the library. We look forward to sharing an evening together.
- Westworth will provide a hot lunch for approximately 160 people at West Broadway Community Ministry (WBCM) on Thursday, Oct 18. If you are able to provide a box of pre-cooked frozen meatballs, or pasta sauce or buns, or fruit, or cookies, a sign-up sheet is available in the narthex. In addition, volunteers for preparation and serving are needed. You may leave the box of meatballs, buns, fruit or cookies in the fridge in the Westworth kitchen on Wednesday, Oct. 17 OR if you wish to have your contribution picked up, or to make other arrangements, please contact Carol & Clarke Wilkie who will act as hosts for Westworth 204 896-3618.
- 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.
Community News (please check bulletin board by the elevator)
- Westminster Concert Organ Series presents ADAM BRAKEL, concert organist from Florida, USA on Sunday October 28 at 2:30 pm. Tickets available at the door or at McNally. www.westminsterchurch.org
- Charleswood UC will again host its annual fall supper. on Sat., Oct. 20th with sittings at 4:15 & 6:30pm. Tickets are $17/adults, $6/4-11yrs. & free/3 & under. 832-3667.
- Andrew’s RHUC is holding their Annual Harvest Supper on Sunday, Oct. 21. There are two sittings @ 4:30 & 6:30pm. Tickets are $20 for adults, $8.00 for youth 5-12 years old, with those 4 & under free. Wine will be available for $5.00 per glass.
Minute for Mission
Thank You to Our Ministers
Our gifts for Mission & Service support ministers in their training, continuing education, and pastoral relations and provide resources to engage in ministry.
The United Church’s 2006 statement of faith, A Song of Faith, notes that “to embody God’s love in the world, the work of the church requires the ministry and discipleship of all believers.” I invite you to wonder for a moment: What are the ways that a minister has helped this community of faith embody God’s love in the world? Today, we offer gratitude for the many ways that our ministers help to embody God’s love in the world through their leadership and ministry.
Thank you for the creative ways you proclaim God’s message of love in worship. Thank you for the sacred moments you facilitate in the celebration of baptism and communion. Thank you for the ways you invite people of all ages to grow and deepen in faith. Thank you for the encouragement to participate in God’s mission in the community and the world. Thank you for the loving care and prayers that you offer in times of joy and sorrow. Thank you for the vitality, faithfulness, and passion of your leadership. Our gifts to Mission & Service support our ministers, and we give thanks.
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.