Dec. 16 Bulletin

Westworth United Church

1750 Grosvenor Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba on Treaty OneTerritory in the heart of the Métis Nation

Second Sunday of Advent

December 16, 2018

We Gather to Worship

Westworth Winds Prelude  “La Fete de Noël”               Charles Spinney

                        “Go Tell It on the Mountain”                         arr. Leland Forsblad

Welcome and Announcements

Candle-Lighting & Prelude

Introit:             “Et in Terra Pax”  (And on Earth Peace)             John Purifoy

                        Flute (arr. D. McLeod):  Bettina Nyman                                      

Advent Candle Lighting

Hymn VU 5                       “All Earth Is Waiting”                          TAULE

The Sacrament of Baptism

Sung Blessing VU 454 “May God Who Creates You”      Louise Skibsted

Hymn VU 7, vs 3                          “Hope Is a Star”                MOON BEAMS

Cherubs sing 3rd verse and the congregation joins in the refrain, vs. 1 & 2.

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 theresponse, “And also with you.” Following the Passing of the Peace, the children may go to Sunday School.)

Prayer of Confession                                    

God of deep joy, as we approach the longest night of the year,

      we are aware of the growing darkness.

We offer to you the heaviness of our fears and worries.

Send us a light of hope and healing that helps to dispel the darkness.

Cultivate within us a bright sadness that can rest in deep joy.

Meditative Silence & Words of Assurance                                          

We Hear the Word

Responsive Reading VU 880   “Isaiah 12:1-6”  

Epistle Reading: Philippians 4:4-9

      Hear what the Spirit is saying to the Church.

      Thanks be to God.

      Sung Response:  MV 108 “I Know Your Word”

Anthem:                      “Come, Peace of God”                     Eugene Butler

Sermon:                      “A Bright Sadness”

We Respond

Hymn VU 23                     “Joy Shall Come”                       JOY SHALL COME


      Offertory:             “Gesu Bambino”                                   Pietro Yon

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

Prayers of the People

      Prayer Introit: VU 64 “O Little Town of Bethlehem vs 4

      Prayers of Thanksgiving and Intercession

      The Lord’s Prayer VU 921

Hymn VU 59                     “Joy to the World”                            ANTIOCH


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

Postlude:             “Echo Carol”                                 arr. Leland Forsblad

Thanks to the Westworth Winds for participating in ourworship service.

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:  Florence and Zoe and Olivia A. and Giulia

Usher:  Kirk W.

Scripture Reader:  Earl G.


Today with joy we baptize:

Talia Catherine G.

daughter of Andrea W. G. and Colin G.

Counting Team today is Team A – Denise’s team


Sunday School will be learning about Angels Visit (Luke 1:26-38).

Youth Grades (5-8) will meet with Marilyn Anderson Corkum in Room 2.

LESSONS AND CAROLS Tonight. Dec. 16 at 7:00 pm

The Community Care Committee is once again preparing for the reception to follow our annual Lessons and Carols tonight. Dainties should be in the kitchen either this morning or by 6 pm tonight.  NO NUTS PLEASE  We still need volunteers to help serve and clean up. Please sign up in the narthex. Thank you.

SUNDAY MORNING HOSTS    A warm smile, a friendly “Good Morning”, and an extended handshake is an inviting way to start each Sunday morning at Westworth.   If you are able to volunteer to meet and greet in the narthex, you add a wonderful touch to the church.  You arrive by 10:30, greet at the door, and help visitors locate the cloakroom or sign the guest book.   Two people at the door make the responsibility easy and fun!  Please consider a morning and make it your new years’ resolution to be a host in 2019. The sign-up sheet is on the board in the narthex.   Thank you in advance!

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

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.

Poinsettia plants are placed in loving memory of

                                Margaret Y.    by her Children and Grand-children

Decorations by Joyce & Earl G. will also bedisplayed for Lessons and Carols.

upcoming events


10:30 am Breakfast & 11:00 am Worship Around the Tables

Please sign up for food items in the narthex if you are able to come and contribute to the goodies!


  1. 10,000 VILLAGES SALE Thank you to all who generously supported the sale of goods from 10,000 Villages. Sales totaled $1025.72, all of which goes back to 10,000 Villages to support the work of the Mennonite Central Committee (MCC).

2.            ROSSBROOK HOUSE TURKEYS Through the work ofyour Outreach Team, Westworth will once again provide cooked and sliced turkeyswith gravy for Rossbrook House. The turkey may be placed in foil pans suitablefor reheating and then frozen. Gravy can be frozen in plastic containers.Rossbrook offers a drop-in program over the Christmas break when they providethe hot turkey sandwiches. This is your opportunity to smell that beautifulroasting turkey and to support your community. If you are able to provide aturkey by tomorrow, Dec 17th 2018 for this cause please sign-up on thesheet in the narthex. A reminder card is also nearby the sign-up sheet. Contact Allan M. at 204-269-5292 or with questions orconcerns.

3.            GIFTS WITH VISION CATALOGUES 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.            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!

 5.            WEST BROADWAY PANTRY WEST BROADWAY PANTRY Just a quick note toour faithful supporters who so generously supply the emergency food programwith canned and dry food. There are specific needs specific needs rightnow that include small jars of Peanut Butter (500 ml or less); tinned meat,especially tuna, but also chicken, ham and salmon;  pasta sauce; porkand beans; granola bars. Always gratefully received are travel size toothpaste,shampoo, and soap, as well as personal hygiene products.


The Rossbrook House Foundation “No Child Alone” Dinner will be held onJanuary 24, 2019 at Canad Inn Polo Park. The dinner theme is reconciliation andwhat it means for all of us. Our speaker will be Niigaan Sinclair who is anactivist, award winning writer and Winnipeg Free Press columnist. Tickets are$125 and are eligible to receive a $75 tax receipt. Tickets available online at  Proceeds from the dinner will be used to support servicesfor children and youth at Rossbrook House. If you have questions about thedinner or Rossbrook House, please ask Ron B. who is a volunteer with theRossbrook House Foundation or call 204-949-4093.

community news (please check bulletin board by elevator)

  • WIND DIXTOUR CONCERT Dec. 17 at 7pm Join us for a concert fundraiser at St. Andrew’s RHUC. Two quintets join forces for this rare event: a double woodwind quintet in concert, featuring repertoire by Mozart, Albeniz, Francaix, and Janacek. With special guest Allen Harrington on contrabassoon. Tickets are $10 and will be available at the door.
  • THE LONGEST NIGHT SERVICE Friday, Dec. 21 7:00pm Fort Garry UC

A service of Remembering! Feeling sad or lonely at this time of the year? You are not alone

A LONGEST NIGHT/BLUE CHRISTMAS SERVICE Wed. Dec. 19 7:30 p.m. at Harrow UC. This is a peaceful, contemplative time for anyone who needs comfort at this time of year.   All are welcome.

  • MONDAY MORNING YOGA with Jane Carroll at Harrow UC, 955 Mulvey Avenue.  The winter session will run from Jan. 7th-March 18th (The full fee for this 10 week course is $60 and the drop-in fee is $7. 
  • TENORE CONCERT Dec. 23 6:30pm Calvary Temple

Minute for Mission

Spiritual Healing

Our gifts for Mission & Service support the work of community ministries like Our Place Society in Victoria, British Columbia.

In a nurturing atmosphere of home and family, Our Place serves Victoria’s most vulnerable: people who areaddicted and homeless, the working poor, those who are mentally and physicallychallenged, and impoverished elderly people. This remarkable inner-city centrerelates to the people who use it as family members, not clients, with anemphasis on creating a compassionate, caring community.

Our Place tends to its family members’ physical needs, serving over 1,600 meals a day and providing hot showers, clothing, health care, and an overdose prevention site. It also cares for people’s spiritual needs. “For people who live on the streets, there is a lot of grief and death,” says Grant McKenzie, a staff member. “We need to be able to connect with people on a spiritual level.”

In 2017, Our Place hired a First Nations spiritual leader who can better connect the centre to the 30 percent of its members who identify as Indigenous. Don Beacham is a Cree man from Norway House reserve in Manitoba who is steeped in Indigenous spiritual teachings and traditions. He connects with the Indigenous population through hosting healing circles and smudges, through drumming and song, and through his warm, caring presence. With the smudges, he says, “people feel lighter” because “they know they are cherished, cared for, and prayed for in that moment.”

With your support, Our Place Society is able to focus on creating sacred and healing community.

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 neighbouris at the heart of our Mission & Service.

Westworth Gift-Giving Opportunities at Advent/Christmas

Gifts with a Vision and 1Just City Gift Catalogues: offer justice-focused gifts for Christmas gift-giving. Catalogues available in the narthex.

The Sock & Mitten Tree: Our Sunday School is collecting new thick, warm winter socks and Men’s Mittens for West Broadway Community Ministry. by Dec. 16th please deliver all your Mitten Tree items. During Advent we collect new men’s mittens, hats and neck warmers.  We donate these items to West Broadway Community Ministry. Thank you for helping our children help others!

Rossbrook House Turkey: 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. Gravy can be frozen in plastic containers. Rossbrook offers a drop-in program over the Christmas break when they provide the hot turkey sandwiches. If you are able to provide a turkey by Dec 17th for this cause please contact Allan McKay at 204-269-5292; or the church office. A sign-up sheet is in the narthex.

Advent Gift Envelopes:  This year’s Advent Gift donations, received by Dec. 17th, will support the salary of the cook at West Broadway Community Ministry.

Bring your own Mug:  Thank you Jennifer and Nadia for the delicious warm coffee that greets us each Sunday! Let’s work together this Advent to assist in this act of hospitality by joining with the Outreach Team in the challenge to “bring your own coffee mug” each Sunday.

Advent and Christmas Worship Services

Lessons & Carols

December 16th   7:00-8:00 p.m.

Led by the Senior & Cherub Choirs

Offering proceeds will be divided between the Westworth Choral Scholar Program and Westworth general funds

December 24

7:00 p.m.

Intergenerational Service with Children’s Pageant

with Senior & Cherub Choirs

9:00 p.m.

Carols, Candles and Communion

with Senior Choir

Worship Around The Breakfast Tables

December 30, 2018 in the Gym

10:30 a.m.         11 a.m.

Breakfast                Worship

Sharing our favourite carols

Please sign up in the narthex for breakfast contributions