Feb. 10 Bulletin

Westworth United Church

1750 Grosvenor Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba

on Treaty One Territory in the heart of the Métis Nation

5th Sunday after Epiphany: February 10, 2019


We Gather to Worship

 Welcome and Announcements

Candle Lighting and Prelude

Introit:  “God Be In My Head”    Book of Hours, Sarum, 1514 


Call to Worship

Come to the waters of life,

Come to the dayspring of joy,

Come to the well of deep peace,

Come to the rivers of justice.

We come to worship the One

Who overflows our hearts with love.


Hymn VU 333        “Love Divine, All Loves Excelling”  HYFRYDOL

  1. Love divine, all loves excelling,

joy of heaven to earth come down,

fix in us thy humble dwelling,

all thy faithful mercies crown.

Jesus, thou art all compassion,

pure, unbounded love thou art;

visit us with thy salvation,

enter every trembling heart.


  1. Come, almighty to deliver;

let us all thy grace receive;

suddenly return, and never,

nevermore thy temples leave.

Thee we would be always blessing,

serve thee as thy hosts above,

pray, and praise thee, without ceasing,

glory in thy perfect love.


  1. Finish, then, thy new creation;

pure and spotless let us be;

let us see thy great salvation

perfectly restored in thee,

changed from glory into glory,

till in heaven we take our place,

till we cast our crowns before thee,

lost in wonder, love, and praise.


The Sacrament of Baptism


Hymn VU 454     “May God Who Creates You”

Louise Skibsted

May God who creates you give you light;

may God who sustains you make you wise;

may God who protects you give you joy,

may God who surrounds you give you peace.


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 love, we have not loved as we ought.

We have allowed impatience and envy,

pride and frustration to mar our love.

Forgive us for our shortcomings.

Grant us courage to try again

to love as you would have us love.

Teach us to walk the footpath of grace.


 Meditative Silence

Words of Assurance


We Hear the Word


Responsive Reading: VU 789  “Psalm 71” Part One

 Refrain   A mighty fortress is our God, a bulwark never ailing.

Part One (1-6)

In you, O God, I seek refuge; may I never be disappointed.

  In your righteousness, save and rescue me; 

  incline your ear and deliver me.

Be a sheltering rock for me, a fortress where I may find safety;

  for you are my rock and my stronghold.

Rescue me, O God, from the hand of the wicked,

from the grasp of the unjust and cruel.

  For you are my hope, my trust from my youth;

         from the time of my birth I have leaned on you.         R


Epistle Lesson: I Corinthians 13:1-13

Hear what the Spirit is saying to the Church.

Thanks be to God.


Sung Response: VU 37 “Gloria”

Gloria, gloria, in excelsis Deo!

Gloria, gloria, alleluia, alleluia

Glory to God, glory to God, glory in the highest!

Glory to God, glory to God, hallelujah, hallelujah!


Anthem:       “Put on Love”                           Lee Dengler


We Respond

Hymn MV 170                                                                        “Ubi Caritas” Joseph Gelineau, Taizé Community

 (We will sing this chant repeatedly in the style of Taizé as we mediate upon the words.)       (Jewell Casselman – recorder)

Where there is charity, selfless love, where there is charity, God is truly there.




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

As they offered gifts most rare

at that manger crude and bare,

so may we with holy joy,

pure and free from sin’s alloy,

all our costliest treasures bring,

Christ, to you, our heavenly King.


Offertory Prayer


Prayers of the People

Prayer Introit: VU 865 “Hear Our Prayer”

Prayers of Thanksgiving and Intercession

The Lord’s Prayer VU 959 (sung)

Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come,

your will be done on earth as in heaven.

Give us today our daily bread.

Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us.

Save us from the time of trial and deliver us from evil

for the kingdom, the power and the glory are yours, now and for ever.


Hymn VU 372    “Though I May Speak”     O WALY WALY

  1. Though I may speak with bravest fire,

and have the gift to all inspire,

and have not love, my words are vain,

as sounding brass, and hopeless gain.

  1. Though I may give all I possess,

and striving so my love profess,

but not be given by love within,

the profit soon turns strangely thin.

3. Come, Spirit, come, our hearts control,

our spirits long to be made whole.

Let inward love guide every deed;

by this we worship, and are freed.




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

Refrain:  “I am the light of the world!

You people come and follow me!”

If you follow and love you’ll learn the mystery

of what you were meant to do and be.





 We welcome with joy Alwin Adam B., son of Stacy and Adam B., baptized today into the body of Christ.


Minute for Mission

Community Commitment

Our gifts for Mission & Service support meal programs like the one at the House of Lazarus Community Outreach Mission in Mountain, Ontario.

House of Lazarus has had great success in building community through community partnership and sharing hope through new programs. It is helping develop Places for People Dundas County, a new affordable housing project for the community. Its Green Food Box program is the largest of its kind in the area. The program provides people with staple and seasonal fruits and vegetables along with simple and nutritious recipes. The House of Lazarus team, which includes 18 employees, nine board members, and more than 100 volunteers, is the driving force behind it all.

“I witness the passion and the dedication of the House of Lazarus team daily,” notes Executive Director Cathy Ashby. “Their commitment to this community is commendable. Their efforts ensure that programs continue and gaps in service are filled. I look forward to the coming year and its promises.”

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.


Feb 10, 2019

1750 Grosvenor Ave.

Winnipeg, MB R3N 0H9

Phone: 204-489-6974          www.westworth.ca

office@westworth.ca            Facebook: @WestworthUC


welcome to westworth

We hope you’ll find us to be an encouraging, friendly group of people. While we don’t make any claims to be perfect, we are regularly discovering truths that are changing us individually and enriching our lives as a church community. Our doors are open to all who come near, and our hearts are open to receive those we meet. If you have been thinking, praying, searching and hoping for a place to belong, we welcome you to join us and make yourself at home in our midst.

  • Please join us after the service for coffee and visiting in the narthex. We encourage you to bring your own mug each Sunday.
  • If this is your first time here, or if you’re new to Westworth, fill out the pew card and drop it in the collection plate.
  • Children’s activities are on the coat tree.
  • Listening aids can be obtained from the ushers.
  • Please avoid leaving or entering the sanctuary during prayers.
  • Westworth is a scent free church.


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:  Keith and Anne L.

Usher:  Jennifer S.

Scripture Reader: Christina T-S.


TEMPORARY OFFICE HOURS – Tues-Thurs 9- 4 while Heather is away.

LORAINE will be on vacation Feb 10th – 17th.  For emergency pastoral care, please contact Rev. Heather Robbins at (204) 889-7609 during this time.

 COUNTING TEAM today is Team E – Gerald’s team.

SUNDAY SCHOOL will be learning about Jesus’ Baptism Matthew 3:13-17

 NEWCOMERS LUNCH TODAY 12:15 pm. in the parlour. New to Westworth? Please come and have lunch after the church service.

 REGION 5 weekly newsletter is emailed to Region 5 of the United Church (that includes us) and can be received by emailing Jamie Mckay at JMckay@united-church.ca

 TODAY!! IS THE DEADLINE FOR TEAM REPORTS for the annual reports. Please get them in immediately as we are short-staffed.

IN RESPONSE to the recent anti-Semitic vandalism at BerMax Cafe, near us at 1800 Corydon, we took a card saying that we are encouraging our parishioners to offer support with prayers and patronage. If you choose to go there please identify yourself as a Westworth United Church parishioner.

CELEBRATE SUNDAY  The last Sunday of each month, Westworth will acknowledge and celebrate 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 Celebration Box in the Narthex to be read at the service the last Sunday of the month.  A roving mike will be available if you didn’t get your event note in the box. If you’d 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.

 SECURITY We now have security cameras covering south and west parking lots and the front doors from inside the narthex. Remember to Smile! We have had a few incidents in the southeast parking lot over the last couple of years which have escalated in the last two months. We contacted the police, who spoke with the neighbour concerned. Staff parking signs will be moved to the southwest parking lot.  If you park in the undesignated spots, please ensure your vehicle does not protrude into the lane. Please report any further incidents in the parking area to Loraine immediately. The Property Team will view the video recordings when requested (they are saved for 3-5 days).  Police will continue to monitor the situation.

upcoming events


Let your wonderful Sunday school staff babysit Fri, Feb 15th from 6-8 pm , while you enjoy an evening with that special someone.  Movies, crafts, cookie decorating, board games. Sign-up sheet in the Narthex.

MEN’S SPIRITUALITY Sat. Feb 16th.  The topic is “Mindfulness – What is it?  Does the practice of Mindfulness have something to offer in our lives?” Two guests will help us try to answer these questions.  Light breakfast 9 am; and discussion at 9:30 am. Questions or concerns, contact Larry S. at 204-489-9074 OR Allan M.  admckay@shaw.ca or 204-269-5292.

SAMEDI SWING is March 2nd 6:30 – 10 p.m.  Tickets: adults $15; children $10, family maximum $40.  Pastry and beverage treats, children’s activities.  See posters and handbills in narthex for full information.


ANNUAL MEETING  Sunday, March 10th beginning with worship at 10:55 am in the sanctuary.  We will then proceed to the gym for the annual meeting, concluding with worship.   Child care will be provided during the AGM.  Please sign up to bring muffins and cheese

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

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)

HILDEGARD OF BINGEN PILGRIMAGE presentation will be given by Loraine at the Unit 7 gathering Thurs. Mar 21st in the parlour.  All are welcome to attend the presentation which will begin at 10 am (following the Unit 7 business meeting at 9:30 am).  Light refreshments will be served.



Friday, April 26th 7 pm-9pm and Saturday, April 27th 9 am-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 1st.



HAVANA TORNADO Donations to United Church response may be made to “Westworth United Church”, with a reference to the “Havana Tornado”.

 PANCAKES GALORE! Thanks to all generous supporters of the Pancake Funder.$2700 was raised for our friends at WBCM. Most were from Westworth, and for that we are so grateful! Thank you for making a difference in the lives of the folks at this important ministry.

40th ANNIVERSARY GALA celebration for West Broadway Community Ministry (WBCM) Sat. Mar 23rd at 6:00 at the Viscount Gort Hotel. We will be honouring founders Bishop Eric Bays and Rev. Bill Cross. Speakers panel will feature Rev. Barry Morris (Longhouse Ministries, B.C.), Aileen Urquhart, WBCM Community Minister (1987-1993,) and Tessa Blaikie Whitecloud of 1JustCity. Join us for an evening of food, music and conversation. Tickets $100. ($70 tax receipt) from Marion or Allan M. or WBCM at 204-774-2773 or email  wbcm@mymts.net

WBCM PANTRY Just a quick note to our faithful supporters who generously supply the emergency food program with canned and dry food. There are specific needs right now that include 50 ml or less jars of Peanut Butter; 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)

  • Bethel MOMs meets Thursdays from 9am-11:30am at Bethel Mennonite Church (465 Stafford). Volunteers to supervise 4 and 5 year olds needed. Contact Laura R. at 204 451 0634.
  • ANDREW’S QUIZ NIGHT Sat. Feb. 16th at 7 pm. Tickets are $20 (including snacks and beverage), wine and beer available to purchase.
  • PARTNERS IN MISSION MEETING – Feb 18th 9 – 12 Transcona Memorial UC. 1pm card making workshop $10 to benefit 1JustCity
  • You’re invited to Call the Forest: Wisdom of the Trees: A Partnership of Save Our Seine and Windsor Park United Church Feb 26th 6:30 – 9 p.m.
  • AL SIMMONS at Augustine Mar 3rd at 2:30 p.m. Reno fundraiser.
  • JOURNEY TO ALASKA Presented by Mary Lou Milhausen. Wed Mar 6th Temple Shalom at 1:30.  Free. Refreshments provided.
  • HEALING PATHWAY WORKSHOP – Mar 15-17, 2019 at Fort Garry UC. Intro to basic concepts of healing hands within Christian tradition.Early bird fee is $210 ($225 after Mar 1). Call the church office for registration: 204-475-1586, or email: fguc@shaw.ca
  • The 12th Annual Strangers in New Homelands Conference 2019 is scheduled for 30th – Nov. 1st in Winnipeg. Call for proposals is open until June 30th. See bulletin board for theme and info.