Dec. 23 Bulletin

Westworth United Church

1750 Grosvenor Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba

on Treaty One Territory in the heart of the Métis Nation


Fourth Sunday of Advent

December 23, 2018


We Gather to Worship

Welcome and Announcements

Candle-Lighting & Prelude:   “I Wonder as I Wander” arr. Mark Hayes

Introit:            “O Come, Divine Messiah”                 16th Century French

Advent Candle Lighting

Hymn VU 17                     “O Ancient Love”                     BEDFORD ABBEY

Children’s Story

Hymn VU 7                             “Hope Is a Star”                      MOON BEAMS

Cherubs sing 4th verse and the congregation joins in the refrain, vs. 1, 2 & 3


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.)


Prayer of Confession

God of love, teach us how to hold life lightly.

Grant us grace for our own failures

      and for the failures of others.

Help us set aside insignificant issues,

      that we may focus on love.


Meditative Silence & Words of Assurance


We Hear the Word

Anthem           “This Child Emmanuel”                             Jeremy Walton

Gospel Reading: Luke 1:39-45

Gospel continued in Hymn VU 899 “Song of Mary: Luke 1:47-55”

Sermon:                            “A Fool’s Love”

VU 13 “An Advent Prayer”


We Respond

Hymn MV 120                        “My Soul Cries Out”              Rory Cooney



Offertory:  “Bring a Torch, Jeannette Isabella” Christopher Uehlein

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 64               “O Little Town of Bethlehem”        FOREST GREEN


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

Postlude:         “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing”                arr. Fred Bock



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:  Anne and Keith L.

Ushers:  Arlene H. and Diether P.

Scripture Reader:  Teresa S.



CONGRATULATIONS TO MAC W. who turned 90 on Dec. 19.


Counting Team today is Team B – Dan’s team



Sunday School will be practicing for the Christmas Pageant.


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 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.

UPDATE ON WAYS TO DONATE TO WESTWORTH Donations can now be accepted using e-transfer. Use your financial institution e-transfer to select an amount and send to The password to add to secure your donation should be thywillbedone (no spaces). There is no fee to Westworth but depending on your financial institution you may be charged a fee similar to the cost to write a cheque.


2018 PLEDGES AND DONATIONS from January to Nov. 30TH received from identifiable givers

Received                             2018 Pledged

M&S                                                      $  33,455                               $  39,052

Westworth Operations                       $222,568                             $254,168

Total                                                      $256,022                             $293,220

Total of all donations from Jan.-Nov. 30, including open plate, for the past 3 years.

2016  $262,019                  2017  $260,438                  2018  $ 257,496

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


CHRISTMAS OFFICE HOURS  Dec. 24-office will be closed at noon

Dec. 25 – Jan. 1 – office will be closed

Donations should be received before Dec. 31, 2018 to be tax receiptable for 2018.  Please consider a post-dated cheque to ensure donations get here on time. Thank you.


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. ROSSBROOK HOUSE TURKEYS Thanks to you, 22 turkeys were sliced, packaged, and gravy made for the youth and children who spend a lot of time at Rossbrook House during the Winter Break. You have made a merrier Christmas time for many! Thank you!
  2. GIFTS WITH VISION CATALOGUES There is still time to write a cheque that will  this year truly “make a difference” in our world.  You may support this Mission and Service initiative by going on line to give your gift!
  3. 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. Tickets are available today right after church in the Narthex. Why not buy some for yourself – as well as a few for friends and family?  They will make fantastic STOCKING STUFFERS!
  4. WEST BROADWAY PANTRY 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.
  5. ROSSBROOK HOUSE DINNER Jan. 24, 2019  The Rossbrook House Foundation “No Child Alone” Dinner will be held on January 24, 2019 at Canad Inn Polo Park. The dinner theme is reconciliation and what it means for all of us. Our speaker will be Niigaan Sinclair who is an activist, 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 services for children and youth at Rossbrook House. If you have questions about the dinner or Rossbrook House, please ask Ron B. who is a volunteer with the Rossbrook House Foundation or call 204-949-4093.


community news (please check bulletin board by elevator)


An ecumenical choir is being formed to lead music at the forthcoming celebration on Jan. 20th during the annual Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.  No audition is required. Rehearsals will be held at The Salvation Army Heritage Park Temple, 825 School Rd, from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, January 6, and on Sunday, January 13. For further info, call Michele B. at 204-453-5016 or contact her via email:

  • The 2018 Women’s Musical Club Scholarship Winners’ Recital Sunday, Dec. 30th – 2 pm at the Winnipeg Art Gallery including our Choral Scholar Christina T-S. Tickets $25, Under 30 $15, Students $5


Join us for our Christmas Worship Services!


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


Upcoming Events in 2019


Vocal Ascent Concert: Jan. 27, 2019, 7:00pm


Samedi Swing Big Band & Dance: Mar. 2, 2019,  7:00pm


Westworth 2019 Interfaith Dialogue: Responding to the TRC

Mondays, 7-9 pm:

March 11 at Congregation Etz Chayim with Shahina Siddiqui, Muslim, & Elder Theodore Fontaine

March 18 at Manitoba Buddhist Temple with Steve Heinrichs, Mennonite, & Elder Stan McKay

March 25 at Winnipeg Central Mosque with Brian McLeod, Buddhist, & Elder Adrian Jacobs

April 1 at Westworth United Church with Ruth Ashrafi, Jewish, &

Elder Chickadee Richard



The Staff of Westworth United Church

Wish you and your loved ones

A very blessed Christmas and

A Happy New Year!


 Minute for Mission

Serve God Gladly

Our gifts for Mission & Service support programs that empower women in the developing world.

At the Morogoro Women’s Training Centre in Dodoma, Tanzania, there is a sign that reads, “Serve God gladly.” Morogoro has been a Mission & Service global partner since the centre’s creation in 1979.

The centre offers a variety of courses, from legal advocacy to agriculture to maternal health. The goal is to empower women to make a better life for themselves, their families, and their communities.

Over the past five years, United Church Women have supported the Traditional Birth Attendants program at the centre. Five hundred women have graduated from this program and are now able to assist mothers to give birth safely in communities that often lack a clinic or hospital. Traditional Birth Attendants, or midwives, play a significant role in reducing maternal and infant mortality through pre- and post-natal care and birthing techniques. Mothers and their children are alive thanks to this program and to the vision of the Morogoro Centre.

Our ongoing gifts for Mission & Service enable core support for the Morogoro Women’s Training Centre.

If Mission & Service 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.