April 14 Bulletin

Westworth United Church

1750 Grosvenor Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba

on Treaty One Territory in the heart of the Métis Nation

 

Palm Sunday: April 14, 2019

We Gather to Worship

 

Welcome and Announcements

 

Candle Lighting and Prelude:

“All Glory, Laud, and Honour”                  arr. Michael Burkhardt

 

Call to Worship (adapted from Psalm 118: 25-29)

Blessed is the one who comes in the name of God!

Hosanna! Save us, O God, we pray.

Our God has given us light.

Hosanna! Save us, O God, we pray.

With palm branches in hand, let us march to the altar.

Hosanna! Save us, O God, we pray.

Give thanks to God, for God is good.

Hosanna! Save us, O God, we pray.

God’s constant love lasts forever.

Hosanna! Save us, O God, we pray.

 

Processional Hymn VU 128 “Sanna, Sannanina”

 Sanna, sannanina, sanna, sanna, sanna,

Sanna, sannanina, sanna, sanna, sanna,

Sanna, sannanina, sanna, sanna, sanna,sanna, sanna,

Sanna, sannanina, sanna, sanna, sanna, sanna, sanna.

 

The Path of Celebration

 

Story of the Palms

 

Senior Choir Anthem:        “The Feast of Palms”              Moultrie/Bullard

 

Children’s Palm Sunday Prayer (see last page)

(written & led by the senior class

with help from Rev. Marilyn Anderson Corkum)

 

Hymn VU 122 “All Glory, Laud and Honour”                   ST THEODULPH

 

Refrain

All glory, laud and honour

to you, Redeemer, King,

to whom the lips of children

made sweet hosannas ring.

 

  1. You are the King of Israel,

and David’s royal son,

now in the Lord’s name coming,

our King and blessed one.                       R

 

  1. The multitude of pilgrims

with palms before you went;

our praise and prayer and anthems

before you we present.                            R

 

  1. To you, before your passion,

they sang their hymns of praise;

to you, now high exalted,

our melody we raise.                               R

 

  1. Their praises you accepted;

accept the prayers we bring,

great author of all goodness,

O good and gracious king.                      R

 

 The Path of Humility

First Scripture Lesson: Luke 19:28-36 (adapted from The Message)

 

Story of the Donkey and the Wolf

Hymn VU 124 “He Came Riding on a Donkey”

  1. He came riding on a donkey,

he came riding into town;

slow and easy kind of lowly

he came riding with the dawn.

His disciples walked beside him,

staying close, a little shy;

not too sure where he would guide them,

on to live or on to die.

But all the morning sang his praises;

waking birds and dancing wind;

here he is, the Son of David;

riding on to take his throne.

 

  1. Then the children gathered, singing

shouts of laughter, bursting cheer;

in the streets their song was ringing,

“Hosannas” filled the morning air.

Timid adults strained to see him,

caught the Spirit, joined the song;

spread their cloaks along before him,

branches flashing in the sun.

So all the city sang his praises;

waking streets and dancing crowd;

here he is, the Son of David;

our Messiah, Son of God.

 

  1. In our fasting, and our feasting,

called to follow in his way;

called to walk his road to Easter,

called to live his cross today.

Hosanna to the Son of David,

hosanna in the heavens above;

blessed is he who comes to save us,

blessed is he who brings his love.

Let us join to sing his praises;

open hearts and souls to God;

he is with us, Son of David;

God’s Messiah, Christ the Lord.

 

The Path of Peace

Second Scripture Reading: Luke 19:37-42

 

Story of Bringing Peace

 

Dedication of the Talking Stick

 

Hymn MV 221 “I Am Walking a Path of Peace”      Janet Bauman Tissandier

 

I am walking a path of peace, I am walking a path of

        peace, I am walking a path of peace, lead me home,

lead me home.

I am walking a path of peace, I am walking a path of

        peace, I am walking a path of peace, lead me home,

lead me home.

 

 Offering

Offertory:     “Hosanna, He Comes!”                           arr. Penny Rodriguez

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 Path of the Cross

Cherub Anthem: “See the King Come Riding”                   Austin C. Lovelace

 

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 137 “The Love That Clothes Itself in Light”      ST CROSS (VU136)

  1. The love that clothes itself in light, stands naked now, despised, betrayed,

receiving blows to face and head from hands the Love itself has made.

 

  1. The Love that lifts the stars and sun, collapses, spent, beneath the cross;

the Love that fills the universe, goes on to death and total loss.

 

  1. Love, helpless, comes to Calvary, rejected, scorned and crucified;

Love, wrapped in linen, dies alone; but Love abased, is glorified.

 

  1. Extinguished with the sun at noon, Love’s light transcends all history;

Love wrapped in linen, Love entombed, still wraps all heaven in mystery.

 

  1. Though Love is lost, Love finds us here; though Love is absent, Love remains,

where love is finished, Love begins; where Love is dead, Love lives and reigns.

 

Benediction

 

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:  “Herzlich Tut Mich Verlangen”                        Josef Rheinberger

 

Thank you to the children for their leadership in this service.

 

 

April 14, 2019

1750 Grosvenor Ave.      Winnipeg, MB R3N 0H9

Phone: 204-489-6974  www.westworth.ca

office@westworth.ca  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       westworthminister@gmail.com

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                       churchschool@westworth.ca

Office Administrator:  Heather Lavery     office@westworth.ca

Church Phone:            204 489-6974 Ext. 20                  www.westworth.ca

Church Accountant:  Jenny Jeffers churchaccountant@westworth.ca

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Ushers:   Maureen Lelond, Janet Sealey

Scripture Readers:

Children in the congregation will be participating in today’s service.

announcements

MEMORIAL SERVICE for Berenice Sisler will take place at Westworth Easter Monday, April 22nd at 2:00 p.m.  No flowers, please, at Berenice’s request.

TEMPORARY OFFICE HOURS  Temporary office hours: Tuesday – Thursday, 9 a.m. – 4:00 pm.

 

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

 

SUNDAY SCHOOL Westworth Kids and Youth will be participating in the Palm Sunday Service.

 

AFFIRMING PROCESS AT WESTWORTH We’ll be talking about Affirm United and the Affirming process at the end of the service today. Over the next months, as a congregation taking part in the Affirming process, we will ask ourselves how we can become publicly, intentionally and explicitly welcoming to people of diverse gender identities and sexual orientations. Westworth Council has approved this congregational exploration, which will likely get underway in earnest in the fall.  Not able to stay today? Contact Rhea Yates at 204 896 6926 rheayates@mymts.net if you’re interested in joining the planning team or sharing your thoughts as this process begins.

 

AMENDMENTS TO THE UNITED CHURCH OF CANADA ACT

The House of Commons passed the amendments to The United Church of Canada Act on April 2, 2019, by unanimous consent. Bill S-1003 contained the amendments to the church’s governing structure that were voted on at the 2015 General Council in Corner Brook, NL. They were then confirmed by the majority of pastoral charges (congregations) and presbyteries and enacted by the 2018 General Council in Oshawa, ON, marking the most significant change to the church’s structure since its founding in 1925.

The amendments replaced the two middle courts of the church, Conference and presbytery, with a regional council model, made up of staff and volunteers to oversee ministers and pastoral charges (now called communities of faith). The Denominational Council is now the legal title for the General Council; however, we will continue to use the familiar name General Council. General Council has new financial responsibilities and will maintain the church’s broader relationships across the denomination—relationships with other faith groups and partners in Canada and around the world.

The Senate passed Bill S-1003 in the fall of 2018, and it moved through the Commons procedures smoothly with no additional amendments. As with all legislation approved by the Senate and House of Commons, it still requires Royal Assent by the Governor General, Julie Payette. Moderator Richard Bott said, “This passage means the hard work of restructuring is confirmed and we are laying out a future for the flourishing of the church.”

For more information, contact:

Catherine Rodd  Executive Officer, Communications416-231-7680 ext. 4071 1-800-268-3781 ext. 4071     crodd@united-church.ca

 

upcoming events

UCW APRIL MEETINGS in the parlour:

  • UNIT 94 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 16
  • UNIT 7 April 18th  Business meeting 9:30 a.m;   10 a.m. Loraine’s Hildegard of Bingen Pilgrimage All are welcome to attend the presentation.  Light refreshments will be served.

UCW UNIT 77   Wed, April 17th at 1:30 p.m. at the home of Rochelle Baker to discuss the book The Alice Network by Kate Quinn.

 

MENS SPIRITUALITY April 20th in the Upper Classroom.  Light nourishment at 9 am and discussion at 9:30am. Discussion topic is ‘The Legalization of Cannabis”. All men are welcome to attend. For further information contact Larry Strachan: larkay@shaw.ca or 204-489-9074.

 

EASTER

  • Special Appeals At 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”.
  • Flowers We welcome donations of flowers at Easter, but ask that you avoid heavily scented flowers as we are aware of folk with severe allergies in the congregation.
  • Holy Week Services:
  • Maundy Thursday, April 18th – Communion Meal of Remembrance (please sign up in narthex) 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, Apr 21st – service at 10:40 am with brass ensemble

 

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 are up!

 

LORAINE’S SABBATICAL

Loraine will be on sabbatical May-July, travelling across Canada to visit thriving United Churches and learn from them.  During this time, Rev. Earl Gould will offer pastoral care.  (He may be reached at (204) 888-1543 or on his cell at (204) 795-7535.)  We are grateful to retired ministers and laity in our midst who will be leading us in worship during this time.  St. Andrew’s River Heights United Church will be coming to Westworth for worship June 16th, 20th, and all of July.  During Loraine’s holidays in August, Westworth will go to St. Andrew’s River Heights United Church, 255 Oak St. for worship.  We will conclude our joint worship with St. Andrew’s at their church on Sept. 1st with Rev. Karen Lumley preaching and Loraine leading in communion.  After Labour Day weekend, we will return to our respective congregations for regular worship.

 

BAZAAR Saturday, October 26th.

Card tables are desperately needed for the Bazaar.  Please check with friends and relatives who are downsizing.  Contact: Janet Sealey.

 

UCW THANK OFFERING SERVICE AND DESSERT PARTY will be on Tues, June 4th at 7pm. We are pleased John Erskine and Edward Ledson will provide us with entertainment that evening. Tickets are $7.00 and will be available soon. All women are invited, so be sure to save the date!

 

outreach

  1. CANADA FOOD GRAINS BANK (CFGB)  On the Outreach Board is information on the incredible work being done by producers across Canada. You have an opportunity today to petition the Federal Government, on behalf of the CFGB, to honour promises made to increase funding to end global hunger. Postcards are ready for your signature in the Narthex today.
  2. RESPONSE TO CYCLONE IDAIDonations to help Mission & Service partners provide relief to those affected by Cyclone Idai may be made to “Westworth United Church”, with a note in the memo line saying “Emergency Response: Cyclone Idai’  Today is is the last day that your donation will be matched by the Federal Government.
  3. ANNUAL VOLUNTEER APPRECIATION DINNER Grateful thanks to our chili makers and kitchen helpers who made the dinner for volunteers of WBCM and St. Matthews-Maryland Community such a success.
  4. WEST BROADWAY (WCBM) LUNCH Thurs, Apr 18, Nancy Doern White & Marion & Dennis Simpsonwill host this month’s hot lunch for over 160 people at WBCM. Meatball sandwiches, fruit home baked cookies are on the menu. The signup sheet is 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.
  5. CIRCLES FOR RECONCILIATION 3 spaces available for an upcoming Circle at WBCM Apr 26th – June 28th@ 10:00 am to 11:30 am. To register, go to http://circlesforreconciliation.ca In the ”Neighbourhoods”  section, note you wish to register for the West Broadway Circle starting Apr 26th. Or contact Ingrid Dowan at idowan@shaw.ca.
  6. WEST BROADWAY PANTRY Immediate needs include small jars of Peanut Butter (500 ml or less); pasta sauce; tinned meat, especially tuna, also chicken, ham and salmon; pork and beans; granola bars. Always gratefully received are travel size toothpaste, shampoo, and soap, as well as personal hygiene products.

 

community news

  • Spring Ring – Sat., Apr. 27th at 2:30 p.m. Broadway-First Baptist Church. Sponsored by: Manitoba Guild of English Handbell Ringers.  By donation.

 

Minute for Mission – A Heritage of Welcome

Our gifts for Mission & Service  (M & S) support food, health, and wellness programs at ministries like St. Paul’s Family Resource Centre in Halifax, Nova Scotia. We tend to think of food banks as something relatively new. This may be true in some places, but not in Halifax, where there is a long history of helping those who need support.

For example, after the War of 1812, there were soup kitchens in downtown Halifax. Samuel Cunard (who founded the Cunard Steamship Company, at one time the largest steamship company in the world) worked at that soup kitchen. He and his wife, Susan, donated food and then served it to the hungry. This is a long way from modern food banks, although the need for food is still as great as it was back in the 19th century.

The Family Resource Centre, which is an outreach ministry of St. Paul’s United Church in Spryfield, Nova Scotia, offers more services than a food bank: clients can sit at the Food Bank Café and have coffee and a snack while waiting to pick up their order, rather than waiting out in the cold or rain. The centre also offers a volunteer income tax service to those with limited income, and Legal Aid is often on hand to address concerns individuals may have. The Food, Fitness and Fun class is always being fine-tuned, and there are nursing students on hand to offer advice on health and nutrition. We are thankful for the many ways St. Paul’s Family Resource Centre offers a place of welcome and support to those who come through its doors.

If M & S giving is already a regular part of your life, thank you so much! If you have not given, please join me in making M & S giving a regular part of your life of faith. Loving our neighbour is at the heart of our Mission & Service.

Children’s Palm Sunday Prayer

written by the senior class with Rev. Marilyn Anderson Corkum

Dear God, we wonder how you were with them on the first Palm Sunday and are still with us today.

On that first Day, the children and adults wanted you to save them, and still today that’s what we need.

Show us some of the ways we can help you and you can help us to save the world. We are concerned for our world…

and ask you to help us stop pollution and climate change;

we ask you to help us put an end to violence and find ways to resolve differences; we pray for people who are poor and hungry and we ask your help so we can all learn to share.

We thank you God, for our homes;

for the good food and fresh, clean water we eat and drink each day.

We thank you for the nice families we belong to and who show us how to love;

and for the good friends we share with.

We thank you for our church and that we can always pray to you, not just on Sundays but every day.

Lastly, we ask you to help us keep thinking of You as we get ready for Easter.

We trust You always God. Amen.

This Sunday is Palm Sunday—a day of celebrating the entrance of Jesus into Jerusalem. As we follow Jesus into Jerusalem, we hear cries of anguish, trust, thanks, and hope. Holy week invites us to own the fullness of life’s experience. It takes courage and trust for Jesus and the disciples to enter Jerusalem and it takes courage and trust for us to face the destructive forces of our day. How do your Holy Week traditions enable you to be honest, yet hopeful, about the challenges you face and the challenges we face in our world?  Come join us for Holy Week services this week.

 

Affirming Ministry

Westworth Council has decided to embark upon a process to explore becoming an Affirming Ministry. What does that mean?

In simplest terms, if we become an Affirming Ministry, our congregation will publicly declare our commitment to inclusion and justice for people of all sexual orientations and gender identities. We will also go beyond issues of gender identity and sexual orientation to work for justice and inclusion for all people.

This meeting reflects the very beginning of a process. It’s a chance for us to start to think about what’s really important for Westworth to consider as we embark upon this process.

We have some resources for Affirming Ministries in the United Church of Canada. They give us some ideas about things we can do.

First, we can find ways to educate ourselves about the Affirming process. That might mean inviting guest speakers, watching films or holding workshops.

We can hold storytelling circles and listen to other people’s experiences and begin to better understand perspectives other than our own.

We can explore the role and significance of scripture in discussion of issues of sexual orientation and gender identity.

And eventually, we prepare a statement of faith and vision, develop an updated inclusive marriage policy and hold public celebration. By that time, signs that we are an Affirming Minister would be visible all around us, in the physical space, online and in our actions and outreach.

But, all of that is 18 or 24 months down the road. This is a time for us to find out what’s important to all of you about this process or exploration.

How do we include diverse voices in this process? How do we ensure that this exploration offers meaningful opportunities for personal and spiritual growth?

Our Council has already told us some of the reasons they have chosen to initiative this process. At a recent Leadership Team meeting, they told us:

  • While we’ve felt like we are welcoming and open, we have never really challenged ourselves to ensure that we are.
  • We would like to actively seek voices that may be underrepresented at Westworth.
  • We would like to do more than welcome. In other words, our welcome should not start and stop with “Come in and we will show you the way that we do things.”

Our Council also told us what it considers important about the process:

  • We should include two-spirited, LGBTQ+ voices in ways that feel safe.
  • Education sessions should involve as many people as possible.
  • Keeping the congregation apprised of the process is important.
  • Do not forget the children in whatever education is happening.
  • Do not end the process; education is an ongoing thing and we should commit to always educate ourselves.
  • The value of becoming an Affirming congregation is found in the process.
  • Root the discussion in Christian beliefs.

Please let us know if you are interested in joining the Committee or want to recommend someone to us.  You can contact us at: Rhea Yates (rheayates@mymts.net), Dorcas Windsor (rwindsor@mymts.net), Petra Thanish (cbspt1@mts.net), Candace Maxymowich (candace_max@yahoo.ca).

We ask you to share with us your wisdom and advice as we try to discern a process that will be nurturing, supporting and affirming for everyone, including those from within our congregation and those who we seek out to participate with us.

For a copy of Open Hearts (Resources for Affirming Ministries in The United Church of Canada), http://ause.ca/wp-content/pdf/OpenHearts.pdf