Dec. 9 Bulletin

Westworth United Church

1750 Grosvenor Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba

on Treaty One Territory in the heart of the Métis Nation


Second Sunday of Advent

December 9, 2018


We Gather to Worship

Welcome and Announcements

Candle-Lighting & Prelude:  “Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus”

                                                                                                               Myron Casner


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

Flute: Bettina N. (arranged Debbie McLeod)


Hymn VU 18      “There’s a Voice in the Wilderness”            ASCENSION

Advent Candle Lighting

Children’s Story


Hymn VU 7, vs 2                          “Hope Is a Star”                MOON BEAMS

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


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

Spirit of Gentleness,

help us face our shadow sides with compassion.

May we listen to their wisdom and learn their teaching,

      that we may release them with kindness.

Help us empty ourselves of all that tarnishes your image in us.


Meditative Silence & Words of Assurance

We Hear the Word


First Scripture Reading: Malachi 3:1-4


Zechariah’s Song VU 901   “Luke 1:68-79”


Gospel Reading: Luke 3:3-6

This is the Gospel of Christ.

      Thanks be to God.

      Sung Response:  MV 108 “I Know Your Word”


Anthem:                “A Cradle Waits”                                   Jean Anne Shafferman

Sermon:                      “Emptying into Peace”


We Respond

Hymn VU 4                       “God of All Places”                       WHITTLESEY


Offertory:  “Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming”             arr. John Carter

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 29               “Hark the Glad Sound”                         RICHMOND


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

Postlude: “The King Shall Come When Morning Dawns”                                                                                                       arr. David N. Johnson



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:  Kathy and Alan W.

Usher:  Alma A.

Scripture Reader:  Elaine P.




We extend our condolences to Laurelle M. and family on the passing of her sister Eleanor. 

Our congratulations to Amanda D. and her husband Luc M. on the birth of Théo  on Nov. 19.

Counting Team today is Team F- Paul’s team



Sunday School will be learning about Daniel and the Lions ( Daniel 6: 1-28).

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 9:30-10:30am.  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 which 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.

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.

STEWARDSHIP PLEDGES If you have not yet forwarded your Pledge would you please add to the Pledge box in the narthex. Thank you.

TABLES We are cleaning up our inventory and have several older large tables we are no longer using. They have been moved outside beside the garden shed, please feel free to help yourself.

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.


upcoming events


Come for a quiet, candle-lit meditative service with Taizé chants, prayers, scripture & silent meditation on Monday, December 10 at 7:30 pm at Westworth United Church.


CLOSING PRESBYTERY WORSHIP Tues. Dec. 11 at 7:30 pm at the United Church in Meadowood

As we move into our new United Church structure, Presbytery and Conference will merge into a Region as of January 1. Winnipeg Presbytery will hold its final meeting on Tuesday, December 11, followed by a final worship service. All are invited to attend this special service of worship at the United Church in Meadowood (1111 Dakota St). This will be a time to celebrate and say goodbye as Winnipeg Presbytery, and embrace the future as we move forward into the new church structure.  Everyone welcome!


COMMUNITY OUTREACH EVENING Sat. Dec. 14 at 6:30pm-8:00pm.

Make and Take Advent including Advent Crafts and Cookie Decorating. Please join us. All ages welcome!



The topic is ‘Your Favourite Christmas Memory’.  A light breakfast at nine will be followed by a time for sharing. Entrance via rear doors.

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

The Community Care Committee is once again preparing for the reception to follow our annual Lessons and Carols night on Dec 16.  We would really appreciate it if you could sign up to bring 3 dozen dainties to be dropped off in the kitchen either on Sunday Dec 16 in the morning or on Sunday evening prior to the event by 6 pm.  NO NUTS PLEASE  We would also need volunteers to help serve and clean up, please sign up in the narthex. Thank you.

WORSHIP AROUND THE BREAKFAST TABLE Sun. Dec. 30, 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 TODAY! As you sip your coffee after church, consider purchasing fair trade products for your loved ones from Ten Thousand Villages. The Outreach Team will greet you  in the Parlour and will assist you in choosing that special gift, or a pound or two of Fair trade coffee!  New this year is a selection of gorgeous jewelry. We will accept cash, cheque or credit.
  2. 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!
  3. 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.
  4. 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 Bailey who is a volunteer with the Rossbrook House Foundation or call 204-949-4093.


COUNCIL MEETING OF Nov. 27, Items of interest for the congregation

  • Presbytery approved the new Governance model as presented and approved by WUC congregation at the Congregational meeting on Oct. 14, 2018. In conjunction with this, the adhoc Governance Committee has been disbanded and a letter of thanks will be sent to the committee.
  • The following motions were approved:
  • That a committee be struck to review the recommendations of the Joint Needs Assessment Committee (January 2016) and report back to council. To date Keith Love and Dianne Sjoberg have agreed to be on this committee.
  • That a committee consisting of Gerald Davis and Wendy Moroz be established to review the policies of the Faith and Future Fund (2009) and make recommendations through Council for the Annual General Meeting.
  • Transfer of membership, activation of membership, and Profession of Faith memberships were approved for several congregants
  • Council is looking in to finding someone to investigate the steps that would be necessary for WUC to become an Affirming Church.
  • Staff salary increases were discussed and approved.
  • Vacation Bible School and Spring Break Camps were discussed.
  • a brochure featuring Advent and other Westworth programs which was passed around. Maggie Barnett has dropped these off as she does other deliveries. Area included Centennial, Beaverbrook, and Lanark from Corydon to Kingsway, and Renfrew from Grosvenor to Kingsway.  Additional copies will be available for the congregation to distribute to family and friends.  Thanks to Candace Maxymowich for designing the brochure.
  • The following Team Leaders and members of teams are needed:
    • Vice Chair
    • Worship co-leader
    • Finance Chair
    • Property requires additional members
    • Ministry & Personnel requires 2 additional members
    • Secretary will be unavailable year of 2020

If you are interested or would like to propose names for the above positions please contact Norm Snyder.

community news (please check bulletin board by elevator)

  • LENTEN STUDY PILGRIMAGE TOUR March 19, 2019-April 2, 2019 to Israel with Rev. Dr. Gordon Taylor and Rev. Dr. Stanford Lucyk,. For more info, please contact the office.
  • WREATHS & SWAGS: St. Andrew’s RHUC are selling with proceeds go to support our Guatemala Scholarship Fund. Contact Stu Roche @ 204-487-1436 to place an order.
  • BLUE CHRISTMAS SERVICE Wed. Dec. 19 at 7:00pm Westminster UC Refreshments to follow.
  • 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.


Advent and Christmas Worship Services


Taizé Advent Service

Monday, Dec. 10, 7:30-8:30 p.m.

A quiet, candlelit service of silent meditation on an advent scripture passage and chants accompanied by flute & piano,

with opportunity for the lighting of prayer candles and anointing.


Christmas Carolling at Tuxedo Personal Care Home

Tuesday, December 11 at 2 pm.


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



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.

Poinsettias: Purchase a poinsettia after church and pick it up on Sat. December 15 at 9:30-10:30 am. Poinsettias may also be left for sanctuary decorations for Dec 16th service. Proceeds of poinsettia purchases will support 2019 Vacation Bible School’s Leaders in Training honoraria.

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.


Minute for Mission

Nursing in the Korean Context

Our gifts for Mission & Service support overseas personnel like Marion Pope, a registered nurse who served with the Presbyterian Church in the Republic of Korea (PROK) in South Korea for 36 years.

“Hold the gospel and culture in creative tension.” These words of her teacher, Dr. Katharine Hockin, guided Marion, who became a well-known and respected teacher and writer about mission.

“Our questions relate to the struggle to reconcile the truth we see in the gospel with the values of the culture in which we are living and working,” says Marion. “Those going to partner churches overseas are all trying to learn how the gospel is understood and being lived by the people of that partner church…. We were not being sent out to change others or to achieve an end. We were being sent out to learn, work, and live with other people under the direction of the church to which we were sent.”

As a nursing educator, Marion took this challenge seriously and taught the traditions of Korean nursing, which had been replaced by Western medicine. “[Marion] gave us insight into how to develop nursing in the Korean context: ‘Don’t just borrow from the West,’ she told us. ‘Use your own Korean perspective.’ We learned from her that Korean nursing has much to offer. Her influence is still being felt,” notes Professor Lee Won-Hee of Yonsei University College of Nursing.

Says Marion, “Everything I have done and taught and lived in Korea and Canada was my attempt to reflect the missiology I was taught by Dr. Katharine Hockin and the diaconal ministry taught at the Centre for Christian Studies.”

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.