Westworth United Church
1750 Grosvenor Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba
on Treaty One Territory in the heart of the Métis Nation
2nd Sunday of Easter: April 28, 2019
We Gather to Worship
Welcome and Announcements
Candle Lighting and Prelude:
Meditation on “O Sons and Daughters, Let us Sing” Denis Bédard
Introit “Alleluia” Nancy Telfer
Easter Prayer VU 188
God of grace and glory,
by the death and resurrection of your Beloved Child
your reign of wholeness has been unleashed
within our bent and broken world.
Open us to your empowering grace
that we may be bearers of your
through the resurrected Christ,
our dignity, our power, and our peace. Amen.
Hymn VU 187 “The Spring has Come” VERVACITY
- The spring has come, let all the church be part of it!
The world has changed, and God is at the heart of it!
New light, new day, new colour after winter grey.
New light, new day, the spring has come,
let all the church be part of it!
- The sun is warm, let all God’s children play in it!
The world expands, let’s spread the Gospel way in it!
New leaf, new thrust, new greening for the love of Christ.
New leaf, new thrust, the sun is warm,
let all God’s children play in it!
- The spring has come, new people are the flowers of it,
Through wind and rain, new life is in the showers of it,
New bud, new shoot, new hope will bear the Spirit’s fruit.
New bud, new shoot, the spring has come,
new people are the flowers of it!
A Minute for the Environment Amanda Davis
Hymn MV221 “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 love*, I am walking a path of *love,
I am walking a path of love*, lead me home,lead me home.
I am walking a path of grace*, I am walking a path of *grace,
I am walking a path of grace*, lead me home, lead me home.
I am walking a path of hope*, I am walking a path of *hope,
I am walking a path of hope*, lead me home, lead me home.
I am walking a path of joy*, I am walking a path of *joy,
I am walking a path of joy*, lead me home, lead me home.
I am walking a path with heart*, I am walking a path with heart*,
I am walking a path with heart*, lead me home, lead me home.
* additional verses replace with “of love”, “of grace”, “of hope”, “of joy”, “with heart”
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
Spirit of wisdom and empowerment,
We sometimes default to the status quo;
We lack courage to challenge what is inappropriate;
We lack healing to forgive what must be released.
Help us discern when to speak out—give us voice.
Help us know how to forgive—grant us compassion.
Words of Assurance
We Hear the Word
Responsive Reading: VU 874 “Psalm 150”
Refrain Praise to the Lord, hallelujah!
Everybody praise the Lord.
Praise God in the holy temple!
Praise God for mighty deeds!
Praise God for bountiful mercies,
Praise God who meets all our needs! R
Praise God with sound of trumpet!
Praise God with lute and harp!
Praise God with timbrel and dancing!
Praise God wherever you are! R
Praise God with holy cymbals!
Praise God with strings and with pipes!
Praise God with clash of cymbals!
Praise God with all your might! R
Scripture Lesson: John 20:19-23
This is the Gospel of Christ.
Thanks be to God.
Sung Response: VU 717 “Hallelujah”
Sermon: A Commissioning of Discernment
Hymn VU 168 “The Risen Christ” WOODLANDS
- The risen Christ, who walks on wounded
feet from garden tombs through darkened city
street, unlocks the door of grief, despair, and fear,
and speaks a word of peace to all who hear.
- The risen Christ, who stands with wounded
side, breathes out his Spirit on them to abide
whose faith still wavers, who dare not believe,
new grace, new strength, new purpose they receive.
- The risen Christ, who breaks with wounded
hand the bread for those who fail to understand,
reveals himself, despite their lingering tears,
enflames their hearts, then quickly disappears.
- May we, Christ’s body, walk and serve and
stand with the oppressed in this and every
land, till all are blessed and can a blessing be,
restored in Christ to true humanity.
Offertory: “Now the Green Blade Rises” arr. John Carter
Dedication Hymn : VU 538 “For the Gift of Creation”
For the gift of creation, the gift of your love,
and the gift of the Spirit by which we live,
we thank you and give you the fruit of our hands.
May your grace be proclaimed by the gifts that we give.
Prayers of the People
Prayer Introit: VU 381 “Spirit of Life”
Spirit of Life, come unto me.
Sing in my heart all the stirrings of compassion.
Blow in the wind, rise in the sea;
move in the hand, giving life the shape of justice.
Roots hold me close; wings set me free;
Spirit of Life, come to me, come to me.
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 703 “In the Bulb There Is a Flower” PROMISE
- In the bulb there is a flower;
in the seed, an apple tree;
in cocoons, a hidden promise;
butterflies will soon be free!
In the cold and snow of winter
there’s a spring that waits to be,
unrevealed until its season,
something God alone can see.
- There’s a song in every silence,
seeking word and melody;
there’s a dawn in every darkness,
bringing hope to you and me.
From the past will come the future;
what it holds, a mystery,
unrevealed until its season,
something God alone can see.
- In our end is our beginning;
in our time, infinity;
in our doubt there is believing;
in our life, eternity.
In our death, a resurrection;
at the last, a victory,
unrevealed until its season,
something God alone can see.
Covenanting and Commissioning Litany
Do you, the congregation of Westworth, give Loraine and Nancy your blessing as they visit United Churches across Canada; and do you accept the worship leadership and pastoral care of those entrusted to lead us during Loraine’s sabbatical?
Congregation: We do, trusting in God’s grace.
Blessing from the Choir: “Go Ye Now in Peace” Joyce Eilers
Choral Benediction: VU 974 “Amen”
Postlude: “Come, Ye Faithful, Raise the Strain” Wilbur Held
Our gifts for Mission & Service enable community ministries like Massey Centre to create new programs that meet the needs of young, single mothers.
Massey Centre in Toronto, Ontario, has been a place of refuge and encouragement for almost 120 years. The centre has grown over that time. It was originally housed in the Methodist parsonage and known as The Victor Home for Women. In 1947, the Massey family gave the centre their summer home; the centre was renamed the Massey Centre Home for Unwed Mothers, and it is now known as Massey Centre for Women. While the original home is still part of the footprint, the centre has expanded to include pre-and post-natal housing, education programs, a daycare, and infant mental health programs.
“Everyone has a connection to Massey Centre!” exclaims Chief Executive Officer Ekua Asabea Blair. Massey Centre is a place that people speak fondly of, and many choose to stay connected to. Lisa, who works as the centre’s receptionist, is a welcoming face and voice for first encounters at the centre. When Lisa was 18, she found out she was pregnant. She had no family support when she came to Massey Centre. “If I hadn’t been here, my child would have been taken away from me by Children’s Aid,” Lisa says. “Because of Massey Centre, I have been able to watch my daughter grow up into the beautiful young woman she is today. Without Massey Centre, I would be lost.”
Massey Centre is very thankful for United Church support, whether in the form of Mission & Service giving, local United Churches’ gifts of diapers, or United Church Women who knit beautiful blankets. All these gifts are changing lives each and every way.
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.
April 28, 2019
1750 Grosvenor Ave. Winnipeg, MB R3N 0H9
Phone: 204-489-6974 www.westworth.ca
email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com
Office Administrator: Heather Lavery firstname.lastname@example.org
204 489-6974 Ext. 20 www.westworth.ca
Church Accountant: Jenny Jeffers email@example.com
Ushers: Janet Sealey
Scripture Reader: George Nyman
Hosts: Shirley Ann Simkulak and Florence Baker
Media Release – sent April 24, 2019
In response to the Winnipeg Police news release of Wed, April 24th, and in consultation with members of the Jewish Community, Westworth UC has decided to cancel its Interfaith Prayer Vigil for Thur, April 25th. As the Winnipeg Police have stated, “Hate-related crime is one of the most heinous acts we encounter as a society. It tears at the fabric of who we are as a country. False allegations of hate crime trivialize the trauma that genuine victims endure.”
Westworth United Church continues to support the Jewish community, stand against antisemitism and against hate directed towards any group because of their identity. We hold all those who are victims of hate and violence in our prayers.
OFFICE HOURS Heather has returned under a graduated return to work program. Andrea continues to work part time. Office hours this week are Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 4:00 pm.
COUNTING TEAM today is Team D – Walter’s team.
This week, the children will be learning about the parable of The Sower – Matthew 13:1-9
SPARE CHANGE SUNDAY Excuse me, do you have spare change? How often have you been asked this and not known how best to respond? Here’s an alternative response. The last Sunday of each month, you are welcome to dump your spare change into offering plates at the back of the church. All spare change donations will go to West Broadway Community Ministry, which offers many resources to those living in poverty.
CELEBRATE SUNDAY The last Sunday of each month, Westworth will acknowledge and celebrate Mile Stone events in your life. If you have a Birthday, Anniversary, Graduation or other accomplishment, 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.
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, 30th, 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 folk 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.
UCW THANK OFFERING SERVICE AND DESSERT PARTY will be on Tues, June 4th at 7pm. We are pleased John Erskine and Edward Ledson will entertain us that evening. Tickets are $7.00 and will be available soon. All women are invited, so be sure to save the date!
BAZAAR – Saturday, October 26th. Card tables are desperately needed for the Bazaar. Please check with friends and relatives who are downsizing. Contact: Janet Sealey.
CANADIAN FOODGRAINS BANK (CFB)CFB is a partnership of 15 Canadian churches and church-based agencies working together to end global hunger by: supporting international programs to meet food needs, reduce malnutrition, and achieve sustainable food security; influencing improvements in national and international policies that contribute to ending global hunger; and increasing and deepening the engagement of Canadian in efforts to end global hunger. You have an opportunity today to petition the Federal Government, on behalf of the CFB, to honour promises made to increase funding to end global hunger. Postcards are ready for your signature in the Narthex today. Thank you to all who took time to sign last week, and to many who took cards to share with co-workers, friends and family.
MUGS FOR THE EARTHWe continue to encourage you to bring with you to church your favourite mug. Your coffee will be so much more enjoyable when you know you are helping to save a tree!
BLESSING OF THE WHEELS IS COMING! Following the successful Blessing of the Wheels Sunday in 2018, you will have the opportunity to celebrate alternative transportation on Sunday, May 26. Plan now to bike, skate, scoot, roll or carpool your way to church and join the Westworth community in making an effort to reduce carbon emissions and to love our earth!
WEST BROADWAY PANTRYImmediate 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.
- RCCO Bach Marathon Sat, May 4, 1:00 to 5:30 at Young United Church, 222 Furby St. The Royal Canadian College of Organists, Wpg. Centre presents a Bach Marathon. Performances will feature the Létourneau pipe organ plus cello, flute, guitar, piano, violin and voice. 30 individuals, ensembles and solos. Program at rccowinnipeg.ca/
- Sleep: What you need to know – Reh-Fit Centre Tue May 7th 7 – 8 p.m.
- Boots Riley: Class, Race, Resistance in the 21st Century May 11th; Q & A follows. Knox UC Tickets $30/$20
- Harrow’s Garage Sale May 10 (4:30 – 7:30), May 11 (9-Noon). Treasure, baking, coffee kiosk.
- Winnipeg Singers with Ola Gjeilo and Luminous String Quartet – Concert at Westminster May 11th Tickets winnipegsingers.com, McNally or at the door.
- MB and NW Ont Region 5 UCW Rally – May 14 – 16 at St. Benedict’s Retreat Centre. Registration brochures are on the bulletin board.
- Caring Hearts Luncheon at Charleswood UC May 15th in support of St. Matthews Maryland Community Ministry. Lunch, entertainment, auction. Tickets $25 until May 8th –
- Queer and Faithful Conference – May 25th, 26th. Safe space for discussion. Robert A. Steen Community Centre.
- Fort Garry Women’s Resource Centre – various programs and activities for women in May. Childcare available – call. See poster.
- Gas Station Theatre – A slice of Life May 9th. No ticket price. Donations.
- Tai Chi for Life – Temple Shalom, 1077 Grant Ave. at 1:30, Wed, May 1st All welcome, especially those over 55. Free. Refreshments provided.