March 31 bulletin

Westworth United Church

1750 Grosvenor Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba

on Treaty One Territory in the heart of the Métis Nation

4th Sunday of Lent: March 31, 2019


We Gather to Worship

Welcome and Announcements

Candle Lighting and Prelude: “What Wondrous Love”  Charles Callahan


Introit: “Lord, Have Mercy”                            Pepper Choplin


Acknowledgement of Territory


Hymn  MV 10   “Come and Seek the Ways of Wisdom” MADELEINE

  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.


Lenten Litany

As we extinguish the fourth purple candle, we lament the forbidding of Traditional Teachings of Indigenous Elders. We have not understood them and have ridiculed them as superstition that needed eradication. We lament the loss of wisdom that accompanied them.

         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.


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


Responsive Reading: VU 759 “Psalm 32”

Blessed are those whose offences are forgiven,  who sin has been put away.

Blessed are those to whom God imputes no guilt,

       and in whose spirit there is no deceit.

        Be glad in God you righteous.

        Rejoice, O saints, rejoice.

         When I kept silence, my body wasted away,  while I groaned all the day long.

For your hand was heavy upon me day and night;

        my strength dried up as in a summer drought.

Then I acknowledged my sin to you, my guilt I did not hide.

I said:  “I will confess my sins to God’’

         and you forgave the guilt of my sing.

Therefore let all the faithful pray to you in time of trouble;

        when great floodwater rises, it shall not come near them.

        You are a hiding place for me, you will preserve me from trouble;

you will surround me with shouts of deliverance.        

       Be glad in God you righteous.  Rejoice, O saints, rejoice.

I will teach you, and guide you in the way you should go.

        I will keep you under my eye and instruct you.

Be not like a horse or mule, without understanding, whose course must be                checked with bit and bridle.  Many pains are in store for the wicked,

        for whoever trusts in God, is surrounded by steadfast love.   

        Be glad in God you righteous.  Rejoice, O saints, rejoice.


Gospel Lesson: Luke 15:1-3, 11b-32

This is the Gospel of Christ.

Thanks be to God.


Sung Response:

VU 840  Refrain 5  “Your Word is a Lamp”

   Your word is a lamp for my feet, and a light for my path.



Anthem:    “Secure      Susan Boersma and Craig Courtney


Sermon:        “Unfair Mercy”


We Respond

Hymn VU 271   “There’s a Wideness in God’s Mercy”   GOTT WILL’S MACHEN

There’s a wideness in God’s mercy,
Like the wideness of the sea;
There’s a kindness in God’s justice,
Which is more than liberty.

There is no place where earth’s sorrows
Are more felt than up in Heaven;
There is no place where earth’s failings
Have such kindly judgment given.

For the love of God is broader
Than the measure of our mind;
And the heart of the Eternal
Is most wonderfully kind.

But we make God’s love too narrow
By false limits of our own;
And we magnify God’s strictness
With a zeal God will not own.

There is welcome for the sinner,
And more graces for the good;
There is mercy with the Saviour;
There is healing in His blood.

There is grace enough for thousands
Of new worlds as great as this;
There is room for fresh creations
In that upper home of bliss.



Offertory: “There’s a Wideness in God’s Mercy”  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


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 112   “O God, How We Have Wandered”  LANCASHIRE

1. O God, how we have wandered and hidden from your face;

in foolishness have squandered your legacy of grace

But how, in exile dwelling, we turn with fear and shame,

as distant but compelling, you call us each by name.


  1. And now at length discerning the evil that we do,

by faith we are returning with hope and trust in you.

In haste you come to meet us, and home rejoicing bring,

in gladness there to greet us with calf and robe and ring.


  1. O God of all the living, both banished and restored,

compassionate, forgiving, our peace and hope assured.

Grant now that our transgressing, our faithlessness may cease.

Stretch out your hand in blessing, in pardon, and in peace.



Milestone Celebration

Joyfully, we share our blessings with our congregation.

          Thankfully, we raise our voices with each celebration.




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: “O Love, How Deep, How Broad, How High” John Dunstable


No One to Notify

The air was filled with excitement at Oak Table Community Ministry in Winnipeg, Manitoba, as guests who signed up for Beach Day confirmed the details. “What time should I be here?” “How many are going?” “What time does the bus leave?” “What are we having for lunch?” were common questions. A few guests were anxious, wanting to know how their ID would be safe if they went in the water, or how they would get breakfast that morning since they usually go to a soup kitchen.

Some things were easily solved. The ministry would help keep wallets safe; they would serve juice and a muffin to everyone when they arrived. Other things were not easily solved and showed just how alone in the world many of the guests are. As those staffing the camp did their due diligence in making sure they had phone numbers and names of next of kin or a friend who could be contacted in case of emergency, they quickly found out that many had no one they could name. No friend, no relative, no neighbour to call if something happened to them.

It is hard to imagine that someone could be so isolated, so alone. When Oak Table guests are hospitalized, the ministry is their contact person. When someone goes in for surgery, often Oak Table is the name that goes down as the emergency contact. The ministry’s staff and volunteers are the ones who miss them when they are not there. They are their family.

For those attending, Beach Day could be the only “family” outing they have, with the only “family” they know.

Your gifts for Mission & Service help make sure all have a place to go and people they can call family.

Companion video available.  View or download at 



March 31, 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:  Janet Sealey

Scripture Reader:  Paul Chard



TEMPORARY OFFICE HOURS.  Temporary office hours: Tue, Apr 2nd  – Thurs, Apr 7th   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: Team F – Paul’s team


SUNDAY SCHOOL Westworth Kids learn about Zacchaeus (Luke 19: 1-10)


WESTWORTH YOUTH will be meeting with Marilyn on April 7th to continue the Palm Sunday project.



Monday, April 1st, 7 – 9 pm at Westworth. Last of a four week series bringing together First Nations Elders and representatives of faith communities to discuss Truth and Reconciliation in pursuit of active, meaningful participation in the ongoing healing process. Ruth Ashrafi (Judaic Studies Advisor at Gray Academy of Jewish Education and Instructor of Hebrew Bible at the U of Winnipeg) and Chickadee Richard (Anishinaabe Elder and Co-Founder of the Bear Clan) will be speaking. For more information, visit or see the poster in the Narthex.


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 each month, we will acknowledge and celebrate Mile Stone events in your life. If you have a Birthday, Anniversary, Graduation, etc., please write it on a slip of paper, place it in our Celebration Box in the Narthex and Loraine will read them.


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 will go up April 1st.



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”. Special Appeal envelopes are on coffee ledge.


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.



  • 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, April 21st – service at 10:40 am with brass ensemble



  1. RESPONSE TO CYCLONE IDAI   Donations 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’  100% of your donation goes directly to emergency relief with 85% of your donation responding to this designated emergency and 15% responding to future emergencies that do not receive intense media coverage. Donations to Mission & Service enable the United Church to cover all of the costs of emergency response work without deducting any fees from your donation.


  1. WEST BROADWAY (WCBM) LUNCHES Thank you to Nancy Doern-White, host, and all provided our guests with a hot meatball sub, fruit and home baked treats. Your generosity is appreciated so much! Our next lunch is Thurs, April 18th and will be hosted by Nancy, Marion & Dennis Simpson.


  1. ANNUAL VOLUNTEER APPRECIATION DINNER for volunteers of West and St. Matthews-Maryland Community on Saturday, April 13. Westworth is asked to provide chili and kitchen help. Please find the sign-up sheet on the board in the Narthex. Thank you!


  1. CIRCLES FOR RECONCILIATIONRegister for an upcoming Circle at WBCM Apr 26th – June 28th @ 10:00 am to 11:30 am. It is very important that all participants make the commitment to all ten sharing circles as a bond is formed; however, life happens and some may miss a circle or two. To register, go to  In the ”Neighbourhoods”  section, note you wish to register for the West Broadway Circle starting Apr 26th. Or contact Ingrid Dowan 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.


  1. 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.


community news

(More info on bulletin board by elevator)
  • Royal Canadian College of Organists – Lenten Organ Communion Service Wed Apr 3rd 12:15-12:45 p.m. at St. Andrew’s Anglican (Woodhaven), 2700 Portage Avenue with organist, Dorcas Windsor.
  • Community Spirit Tea Party – Fri, Apr 5th, 5-7:30 pm, Fort Garry UC, 800 Point Rd. Food, games, crafts, storytelling. Interfaith, intercultural and intergenerational.  (Suggested donation $15/family or $5/person.)
  • Spring Fling Concert – Sat. Apr 13th, 7:00 pm, Fort Garry UC Music – choral, bands, jazz, and theatre. Free refreshments, prize draws.  Tickets: $15, under 12 free 204-475-1586 or email
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • South Winnipeg Seniors Resource Council – Changes for 55+ – Apr 2nd-15th 10-12. Ltd space – 204-478-6169 to choose location and book your place.