Westworth United Church
1750 Grosvenor Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba
on Treaty One Territory in the heart of the Métis Nation
3rd Sunday after Epiphany: January 27, 2019
We Gather to Worship
Welcome and Announcements
Candle Lighting and Prelude: “A Calm Retreat” James J. Bell
Introit: “Fanfare” Martin Shaw
Opening Prayer VU 311 “A Prayer for the Care of Creation”
Hymn MV 135 “Called by Earth and Sky” Mayberry/Fines
A Minute for the Environment
Anthem: “What a Wonderful World” Louis Armstrong
Cherub Choir and Senior Choir
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
Forgive our disregard of the environment.
Forgive our valuing of comfort over sustainability.
Teach us how to better care for the earth, the air
and the water.
Help us fall in love with your Creation.
Words of Assurance
We Hear the Word
Responsive Reading: VU 790 “Psalm 72”
Scripture Lesson: Hosea 10:12
This is testimony to the Word.
Thanks be to God.
Sung Response: VU 37 “Gloria”
Drama: “Thunder Moon” adapted from General Council 2018 Worship
Hymn VU 307 “Touch the Earth Lightly” TENDERNESS
“God, Who Stretched the Spangled Heavens” arr. G. Martin
Dedication Hymn : VU 81 “As With Gladness” vs. 3
Prayers of the People
Prayer Introit: VU 865 “Hear Our Prayer”
Prayers of Thanksgiving and Intercession
The Lord’s Prayer VU 926 (New Zealand Anglican Prayer Book)
Hymn VU 509 “I, the Lord of Sea and Sky” HERE I AM, LORD
Praise to God and thanks to God
For reaching all these milestones. Martin Robson
Choral Benediction: VU 87 “I Am the Light” (refrain)
Postlude: “Trumpet Tune” Georg Philipp Telemann
Thanks to Amanda D. for giving the Minute for the Environment. Thanks to Jewel Casselman, the Cherubs and Rockers United for their ministry of music.
Minister: Loraine MacKenzie Shepherd firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com
Office Administrator: Heather Lavery firstname.lastname@example.org
Church Phone # 204 489-6974 Ext. 20 www.westworth.ca
Church Accountant: Jenny Jeffers email@example.com
Hosts: Anne & Keith L.
Ushers: Maureen L. and Janet S.
Scripture Reader: Denise J.
Counting Team today is Team C – Dave’s team
Sunday School will be learning about the Boy at the Temple (Luke 2:41-52).
TODAY IS SPARE CHANGE SUNDAY Here’s another option for responding to those who ask you for spare change. On the last Sunday of each month, we will have a basket at the back of the church into which you are welcome to put your spare change. This will go towards West Broadway Community Ministry, which provides services including meals, counselling, advocacy, laundry facilities, telephone, voice mail and a computer lab for those living in poverty.
VOCAL ASCENT COMMUNITY CHOIR TODAY 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 at the door.
TAX RECEIPTS Please pick up your tax receipts in the narthex today.
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)
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 firstname.lastname@example.org . She will ensure you have the materials and coordinate the location of the drops.
ANNUAL MEETING Mar. 10, 10:55am during worship service AND DEADLINE FOR TEAM REPORTS will Feb 10. Please forward your reports to the office.
TODAY IS CELEBRATE SUNDAY – The last Sunday of every month, starting today, Westworth will be acknowledging and celebrating any Mile Stone events in your life. If you have a Birthday, Anniversary, Graduation or other milestone, 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.
COUNCIL NEWS The following items of interest to the congregation from the Council Meeting of Jan. 22, 2019
- There was a discussion of security concerns. Council supports Property Committee in proceeding with installation of video cameras and with the development of a policy on video surveillance.
- The Faith and Future Review has been completed and recommendations have been presented to Council. These recommendations will be presented to the congregation at the AGM.
- An exploratory committee has been established to investigate the possibility of Westworth becoming an Affirming Congregation.
- Grants are being sought to assist with the re-shingling and upgrades of the A Frame roof over the sanctuary.
- The following motion was approved:
That the 3-year term position of the Coordinator Children, Youth and Family Ministries become a permanent position and be budgeted for accordingly.
- The Fund-Raising Application form MUST be filled out for any activities where the monies move through the church. This is critical to maintain the books properly. To encourage the form is filled out and received, notices will not be put in the bulletin until this form is completed and returned to the church office.
- No reimbursement checks will be signed until purchases verified.
- Presbytery has officially ceased to exist and a new regional structure is being worked on.
- The Annual General Meeting will be on March 10, 2019
- There will be a Leadership Retreat for old and new Team leaders on March 17, 2019. The retreat will take place after church.
BAPTISM ON FEB. 10. If you are interested in having a baptism on this date please contact Loraine as soon as possible.
NEWCOMERS LUNCH Feb. 10 at 12:15pm. Are you new to Westworth? You are invited to come and have lunch after the church service. Place to be announced.
ECUMENICAL ASH WEDNESDAY TAIZÉ SERVICE Wed, March 6 at 7:30 pm.
THE 2019 GREAT WESTWORTH RUMMAGE SALE Friday, April 26 7pm-9pm and Saturday, April 27 9am-noon The storage room under the stairs is now available for donations. Please check bulletin board for unacceptable items. Sign-up sheets will go up April 01.
- 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?
- 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)
- 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!
- SCIENCE FAIR JUDGES NEEDED FOR MAR. 5 École River Heights School is looking for Science Fair Judges for Mar. 5. Information Forms on bulletin board.
Minute for Mission
Jennifer left home at age 16 and quit Grade 12 with only two months to go. But she enjoyed life, held a number of jobs, and had two long-term relationships.
Turning 30 for Jennifer was a milestone, so she made a 10-year plan. First, she wanted to get her Grade 12, and she did at age 32. Then she wanted to become a continuing care assistant (CCA). Not in the plan—a single mom when Paxton was born in 2012. Jennifer says, “It was the happiest day of my life so far!”
Jennifer knew she would end up on social assistance if she didn’t find a better way to support her son. She still wanted to take the CCA training, but searching for available help was a hard and discouraging process. Then she found Brunswick Street Mission in Halifax, Nova Scotia, a Mission & Service–supported community ministry. Agar, the volunteer coordinator of the Benevolent Program there, helped Jennifer create a budget and identify ways around the many barriers.
A local nursing home offered a scholarship, Brunswick Street Mission covered childcare expenses and a bus pass, and its clothing and food banks helped extend Jennifer’s tight budget. Throughout the months of training Agar called regularly. “He encouraged me so much,” Jennifer says. “I wouldn’t have made it without Agar!”
It’s been a long and often difficult and discouraging journey for Jennifer, but now she has graduated from the CCA program and has a full-time job! She says she loves her job, she knows she makes a difference for her patients, and she knows she is a good role model for her son.
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.