April 7 bulletin

Westworth United Church

1750 Grosvenor Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba

on Treaty One Territory in the heart of the Métis Nation

5th Sunday of Lent: April 7, 2019

We Gather to Worship


Welcome and Announcements


Candle Lighting and Prelude:

“Gift of Finest Wheat”                    arr. Jeffrey Honoré


Introit:          “Lord, Have Mercy”                            Pepper Choplin


Acknowledgement of Territory


Hymn MV 12       “Come Touch Our Hearts”         Light/Donaldson

    1. Come touch our hearts that we may know compassion,

from failing embers build a blazing fire;

love strong enough to overturn injustice, to

seek a world more gracious, come touch and bless our hearts.


  1. Come touch our souls that we may know and love you,

your quiet presence all our fears dispel;

create a space for spirit to grow in us, let

life and beauty fill us, come touch and bless our souls.


  1. Come touch our minds and teach us how to reason,

set free our thoughts to wonder and to dream;

help us to open doors of understanding, to

welcome truth and wisdom, come touch and bless our minds.


  1. Come touch us in the moments we are fragile,

and in our weakness your great strength reveal;

that we may rise to follow and to serve,

steady now our nerve, come touch and bless our wills.


  1. Come touch us now, this people who are gathered,

to break the bread and share the cup of peace;

that we may love you wish our heart, our soul, our

mind, our strength, our all, come touch us with your grace.


Lenten Litany

As we extinguish the last purple candle, we lament human destruction of Creation. We lament the shortsightedness of profit over sustainability. We lament the distortion of the delicate balance of Creation.

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 white candle, we look to the North. This is the direction of wisdom and endings. It is the direction of the elders, who teach us how to listen and hold different opinions together.

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.


A Minute for the Environment                             Amanda Davis


Hymn MV#90                   “Don’t Be Afraid”                Bell/Maule

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 850      “Psalm 126”      Refrain 2

When God brought Zion’s captives home,

it seemed to us like a dream.

But then our mouths were full of laughter,

 and our tongues uttered shouts of joy.

Then they said among the nations:

“God has done great things for them.”

Truly God has done great things for us,

and therefore we rejoice.

 Refrain 2    We praise the One who gave the growth, with voices full and strong.

Restore our fortunes, O God, as streams refresh the Negev.

Those who sow in tears shall reap with shouts of joy.

Those who go out weeping, carrying seed for sowing,

shall come home with songs of joy, bringing in their sheaves.

            Refrain 2     We praise the One who gave the growth, with  voices full and strong.


Scripture Lesson: Isaiah 43:16-21

This is testimony to the Word.

Thanks be to God.


Sung Response:

MV10   v. 2      “Come & Seek the Ways of Wisdom”

  1.  Come and seek the ways of Wisdom, she who danced when earth was new.

Follow closely what she teaches, for her words are right and true.

Wisdom clears the path to justice, showing us what love must do.


  1. 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.


  1. Sister Wisdom, come, assist us; nurture all who seek rebirth.

Spirit guide and close companion, bring to light our sacred worth.

Free us to become your people, holy friends of God and earth.


Sermon:       “I am About to Do a New Thing”


We Respond


Hymn VU 713  “I See a New Heaven”     I SEE A NEW HEAVEN


Refrain:  I see a new heaven. I see a new earth as the old

one will pass away, where the fountain of life flows

and without price goes to all people who abide in the land.


  1. There, there on the banks of a river bright and

free, yielding her fruit, firm in her root, the Tree of Life will be.              R


  1. There, there on the banks of a river bright and

again, body and soul, struggling but whole like flowers after the rain.          R


  1. There, there where the darkness brings visions from

above. There where the night, bearing new light,

reveals the promise of love.    R


  1. There, there where we work with the love of healing

hands. Labour we must, true to our trust to build a promised new land.    R



Offertory:    “God So Loved the World”                    John Stainer

Martin Robson and Austin Winchell, tenors


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


Anthem:       “Remember Me”                                       Robert Lau


The Sacrament of Holy Communion: Lent     

(Communion Setting C: VU 936)


May God be with you.

And also with you.

Lift up your hearts.

We lift them up to God.

Let us give thanks to God most holy.

It is right to give God thanks and praise.


Blessed are you, gracious God,

Creator of light, Giver of all life, Source of love.

From the dust of the earth, you created us in your image.

From the bondage and slavery, you delivered us.

Through all our wilderness wanderings you guide us.

You call us to renewal and repentance,

to justice and compassion,

to healing and wholeness.


We thank you for sending us Jesus,

your Chosen One, Bread for our journey.

He lived and loved this human life,

taking upon himself our suffering and sorrow,

being tested as we are tested,

and reaching out to broken victims

of the world’s brokenness.

In him we come to know your truth,

to feel the life that is Christ within us.

So it is that throughout these Lenten days and nights

we worship you, and bless your name:


Communion setting VU 936

Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of

       power and God of might, heaven and earth are full,

       heaven and earth are full, heaven and earth are full

       of your glory. Heaven and earth are full of your glory,

       heaven and earth are full of your glory.

       Hosanna, hosanna, hosanna in the highest.

       Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.

       Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.

       Hosanna, hosanna, hosanna in the highest.


In his last hours among us, Jesus and his friends gathered together in an upper room.

During supper, he took some bread, saying:

“Blessed is the Holy One of Israel,

Sovereign of all that is,

who brings forth bread from the earth.”

After the blessing, he broke the bread and gave it to the disciples and said:

“Take this and eat it, this is my body.”


At the end of the meal, he took the cup, saying:

“Blessed is the Holy One of Israel, Sovereign of all that is,

 who creates the fruit of the vine.”

Having offered thanks, Jesus gave the cup to them and said,

“Drink from it, all of you, this is my blood of the new covenant,

shed for the many for the forgiveness of sins.”


Eternal God, we unite in this covenant of faith,

as we break bread and share the cup,

giving thanks for your love in Jesus, the Christ.

We spread your table with these gifts of the earth and of our labour.

We present to you our very lives,

committed to your service on behalf of all people.

By what we do here, we proclaim the mystery of faith:


♪Christ has died. Christ is risen. Christ will come again.


As we remember the death and resurrection of Jesus, we also remember all with whom you would have us share your feast.

We pray for…


With the words Jesus taught us, we now pray to God,

our Mother and 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 is the kingdom,

the power, and the glory,

forever and ever.     Amen.

Send, O God,

your Holy Spirit upon us and upon these gifts,

that all who share in this bread and cup

may be the body of Christ:

light, life, and love in the world.


Through Christ, with Christ, in Christ, and in the unity of the Holy Spirit, all glory is yours, God most holy, now and forever.

♪Amen, amen, amen.


Sharing the Bread and the Cup

The Bread of Life

The Cup of Communion

The gifts of God for the people of God.


Everyone who follows Jesus Christ, no matter what church you belong to,

is welcome to come to this table.


Come, for all things are now ready.


Prayer after Communion

Life-giving God,

we give you thanks for the gift of our Saviour’s presence

in the simplicity and splendour of this holy meal.

Unite us with all who are fed by the life of Christ

that we may faithfully proclaim the Good News of your love

and that your church may be a rainbow of hope

in an uncertain world; through Jesus Christ our Redeemer.


Hymn VU 242 “Let All Things Now Living”    THE ASH GROVE


  1. Let all things now living a song of thanksgiving to

God our Creator triumphantly raise; who fashioned and

made us, protected and stayed us, by guiding us on to the

end of our days. God’s banners are o’er us, pure light goes

before us, a pillar of fire shining forth in the

night; till shadows have vanished and darkness is banished,

as forward we travel from light into Light.


  1. By law God enforces, the stars in their courses and

sun in its orbit obediently shine; the hills and the mountains,

the rivers and fountains, the depths of the ocean

proclaim God divine. We, too, should be voicing our love and

rejoicing; with glad adoration a song let us

raise; till all things now living unite in thanksgiving,

to God in the highest, hosanna and praise.





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:      “If Thou But Suffer God to Guide Thee”  Neumark/J.S. Bach

Fighting Human Trafficking

Globally, human trafficking is the third largest organized crime after drugs and the arms trade. Close to 80 percent of human trafficking across the world is related to sexual exploitation, but exploited labour, sale of human organs, and forced marriages are also linked to trafficking. In Asia, India is considered the hub of this crime. In India, the national government reports that a child goes missing every eight minutes.

West Bengal, close to the Bangladesh border, is a hotbed of trafficking. Mission & Service partner Church of North India, Durgapur Diocese, is tackling the issue with an anti-human-trafficking program. The program educates communities and community leaders about trafficking, rescues those who have been trafficked, and provides safe haven and support for those rescued.

Japhet Ndhlovu, staff with The United Church of Canada, recently visited the project: “Children, especially girls and young women I met, told me they were taken from their homes and sold in faraway places for sexual exploitation and to work as bonded labour by agents who lured their parents with promises of education, a better life, and money. Instead, traffickers put children to work in brick kilns, carpentry units, as domestic servants, or beggars. Some are the victims of organ harvesting.”

Community volunteers are collaborating to fight this evil and to care for those rescued from trafficking. Children and adults are provided with shelter, food, and education.

Mission & Service partner Church of North India is working to defend and protect the safety and dignity of all. No one should be trafficked.

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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Westworth United Church


April 7, 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

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

Ushers:   Cheryl McNabb Davis

Scripture Reader:   Denise Jones

Communion Servers:   Heain Choi, Taekya Lee, Arlene Hintsa, Judy Brown, Peter Sim, Elaine Pigden, Cheryl McNabb Davis, Gerald Davis, Gord McLeod.



TEMPORARY OFFICE HOURS  Temporary office hours: Tue, Apr. 9th   – Thurs, Apr 11th    9 am – 4 pm.  Office hours are in the bulletin weekly.


COUNTING TEAM today is Team A – Denise’s team.



  • Westworth Kids learn about the Last Supper John 13: 1-20 

upcoming events

WOMEN’S SPIRITUALITY GROUP meets Sat, Apr 13th, 9 am, in the Upper Classroom.  All women are invited to join us for a light breakfast and discussion.  Topic: “The Spirituality of Gardening”. Contact Nancy Williamson (204 487-2857) or email her at sarahtrois@shaw.ca

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.


DID YOU KNOW Westworth United Church is starting a process of exploration to become an Affirming Congregation? 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. Would you like to find out more? We’ll be talking about Affirm United and the Affirming process at the end of the church service on April 14th. Or, contact Rhea Yates at 204 896 6926 if you’re interested in joining the planning team or sharing your thoughts as this process begins.



  • 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”. Special Appeal envelopes are on coffee ledge.
  • 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



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.


UCW THANK OFFERING SERVICE AND DESSERT PARTY will be on Tuesday, June 4 at 7pm. We are pleased that 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!


UCW Conference Bursary

A UCW Bursary of up to $800.00 is awarded annually from the Prairie to Pine Regional Council UCW fund to persons 18 or older and not studying towards paid accountable ministry. Applicants must be actively involved in a local United Church (UC)congregation, and taking a course that would benefit a local UC. Info, application form at www.mnwo.ca within the “UCW Bursary Page” or contact Shirley May, convener of the UCW Conference Bursary Committee at viessa@mymts.net Application deadline: May 31/19.



1. 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’  Your donation will be matched by the Federal Government until April 14th , retroactive to March 15th.

2. ANNUAL VOLUNTEER APPRECIATION DINNERHeartfelt thanks for to the quick response to the call for food and help for the dinner for volunteers of WBCM and St. Matthews-Maryland Community on Saturday, April 13th.

3. 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.

4. WCBM 40th Anniversary Gala Dinner raised approximately $18,000.00 for WBCM – a much-needed boost to WBCM’s financial status. A deficit of over $20,000.00 had been projected for the 2019 budget. Part of that deficit results from a smaller than hoped for grant from the United Church M&S Fund – which in turn is a consequence of decreased givings to M&S.

5. Circles for Reconciliation There are 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 (More info on bulletin board by elevator)

  • 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.
  • CFRUC – Apr 11TH 10:30 – 11:30 am Bone Health.  Register at cfruc55plus@gmail.com or call 204-299-9919.
  • Benefit Concert – music programs for children/youth in Cross Lake and Winnipeg. $20  April 13th, 7 pm, St. Peters Anglican Church 755 Elm.
  • Free Tax Clinic – Apr 18th 11-7; S Wpg Family Info Centre 800 Point Rd.
  • Spring Ring – Sat., Apr. 27th at 2:30 p.m. Broadway-First Baptist Church. Sponsored by: Manitoba Guild of English Handbell Ringers.  Donation
  • Teaching the Bible – Public Lectures (free) and Academic Conference ($20/40) April 11th – 12th, U of W. Registration required for Conference.