Nov. 25 Bulletin

Westworth United Church

1750 Grosvenor Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba

on Treaty One Territory in the heart of the Métis Nation


Reign of Christ, November 25, 2018


We Gather to Worship

Welcome and Announcements

Candle-Lighting & Prelude:  “The Light of the World is Jesus”

Mark Hayes


Introit:                  “Show Me Thy Ways”                               Walter Pelz

                   Flute:  Bettina Nyman, Guitar: Martin Robson


Opening Prayer VU 214  “A Prayer for the Reign of Christ”

Hymn VU 399    “God, Whose Love Is Reigning O’er Us”   LAUDA ANIMA

New Member Covenant

Solo:                                  “A New Creed                           Martin Robson


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.” Following the Passing of the Peace, the children may go to Sunday School.)


Anthem           “Christ, Whose Glory Fills the Skies”        Ronald Gibson

                                                Recorder:  Jewel Casselman

Prayer of Confession

Holy Mystery, God beyond all knowing,

Open our eyes to your larger truth of love.

Forgive us when we become complacent

      with mistreatment at home and in our world.

Guide us with courage and wisdom

      to change what we are able.


Meditative Silence & Words of Assurance


We Hear the Word

Responsive Reading: VU 854   “Psalm 132”   Part One


Scripture Reading: John 18:33-38a

This is the Gospel of Christ.

      Thanks be to God.

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


Sermon:                      “The King of Subversion”


We Respond

Musical Offering                    “Malcontent”                      Martin Robson



Offertory:             “Noël Nouvelet”                                  John Carter

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 117            “Jesus Christ Is Waiting”               NOËL NOUVELET


Choral Response:  MV 205         “Great Amen”

Postlude:             “Rejoice the Lord is King”                    Healey Willan



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    


Hosts:  Shirley Ann Simkulak and Florence Baker

Usher:  Kirk Windsor

Scripture Reader:  Kathy Wilson


Counting Team today is Team D – Walter’s team


ARE YOU NEW TO WESTWORTH?  You are invited to LUNCH TODAY.  please come and share a meal, visit and learn a little about our Westworth Community of Faith.  Meet in the parlour after the church service today.


Congratulations to John E. and Edward L-H on their upcoming wedding Dec. 1.


SPARE CHANGE SUNDAY  Please add your spare change to the baskets at the back of the sanctuary for West Broadway programs. Thank you.



Sunday School will be learning about Naaman is healed (2 Kings 5: 1-19)


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.


2018 PLEDGES AND DONATIONS from January to Oct. received from identifiable givers

Pledged             Received             Total Pledged

M&S                                           $32,543                 $29,429                 $39,052

Westworth Operations         $211,807               $201,975                $254,168

Total                                        $244,350              $231,404               $293,220


Total of all donations to date for the past 3 years.

2016  $237,833                  2017  $233,753                  2018  $ 231,404

Please refer to the bulletin board in the Narthex for monthly updates.


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 Newton at or call 204 896-1858.

CARE PACKAGE FOR REV. LT. LESLEY FOX   Lesley Fox is a chaplain with the Canadian Armed Forces and remains in covenant with our congregation. She is currently serving overseas as chaplain to our forces in the UK, Norway/Sweden and Latvia/Lithuanian /Estonia. She is missing Canada, her friends and family—including her church family!  She spends her spare time crocheting and particularly misses Jujubes! Let’s send her a care package filled with Canadian foods, memorabilia & yarn. We’ll collect items until next Sunday, Nov. 25, and mail the package to her at the end of November. See Congregational Board for update.

upcoming events

COMMUNITY OUTREACH EVENING Nov. 23 at 6:30pm Art & Origami:  Paper, Paper Everywhere!! All Welcome.

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. We now have an amazing cantor, along with our excellent flutist. 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.


  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 2018 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. LITE BLUEBERRY PANCAKE BREAKFASTFriday November 30 from 7am – 10am. The annual LITE (Local Initiatives Toward Employment) fund raising Blueberry Pancake Breakfast is coming. Tickets are $20. At the door.
  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. More information soon!
  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)

  • WOMEN’S ADVENT SERVICE at Charleswood UC Monday, Dec. 3 at 7:00pm. All women and girls are invited to celebrate the beginning of Advent, the season of hope, light and anticipation.
  • Crescent Ft. Rouge UC MARKET SALE Saturday, Dec. 8, 10:00 am to 12:00 noon 525 Wardlaw Avenue
  • MARGARET’S CHOIR WILL PERFORM A BENEFIT CONCERT FOR VILLA ROSA ON SUNDAY, DEC. 9 AT 2:30pm. It will be held at Jubilee Place  173 Talbot on the campus of Mennonite Brethren Collegiate. Tickets at 204 452-6590 $20 adult, $10 youth or though Alan Wilson 489-6617.
  • VOCAL ASCENT CONCERT Sunday, Dec 9 7:00pm at St. Peter’s Ang. Featuring Christina T-S. Adults $20, Children $5   755 Elm St.
  • THE WPG. SINGERS “In Wpg. It’s Christmas” Sunday, Dec. 9 at 3:00 at Westworth. Tickets $30, $25 & $15 at the door



Minute for Mission

“Yes You Can”

Our gifts for Mission & Service provide opportunities for teachers like Melissa Carter to work at Los Quinchos School in Managua, Nicaragua. Here is her reflection:

“I have not come here to change their culture; yet I still maintain that school can be a powerful environment to positively affect self-confidence and to empower these young, bright faces to take on new challenges. One walk around my neighbourhood unveils the fact that they already overcome daily difficulties I can only imagine; they are strong and resilient.

“I try to lead by example. My Spanish is not fluent, but I am trying to communicate daily. I am committing many errors, which sometimes elicits teasing responses, but I roll with it and tell them it is part of the learning process…. I challenged a grade 11 English class to tell me about their weekend in five sentences. Let me point out that very rarely are they asked in their English class to produce their own phrases about their own lives, and here was this crazy Canadian asking them to share about their weekend. As I walked around, many of them were able to produce simple sentences. Regardless of errors in syntax, I used lots of positive reinforcement, as well as smiles, high fives, and fist pumps to both encourage them and hopefully make them realize that ‘Si, tu puedes’ (‘Yes, you can’).

“I savour the daily interactions with the students, for it is in those interactions that I learn about who they are and what they hope to accomplish. And maybe, I can help them learn some English or make them realize that they, too, can fulfill the dreams they currently hold as well as the dreams they have yet to discover.”

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.