Mar. 3 Bulletin

Westworth United Church

1750 Grosvenor Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba

on Treaty One Territory in the heart of the Métis Nation

Transfiguration Sunday, March 3, 2019

We Gather to Worship

Welcome and Announcements

Candle Lighting and Prelude:           “Abbot’s Leigh”         David Llasky

Cherub Introit:     “Jesus Bids Us Shine”   Susan Warner and Edwin Excell

Prayer of Approach

Hymn VU 82         “A Light Is Gleaming”                    LIVING IN THE LIGHT

A Minute for the Environment                                          Amanda Davis


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

Christ of light and life,

We confess our hesitancy and our doubt.

We question our ability to offer healing.

We question why you allow suffering and death.

Teach us how to hold together

      faith in what can be with acceptance of what is.


      Meditative Silence

Words of Assurance


We Hear the Word

Responsive Reading: VU 819 “Psalm 99”


Gospel Reading: Luke 9:28-43

This is the Gospel of Christ.

Thanks be to God.

Sung Response: VU 37 “Gloria”


Anthem:    “Christ Upon the Mountain Peak”    B. Wren and P. Bouman

Sermon:    “Mountain Highs and Valley Lows”


We Respond

Hymn VU 84         “O Radiant Christ, Incarnate Word”       CANONBURY



Offertory:         “Gift of Finest Wheat”                            John Carter

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

Offertory Prayer


The Sacrament of Holy Communion (see insert)


Hymn VU 104 “We Have Come at Christ’s Own Bidding”   ABBOT’S LEIGH


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

Postlude:     “My Soul, Now Bless thy Maker”        Dietrich Buxtehude



Minister:  Loraine MacKenzie Shepherd

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                                     

Office Administrator:  Heather Lavery                     

Church Phone # 204 489-6974 Ext. 20                       

Church Accountant:  Jenny Jeffers    


Usher:  Maureen L.

Scripture Reader:  Heather R.

Communion Servers:  Keith and Anne L., Glenn A., Barb and Kent

M., Garry and Dorothy R., Bill C. and Marilyn A C.



TIME CHANGE Mar. 10  Please remember to change your clocks forward 1 hour.

COUNTING TEAM today is Team B – Dan’s team.

SUNDAY SCHOOL will be learning about The Centurion’s Servant  (Matthew 8:5-13)

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. A series of four sessions will take place Monday evenings from March 11 – April 1 at different locations. See narthex poster.

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!


upcoming events

ECUMENICAL ASH WEDNESDAY TAIZÉ SERVICE Wed, Mar. 6th at 7:30 pm. Come to a quiet, reflective evening of chants in 4 part harmony accompanied by flute and piano, silent meditation on scripture, prayer candles and anointing of ashes.

THE WOMEN’S SPIRITUALITY GROUP Sat. March 9th, 9:00am in the Parlour. Our topic will be “United by Creativity”.  We will reflect on our own individual creative efforts, discuss how spirituality affects our creative work and look at examples of the use of creative arts as ministry within the UCC communities of faith.  All women are invited to join us for a light breakfast followed by discussion.  Please email Kathy W. ( or phone (489-6617) for more 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.

COMMUNITY OUTREACH EVENT Mar. 15 at 6:30pm “A Touch of the Irish” Food, Music & Dance  All Welcome.

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

HILDEGARD OF BINGEN PILGRIMAGE April 18th at 10 am Presentation by Loraine at the Unit 7 gathering has been rescheduled. All are welcome and light refreshments will be served. Unit 7 will have a short business meeting at 9:30 am.

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 Grateful thanks to the River Heights Junior High Butterfly Effect Club whose faculty adviser is Petra Thanisch. Members of The Club gathered, prepared and served the folks at West Broadway under the guidance of Barb and Brian Gwyer, and were involved in educational activities with Allan McKay.  This marks the third year that the Club has hosted a lunch for West Broadway and we are grateful! Westworth will host lunch at West Broadway on Thursday, March 21 with Nancy D-W and Marion and Dennis S. hosting.
  2. 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. CIRLCLES FOR RECONCILIATION: Westworth members are welcome to register for an upcoming Circle at West Broadway Community Ministry (WBCM) Fridays April 26th – June 28th @ 10:00 am  to 11:30 am. It is very important that all participants make the commitment to all ten sharing circles, however, life happens, family emergencies and so forth-then participants will miss a circle or circles? A certain bond happens in the circles and it is important that the circle at most times have the right complement of participants. To register, go to and click on the Register icon. Fill out your identifying information and in the section ‘Neighbourhoods’, indicate that you wish to register for the West Broadway Circle starting April 26th. Or, you can contact Ingrid Dowan for assistance at Another Westworth Circle is planned to start in September at WBCM. Contact Marion McKay at 204-269-5292 or if you have any questions.
  2. 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 S. 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.
  3. “WHITE FRAGILITY” by Robin DiAngelo, March 4- April 5. “WHITE FRAGILITY” by Robin DiAngelo March 4- April 5. Do you want to think more deeply about what you, as a White person, can do about racism? Are you looking for a way to unpack your White privilege?  During Lent 2019, a national Facebook group  will discuss the book “White Fragility” by Robin DiAngelo.  One section of the book will be discuss each week, supported by two different moderator, offering questions and content to start the discussion. Books available at McNally’s and Chapters, as well as ebooks.  For information, go to

community news (please check bulletin board by elevator)

  • SHROVE TUESDAY, Mar. 5, Pancake Dinner 5:00pm-6:30pm at  St. Andrew’s RHUC $5 per person.


Minute for Mission

Deepening Ministry

Supervised ministry education is an intentional learning experience that enables people preparing for ministry to deepen their pastoral identity, reflect theologically, and enhance their ministry skills. Mission & Service supports supervised ministry education by providing a grant to a learning site, like a congregation, for an eight-month placement.

The Rev. Maya Braithwaite recently completed a placement at Bloor Street United Church in Toronto, Ontario. One of her goals was learning about social justice in a congregational context.

“Ministry is about relationships. For me, it’s about collaborating with others and harnessing the creativity that God has gifted us, while letting it go and flow throughout the church. While at Bloor Street, I had the opportunity to share in the healing work of storytelling that is often involved in social justice work. I experienced what an Affirming church looks like and what an Affirming church does in its day-to-day functions and in worship. I learned about protocol as we welcomed and began the work of supporting a Syrian refugee family. I learned about conflict transformation as we grappled with ways of responding to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s recommendations. I also shared my love for contemplative prayer and a variety of spiritual practices. We danced, journalled, meditated, and the children and I started learning about Godly Play…together.”

Your gifts to Mission & Service help support candidates as they prepare for ministry and are equipped for leadership in our church.


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.