Mar 24 Bulletin

Westworth United Church

1750 Grosvenor Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba

on Treaty One Territory in the heart of the Métis Nation


3rd Sunday of Lent: March 24, 2019


We Gather to Worship


Welcome and Announcements


Candle Lighting and Prelude:    “O Blessed Spring”

Robert Buckley Farlee


Introit:            “Lord, Have Mercy”                            Pepper Choplin

Soloist: Christina Thanisch-Smith


Acknowledgement of Treaty One Territory


Hymn VU 373        “As Comes the Breath of Spring”           DENBY


  1. As comes the breath of spring with light and mirth and song,

so does your Spirit bring new days brave, free, and strong.

You come with thrill of life to chase hence winter’s breath,

to hush to peace the strife of sin that ends in death.


  1. You come like dawning day with flaming truth and love,

to chase all glooms away, to brace our wills to prove

how wise, how good to choose the truth and its brave fight,

to prize it, win or lose, and live on your delight.


  1. You come like songs at morn that fill the earth with joy,

till we, in Christ newborn, new strength in praise employ.

You come to rouse the heart from drifting to despair,

through high hopes to impart life with an ampler air.


  1. You breathe and there is health, you move and there is power,

you whisper, there is wealth of love, your richest dower.

Your presence is to us like summer in the soul,

your joy shines forth and then life blossoms to its goal.


Lenten Litany

As we extinguish the third purple candle, we lament the imposition of a European form of parenting on Indigenous families, which removes them from the communal responsibility for children. We lament our failure to understand the crucial role of the community and the elders in parenting.

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 red candle, we look to the West. This is the direction of responsibility for families and communities. It is the direction of adults, many of whom are parents, who work together for the good of all.


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


Psalm 27:

Hymn VU 753      “Safe in Your Hands, O God, Who Made Me”

  1.     Safe in your hands, O God, who made me,

what can there be that I should fear? You are my

light and my salvation, strong is your

help when foes are near.


  1. This I have prayed and will seek after,

that I may walk with you each day; then will you

give me your protection, no trouble

shall my heart dismay.


  1. God of my life, my help, my saviour,

father and mother now to me: come, shield me

from the threat of evil, lift up my

soul and set me free!


  1. Teach me your way and lead me onwards,

save me from those who do me wrong; give me the

grace to wait with patience, help me to

trust, hold firm, be strong.


Gospel Lesson: Luke 13:31-35

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:   “Like a Child”  L. Ellenberger                           arr. R. Lang

Soloist: Hein Choi

Sermon:   “We Are Family”


We Respond


Hymn VU 556

“Would You Bless Our Homes and Families”     AITKIN


  1. Would you bless our homes and families,

Source of life who calls us here;

in our world of stress and tension

teach us love that conquers fear.

Help us learn to love each other

with a love that constant stays;

teach us when we face our troubles,

love’ expressed in many ways.


  1. When our way is undemanding,

let us use the time that’s ours

to delight in simple pleasures,

sharing joys in gentle hours.

When our way is anxious walking

and a heavy path we plod,

teach us trust in one another

and in you, our gracious God.


  1. From the homes in which we’re nurtured,

with the love that shapes us there,

teach us, God, to claim as family

every one whose life we share.

And through all that life may offer,

may we in your love remain;

may the love we share in families

be alive to praise your name.


  1. Let us reach beyond the boundaries

of our daily thought and care

till the family you have chosen

spills its love out everywhere.

Help us learn to love each other

with a love that constant stays;

teach us when we face our troubles

love’s expressed in many ways.



Offertory:  “Children of the Heavenly Father” arr. James Clemens


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 959 (sung)

Our Father in heaven,

hallowed be your name,

your kingdom come,

your will be done

on earth as in heaven.

Give us today our daily bread.

Forgive us our sins

as we forgive those who sin against us.

Save us from the time of trial

and deliver us from evil

for the kingdom, the power and the glory are yours,

now and for ever.


Hymn VU 329

“O Jesus Christ, May Grateful Hymns be Rising”   WELWYN


  1. O Jesus Christ, may grateful hymns be rising,

in every city for your love and care;

inspire our worship, grant the glad surprising

that your blest Spirit rouses everywhere.


  1. Grant us new courage, sacrificial, humble,

strong in your strength to venture and to dare;

to lift the fallen, guide the feet that stumble,

seek out the lonely and God’s mercy share.


  1. Show us your Spirit, brooding o’er each city,

strong as you once wept above Jerusalem,

seeking to gather all in love and pity,

and healing those who touch your garment’s hem.




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:  “Give to our God Immortal Praise”  arr. David Cherwien


Children Deserve to Be Children

Our gifts for Mission & Service give children in war-torn countries a chance to be children in places like Palestine with the help of Defence for Children International. On a mural in Aida Refugee Camp inside Bethlehem are the words of Article 31 of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. The article states the right of the child to rest and leisure, to engage in play and recreational activities, and to participate freely in cultural life and the arts.

The refugee camp is less than one kilometre in size and holds more than 5,500 Palestinian refugees. Just around the corner from the mural is a playing field covered by netting. The netting is to protect children from tear gas canisters, rubber bullet capsules, and other debris that Israeli Defence Force soldiers use during their weekly raids on the camp. Children have been reprimanded for playing a game similar to, North American “Cowboys and Indians.” The game is called “Palestinians and Settlers.” The difference is that the game doesn’t end with capture; once captured, the “Palestinian” is punched and kicked by the “Settlers.” This is a disturbing normalization of the occupation.

According to the Director of the Accountability, Programme of Defence for Children International, Palestine (DCI-P), 150 to 200 Palestinian children are arrested and persecuted in the Israeli military system each year. Each child is exposed to torture, solitary confinement, physical assault, and interrogation to ensure confession to a crime (whether committed or not). DCI-P reports information gathered from its legal team to UN committees and special rapporteurs. Mission & Service supports children’s rights in Palestine.

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 24, 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:  Kirk Windsor

Scripture Reader:  Earl Gould

Hosts: Keith and Anne Love



TEMPORARY OFFICE HOURS  Temporary office hours: Tue, Mar 26th  – Thurs, Mar 28th  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 E – Gerald’s team.

SUNDAY SCHOOL Westworth Kids learn Jesus Feeds 5000.   (John 6:1-14).

INTERFAITH DIALOGUE ON TRUTH AND RECONCILIATION  Monday, March 25, 7 – 9 pm at Winnipeg Central Mosque, 715 Ellice Ave.   This is the third 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. Brian McLeod (Buddhist Lama in the Vajrayana and Theravadin traditions) and Adrian Jacobs (Cayuga Elder and Keeper of the Circle at Sandy Saulteaux Spiritual Centre) will be speaking. For more information, visit or see the poster in the Narthex.

CELEBRATE SUNDAY March 31st  The last Sunday of every month Westworth celebrates Mile Stone events in your life. If you have a Birthday, Anniversary, Graduation or other milestone, please write it on a slip of paper and place it in our Celebration Box in the Narthex. At the end of the service, Loraine will read them out. If you would 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.


upcoming events

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

EASTER SPECIAL APPEALS  Every Easter, we welcome donations over and above regular givings, for special appeals.  Our Special Appeal Committee distributes the donations to organizations we have supported through the years (see Annual Report for last year’s recipients). Please mark your envelope and memo line on your cheque “special appeals”.

 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.


  • Maundy Thursday, April 18th – Communion Meal of Remembrance 6-7 p.m.; brief Contemplative Communion Service 8:30 p.m.
  • Good Friday, April 19th – Joint service at St. Andrew’s River Heights United Church (255 Oak Street) at 11:00 a.m. The Story of the Crucifixion through the Seven Sacred Indigenous Teachings. Flute, organ, and joint choir.
  • Easter Sunday, April 21st – service at 10:40 a.m. Brass ensemble



1.WEST BROADWAY LUNCHES Thank you Nancy Doern White who hosted the March lunch at West Broadway Community Ministry.  Thanks to all who once again provided our guests with a hot meatball sub, fruit and home baked treats. Your generosity is appreciated so much!  Our next lunch at West Broadway is Thursday, April 18th and will be again be hosted by Dennis, Nancy and Marion.

2. SUPPORT FOR BILL 262 There will be a gathering Wednesday, March 27th  at CMU from 7 – 9pm  see poster on the Outreach Board for further information.

3. VOLUNTEER DINNER West Broadway Community ministry, and St. Matthews-Maryland Community Ministry could not open their doors without the scores of volunteers that offer time and talent to create welcoming places for their guests. Volunteers offer everything from pastoral care, knitting groups to tax preparation. To show appreciation for these services, the two ministries will hold the Annual Volunteer Appreciation dinner on Saturday, April 13th.  Westworth is asked to provide chili and kitchen help.  Please find the sign-up sheet on the board in the Narthex. Thank you!

4. CIRCLES FOR RECONCILIATION: Westworth members are welcome to register for a Circle at West Broadway Community Ministry (WBCM) Fridays April 26th – June 28th @ 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. A bond is made in the circles and it is important participants commit to all sessions. However, emergencies happen and will be understood.  Register at and click on the Register icon.  Fill out your identifying information; in the section ‘Neighbourhoods’, indicate that 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.

5. WEST BROADWAY PANTRYThere are 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.

DID YOU KNOW? All types of worn-out markers can be recycled at Staples.


community news

(More info on bulletin board by elevator)

  • Interfaith Model Passover Seder 10, 6:30 pm. Shaarey Zedek Synagogue 561 Wellington Cres. For tickets call B’nai Brith at 204 487-9623 or email by MAR 25TH
  • Free Income Tax Clinic by appointment. Mar 27th River Heights CC; April 26th Crescentwood CC.  Eligibilitycriteria on the poster.
  • Pow Wow Demo – Apr 5th at St. Matthews Maryland Community Ministry. Dancing, drumming, education about meaning of the ceremony.  Feast to follow.  No cost.  RSVP to Josh at 204-779-8957.
  • Winnipeg Book Launch Friday April 12th, 7:00 pm at Grant Park at McNally’s forThe Theology of the United Church of Canada (WLU Press). Loraine MacKenzie Shepherd is a contributor.
  • Bridge Luncheon Tuesday, Apr. 16 12:00-3:30pm Charleswood UC $13/person Contact office at 204 832-3667. Please come as a table of 4. Bethel MOMs plans to hold a Mums and Tots group at Westworth from Apr 18th to May, 9 – 11:30 a.m. Four volunteer babysitters are needed. Please contact Maggie at 204-489-6974,  ext 23 if you can help.
  • Free Tax Clinic – Apr 18th 11-7; S Wpg Family Info Centre 800 Point Rd.
  • MB and NW Ont Region 5 UCW Rally – May 14 – 16 at St. Benedict’s Retreat Centre. Registration brochures are on the bulletin board.