Feb 24 bulletin

Westworth United Church

1750 Grosvenor Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba

on Treaty One Territory in the heart of the Métis Nation

 

7th Sunday after Epiphany: February 24, 2019

We Gather to Worship

 

Welcome and Announcements

 

Candle Lighting and Prelude:

“Christians, We Have Met to Worship”                  Craig Curry

 

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

 

Prayer of Approach    VU 576    “A Prayer for Service to Others”

St. Augustine of Hippo

   Almighty God, whose son Jesus Christ has taught us

   that what we do for the least of our brothers and sisters

   we do also for him,

   give us the will to be the servant of others

   as he was the servant of all,

   who gave up his life and died for us,

   but is alive and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,

   one God, now and forever. Amen.

 

Hymn MV 1        “Let Us Build a House”                             TWO OAKS

 

  1. Let us build a house where love can dwell and

all can safely live, a place where saints and

children tell how hearts learn to forgive. Built of

hopes and dreams and visions, rock of faith and vault of

grace; here the love of Christ shall end divisions:

All are welcome, all are welcome, all are welcome in this place.

 

  1. Let us build a house where prophets speak, and

words are strong and true, where all God’s children

dare to seek to dream God’s reign a new. Here the

cross shall stand as witness and as symbol of God’s

grace;  here as one we claim the faith of Jesus:

All are welcome, all are welcome, all are welcome in this place.

 

  1. Let us build a house where love is found in

water, wine and wheat; a banquet hall on

holy ground, where peace and justice meet. Here the

love of God, through Jesus, is revealed in time and

space; as we share in Christ the feast that frees us:

All are welcome, all are welcome, all are welcome in this place.

 

  1. Let us build a house where hands will reach beyond

the wood and stone to heal and strengthen,

serve and teach, and live the Word they’ve known. Here the

outcast and the stranger bear the image of God’s

face; let us bring an end to fear and danger:

All are welcome, all are welcome, all are welcome in this place.

 

  1. Let us build a house where all are named, their

songs and visions heard and loved and treasured,

taught and claimed as words within the Word. Built of

tears and cries and laughter, prayers of faith and songs of

grace; let this house proclaim from floor to rafter:

All are welcome, all are welcome, all are welcome in this place.

 

Children’s Time

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

  1. I am a child of God, I am a glimpse of God’s

new creation, I am a child of God,

I am a child of God.

 

  1. I am an endless prayer, I am a yearning of

contemplation. I am a endless

prayer, I am an endless prayer.

 

  1. I am an angry voice, I am compassion and

consternation, I am an angry

voice, I am an angry voice.

 

  1. I am a cry for peace, I am commitment and

dedication, I am a cry for

peace, I am a cry of peace.

 

  1. I am a song of joy, I am the moment of

jubilation, I am a song of

joy, I am a song of joy.

 

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    VU 648    “A Prayer for the Journey”

Janet Cawley

 

God of the Way,

you are the road we travel,

and the sign we follow;

you are the bread for the journey,

and the wine of arrival.

 

Guide us as we follow in your way,

holding on to each other,

reaching out to your beloved world.

 

And when we stray,

seek us out and find us,

set our feet on the path again,

and lead us safely home.

 

In the name of Jesus, our companion, we pray.  Amen.

 

   Meditative Silence

Words of Assurance

 

We Hear the Word

Responsive Reading    VU 898      “Song of Mary: Luke 1:47-55”

Refrain 1

To God I lift my soul in praise, in God my saviour I rejoice.

 

Gospel Lesson: Matthew 25:34-40

This is the Gospel of Christ.

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:    “A Place at the Table”

Words: Shirley Murray     Music: Mary McDonald

 

Sermon:       “1 Just City: Impact Together”

 

We Respond

Hymn VU 696    “Homeless People, Will You Listen”

FAIRWEATHER

  1. “Homeless people, will you listen? I, too, was a

refugee. Poor and hungry of my family,

I was born in poverty.” So speaks Jesus

to our sisters, offering love and hope and peace.

In this man our God has met us with a love than does not cease.

 

  1. “Anxious people, can you hear me? I was torn and

hurt by fear. Sick and suffering maimed and wounded,

I knew doubt and bitter tear.” So speaks Jesus

to our brothers, offering love and hope and peace.

In this man Our God has met us with a love that does not cease.

 

  1. “Homeless people, will you listen? I was also

refugee. Poor and hungry of my family,

I was born in poverty.” So speaks Jesus

to his followers, friends of his must learn to give.

Life is ours to share with others. We are bound with all who live.

 

  1. “Anxious people, can you hear me? I was torn and

hurt by fear. Sick and suffering maimed and wounded.

I knew doubt and bitter tear.” So speaks Jesus

to his followers, friends of his must learn to give.

Life is ours to share with others. We are bound with all who live.

 

Offering

Offertory:  “Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child”      Spiritual

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”  (Refrain)

Refrain  Hear our prayer, O God, hear our prayer, O God,

incline your ear to us, and grant us your peace.

 

Prayers of Thanksgiving and Intercession

The Lord’s Prayer VU 921

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 in the kingdom, the power, and the glory

       forever and ever. Amen.

 

 

Hymn VU 702   “When A Poor One”                              EL CAMINO

When a poor one who has nothing shares with strangers,

when the thirsty water give unto us all,

when the wounded in their weakness

strengthen others,

 

Refrain   then we know that God still goes that road with us,

then we know that God still goes that road with us.

 

  1. When at last all those who suffer find their comfort,

when they hope though even hope seems hopelessness,

when we love though hate at times seems

all around us,                                                       R

 

  1. When our joy fills up our cup to overflowing,

when our lips can speak no words other than true,

when we know that love for simple

things is better,                                                    R

 

  1. When our homes are filled with goodness in abundance,

when we lean how to make peace instead of war,

when each stranger that we meet is

called a neighbour,                                               R

 

Milestone Celebration

Praise to God and thanks to God

For reaching all these milestones.                             Martin Robson

 

Benediction

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.

 

Postlude:   “Every Time I Feel the Spirit”               Traditional Spiritual

 Thank you to Tessa Blaikie Whitecloud, Executive Director of 1JustCity, for helping us know more about our United Church Community Ministries.

 

Thanks also to Rockers United members for their music this morning.

 

Minute for Mission

Facing the Occupation

June 5, 2017 marked the 50th year of Israel’s military occupation of Gaza, the West Bank, and East Jerusalem. More than two generations of Palestinians have known no other reality than Israeli military occupation. Staff in the United Church’s Church in Mission Unit recently visited Palestine-Israel, where they were hosted by Wi’am: The Palestinian Conflict Transformation Center.

Opening in 1994, Wi’am works to resolve disputes in the Palestinian community, support reconciliation, and address the psychological and physiological consequences of long-term conflict and occupation. Located just inside the separation walls surrounding Bethlehem, Wi’am literally faces the occupation—one quarter of its property is lost to the eight-metres-high Israeli separation wall, and an Israeli security tower overlooks its outdoor space.

In spite of the 24-hour, seven-days-a-week surveillance, Wi’am is committed to providing programs, empowering Palestinian youth, children, men, and women. One of its programs is a community garden. Even such simple projects face big challenges. At the height of summer, running water is denied to Bethlehem residents to maintain uninterrupted service to Israeli settlements. And the nearby Israeli military base directs its sewage run into the garden. In spite of these obstacles, Wi’am was proud to offer United Church staff a tour of its small garden and share a harvest of fresh pea pods, snapped off and enjoyed in the last rays of sunshine on a warm evening. Mission & Service works with our partners striving for justice and peace in Palestine-Israel.

 

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.

 

 

February 24, 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: Dorothy Reid

Usher:  Kirk Windsor

Scripture Reader:  Bettina Nyman

 

announcements

COUNTING TEAM today is Team A – Denise’s team.

SUNDAY SCHOOL will be learning about The Disciples.   Luke 5 1-11, 8 1-3

 

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.

  

SPARE CHANGE SUNDAY

Excuse me, do you have spare change? How often have you been asked this and not known how best to respond? Here’s an alternative response. On the last Sunday of each month, we will put out plates at the back of the church. When you leave, you are welcome to dump your spare change into the plates. We will send all spare change donations to West Broadway Community Ministry, who offer many resources to those living in poverty.

 

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.

 

SUNDAY MORNING HOSTING

Please consider a Sunday morning to volunteer to host at the front door of the narthex.  All that is required is a friendly smile, a handshake, and a warm “Good Morning”.  Check the sign up sheet in the narthex and add your name for this most important task.   Thanks in advance!

 

NAME TAGS

Are you wearing your Westworth name tag?   We have several new faces in our midst and it would be so nice for them to “see” your name, as well as “hear” your name.  Take a moment to say “Hello” to our newcomers.   You could introduce each to another Westworth member, and soon they won’t be strangers!   Welcome Everyone!

 

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

 

upcoming events

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.

 

ECUMENICAL ASH WEDNESDAY TAIZÉ SERVICE

Wednesday, March 6th at 7:30 pm. Come to a quiet, reflective evening of chants in 4 part harmony accompanied by flute, silent meditation on scripture, prayer candles and anointing of ashes.

 

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.

 

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

 

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.

 

outreach

 

  1. Today, 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.

 

  1. 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.

 

  1. 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 McKay.

 

  1. EYEGLASSES, ALUMINUM PULL TABS and STAMPSWhat 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.

 

  1. WEST BROADWAY PANTRYJust 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 Kenzie Jane Mar 3rd 2:30 p.m. $15 ($% students/low income)  Fly and Camel Café
  • WORLD DAY OF PRAYER Friday, March 1st at 6:00 p.m. – Harrow UC
  • ANDREW’S ANNUAL CHOIR SHOW “The Fabulous Fifties”Mar 8th/9th 7:30 pm plus 1:30 pm matinee Mar 9th Tickets $20
  • GRIEF SUPPORT GROUP The Companions in Grief Program, sponsored by CHAM and IHCAM offer a 7 week Grief Support Group beginning Tuesday evening, March 12th . To register, call Bob Milks at 204-294-5562 or email griefcare@mymts.net . Deadline for registration is Thursday, March 7th.
  • ST MARY’S ROAD UC – Radio play Blood and Chocolate Kenzie Jane Mar 3rd 2:30 p.m. $15 ($% students/low income)  Fly and Camel Café Kenzie Jane Mar 3rd 2:30 p.m.  (student/low income rates)
  • WORLD DAY OF PRAYER Friday, March 1st at 6:00 p.m. – Harrow UC
  • GRIEF SUPPORT GROUP The Companions in Grief Program, sponsored by CHAM and IHCAM offer a 7 week Grief Support Group beginning Tuesday evening, March 12th . To register, call Bob Milks at 204-294-5562 or email griefcare@mymts.net . Deadline for registration is Thursday, March 7th.