Dec. 2 Bulletin

Westworth United Church

1750 Grosvenor Avenue, Winnipeg

on Treaty One Territory in the heart of the Métis Nation


December 2, 2018


Welcome and Announcements

Processional Hymn VU 1 vs. 1,2,6,7 “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel”

Cherub Introit:     “Star of the East, Bethlehem’s Star”        Greg Gilpin


Advent Wreath

Advent Candle Lighting


Hymn VU 7, vs 1                          “Hope Is a Star”                MOON BEAMS

Cherubs sing the first verse and the congregation joins in the refrain.


Christmas Tree and Rose

Choir Response:  “Gaudete”

Anonymous, from Piae Cantiones, 1582, adapted by Debbie McLeod

Gaudete, Gaudete  Christus est natus ex Maria Virginae, Gaudete.

(Rejoice, Rejoice, Christ is born of the Virgin Mary, Rejoice)


Carol:                    “O Christmas Tree”                             O TANNEMBAUM

O Christmas tree, O Christmas tree,
How lovely are your branches. (Repeat these 2 lines)
In beauteous green they always grow,
Through summer sun and winter snow.
O Christmas tree, O Christmas tree,
How lovely are your branches.


O Christmas Tree, O Christmas Tree,
We gladly bid you welcome. (Repeat these 2 lines)

You bid us true and faithful be,

To trust in God unfailingly.

O Christmas Tree, O Christmas Tree,
We gladly bid you welcome.

(younger children go to Sunday School)


Anthem: “There is No Rose of Such Virtue”


Advent Colours

Choir Response:  “Gaudete”

Prayer VU 11 “An Advent Prayer”



Passing of the Peace

May the peace of Christ be with you.

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.”)


Hymn VU 44         “It Came Upon the Midnight Clear”                CAROL


First Scripture Reading: Isaiah 60:1-3, 13

This is testimony to the Word of God.

Thanks be to God.


Carol: Deck the Halls

Deck the halls with boughs of holly.  Fa la la la la la la la la.

‘Tis the season to be jolly.  Fa la la…

Don we now our gay apparel.  Fa la la…

Troll the ancient Yuletide carol. Fa la la…


Nativity Scene

Second Scripture Reading: Philippians 2:5-7

Hear what the Spirit is saying to the Church.

Thanks be to God.


Hymn VU 23                     “Joy Shall Come”                       JOY SHALL COME


Star and Magi

Third Reading: Matthew 2:1-2

This is the Gospel of Christ

Thanks be to God.



Offertory:   “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel”        arr. James E. Clemens

Dedication Hymn VU 55 “In the Bleak Midwinter” vs 4

Offertory Prayer


Choir Response: “Gaudete”


The Sacrament of Holy Communion: Advent

            (Communion Setting A: VU 932)

 (Once the communion servers are in place, please proceed up the centre aisle, take a piece of bread and dip in the cup, eat and return to your seat along the side aisles. The central station at the front has gluten-free rice crackers and juice. If you have difficulty walking, please signal servers as they come down the centre aisle and they will serve you in your pew)

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.


We give you thanks, God of peace and promise.

Through the words of your prophets

and the faith of your followers

you prepare the way of our redemption

and bring hope to birth.

And though we often grow weary of waiting,

your signs call us to keep watch for that day

when all things shall be made new.

In assurance of this hope,

we join with all the company of heaven and earth

to give you praise:

Holy, holy, holy are you, God of power and might;

heaven and earth are filled with your glory.

Hosanna in the highest!

Blessed is the one who comes in your name.

Hosanna in the highest, 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

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…


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.



We rejoice in the gift of God’s grace,

remembering Christ’s birth and death,

proclaiming his resurrection,

waiting in hope for his coming again.

In praise and thanksgiving,

may we so offer ourselves to God

that our lives may proclaim the mystery of faith:

♪Christ has died. Christ is risen.

Christ will come, 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.



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,

regardless of church affiliation,

is welcome to come to this table.

Come, for all things are now ready.


Prayer after Communion

As we prepare for the birth of the Christ Child,

we give thanks for all that births new life.

May we be the hands and feet of Christ,

bearing Christ’s life into the world. Amen.


Hymn VU 9                 “People Look East”                               BESANÇON


Sung Response: VU 38 Chorus, “Angels We Have Heard On High”

Postlude:              “People Look East”                                   Kristina Langlois


Thank you to everyone who helped to lead today’s service.


Host:  Alma A.

Usher:  Maureen L.

Advent Candle Lighting: Molly and Leslie R.

Helpers:  Noella & Phio W., Gord M., Alex & Zoe A., Kebba O., William L., Kevin & Peter S., & Judy B., Petra T., McKenna, & Caitlin F., and Rose M.

Readers:  Caitlin & McKenna F., Rose M., Phio W.

Communion Servers:  Amanda Y. & Ava D., Reina Y. & Rose M., Caitlin, McKenna & Rob F., Noella, Phio & Ed W.


Minister:  Loraine MacKenzie Shepherd

204 489-6974 Ext. 22

Director of Music: Debbie McLeod   Cherub Choir Director: Jewel Casselman

Organist:  Dorcas Windsor         Westworth Winds Director:  Ray McClelland

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    



Counting Team today is Team D – Gerald’s team


ONE ON ONE VISITORS –Shortbread parcels are available for pick up in the Narthex today.


Sunday School will be learning about Queen Esther (Esther 2:5-18,3:1-6).


POINSETTIA SALES:  The Christian Education Team will be selling poinsettias as a fundraiser in support of the VBS program. Orders will be accepted in the office and after worship in the narthex for the next several weeks. Pick up date is Sat., Dec. 15 at 12:30-1:30pm.  Please note that the donation of plants for delivery to seniors will not take place this year. It has been discovered that most do not have space for the plants, and those that do, often have pets for whom poinsettias are poisonous. This year, if you do not wish to purchase a plant but would still like to support the VBS program, please feel free to make a tax receiptable donation with “VBS” specified with your donation. Thank you for your support.

PROPERTY COMMITTEE NEEDS MORE MEMBERS Would you be interested in joining the Property Committee and taking care of our church? They meet on the 3rd Tuesday of the month and share in hosting outside groups 1-2 times per year. Please contact Spencer N. at or call 204 896-1858.

STEWARDSHIP PLEDGES If you have not yet forwarded your Pledge would you please add to the Pledge box in the narthex. Thank you.

NAME TAG ORDER We will be putting in a Name Tag Order next week. Please contact the office if you are interested in purchasing one.

TABLES We are cleaning up our inventory and have several older large tables we are no longer using. They have been moved outside beside the garden shed, please feel free to help yourself.

ADVENT/CHRISTMAS ACTIVITIES HANDBILL AVAILABLE If you wish to let others know about our Advent/Christmas Activities there is a coloured handbill in the narthex.

upcoming events

THE WOMEN’S SPIRITUALITY GROUP WILL MEET Saturday, Dec. 8, 9:00am in the Upper Classroom. Our topic will be “Activist/Protest Songs That Have Moved Us”, and whether protest songs are still relevant.  All women are invited to join us for a light breakfast and discussion. Please use back door entrance.  For more information phone Kathy W. (489-6617) or email 

FAITH CAFÉ Dec. 5 at 10:00am Join us for a discussion on Prayer.

UCW UNIT 7 Thursday, Dec 6, 9:30 a.m. will meet at the Park Cafe for breakfast.

ECUMENICAL ADVENT TAIZÉ SERVICE December 10 at 7:30 pm Come for a quiet, meditative service with Taizé chants on Monday, December 10 at 7:30 pm at Westworth United Church. Our Taizé services are expanding as more people hear about them. If anyone would like to practice singing parts or playing an instrument, please let Loraine know. Our practice will be Monday, Dec. 3 at 7:00 pm at Westworth. If you would like to read scripture in another language, please let Loraine know.


Save the dates! Mondays, 7-9 pm, March 11-April 1

INTERFAITH RESPONSES TO THE TRUTH AND RECONCILIATION CALLS TO ACTION hosted by Jewish, Buddhist, Muslim and Christian communities.

Note that the speaker for each Monday evening will be from a different faith community than the hosting community so as to help us have a greater combined interfaith response to the TRC.

Westworth United Church will be offering two training sessions on Sunday afternoons, January 20 & 27 for facilitators for small group discussion at these 4 sessions. If you are interested in being trained as a facilitator and make either of these dates, please contact Loraine.


  1. 10,000 VILLAGES SALE Dec. 9 As we approach the season of giving, consider purchasing fair trade products for your loved ones from Ten Thousand Villages. The Outreach Committee will be hosting a sale on December 9th after the service in the Parlour. A variety of items will be available. We will accept cash, cheque or credit.
  2. ROSSBROOK HOUSE TURKEYS Through the work of your Outreach Committee, Westworth will once again provide cooked and sliced turkeys with gravy for Rossbrook House. The turkey may be placed in foil pans suitable for reheating and then frozen. Gravy can be frozen in plastic containers. Rossbrook offers a drop-in program over the Christmas break when they provide the hot turkey sandwiches. This is your opportunity to smell that beautiful roasting turkey and to support your community. If you are able to provide a turkey by Dec 17th for this cause please sign-up on the sheet in the narthex. A reminder card is also nearby the sign-up sheet.  Contact Allan M. at 204-269-5292 or for questions or concerns.
  3. GIFTS WITH VISION Your Gifts with Vision catalogue will have arrived in your mailbox this month, along with your issue of the Observer. Please consider having your Christmas gifts this year truly “make a difference” in our world by supporting this Mission and Service initiative. You will find within the pages, local projects that need your support.
  4. STATE OF THE INNER CITY: Green Light Go: Improving Transportation Equity Friday, December 7 Thunderbird House 715 Main Street. 11:30 am  Registration, 12:00 noon Report Launch RSVP Dec.5
  5. PANCAKE BREAKFAST Your Outreach Team is co-ordinating a fundraising Pancake Breakfast for West Broadway Community Ministry at Applebees Restaurant (Grant Park) on Saturday morning February 9, 2019 from 8 – 10 am. Please mark your calendar now, and plan to join us! Please let one of the members of the team know if you are able to assist in serving. Sign-up sheet is now on the board in the Narthex. Thank you in advance for your support with this important project!
  6. WEST BROADWAY PANTRYJust 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 elevator)

  • COOKIE RUN! Saturday Dec. 1 10 AM – 12 noon Fort Garry UC  Buy an empty box & for $7 and fill it with your choice of delicious homemade cookies! 800 Point Road
  • WEATHERING THE STORM Faith Communities in the Age of Trump Dec. 6 at 6:00pm. You are invited for a panel discussion as Sheema Khan, Bill Millar and Rabbi Bill Tepper speak about Weathering the Storm on at the Grand Mosque Gym: 2445 Waverley St.
  • VOCAL ASCENT CONCERT Sunday, Dec. 9 7:00pm at St. Peter’s Ang.  Featuring Christina Thanisch-Smith. Adults $20, Children $5 755 Elm St.
  • RING IN THE HOLIDAYS Dec. 15 at 7:30pm Broadway-First Baptist Church 790 Honeyman Ave. Admission by donation. For information 204 469-0208
  • WREATHS & SWAGS: St. Andrew’s RHUC are selling with proceeds go to support our Guatemala Scholarship Fund. Contact Stu Roche @ 204-487-1436 to place an order.