Westworth United Church
1750 Grosvenor Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba
on Treaty One Territory in the heart of the Métis Nation
4th Sunday after Epiphany: February 3, 2019
We Gather to Worship
Welcome and Announcements
Candle Lighting and Prelude
Call to Worship
We come with light hearts and with heavy.
We come with peace and with angst.
We come burdened with worry and guilt;
We come assured of love and forgiveness.
However we come to worship; however we come to the table,
We come in the grace of God.
Hymn VU 459, vs 1-3 “Here, O My Lord, I See You Face to Face”
- Here, O my Lord, I see you face to face;
here would I touch and handle things unseen,
here grasp with firmer hand eternal grace,
and all my weariness upon you lean.
- Here would I feed upon the bread of God,
here drink with you the royal wine of heaven;
here would I lay aside each earthly load,
here taste afresh the calm of sin forgiven.
- This is the hour of banquet and of song;
this is the heavenly table for me spread;
here let me feast, and feasting, still prolong
the fellowship of living wine and bread.
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
Bring to mind, God of grace,
whatever separates us from you and from one another.
We confess our brokenness and shortcomings.
Forgive us and guide us into wholeness.
Words of Assurance
We Hear the Word
Responsive Reading: VU 776 “Psalm 51” Refrain 2
In the abundance of your compassion, wash my sins away.
Have mercy on me, O God, in your great kindness,
in the fullness of your mercy blot out my offences.
Wash away all my guilt, and cleanse me from my sin.
For I acknowledge my faults, and my sin is always before me. R
Against you, you only, have I sinned and done evil in your sight,
so that you are justified in your sentence,
and blameless in your judgement.
Guilty I have been from my birth,
a sinner from the time of my conception.
But you desire truth in our inward being,
therefore teach me wisdom in my secret heart.
Purge me with hyssop and I shall be clean,
wash me and I shall be whiter than snow.
Let me hear the sounds of joy and gladness,
let the bones that you have crushed rejoice.
Turn away your face from my sins,
and blot out all my iniquities. R
Put a new heart in me, O God,
and give me again a constant spirit.
Do not cast me away from your presence,
do not take your holy spirit from me.
Restore to me the joy of your salvation,
and strengthen me with a willing spirit.
Then I will teach transgressors your ways,
and sinners will return to you.
O God, open my lips,
and my mouth shall proclaim your praise. R
You desire no sacrifice, or I would give it;
you take no delight in burnt offerings.
Epistle Lesson: I Corinthians 11:23-33
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: “Bread of the World” Ron Klusmeier
Sermon: “Celebrating the Sacrament of Holy Communion”
Hymn VU462 “Before I Take the Body of My Lord” LAYING DOWN
- Before I take the body of my Lord,
before I share his life in bread and wine,
I recognize the sorry things within:
these I lay down.
- The words of hope I often failed to give,
the prayers of kindness buried by my pride,
the signs of care I argued out of sight:
these I lay down.
- The narrowness of vision and of mind,
the need for other folk to serve my will,
and every word and silence meant to hurt:
these I lay down.
- Of those around in whom I meet my Lord,
I ask their pardon and I grant them mine
that every contradiction to Christ’s peace
might be laid down.
- Lord Jesus Christ, companion at this feast,
I empty now my heart and stretch my hands,
and ask to meet you here in bread and wine
which you lay down.
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.
The Sacrament of Holy Communion: Epiphany
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 459 vs 4-5 “Here, O My Lord, I See You Face to Face”
- Too soon we rise; the symbols disappear.
The feast, though not the love, is past and gone;
the bread and wine remove, but you are here,
nearer than ever, still my shield and sun.
- Feast after feast thus comes and passes by,
yet, passing, points to that glad feast above,
giving sweet foretaste of the festal joy,
the Lamb’s great bridal feast of bliss and love.
Choral Benediction: VU 87 “I Am the Light” (refrain)
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: Tiffany G., Lee-Ann B.
Usher: Janet S.
Scripture Reader: Shirley W.
TEMPORARY OFFICE HOURS
Tues – Thurs 9 – 4 while Heather is on 2 – 3 weeks of sick time.
COUNTING TEAM today is Team F – Paul’s team.
Sunday School will be learning about John the Baptist (Luke 3 1-18).
Please pick up your tax receipts in the narthex today.
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 and 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 spreading 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 Sjoberg at 885-0700 or firstname.lastname@example.org . She will ensure you have the materials and coordinate the location of the drops.
Mar. 10th, 10:55 am during worship service
DEADLINE FOR TEAM REPORTS will be Feb 10th. Please forward your reports to the office.
The following items of interest to the congregation from the Council Meeting of Jan. 22, 2019
- There was a discussion of security concerns. Video cameras will be installed and a policy on video surveillance developed.
- Faith and Future Review is complete. 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:
Three-year term position of the Coordinator Children, Youth and Family Ministries become a permanent position & be budgeted for accordingly.
- The Fund-Raising Application form MUST be filled out for activities where the monies move through the church to maintain the books properly. 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.
WOMEN’S SPIRITUALITY GROUP
will meet in the Upper Classroom on Saturday, February 9th at 9:00 am. All women are invited to join us for a light breakfast and discussion. Our topic will be “Compassion”. Contact Kathy Wilson at (204 489-6617) or email@example.com for more information.
BAPTISM ON FEB. 10th.
If you are interested in having a baptism on this date please contact Loraine as soon as possible.
Feb. 10th at 12:15 pm. in the parlour. Are you new to Westworth? You are invited to come and have lunch after the church service.
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.
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.
ECUMENICAL ASH WEDNESDAY TAIZÉ SERVICE
Wednesday, March 6th at 7:30 pm.
THE 2019 GREAT WESTWORTH RUMMAGE SALE
Fri., April 26th 7 pm-9pm and Sat., April 27th 9 am-noon 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.
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.
HAVANA TORNADO The strongest tornado in 80 years hit Havana on Monday, January 28th. Donations to the United Church emergency response may be made to “Westworth United Church”, with a reference to the “Havana Tornado”. Funds will go to UC partner “Cuban Council of Churches”. Coincidentally, a UC staff member is scheduled to visit Cuba in March, so direct reporting on the situation is expected.
community news (please check bulletin board by elevator)
- REAL TO REEL FILM FESTIVAL – Feb 19-24, 2019 at North Kildonan Mennonite. Feature, documentary, family films $5 per day.
- SCIENCE FAIR JUDGES NEEDED FOR MAR. 5th École River Heights School is looking for Science Fair Judges for Mar. 5th.
- HEALING PATHWAY WORKSHOP – Mar 15-17, 2019 at Fort Garry UC. Intro to basic concepts of healing hands within Christian tradition.
- NEWS FROM ST. MATTHEW’S MARYLAND COMMUNITY MINISTRY – new computer class, new mindfulness group, urgent needs.
Our gifts for Mission & Service offer hope for those taking chances on alternative forms of farming in areas of severe drought. One example is the work of the National Council of Churches of Kenya with the National Drought Management Authority.
The council advises the agency of the needs in drought-stricken areas. In places like Meru and Tharaka Nithi, the National Council of Churches of Kenya has a number of farms that have had success with conservation farming, which uses mulch to keep the ground moist. The success of these farms gives farmers hope that they can feed their families and communities regardless of the weather.
Many farmers are women who have been empowered to take over running the farm from their husbands. We are thankful that Mission & Service, in partnership with the National Council of Churches of Kenya, offers hope with severe drought and empowers of women.
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.