Westworth United Church
1750 Grosvenor Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba
on Treaty One Territory in the heart of the Métis Nation
24th Sunday after Pentecost, November 4, 2018
We Gather to Worship
Welcome and Announcements
Candle-Lighting & Prelude: “Gift of Finest Wheat” Jeffrey Honoré
Introit: “O Come, Ye Servants of Our God” Christopher Tye
Hymn VU 457 “As We Gather at Your Table” BEACH SPRING
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.” Children may then go to Sunday School and parents may bring them back for Communion.
Prayer of Confession
We offer you our lives, O God, with priorities askew.
We have short-changed others and ourselves
with leftover love.
Help us re-evaluate our giving and our loving,
that we may offer our best to you, to our neighbour
and to ourselves.
Teach us how to love.
Meditative Silence & Words of Assurance
We Hear the Word
Responsive Reading: VU 868 “Psalm 146”
Gospel Lesson: Mark 12:28-34
This is the Gospel of Christ.
Thanks be to God.
Sung Response: VU 840 “Your Word is a Lamp”
Anthem: “In Mercy Broken” Ruth Elaine Schram
Sermon: “Leftover Love”
Hymn MV 136 “When Hands Reach Out and Fingers Trace” SHILOH
Minute for Stewardship
Offertory: “Jesu, Jesu, Fill Us with Your Love” John Carter
Dedication Hymn MV 191 “What Can I Do”
The Sacrament of Holy Communion: Saints/Remembrance
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.
Before all that is, You were God.
Outside all we know, You are God.
After all is finished, You will be God.
Archangels sound the trumpets,
Angels teach us their song,
Saints pull us into your presence.
You spoke your word to your people
through prophets and priests,
men and women of compassion and courage.
Through the faithfulness of disciples throughout the ages,
saints who accompany us still,
we take hope and gather wisdom
for our own paths of discipleship.
You never forsake us,
even though we turn away from you.
You came in Jesus, the Word made flesh,
to live and love this life in all its fullness—
only to be shunned, despised, and forsaken.
You made the cross of death a tree of life,
the empty grave a sign of glorious hope.
So we, with saints across the world
from the past into the present, join to sing your praise:
♪(please turn to VU 936)
Eternal God, we praise you for our brother Jesus,
who before his suffering,
earnestly desired to share a meal with his companions.
And so, on the night before he died,
he took the bread, gave you thanks, broke it and said
“Take and eat. This is my body. Do this in remembrance of me.”
At the end of the meal, he took a cup of wine.
Again he thanked you and told them:
“Drink this, all of you. This cup is the new covenant in my blood.
Whenever you drink this, do it in remembrance of me.”
We delight in remembering Jesus: the faithfulness of his life,
the way death on a cross could not quench the fire of his love,
his being raised up as firstborn from the dead,
his abiding presence in a new community of hope.
We delight to proclaim:
♪Christ has died. Christ is risen. Christ will come again.
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.
God of our mothers and fathers,
send your life-giving Spirit on us
and these gifts of bread and wine.
Watch over us that we may be one body in Christ,
called to be your people of truth and reconciliation.
May we walk in right relations with all your children:
good stewards of creation, seekers of justice
for all who are oppressed,
courageous in action and speech
as we bear witness to your wisdom in the world.
We offer this act of praise and thanksgiving, Gracious God:
through Christ, with Christ, in Christ,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit, all glory is yours,
God most holy, now and forever.
♪Amen, amen, amen.
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,
no matter what church you belong to,
is welcome to come to this table.
Come, for all things are now ready.
Prayer after Communion
We give thanks that bread broken, brings wholeness;
that wine poured out, replenishes;
that communion with the Risen Christ,
in company with the saints, is gift and grace. Amen.
Hymn VU 593 “Jesu, Jesu, Fill Us with Your Love” CHEREPONI
Choral Response: MV 205 “Great Amen”
Postlude: “Holy Manna” Wilbur Held
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.
- Please avoid leaving or entering the sanctuary during prayers.
- Westworth is a scent free church.
Minister: Loraine MacKenzie Shepherd firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com
Office Administrator: Heather Lavery firstname.lastname@example.org
Church Phone # 204 489-6974 Ext. 20 www.westworth.ca
Church Accountant: Jenny Jeffers email@example.com
Hosts: Shirley Ann Simkulak and Florence Baker
Scripture Reader: Heather Robbins
Communion Servers: Cathy Miller, Linda Paquin, Noella & Ed White, Heain Choi & Taekyu Lee, Glenn Aitchison, George & Bettina Nyman
Counting Team today is Team A – Denise’s team
The children will be learning about God Calls Samuel (1 Samuel 3:1-20) this week.
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.
COFFEE AFTER CHURCH as of Nov. 4 we will have coffee after church instead of before. Please join us for fellowship and conversation. Please remember to bring your mug from home!
DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME ENDS turn back clocks 1 hour today.
CHEER BOARD KNITTING Please bring in your knitting today.
LUNCHEON & BAZAAR A big ‘THANK YOU’ to all the convenors, contributors and many many volunteers who helped to make our 2018 Luncheon and Bazaar such a great success. Our profit for this event was $9,742, which will be included in the general funds.
Wendy Moroz and Janet Sealey, Co-Convenors
THE WOMEN’S SPIRITUALITY GROUP will meet Saturday, November 10th, 9:00am in the Parlour. All women are invited to join us for a light breakfast and discussion. Our topic will be “A Spiritual Journey”. For more information phone Kathy Wilson (489-6617) or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
MEMBERSHIP TRANSFER & UNITED CHURCH OVERVIEW
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.
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.
- BEHIND CLOSED DOORS the 9th Annual Charity shopping event at St. Vital Centre is scheduled for November 17, 7:00 – 10:30. Each ticket is $5, which entitles the holder to entry to the Centre, many markdowns valid for that evening only, door prizes, as well as free appetizers at Earl’s which basically pays for your ticket. Every dollar earned supports 1JustCity. See Marion McKay in the Narthex following the service to purchase your ticket today!
- NEIGHBOURS HELPING NEIGHBOURS! You will be aware that many Yazidi families have been helped to leave the Middle East, and to settle in Canada through Operation Ezra. These families have settled well in doing well in their new home. However, government-sponsored refugees are finding it very difficult to make ends meet, and need our help. Your Outreach Team is making it possible for you to be part of this effort. We have designated Sunday November 11as Yazidi Food Blitz Day! What is needed? Large bags of all-purpose flour, Sugar, Bags of Dried Red split lentils, Bags of Dried Chickpeas, Tetley Orange pekoe tea, Canola Oil, Long Grain Rice, Couscous.
- 3. WEST BROADWAY NOVEMBER LUNCH, Thursday, November 15: Barb and Brian Gwyer will host this month’s hot lunch 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.
- DON’T PUT YOUR TURKEY ROASTER AWAY The Bazaar as always has been a success and many enjoyed the famous turkey burgers. This advance notice is a reminder that your Outreach Team will once again co-ordinate “Turkeys for Rossbrook” Westworth provides cooked, sliced and frozen turkeys with gravy for Rossbrook House. Rossbrook House, a community drop in centre provides hot turkey and gravy sandwiches over the Christmas break during their drop-in hours. Please consider this wonderful opportunity to smell roasting turkey as well as an opportunity to participate in community. Stay tuned for further information. Questions or concerns may be directed to Allan McKay at email@example.com or Ruth Wiwchar 204-889-2892.
- 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)
- The annual BOOK ‘N’ BISCUITS SALE begins on Friday November 9 from 7 – 9 pm for the book sale only. On Saturday November 10 from 10 am – 1 pm there will be books available for purchase as well as tea, biscuits and honey.
- REMEMBRANCE SERVICE Carpathia School. Nov. 9, 10:45am Carpathia School students and staff invite you to attend A Day of Remembrance in the Big gym. 300 Carpathia RSVP Katie 204 488-4514
- BEER AND HYMNS In support of Young UC, Refugee Support Fund Sunday Nov. 18 at The Handsome Daughter 7:30pm $10 at door, 61 Sherbrook St. Doors open at 7:00pm
Minute for Mission
From Hopeless to Hopeful
Our gifts for Mission & Service support counselling programs like The Counselling Centre in Brandon, Manitoba.
The Mission & Service support provided by The United Church of Canada helps to fund Project Hope, a program that provides professional counselling free of charge to those who are economically impoverished, such as non-status Indigenous clients, children, and seniors, who make up roughly 40 percent of the city’s population.
“These are people who would otherwise fall through the cracks,” explains Executive Director Heather Karrouze. She tells the story of a mom and three kids who recently fled an abusive relationship and are living in a hotel. “If it weren’t for Project Hope, they wouldn’t be getting counselling,” she says. “Project Hope provides counselling support to the mom and her boys; to the pensioner who has lost his wife; to the non-status Aboriginal whose family is far away, up north.
“A number of years ago, the Brandon Counselling Centre began to explore ways to shift the disturbing trend of domestic violence it was hearing about in its counselling sessions. The centre created Building Bridges, a 12-week program for men to explore what makes for healthy relationships. Since starting the program, the counsellors have seen a small shift in their counselling sessions toward decreased domestic violence. The shift is slow, but there is progress.
“It is our vision to help people go from feeling hopeless to being hopeful, from feeling diminished to being empowered,” says Heather. “Those [Mission & Service] dollars translate into lives being changed and, in some cases, being saved.”
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.