Oct. 28 Bulletin

Westworth United Church

1750 Grosvenor Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba

on Treaty One Territory in the heart of the Métis Nation

23rd  Sunday after Pentecost, October 28, 2018


We Gather to Worship

Welcome and Announcements

Candle-Lighting & Prelude:  “     People Get Ready”       Curtis Mayfield

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

Opening Prayer

Hymn MV 135      “Called by Earth and Sky”                     Pat Mayberry

Children’s Story

Hymn VU 272   “Open Your Ears, O Faithful People”    YISRAIL V’ORAITA


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

God of grace, help us look with compassion

      on how we have caused suffering

      and on how others have hurt us.

Show us how to transform our pain

      into sacred wounds,

that we may become wounded healers.


Meditative Silence & Words of Assurance


We Hear the Word

Responsive Reading: VU 826, Refrain 2, Part One


Gospel Lesson: Job 38:1-7

This is testimony to the Word of God.

      Thanks be to God.

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


Anthem:    “Make Me an Instrument of Your Peace”    Mary McDonald


Sermon:    “Transforming Our Suffering into Sacred Wounds”


We Respond

Rockers United                “Amazing Grace”



Offertory:     “Amazing Grace”                                         Mark Hayes

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 MV 144      “Like a Healing Stream”                      Bruce Harding


Choral Response:  MV 205         “Great Amen”

Postlude:                     “I’ll Fly Away”                            Albert E. Brumley

Lyrics revised by Fred Penner


Our thanks to Rockers United for their music today.


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           westworthminister@gmail.com

204 489-6974 Ext. 22

Director of Music:  Debbie McLeod                            Organist:  Dorcas Windsor

Rockers United Director:  Ray McClelland

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:  Carol and Paul Galbraith

Usher:  Janet Sealey

Scripture Reader:  Mac Watts


Counting Team today is Team C – Dave S’s team



The children will be learning about Deborah (Judges 4: 1-5:31) this week.

Love Halloween but want some company? Come join the CE committee and our Youth to help hand out hot chocolate, candy and dog treats on Halloween evening on the front steps starting at 6pm.  Any donations of Halloween candy greatly appreciated.

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.


SPARE CHANGE SUNDAY Excuse me, do you have spare change? How often have you been asked this and not known how best to respond? Here’s an alternative response. On the last Sunday of each month, we will put out plates at the back of the church. When you leave, you are welcome to dump your spare change into the plates. We will send all spare change donations to West Broadway Community Ministry, who offer many resources to those living in poverty.


COFFEE AFTER CHURCH as of Nov. 4 we will have coffee after church instead of before. Please join us for fellowship and conversation.

DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME ENDS turn back clocks 1 hour Nov. 4.

CHEER BOARD KNITTING  Please bring in your knitting by Nov. 4.


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.


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

Pledged                     Received               Total Pledged

M&S                                        $29,289                       $26,685                      $39,052

Westworth Operations      $190,626                     $182,731                     $254,168

Total                                      $219,915                     $209,416                     $293,220

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

2016  $206,851                  2017  $205,544                  2018  $ 209,416

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


upcoming events

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. 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 Kathy McPhail in the Narthex following the service to purchase your ticket today!


  1. Neighbours helping Neighbors! 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 11 as Yazidi Food Blitz Day! What is needed? Foods purchased in bulk, such as large bags of flour are gratefully received, as they are repackaged and distributed according to 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. 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 admckay@shaw.ca or Ruth Wiwchar  204-889-2892.


  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)

  • The Wpg. Singers presents “Indigenous Mosaics” Sunday, Oct. 28  3:00pm Centre Culturel Franco-Manitobain. Tickets at the door.
  • Rossbrook House Open House & School Craft Sale Thursday, Nov. 1 11:30-1:30pm 658 Ross Ave.
  • Digital Photography: Making the Most of Your Camera or Phone”. Presented by: Phil Calver.Temple Shalom,. at 1:30, Wed. Nov. 7. All are welcome, especially those over 55. Entrance is free. Refreshments provided. 1077 Grant Ave
  • North Kildonan Community Players present Mary Poppins, Wed., Nov. 28, to Sun., Dec. 2, at 200 Avenue De La Cathedrale.


Minute for Mission

Empowerment, Discernment, and Community!

 Our gifts for Mission & Service support events like the National Aboriginal Spiritual Gathering, where Indigenous communities can come together in solidarity and faith.

For several decades, Indigenous communities of faith have gathered nationally to discuss matters of self-determination, spirituality, and their relationship with The United Church of Canada. These gatherings are a forum for listening to one another and discerning Creator’s plan for mission and ministry.

The 2017 Gathering took place July 27–30 on the Treaty One Territory (Pinawa, Manitoba). A Sacred Fire burned throughout the Gathering, with four Fire Keepers guarding it at all hours of the day. Participants came from across Canada—including youth, Elders, and ecumenical guests—as well as from the Moderator’s Dialogue on Reconciliation.

The Very Rev. Dr. Stan McKay offered a Bible study, where participants reflected on biblical passages alongside the seven Sacred Teachings of Love, Respect, Courage, Honesty, Wisdom, Humility, and Truth.

Dr. Shauneen Pete, an educator from Saskatchewan, spoke of her experiences working in academic institutions on issues of workplace equity, institutional racism, and cultural competency. Connections were made between these issues and the work of reconciliation. Dr. Pete praised events like the National Aboriginal Spiritual Gathering that dig deeper into the issues and empower participants.

We are thankful for gatherings like the National Aboriginal Spiritual Gathering, and we celebrate that, through your gifts for Mission & Service, communities can look forward to the next Gathering in 2020.


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.