Jan. 20 Bulletin

Westworth United Church

1750 Grosvenor Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba

on Treaty One Territory in the heart of the Métis Nation


2nd Sunday after Epiphany: January 20, 2019

We Gather to Worship

Welcome and Announcements

Candle Lighting and Prelude:           “Aria”                        Denis Bédard


Introit:                        “Fanfare”                                           Martin Shaw

Call to Worship

For beauty of earth and all its creatures,

We sing God’s praise.

For glistening snow and chickadee song,

We proclaim God’s glory.

For tender kindness and compassionate love,

We bless our God and human endeavour.


Hymn VU 253                     “Sing Your Joy”                         SUMMIT HILL

The Sacrament of Baptism

Hymn VU 454            “May God Who Creates You”       Louise Skibsted


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

God of extravagant grace,

Difficult times in our lives and in the world

      may shroud our hearts in heaviness.

Lift us from despair into hope.

Show us again the miracle of life.

Renew our joy, that we may celebrate your love.

      Meditative Silence

Words of Assurance


We Hear the Word

Responsive Reading: VU 762 “Psalm 36”


Gospel Lesson: John 2:1-11

This is the Gospel of Christ.

Thanks be to God.

Sung Response: VU 37 “Gloria”


Anthem:          “Clap Your Hands”                               Nancy M. Roberts

Sermon:                Celebrate!


We Respond

Hymn MV 138 “My Love Colours Outside the Lines”



Offertory:     “Children’s Medley”                            Chuck Marohnic

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 232      “Joyful, Joyful We Adore You”               HYMN TO JOY


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

Postlude:         “Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee”            arr. Craig Curry



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:  Jennifer & Norm S.

Usher:  Kirk W.

Scripture Reader:  Daryl B.



Today with joy we baptize:

  Jake Richard D., son of Karley and Cale D.

  Olivia Jane D., daughter of Karley and Cale D.

  Grady Jon E., son of Leah and Jonathan E,

  Isla Grace E., daughter of Leah and Jonathan E.

  Wyatt Erik E., son of Leah and Jonathan E.


Counting Team today is Team B – Dan’s team



Sunday School will be learning about Wise Men (Matthew 2:1-12).

Youth Class will meet with Marilyn Anderson Corkum in room 1.


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 TODAY 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.


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.

GRANT FROM WPG. FOUNDATION We have received a grant from Wpg. Foundation of $800, which will provide honoraria for our 2019 Interfaith Dialogue speakers.

ANNUAL MEETING DATE AND DEADLINE FOR TEAM REPORTS will be in next week’s bulletin. Please forward your reports to the office.


upcoming events

ENVIRONMENTAL SUNDAY next week, Jan 27.   Be prepared for cameo appearances!

FAITH CAFÉ Thursday, 24 January⋅10:00am – 12:00pm Join us for a discussion on the Pivotal Moments in our Lives.

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 LUNCHEON The Outreach Team thanks Dan and Ruth W. who hosted the January lunch at West Broadway Community Ministry. Thanks to all who once again provided our guests with a hot meatball sub, fruit and home baked treats. Your generosity is appreciated so much! Our next lunch at West Broadway is Thursday, February 21 and will be hosted by Barb and Brian G. with the River Heights Junior High Butterfly Effect Club providing all of the food donations and volunteer meal prep and serving assistance.
  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.

community news (please check bulletin board by elevator)

  • CITY-WIDE ECUMENICAL WORSHIP SERVICE tonight, January 20, 7:30 p.m. The Salvation Army Heritage Park Temple, 825 School Rd.
  • INTERNATIONAL HOLOCAUST REMEMBRANE DAY: THE MUSIC OF REMEMBRANCE Sunday, Jan. 27, 2pm at Eckhardt-Gramatté Hall, U of W. Also Monday, Jan. 28 at 7pm at Canadian Museum for Human Rights the screening of “The Maestro”a film directed by Alexandre Valenti. Free admission to both.
  • PRE & POST OP MANAGEMENT FOR HIP AND KNEE ARTHRISTIS“ , Feb. 6th 1:30, Presented by Kelly Small & Jasmine Thorsteinson, BKin, MPT.” Temple Shalom, 1077 Grant Ave.. All are welcome, especially those over 55. Entrance is free. Refreshments provided.
  • ANDREW’S QUIZ NIGHT Sat. Feb. 16 at 7pm. St. Andrew’s will be hosting another Quiz Night. Get your team of 4-6 people organized & purchase your tickets early! Single entries are welcome and encouraged—we will add you to another team or create a new team. Tickets are $20 per person including snacks and beverages, with wine and beer available to purchase for $5. Tickets are available for purchase from the church office on Monday – Friday, 9-3pm. Enjoy a night out with friends on a cold winter evening!
  • 2nd ANNUAL QUEBEC MOSQUE SHOOTING COMMEMORATION Jan. 27 7:30pm  Knox UC. See poster for more info.
  • THE INTERIOR CASTLE-A SPIRITUAL PILGRIMAGE on 7 Thursdays (Feb 14 to Mar. 28) from 10 am to 12 noon, at Westminster UC. 784-1330


Minute for Mission

LGBTQ Two-Spirit Global Consultation

Our gifts for Mission & Service support the work of LGBTQ Two-Spirit justice and global partnership. Here’s a story from the shores of Lake Couchiching, Ontario, on the territory of the Chippewas of Rama First Nation.

In late 2017, about 40 LGBTQ people, Two-Spirit people, and straight and cisgender allies gathered from 11 countries to support one another and work toward the inclusion of people of all sexual orientations and gender identities in all parts of the world.

Two-Spirit participants provided leadership, guiding the group in lighting the sacred fire, leading sunrise ceremonies, a Talking Circle, and evening gatherings, and sharing teachings about Two-Spirit identities.

Participants were cared for by the sacred fire and the firekeepers, receiving a gift beyond compare. They also learned about the role that colonialism plays in the oppression of LGBTQ Two-Spirit people.

One of the Two-Spirit participants shared, “To be given the honour of being the doorway keeper for the circle and the conduit within the circle to the pathway of the Sacred Fire, thank you!… Against deep odds we heard that changes are happening all over, step by step, life by life.”

We give thanks for the gifts of Two-Spirit people, the work of our global partners, and the ministry of Affirm United.

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.