Mar 17 Bulletin

 Westworth United Church

1750 Grosvenor Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba

on Treaty One Territory in the heart of the Métis Nation


2nd Sunday of Lent: March 17, 2019

We Gather to Worship


Welcome and Announcements


Candle Lighting and Prelude:       “Beach Spring”             Dale Wood


Introit:      “Lord, Have Mercy”                                      Pepper Choplin


Acknowledgement of Treaty One Territory


Hymn VU 374   “Come and Find the Quiet Centre”   BEACH SPRING

  1. Come and find the quiet centre

in the crowded life we lead,

find the room for hope to enter,

find the frame where we are freed:

clear the chaos and the clutter,

clear our eyes that we can see

all the things that really matter,

be at peace, and simply be.


  1. Silence is a friend who claims us,

cools the heat and slows the pace,

God it is who speaks and names us,

knows our being, face to face,

making space within our thinking,

lifting shades to show the sun,

raising courage when we’re shrinking,

finding scope for faith begun.


  1. In the Spirit let us travel,

open to each other’s pain,

let our loves and fears unravel,

celebrate the space we gain:

there’s a place for deepest dreaming,

there’s a time for heart to care,

in the Spirit’s lively scheming

there is always room to spare!


Lenten Litany

As we extinguish the second purple candle, we lament the hopelessness of youth on northern reserves and the multiple youth suicides. We lament the lack of safe water, of healthy food, and of recreational resources for youth.


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 black candle, we look to the South. This is the direction of energy and activity. It is the direction of youth, who can send their energy into what is good and life-giving.


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.


Children’s Time


Hymn MV#90       “Don’t Be Afraid”

Don’t be afraid. My love is stronger, my love is stronger

than your fear, don’t be afraid. My love is stronger and

I have promised, promised to be always near.


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.)


We Hear the Word


Responsive Reading: VU 781     “Psalm 63”

Refrain 2  My soul is thirsting for you, O God, my God.


Scripture Lesson: Isaiah 55:1-9

This is testimony to the Word.

Thanks be to God.


Sung Response:  MV10 v2 “Come and Seek the Ways of Wisdom” Duck/Kasbohm

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:        “Come Unto Me”                          Bermice Johnson Reagon


Sermon:       “A Longing for Lovingkindness”


We Respond


Hymn VU 578      “As a Fire Is Meant for Burning”       JOYOUS LIGHT

  1. As a fire is meant for burning with a bright and warming

flame, so the church is meant for mission, giving

glory to God’s name. Not to preach our creeds or

customs, but to build a bridge of care, we join

hands across the nations, finding neighbours everywhere.


  1. We are learners; we are teachers; we are pilgrims on the

way. We are seekers; we are givers; we are

vessels made of clay. By our gentle, loving

actions, we would show that Christ is light. In a

humble, listening Spirit, we would live to God’s delight.


  1. As a green bud in the springtime is a sign of life

renewed, so may we be signs of oneness mid earth’s

peoples, many hued. As a rainbow lights the

heavens when a storm is past and gone, may our

lives reflect the radiance of God’s new and glorious dawn.



Offertory:   “Belle Isle: An Interlude”                        Catherine Rollin

Bettina Nyman, flute

Ian McKay, saxophone


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


Prayers of the People

Prayer Introit: VU 954      “I Waited on the Lord”

I waited, I waited on the Lord,  I waited, I waited on the Lord;

who bent down low and remembered me and who heard my prayer.


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

  1. 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,

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 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,

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 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,

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

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




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:      “Toccata in A Minor”        Jan Pieter               Sweelinck


Artistic Hope and Healing

Our gifts for ministries like River Bend Integrated Community Ministries support programs of healing and reconciliation.

The core of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, is home to many Indigenous people. Beyond the core are communities of non-Indigenous people. Each year, River Bend holds a program called the 10 x 10 project. This is an art project where people living in the core are invited to paint on a 10 x 10 canvas that will be displayed in an art show to all the communities in Saskatoon. Last year, 80 canvases were handed out and 73 returned for the show.

Minister and Coordinator Jane Jupe says she has grown so much in her interactions with artists. “I have come to realize how important it is in so many ways; it builds community between artists, and helps people heal.” Artist Kandis Caplan created a beautiful image from beads of an Indigenous girl without facial features. She explained the importance of sharing her story of sexual assault, saying that it happens to many young Indigenous girls.

We are called to love our neighbours! Your gifts for Mission & Service offer moments of healing every day at River Bend Integrated Community Ministry.

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.

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March 17, 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:  Janet Sealey

Scripture Reader:  Teresa Sztaba

Hosts: Kathy and Alan Wilson



TEMPORARY OFFICE HOURS  Temporary office hours: Tuesday, March 19th – Thursday, March 21st 9 am – 4 pm.  Office hours will posted each week in the bulletin and on the front door of the church until they return to normal.


COUNTING TEAM today is Team D – Walter’s team.

SUNDAY SCHOOL Westworth Kids learn about   A Storm (Matthew 8:23-27) Youth and Julia’s Class will have craft time.



parlour after the service.


Mon, Mar 18, 7-9 pm at Manitoba Buddhist Temple, 39 Tecumseh St.   Second 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.  Steve Heinrichs (Director, Indigenous-Settler Relations at Mennonite Church Canada) and Stan McKay (Cree Elder and former Moderator of the United Church of Canada) will speak.. For more information, visit or see the poster in the Narthex.


upcoming events

UCW MARCH MEETINGS in the parlour:

  • UNIT 94  7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 19th.
  • UCW Unit 77 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 20th
    • discussion of the book Hotel du Lac by Anita Brookner.
  • UNIT 7 9:30 a.m. Thursday, March 21st.


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



Every Easter, we welcome donations over and above regular givings, for special appeals.  The funds are distributed to organizations supported in the past.  Last year, the recipients were: Conference of MB and Northwest Ont Bursary Fund, 1 Just City, Willow Place (was Osborne House), West Broadway Community Ministry, St. Andrew’s College, Sandy Saulteaux Spiritual Centre, Centre for Christian Studies, LITE, Days for Girls, Rossbrook House, Rock Lake United Church Camp and West Central Women’s Resource Centre. Please mark your envelope and memo line on your cheque “special appeals”.

BOOK LAUNCH Friday April 12th, 7:00 pm at Grant Park in the Atrium Of McNally’s 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.


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.


THE 2019 GREAT WESTWORTH RUMMAGE SALE Friday, Apr 26th 7 pm-9pm and Saturday, Apr 27th 9 am-noon. The storage room under the stairs is now available for donations. Please check bulletin board for unacceptable items. Look for sign-up sheets Apr 1st.



WEST BROADWAY MARCH LUNCH, Thur, March 21st: Nancy Doern White will host this hot lunch for over 160 people at West Broadway. Meatball sandwiches, fruit, home baked cookies are on the menu – the signup sheet is in the Narthex!  Your Outreach Team is grateful for your support of this monthly program to provide a nourishing meal that is appreciated so very much by our guests.

40thANNIVERSARY GALA celebration for West Broadway Community Ministry (WBCM) Sat. Mar 23rd at 6:00 at the Viscount Gort Hotel.  Founders Bishop Eric Bays and Rev. Bill Cross will be honoured.  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) Tickets/information – please see Marion or Allan McKay.

CIRCLES 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.  Questions?  Contact Marion McKay at 204-269-5292 or

WEST BROADWAY PANTRYCurrent needs 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. Thank you to the Wilsons for delivering donations to WBCM.


community news

(More info on bulletin board by elevator)
  • Royal Canadian College of Organists presents a Lenten Organ Communion Service on Wed. Mar.13th, 12:15-12:45 p.m. at St. Andrew’s Anglican (Woodhaven), 2700 Portage Avenue, with organist Michael Cutler. Please join us for a quiet service of organ music, scripture readings, prayer and communion.
  • Nutrition Jeopardy workshop for 55+ March 21st 10 – 11:30 a.m. at Crescent Fort Rouge U. C. Sessions on other topics April,May.
  • Grief Support Group led by Fran Ferguson and Janet Banks is being offered at Prairie Spirit United Church, 207 Thompson Drive, Apr 1st – May 14th, 7 – 9 p.m.  Registration:  Janet at 204-888-4248. Open to all, and there is no charge (donations welcome).
  • Anxiety in Children workshop Apr 2nd 6–8 pm Charleswood Library.
  • “Grands ‘n’ More”, Working for the Grandmothers & Aids orphans of Africa.  Presentation at Temple Shalom, Apr 3rd
  • Charleswood United Church will host its annual rummage and sports card sale on Saturday, April 13th, 9 am-12 Noon.
  • Bethel MOMs plans to hold a Mums and Tots group at Westworth from Apr 18th to May, 9 – 11:30 a.m.  4 volunteer babysitters are needed.  Please contact Maggie at 204-489-6974, ext 23 if you can help.