Jan. 6 Bulletin

Westworth United Church

1750 Grosvenor Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba

on Treaty One Territory in the heart of the Métis Nation

Epiphany Sunday: January 6, 2019

We Gather to Worship

Welcome and Announcements

Candle Lighting and Prelude:  “Divinum Mysterium”      Ludwig Lenel


Call to Worship                                    adapted from Seekers Church liturgy

The New Dawn will arise upon you.

You shall see and be radiant.

The New Dawn will arise upon you.

The Holy One will bless the people with peace.

The New Dawn will arise upon you.

The joy of the Lord is my strength.

The New Dawn will arise upon you.

God is here among us.

Let us rejoice and be glad in God’s presence.


Hymn VU 93   “When Heaven’s Bright with Mystery”        SUSSEX CAROL


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                                  (adapted from Ministry Matters;

                                                       inspired by Isaiah 49, Psalm 40, 1 Corinthians 1)

Faithful God,
you call us to be saints,
but we are more comfortable with the role of sinner;
you call us to be your servants,
but we worry that we lack the skills to do your work;
you put a new song of praise in our mouths,
but we stumble on unfamiliar words;
you show us the work to be tackled,
but we turn away defiant,
insisting we have more important things to do.

Put your song on our lips and in our hearts,
and remind us of the joy that awaits us
when we put our trust in you.
Guide us into the light
of your unwavering, never-ending,
and grace-filled love. Amen.


Meditative Silence

Words of Assurance


We Hear the Word

Responsive Psalm 72 Parts 1 & 2 VU p. 790


Scripture Readings Matthew 2: 1-12

This is the Gospel of Christ.

Thanks be to God.

Sung Response: VU 37 “Gloria”


SOLO:                         Austin Winchell.

Sermon:                 “Always Keep Looking Up”.


We Respond

Hymn VU 475       “Now the Silence, Now the Peace”                  NOW



Offertory: “How Brightly Shines the Morning Star”    John Carter

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

Offertory Prayer


The Sacrament of Holy Communion: Epiphany

(Once the communion servers are in place, please proceed up the centre aisle, take a piece of bread and dip in the cup, eat and return to your seat along the side aisles. The central station at the front has gluten-free rice crackers and juice. If you have difficulty walking, please signal servers as they come down the centre aisle and they will serve you in your pew)

Communion Setting Patriquin: MV 206


May God be with you.

And also with you.

Lift up your hearts.

We lift them up to God.

Let us give thanks to God most holy.

  It is right to give God thanks and praise.


Blessed are you, gracious God,

Creator of light, Giver of all life, Source of love.

At your word creation dawns.

Under your rainbow the floods recede.

With a burning bush you hallow the earth.

By a pillar of fire you guide your people.

We praise you that you do not abandon us.


You place a child in Mary’s womb

and a star in the eastern sky.

You send Jesus to be a light to all the nations.

He brings sight to the blind and healing to the sick,

hope to the despairing and justice to the oppressed.

And yet we reject him, betray him, crucify him.


But you, O God, bring forth light

raising him from the grave,

the first born of your new creation.


Therefore we join with all creation,

and all the heavenly hosts

who dwell in light inaccessible, to sing:


Holy, holy, holy God of power and might.

Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might.

Heaven and earth are full, are full of your glory.

Hosanna in the highest. Bless’d is the who comes,

who comes in God’s name. Hosanna in the highest.


On the night before Jesus died, he had supper with his disciples.

He took bread, thanked you as we have thanked you,

broke the bread and gave it to his friends, saying,

“Take this, all of you, and eat it.  This is my body given for you.

Each time you eat this bread, remember me.”

After supper he took the wine, thanked you for it,

and passed a cup of wine to his friends, saying

“This cup is the new promise God has made with you in my blood.  Each time you drink from this cup, remember me.”


At this time, we also remember all those

whose concerns weigh heavily upon our hearts…


The Lord’s Prayer VU #921

With the words Jesus taught us, we now pray to God,

our Mother and our Father,

who art in heaven

hallowed be thy name.

Thy kingdom come, thy will be done

On earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread;

and forgive us our trespasses,

as we forgive those who trespass against us;

and lead us not into temptation,

but deliver us from evil.

for thine is the kingdom,

the power, and the glory,

forever and ever. Amen.

In the bread broken and the cup poured,

we proclaim the good news of Christ

that restores to memory and hope

those who are broken and unremembered.

We long for the bread of tomorrow and the wine of the age to come.  Therefore, as we eat this bread and drink this cup, we sing:


♪Christ has died. Christ is risen. Christ will come again.



Send, O God, your Holy Spirit upon us and

upon these gifts, that all who share in this bread and cup

may be the body of Christ:

light, life, and love in the world.


Through Christ, with Christ, and in Christ,

in the unity of the Holy Spirit, all glory is yours,

God most holy, now and forever.

♪Amen, amen, amen, amen.


Sharing the Bread and the Cup

The Bread of Life

The Cup of Communion


The gifts of God for the people of God.

Everyone who follows Jesus Christ, regardless of church affiliation, is welcome to come to this table.

Come, for all things are now ready.


Prayer after Communion

Life-giving God, may we, who share Christ’s body,

      live his risen life;

we, who drink his cup, bring new life to others;

we, whom the Spirit lights, give light to the world.

Keep us firm in the hope you have set before us,

so that we and all your children shall be free,

and all creation will live to praise your name.



Hymn VU 91               “The First Nowell”                     THE FIRST NOWELL


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

Postlude:  “The Star Proclaims the King is Here”        Johann Pachelbel


Thanks to Rev. Dr. Ray Cuthbert for leading worship today.



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


Scripture Reader:  Mac W.

Communion Servers: Ron B., Keith and Anne L., Elaine P., and

Arlene H.


CONGRATULATIONS TO Kathleen P. who turned 100 on Jan. 1.


Counting Team today is Team F Paul’s team

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


Sunday School will be learning about the Angels Visit (Luke 1:26-38).


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 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

THE WOMEN’S SPIRITUALITY GROUP JAN. 12 AT 9:00am in the parlour. All women are invited to join us for a light breakfast following by discussion. Our topic will be “Living Your Voice through music and reflection.” For more information phone Kathy Wilson (489-6617) or email wilsonka@mymts.net


  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. 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!
  3. 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?
  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 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)

  • ECUMENICAL CHOIR FOR CITY-WIDE CELEBRATION  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 Barr at 204-453-5016 or contact her via email: mbarr41@shaw.ca
  • CITY-WIDE ECUMENICAL WORSHIP SERVICE Sunday, January 20, 2019  7:30 p.m. The Salvation Army Heritage Park Temple, 825 School Rd.
  • LIGHTS FOR LIVES SERVICE at Charleswood United on Sunday, Jan. 6th at 7pm. All are welcome to this quiet service of remembrance. A time of fellowship and refreshments will follow the service.


Minute for Mission

Surprised by Joy

Our gifts for Mission & Service support ministries to those living on the margins, like First United Church Community Ministry in East Vancouver, British Columbia. The community has become the epicentre of the converging crises of mental health, addiction, extreme poverty, homelessness, and marginalization. The people who gather here for help are people who literally have nowhere else to go—they may have been rejected by other shelters, mental health supports, hospitals, or their own families.

They are among the most regulated and constricted members of our society, and yet as Executive Director the Rev. Dr. Carmen Lansdowne shares, “Every day since I started at First United there has been a moment where I’m surprised by joy: Watching two participants in our weekly Spirit Circle move through hostility to forgiveness. [Seeing] the brother of a young woman who was murdered on the Pickton farm sweeping our steps because he knows the role our staff play in advocating for missing and murdered women in our community.

“When we shift our view of the notorious Downtown Eastside from the negative to the positive, we receive the joy of seeing growth and community, not just poverty, addiction, and despair. I am filled with gratitude for the opportunity to serve this community, and I hope to be always surprised by joy in this place.”


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.