Easter Sunday April 21st bulletin

Westworth United Church

1750 Grosvenor Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba

on Treaty One Territory in the heart of the Métis Nation


Easter Sunday: April 21, 2019

We Gather to Worship


Brass Quintet

“Thine is the Glory”                                                                  G.F. Handel

“My Spirit be Joyful”                                                                      J.S. Bach

        “Canzona #1”                                                                                P. Peuerl

        “Greensleeves”                                                                 English folk song


Welcome and Announcements


Candle Lighting and Prelude:     “Christ is Arisen”                  Charles Callahan


Introit:      “Sing, Joyous Christians”                                                Antonio Lotti


Easter Greeting

Christ is risen!

He is risen indeed!

Christ is risen!!

He is risen indeed!!

    Christ is risen!!!

He is risen indeed!!!


Processional Hymn VU 155 “Jesus Christ Is Risen Today”     EASTER HYMN


  1. Jesus Christ is risen today, hallelujah!

our triumphant holy day, hallelujah!

who did once, upon the cross, hallelujah!

suffer to redeem our loss. Hallelujah!


  1. Hymns of praise then let us sing hallelujah!

unto Christ, our heavenly King, hallelujah!

who endured the cross and grave, hallelujah!

sinners to redeem and save. Hallelujah!


  1. But the pains which he endured, hallelujah!

our salvation have procured; hallelujah!

now above the sky he’s King, hallelujah!

where the angels ever sing. Hallelujah!


  1. Sing we to our God above, hallelujah!

praise eternal as God’s love; hallelujah!

praise our God, ye heavenly host, hallelujah!

praise the Son and Holy Ghost. Hallelujah!


Children’s Time




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

From the tomb of fear and worry,

    Save us, risen Christ.

From the shackles of self-doubt and self-obsession,

    Free us, risen Christ.

From the binding of brokenness and heartache,

    Heal us, risen Christ.

We reach to your outstretched arms:

    Lift us up, risen Christ.

We offer our hands and feet as yours:

    Live through us, risen Christ.


Meditative Silence

Words of Assurance


We Hear the Word



Responsive Reading: VU 837 “Psalm 118” Parts One & Two

Gospel Lesson: John 20:1-18

This is the Gospel of Christ.

Thanks be to God.

Sung Response: VU 717 “Hallelujah”

Hallelujah. Hallelujah.

Hallelujah. Hallelujah.


Hallelujah. Hallelujah.

Hallelujah. Hallelujah.



Anthem:   Christ is Risen”                            Keith and Kristen Getty, Ed Cash



Sermon:                                       “Living Christ”


Christina Thanisch-Smith singing George Herbert’s “Come, My Way”   VU 628


  1. Come, my Way, my Truth, my Life:

such a way as gives us breath,

such a truth as ends all strife,

such a life as killeth death.


  1. Come, my Light, my Feast, my Strength:

such a light as shows a feast,

such a feast as mends in length,

such a strength as makes his guest.


  1. Come, my Joy, My Love, my Heart:

such a joy as none can move,

such a love as none can part,

such a heart as joys in live.





We Respond


Hymn VU 178      “Because You Live, O Christ”      VRUECHTEN


  1. Because you live, O Christ,

the garden of the world has come to flower,

the darkness of the tomb

is flooded with your resurrection power.


Refrain:   The stone has rolled away

                and death cannot imprison.

                O sing this Easter Day,

                for Jesus Christ has risen,

                has risen, has risen, has risen!


  1. Because you live, O Christ,

the spirit bird of hope is freed for flying,

our cages of despair

no longer keep us closed and life-denying.

Refrain:   The stone has rolled away

                and death cannot imprison.

                O sing this Easter Day,

                for Jesus Christ has risen,

                has risen, has risen, has risen!


  1. Because you live, O Christ,

the rainbow of your peace will span creation,

the colours of your love

will draw all humankind to adoration.


Refrain:   The stone has rolled away

                and death cannot imprison.

                O sing this Easter Day,

                for Jesus Christ has risen,

                has risen, has risen, has risen!





Offertory:     “Adagio” from Organ Symphony #3                    C. Saint-Saëns

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.




Offertory Prayer


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 158                            “Christ Is Alive”                                   TRURO


  1. Christ is alive! Let Christians sing.

The cross stands empty to the sky.

Let streets and homes with praises ring.

Love, drowned in death, shall never die.


  1. Christ is alive! No Longer bound

to distant years in Palestine,

but saving, healing, here and now,

and touching every place and time.


  1. In every insult, rift, and war,

where colour, scorn, or wealth divide,

Christ suffers still, yet loves the more,

and lives, where even hope has died.


  1. Women and men, in age and youth,

can feel the Spirit, hear the call,

and find the way, the life, the truth,

revealed in Jesus, freed for all.


  1. Christ is alive, and comes to bring

good news to this and every age,

till earth and sky and ocean ring

with joy, with justice, love and praise.




Choral Benediction: VU 974 “Amen”


Amen! Amen!

Hallelujah, amen!


Postlude:   “Trio from March #4” from Pomp and Circumstance  

                                                                                               E.Elgar/R. Harvey

Thanks to Brass Quintet:

Rick Sellwood – trumpet, Janet Driver –  trumpet, Daniel Cowan – horn,                                           Melissa Schwartz – trombone, Murray Thomspon – tuba.    




Caring for Families

Our gifts for Mission & Service support work with parents and children on the autism spectrum, like Footprints 4 Autism. With programs located in Pickering and Whitby, Ontario, Footprints strives to provide respite care to as many as possible.

Having a child diagnosed with autism can be one of the most stressful situations a parent faces. Both the child and parent must learn together how   to identify, prepare for, and manage the variety of behaviours that make up   the autism spectrum. These might include impaired cognition and communication, social deficits, frequent tantrums, and other challenging behaviours that often lead to physical and emotional exhaustion for all involved. Faced with such overwhelming stress and barriers, many parents     of children with autism find themselves unable to cope. Respite care can help ease some of the burden on these families, ensuring that, for a few hours each month, they can enjoy a short but much-needed break from the 24/7 care these children require. The respite also allows parents to pay extra attention   to their other children, spend some time together, run errands, or just have some down time.

Many children affected by autism spend several hours a week in therapy classes and often do not have a lot of time for social play and to just be. Under the guidance of trained volunteers who are supervised by a trained program consultant, Footprints offers participants social interaction with others in a safe and happy environment.

Your gifts to Mission & Service make respite care for parents and recreational play for children on the autism spectrum.


April 14, 2019

1750 Grosvenor Ave.

Winnipeg, MB R3N 0H9

Phone: 204-489-6974


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


Ushers: Alma A., Kirk W.

Scripture Reader: Elaine P.

Hosts: Bettina and George N.



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



Office hours this week: Monday – Wednesday 9 a.m. – 4:00 pm.


COUNTING TEAM today is Team E – Gerald’s team.



The children will be learning about the Empty Tomb

  • Julia’s class Luke 24:1-12
  • Danielle’s class Matthew 28: 1-10



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 (available on the coffee ledge) and memo line on your cheque “special appeals”.


upcoming events


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!


CELEBRATE SUNDAY – April 28th – 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.


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 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 Tuesday, June 4th 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.  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 S.



CANADIAN FOODGRAINS BANK (CFB) You will find, on the Outreach Board, 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 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 EARTH We 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!


WEST BROADWAY (WCBM) LUNCH Thank you Nancy D-W & Marion & Dennis S., along with all food donors and serving volunteers who worked together to provide this month’s hot lunch at WBCM! Your Outreach Team is grateful for your continued support of this monthly program that is appreciated so very much by our guests.


WEST BROADWAY PANTRImmediate 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 information on the bulletin board by the elevator at the church

  • CFRUC – Apr 25th 10:00 – 11:00 am Preparing to Downsize  How to deal with all that stuff! Please register at cfruc55plus@gmail.com or call 204-299-9919.
  • Rock Lake United Church Camp’s Quilt, Arts & Craft Auction Apr 26th in Miami, MB. Viewing 4 pm, and supper 5 pm Entertainment.  Visit rocklake.com/auction for more details.
  • Spring Ring – Sat., Apr. 27th at 2:30 p.m. Broadway-First Baptist Church. Sponsored by: Manitoba Guild of English Handbell Ringers. Donation.
  • Bridge/Mah Jong Luncheon – April 29th at 11:30 at St. Andrew’s River Heights $60 for a table of four.  Tickets: Connie at 204-488-8876.
  • Westminster Concert Organ Series presents Michael Hey, organist of St Patrick’s Cathedral, NYC Sun Apr 28th 2:30 p.m. Tickets $25 ($20 senior)
  • Climate Solutions for MB St. Mary’s Road UC Apr 28, 12:30 p.m.
  • River Heights Community Safety Open House – Corydon CC at Sir John Franklin gym. Tues Apr 30th Safety initiatives; new programs.
  • Sleep: What you need to know – Reh-Fit Centre Tue May 7th 7 – 8 p.m.
  • Queer and Faithful Conference – May 25th, 26th. Safe space for discussion.  Robert A. Steen Community Centre.
  • South Wpg Family Info Centre – Kids Clothing Swap May 26th 1:30-3:30