Jan. 13 Bulletin

Westworth United Church

1750 Grosvenor Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba

on Treaty One Territory in the heart of the Métis Nation

The Baptism of Jesus Sunday: January 13, 2019

We Gather to Worship

Welcome and Announcements

Candle Lighting and Prelude:  “The Only Son from Heaven”    J.S. Bach


Call to Worship

Come to the river of life.  Listen for the words of love.

Come to the waters of grace.  Receive the gifts of acceptance.

 Come to the river of love, for all are welcome here.


Introit:                        “Fanfare”                                             Martin Shaw

Hymn VU 79               “Arise, Your Light Is Come”                FESTAL SONG

Children’s Time

Hymn MV 90                    “Don’t Be Afraid”                           Bell/Nayke


The 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

Beloved One, when we forget that we are your beloved

children, draw us ever closer to you. 

When we fail to hear your voice of love, whisper your

words of reassurance.

When we don’t reflect your image within us, forgives us.

Wash over us with your mercy and grace,

and bathe us in your abundant love,

that we may remember who we are and whose we are.

In your holy name we pray.  Amen.

Meditative Silence

Words of Assurance


We Hear the Word

Responsive Reading: VU 756 “Psalm 29”


Gospel Lesson: Luke 3:15-17, 21-22

This is the Gospel of Christ.

Thanks be to God.

Sung Response: VU 37 “Gloria”


Anthem:    “Greet Now the Swiftly Changing Year”      Richard Jeffrey



We Respond

Hymn MV 161      “I Have Called You By Your Name                 KELLY



Offertory:       “As With Gladness”                                  John Carter

Dedication Hymn :  VU 81 “As With Gladness” vs. 3

Offertory Prayer


Prayers of the People

Prayer Introit: VU 865 “Hear Our Prayer”

Prayers of Thanksgiving and Intercession

The Lord’s Prayer VU 921


Hymn VU 100 “When Jesus Comes to Be Baptized”   WINCHESTER NEW


Choral Benediction: VU 87  “I Am the Light”  (refrain)

Postlude:  “Christ, Whose Glory Fills the Skies”         Charles Callahan


Thanks to Rev. Karen Lumley from St. Andrew’s River Heights United Church for leading worship today while Loraine leads worship there on a pulpit exchange.



Minister:  Loraine MacKenzie Shepherd        westworthminister@gmail.com

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                                                 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:  Doris W. and Tiffany G.

Ushers:  Janet S. and Maureen L.

Scripture Reader:  Shirley W.



OUR SYMPATHY TO Diane & Blair R. and family on the passing of Diane’s mom on Christmas Day.


Counting Team today is Team A – Denise’s team



Sunday School will be learning about Jesus is Born (Luke 2: 1-20).


INTERFAITH DIALOGUE 2019 – Mondays 7-9pm March 11 – April 1

Interfaith Responses to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Calls to Action. Hosted by Westworth, as well as Jewish, Buddhist, & Muslim communities. (see poster for different locations of each session)

Facilitators Needed .  New Year, New Skill??    Your outreach team has planned a VERY interesting study series for the Interfaith Dialogue this year.  To make the study sessions a success, discussion facilitators are needed for each session, a series of four Monday nights, beginning March 11 through April 1. Training is offered Sunday, January 20 at Westworth from 2-4 pm. Three of four sessions are off site at buildings of other faith groups. Further information is posted in the Narthex. If you are interested in becoming a facilitator for any or all of these sessions, please contact Dianne S. at 885-0700 or dsjoberg@mymts.net        Thanks for considering this opportunity.

Interfaith Dialogue Mailbox Drop

New Year, New Fitness Plan?? Your outreach team has planned a VERY interesting study series for the Interfaith Dialogue this year.  To help ensure success, we are trying to spread the word about it in as many ways as possible.  One method is to do a mailbox drop in designated areas of the city.  If you have been considering taking up walking, but need a purpose, perhaps this is for you! Please contact Dianne S. at 885-0700 or dsjoberg@mymts.net .  She will ensure you have the materials and coordinate the location of the drops.

GRANT FROM WPG. FOUNDATION We are just received notice that we have received another grant from Wpg. Foundation. This grant of $800 will provide honoraria for our 2019 Interfaith Dialogue speakers.

DONATION ENVELOPES If you requested donation envelopes on your Stewardship Pledge please look for them on the coffee ledge in the narthex.

CELEBRATE SUNDAY – The last Sunday of every month, starting this January, Westworth will be acknowledging and celebrating any Mile Stone events in your life. If you have a Birthday, Anniversary, Graduation or other accomplishment, please write it on a slip of paper and place it in our new Celebration Box in the Narthex. At the end of the service on the last Sunday of each month, Loraine will read them out. Any others who haven’t written their event down can speak into the roving mike. If you would like to bring cake or cookies on the last Sunday to help celebrate your milestone event, along with others, it will be served with the coffee after the church service.


Donations can now be accepted using e-transfer. Use your financial institution e-transfer to select an amount and send to donate@westworth.ca. 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.


upcoming events

UCW UNIT 77 January 16th at 1:30 p.m. will meet at the home of Cathy Beynon to discuss the book The Deception of Livvy Higgs by Donna Morrissey.

MEN’S SPIRITUALITY GROUP BREAKFAST/DISCUSSION– Saturday January 19 @ 9am. Topic: A HOT FUTURE FOR CANADA?? A review of projections undertaken by the Prairie Climate Centre in Winnipeg of what our future climate may be if global greenhouse gas emissions continue growing at the current rate. Also, a summary of Canada’s past actions and current Carbon Tax Strategy to address climate change.

VOCAL ASCENT COMMUNITY CHOIR Sunday January 27 at 7:00 p.m. presents BY POPULAR REQUEST, a concert of audience-pleasing songs selected from their diverse and dynamic repertoire.  All funds raised are in support of Westworth United Church, who generously provide the choir with a beautiful rehearsal space. Special guest musicians from Westworth will also be performing.  Tickets $20/children $5 are available after church and in the church office.


  1. WEST BROADWAY JANUARY LUNCH Thursday, Jan. 17. Dan and Ruth Wiwchar will host this month’s hot lunch for over 160 people at West Broadway. Meatball sandwiches, fruit and home baked cookies are on the menu, and you may find the signup sheet in the Narthex. Your Outreach Team is grateful for your continued support of this monthly program to provide a nourishing meal that is appreciated so very much by our guests.
  2. FUNDRAISING PANCAKE BREAKFAST FOR WEST BROADWAY COMMUNITY MINISTRY Your Outreach Team is co-ordinating a fundraising Pancake Breakfast for WBCM 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?
  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 athttps://rossbrookhouse.ca/. 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)

  • CITY-WIDE ECUMENICAL WORSHIP SERVICE Sunday, January 20, 2019  7:30 p.m. The Salvation Army Heritage Park Temple, 825 School Rd.


Minute for Mission

Multi-Faith Spaces for Students

Our gifts for Mission & Service offer students an opportunity to gather for a meal in a multi-faith, safe space at places like the large Halifax campus of Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia. If you visit Dalhousie’s Multifaith Centre on Monday night, you will be greeted with a free hot meal provided by United Church chaplain the Rev. Robyn Brown-Hewitt, and so much more!

In the midst of a large university campus, the Monday Night Meal creates an inviting and intimate space in which chaplains greet students from diverse backgrounds by name. Even the food available (including vegetarian, halal, and kosher options) reflects an intentional effort to support respectful, intercultural and multi-faith community bonds. As they share soup and conversation, students build trust with one another and the chaplains. They share stories and opinions, including personal beliefs and spiritual perspectives.

During special seasons on the inter-faith calendar, the Multifaith Centre student assistants occasionally take the lead, contributing food and related traditions that are essential to their faith. At the Monday Night Meal, there’s an open table and a warm welcome!

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.