Mar 10 bulletin


Westworth United Church

1750 Grosvenor Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba

on Treaty One Territory in the heart of the Métis Nation


1st Sunday of Lent: March 10, 2019

We Gather to Worship


Welcome and Announcements


Candle Lighting and Prelude:

“Forty Days and Forty Nights”                                                     Charles Callahan


Hymn VU 111     “As the Sun with Longer Journey”         PICARDY


  1. As the sun with longer journey

melts the winter’s snow and ice,

with its slowly growing radiance

warms the seed beneath the earth,

may the sun of Christ’s uprising

gently bring our hearts to life.


  1. Through the days of waiting, watching

in the desert of our sin,

searching on the far horizon

for a sign of cloud or wind,

we await the healing waters

of our Saviour’s victory.


  1. Praise be given to the Maker

of the seasons’ yearly round:

to the Speaker through the Spoken

in their living Breath of love

as the ever turning seasons

roll to their eternal rest.


Lenten Litany

As we extinguish the first purple candle, we lament the broken spirits of the children in residential schools. We also lament the broken spirits of those living in poverty and experiencing racism today.


Response: MV 67 “Kyrie Eleison”

One:      Kyrie eleison.

All:        Kyrie eleison.

One:      Christe eleison.

All:        Christe eleison.

One:      Kyrie eleison.

All:        Kyrie eleison.


As we light the yellow candle, we look to the East. This is the direction of new life and  new beginnings. It is the direction of the children, whose dreams and laughter will help to heal the broken spirits.


Response: MV 95 “How Deep the Peace”  


How deep the peace, the confidence, of those whose wrongs are

forgiven. How deep the peace, the confidence

of those whose hearts are healed.


We Hear the Word


Gospel Lesson: Luke 4:1-13

This is the Gospel of Christ

Thanks be to God.

Sung Response: MV10 v. 2    “Come and Seek the Ways of Wisdom”


Listen to the voice of Wisdom, crying in the

marketplace. Hear the Word made flesh among us,

full of glory, truth, and grace. When the word takes

root and ripens, peace and righteousness embrace.



Anthem: “O Dearest Lord”                           Kentucky folk hymn,

                                                                  arr. David Johnson


Sermon:                “Spirits Broken and Full”


We Respond

Hymn VU 113      “To the Desert Jesus Came”



  1. To the desert Jesus came,

to wrestle and to seek God’s way

Sun and moon rose high above

to watch him as he’d fast and pray.

Together through the valley,

the tempter led him around.

Together through the valley,

so Jesus answers found.


  1. Like the Hebrews long ago

who ventured through the desert sand,

did he find a rock of faith,

where streams of living waters ran?

Together through the valley,

so shall we make our way.

Together through the valley,

we’ll walk for forty days.


  1. In the desert we may find

the mystery of who we are,

following a faithful God,

so very close and yet so far.

Together through the valley,

we’ll gather our dreams in prayer,

together through the valley,

and find God’s presence there.


  1. From the ashes to the hill,

we’ll travel on our Lenten road.

Hand in hand we’ll cross this sand,

and share each other’s heavy load.

Together through the valley,

we’ll watch the changing sky.

together through the valley,

as Easter’s dawn draws nigh.




Offertory:            “Picardy”                                    arr. John Carter

Dedication Hymn :  VU 542 “We Give You But Your Own”


We give you but your own,

whate’er the gift may be;

all that we have is yours alone,

we give it gratefully.


Offertory Prayer


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, we will proceed to the Gym for the AGM and concluding worship)


Proceed to Gym for Annual General Meeting

(take More Voices hymn book with you)




Dedication of the Leadership Team

Members of Council and Team Leaders, will you seek God’s wisdom and compassion as you carry out, with diligence and care, the duties entrusted to you?

We will, God being our helper.


Members and adherents of the congregation, will you encourage and prayerfully support those who have accepted leadership responsibilities on our behalf?

We will, God being our helper.


Prayers of Thanksgiving and Intercession

VU 921  The Lord’s Prayer


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 MV 83    “Let My Spirit Always Sing”                    SPIRITSONG


  1. Let my spirit always sing, though my heart be

wintering, though the season of despair

give no sign that you are there, God to whom my

days belong, let there always be a song.



  1. Though my body be confined, let your word

engage my mind, let the inner eye discern

how much more there is to learn, see the world

becoming whole through the window of the soul.


  1. Let your wisdom grace my years, choose my words and

chase my fears, give me wit to welcome change,

to accept, and not estrange, let my joy be

full and deep in the knowledge that I keep.


  1. Let my spirit always sing, to your Spirit

answering, through the silence, through the pain

know my hope is not in vain, like a feather

on your breath trust your love, through life and death.





Choral Benediction: MV 214 “May God’s Sheltering Wings”

May God’s sheltering wings, her* gathering wings

protect you. May God’s nurturing arms, her

cradling arms sustain you, and

hold you in her* love, and hold you in her* love.



*alternative:  “his”



Postlude:      “The Church’s One Foundation”           Mark Hayes 


Embracing the Spirit

Rob Dalgleish, Executive Director of EDGE, says the growth of Embracing the Spirit, a Mission & Service program, demonstrates     that there is an appetite across the church to experiment with new forms of worship and ministry. Embracing the Spirit is a Mission & Service program, learning network, and innovation fund.

As Dalgleish notes: “People sometimes ask me, ‘What do art shows     or cooking classes have to do with church?’ I tell them it’s about   loving your neighbour and the neighbourhood. Changing lives for the better, whether economically, socially, environmentally, or through more traditional spiritual practices, is an act of love. It’s an     expression of    the abundant life that was Jesus’ purpose. Through   our own deepening discipleship, it becomes an opportunity to   introduce people to who Jesus is and the way he invites us to walk.”

The Embracing the Spirit learning network consists of more than 300 people receiving guidance from more than 80 mentors. These mentors include retired professionals who are willing to lend their   skills and expertise to help others. Another part of the program is     the Social Innovation Challenge, where participants can develop a concept, discover new partners, and compete for start-up funding. There have been 11 Social Innovation Challenges so far, which       bring a spiritual bottom line to entrepreneurship.

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.







March 10, 2019

1750 Grosvenor Ave.

Winnipeg, MB R3N 0H9

Phone: 204-489-6974

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            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    

Ushers:    TBA

Scripture Reader:   Earl Gould

Hosts:   Shirley Anne Simkulak, Florence Baker




TEMPORARY OFFICE HOURS   Heather is on sick leave recovering from shingles.  This week, the office will be closed Mon, Tues and Fri and open: Wed, Mar 13th 1 – 5, and Thur. Mar 14th 9 – 5.  Call before you come.


COUNTING TEAM today is Team C – Dave’s team.


SUNDAY SCHOOL Westworth Kids will be learning about

Four Friends (Luke 5:17-26) Westworth Youth will be with Marilyn learning to write a prayer.


ANNUAL MEETING today beginning with worship at 10:55 a.m. 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.


Monday, March 11th 7 – 9 pm at Congregation Etz Chayim, 123 Matheson Ave. East.  This is the first event in a four week series bringing 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. Shahina Siddiqui (Executive Director of Islamic Social Services Association) and Theodore Fontaine (Sagkeeng Elder, survivor of Fort Alexander & Assiniboia Residential Schools) will speak. More information, at or see the poster in the Narthex.


SUNDAY MORNING HOSTING  Please consider a Sunday morning to host at the front door of the narthex.  All that is needed is a friendly smile, a handshake, and a warm “Good Morning”.  Add you name to the sign up sheet in the narthex 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

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


MEN’S SPIRITUALITY GROUP Saturday, March 16th, will meet in the Upper Classroom. The topic is “Tribalism.” Light nourishment at 9:00 a.m.; discussion at 9:30 a.m. Questions or concerns, contact Larry Strachan at or 204-489-9074.

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


Loraine’s presentation: HILDEGARD OF BINGEN PILGRIMAGE has been rescheduled to Unit 7’s April 18th gathering.  Unit 7 will have a short business meeting at 9:30 am, followed by Loraine’s presentation at 10 am. All are welcome.  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.


BOOK LAUNCH McNally’s Atrium Grant Park. Fri, April 12th, 7:00 pm. Join us for the Winnipeg launch of The Theology of the United Church of Canada (WLU Press), edited by Don Schweitzer, Rob Fennell, and Michael Bourgeois. Featuring contributors Robert C. FennellAdrian JacobsHyeRan Kim-Cragg, and Loraine MacKenzie Shepherd.




  1. West Broadway March Lunch, Thursday, March 21st: Nancy Doern White will host this month’s hot lunch for over 160 people at West Broadway. Meatball sandwiches, fruit and home baked cookies are on the menu, and you may find the signup sheet in the Narthex.  Your Outreach Team is grateful for your continued support of this monthly program to provide a nourishing meal that is appreciated so very much by our guests.


  1. 40thANNIVERSARY GALA celebration for West Broadway Community Ministry (WBCM) Sat. Mar 23rd at 6:00 at Viscount Gort Hotel. We will honour 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. CIRCLES FOR RECONCILIATION: Westworth members are welcome to register for Circle at West Broadway Community Ministry (WBCM) Fridays April 26th – June 28th @ 10:00 am  to 11:30 am. It is very important that participants commit to all ten sharing circles. However, life happens, family emergencies and so forth – then participants will miss a circle or circles? A bond happens in the circles and it is important that the circle at most times have the right complement of participants. To register, click on the Register icon at Fill out your identifying information; in the section ‘Neighbourhoods’, indicate you wish to register for the West Broadway Circle starting April 26th. Or, 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.


  1. WEST BROADWAY PANTRYThere are specific needs right now including: small jars of Peanut Butter (500 ml or less); tinned meat, especially tuna, also chicken, ham, salmon; pasta sauce; pork and beans; granola bars. Always gratefully received are travel size toothpaste, shampoo, and soap, as well as personal hygiene products. Thank you to the Wilsons who will be delivering our donations to WBCM while the Wiwchars are away!


community news (More info on bulletin board by elevator)

  • Ten Thousand Villages March 9th – 12th at 134 Plaza Drive. Shop the Spring Collection of Mata Traders.  RSVP 204-261-0566
  • Royal Canadian College of Organists presents a Lenten Organ Communion Service Wed., March 13th, 12:15 to 12:45 p.m. at St. Andrew’s Anglican (Woodhaven), 2700 Portage Ave organist, Marlon Goolcharan. A quiet oasis of organ music, scripture readings, prayer and communion.
  • Anxiety in Children workshop April 2nd 6 – 8 p.m. Charleswood Library.
  • “The Clock Struck One”- The Caught In the Act Co.’s 9th Annual Dinner Theatre performance: April 25 – 28 (Thurs., April 25-Sat., April 27th at 6:30 pm, and Sun., April 28th at 4:30 pm.)  contact Frank & Carol Favoni at 204-222-1475 or for tickets. fundraising dinner
  • Oak Table fundraising dinner – May 4th. Tickets $50 with $30 tax receipt.  Contact Susan 204-416-2240,
  • Winnipeg Singers presents European Connnections, a concert tour preview. May 20th at Young United.  Tickets