Feb. 17 Bulletin

Westworth United Church

1750 Grosvenor Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba

on Treaty One Territory in the heart of the Métis Nation


6th Sunday after Epiphany: February 17, 2019


We Gather to Worship

Welcome and Announcements

Candle Lighting and Prelude:            “Invocation”            Denis Bédard

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


Call to Worship                                      Laura Turnbull, Gathering ACE2018-2019

God blesses all of us.

We are blessed. 

God blesses the most unlikely people.

We are blessed.

God blesses those we like and those we do not.

God blesses those we know and those we do not.

God calls us to be a blessing to others.

God calls us also to thankfulness and praise.

Let us respond to God’s call by worshipping together this day.


Hymn MV 12       “Come Touch Our Hearts”               Light/Donaldson

Children’s Time

Hymn MV 157            “I Am a Child of God”        Cheryl & Bruce Harding


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                     Beth Johnston, Gathering ACE 2016-2017

Source of Love and Forgiveness, you wrap us in constant compassion, inviting us to journey toward the way of wholeness. Forgive us when we lose our focus, directing our attention toward goals that fail to bring new life.  Remind us that we do not walk alone, for Christ is our constant companion. It is in his name we pray.  Amen. 

      Meditative Silence

Words of Assurance


We Hear the Word

Responsive Reading: VU 724  “Psalm 1”


Gospel Lesson: Luke 6:17-26

This is the Gospel of Christ.

Thanks be to God.

Sung Response: VU 37 “Gloria”


Anthem:          “My Faith Looks up to Thee”                 arr. Bill Derkse

Sermon:                            “Reconciliation”


We Respond

Hymn VU 896            “Blest Are They”                                David Haas



Offertory:             “My Faith Looks Up to Thee”            Dale Wood

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 697                   “O for a World”                                  AZMON


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

Postlude:                                “Azmon”                                John Carter


Thanks to Rev. Heather Robbins for leading worship today while Loraine is taking her last week of holiday to celebrate her Mother’s 90th birthday in Victoria.


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: Dorothy and Garry R.

Usher:  Janet S.

Scripture Reader: Gordon M.



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 D – Walter’s team.

SUNDAY SCHOOL will be learning about Jesus going to Nazareth.   Luke 4 14:30

Youth Class will meet with Marilyn in room 1.

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.

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 the office for materials.

INTERFAITH DIALOGUE ON TRUTH AND RECONCILIATION  Mondays, March 11 – April 1, 7 – 9 pm  An interfaith dialogue sponsored by Westworth United Church will bring together First Nations Elders and representatives of various faith communities to discuss Truth and Reconciliation in pursuit of active and meaningful participation in the ongoing healing process. A series of four sessions will take place Monday evenings from March 11 – April 1. This series is supported by a grant from the Winnipeg Foundation Truth and Reconciliation Fund. For more information, visit www.westworth.ca or see the poster in the Narthex.

2018 PLEDGES AND DONATIONS from Jan. to Dec. 2018 received from identifiable givers

                                                      Received                             2018 Pledged

M&S                                                      $  38,307                               $  39,052

Westworth Operations                      $265,906                              $254,168

Total                                                      $304,213                              $293,220

Total of all donations from Jan.-Nov. 30, including open plate, for the past 3 years.

2016  $291,071                  2017  $298,631                  2018  $ 304,213

Please refer to the bulletin board in the Narthex for monthly updates.


UC CALENDARS available for $8.50 per calendar. See office if interested.


upcoming events

UCW UNIT 77 will meet on Wednesday, February 20th at 1:30 p.m. in the church parlour to discuss the book 419 by Will Ferguson.

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)

SPRING BREAK VBS Mar. 25-29 9:00am-4:00pm. Theme is “The Days of Easter”. Please see Maggie for registration forms.

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.

THE 2019 GREAT WESTWORTH RUMMAGE SALE 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.



  1. WEST BROADWAY FEBRUARY 21 LUNCH will be organized by the River Heights Junior High Butterfly Effect Club whose faculty adviser is Petra T. Members of The Club will gather, prepare and serve the folks at West Broadway under the guidance of Barb and Brian Gwyer, and will be involved in educational activities with Allan M.  This marks the third year that the Club has hosted a lunch for West Broadway and we are grateful!
  2. SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 27, TESSA BLAIKIE WHITECLOUD, Executive Director of 1JustCity will update us on  the work of 1JustCity. You are invited to join Tessa for a “talk-back” in the Parlour, following the service.
  3. PANCAKES GALORE! Thanks to all of you who so generously supported the Outreach Team’s Pancake Fundraising event on behalf of West Broadway Community Ministry. After expenses, a total of $2,010 was raised to support the work at West Broadway. The majority of the serving personnel were volunteers 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.
  4. 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) For tickets or for more information, please see Marion or Allan M.
  1. EYEGLASSES, ALUMINUM PULL TABS and STAMPS What do these three things have in common? They may be collected by you, dropped off in the Library and repurposed! The glasses are taken by Heather or Maggie to Oakley Optical or Lencrafters, where the technicians refurbish the glasses and give them to those in need. Maggie takes the tabs to Carpathia School, where children and staff add them to their own collection of tabs that eventually buy wheelchairs! The stamps are taken to the Canadian Bible Society by Kay Strachan to support the work of the Society. ** Please note that Campbell’s Soup wrappers are no longer being collected, as the program has ceased to function.
  2. 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)

  • ST MARY’S ROAD UC – Radio play Blood and Chocolate Feb 22nd -24th Supports SMR & Young UCs
  • AL SIMMONS at Augustine UC Mar 3rd at 2:30 p.m. Reno fundraiser.
  • WORLD DAY OF PRAYER Friday March 1st at 6:00 p.m. – Harrow UC The writing community is Slovenia and the theme is; “Come – Everything is Ready”.  We will begin with a shared meal at 6:00 p.m. and continue with presentation, discussion and prayer.  All are welcome to this non-denominational event.
  • ST MARY’S ROAD UC – Kenzie Jane Mar 3rd 2:30 p.m. $15 ($% students /low income)  Fly and Camel Café
  • SCIENCE FAIR JUDGES NEEDED FOR MAR. 5 École River Heights School is looking for Science Fair Judges, especially those who can speak French. Information Forms on bulletin board.
  • ANDREW’S ANNUAL CHOIR SHOW “The Fabulous Fifties” Mar 8th/9th 7:30 pm plus 1:30 pm matinee Mar 9th Tickets $20
  • STRIVING FOR HUMAN DIGNITY Mar. 14 & 15 8:30-4:30pm. presented by the Islamic Social Services Association Hilton Suites Wpg. Airport


Minute for Mission

Iridesce: The Living Apology Project

Our gifts for Mission & Service support the work of Iridesce: The Living Apology Project. This project was created to encourage storytelling around the 1988 decisions to welcome gay, lesbian and bisexual people into full membership and ministry in the United Church—a welcome that was expanded to include people of all sexual orientations and gender identities in 2009.

Iridesce has brought stories of challenge, conflict, and lament to light. One participant wrote, “The battles of 1988 left behind one legacy that I think has not served us well, a legacy of fearfulness of conflict.”

For many, of course, the decision was a celebration and continues to empower communities to draw the circle wide and wider still. “We are all stronger when given unapologetic, radical love,” wrote Catherine.

Dani shared, “I am a trans non-binary person… I wasn’t expecting to be so openly accepted, and it fills my heart to know that I can love God and be proud of my gender identity.”

Morgan, who grew up in the post-1988 church, wrote, “It is my hope that the church will not simply take for granted its policy… that we will recognize how far we are from embodying that policy and how much farther we are from assimilating it into the earth-shattering welcome of the people of God.”

We give thanks for the gifts of Iridesce: The Living Apology Project.


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.