June 2 bulletin

Westworth United Church

1750 Grosvenor Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba

on Treaty One Territory in the heart of the Métis Nation

Ascension Sunday: June 2, 2019


We Gather to Worship

Welcome and Announcements


Candle Lighting and Prelude:  “Bread of the World”                 Kristina Langlois


Introit:  “Now Let the Heavens Be Joyful”

Provençal Tune, arr. Alfred Whitehead

Call to Worship


Prayer of Approach


Hymn VU 189 “Hail the Day That Sees Him Rise”   EASTER HYMN (VU 155)

  1. Hail the day that sees him rise, hallelujah!

        taken from our wondering eyes, hallelujah!

        Christ, awhile to mortals given, hallelujah!

        re-ascends his native heaven.  Hallelujah!


  1. There the glorious triumph waits; hallelujah!

        lift your heads, eternal gates; hallelujah!

        Christ has conquered death and sin; hallelujah!

        take the King of Glory in. Hallelujah!


  1. Though returning to his throne, hallelujah!

        still he calls the world his own; hallelujah!

        him though highest heaven receives, hallelujah!

        still he loves the world he leaves. Hallelujah!


  1. See, he lifts his hands above, hallelujah!

        see, he shows the prints of love, hallelujah!

        hark, his gracious lips bestow, hallelujah!

        blessing on his church below.  Hallelujah!


  1. Still for us he intercedes, hallelujah!

        his prevailing death he pleads, hallelujah!

        near himself prepares our place, hallelujah!

        first-fruits of our human race.  Hallelujah!


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

Scripture Lessons: Ephesians 1:15-23, Acts 1:1-11

Hear what the Spirit is saying to the Church

Thanks be to God.

Sung Response: VU 717    “Hallelujah”

Hallelujah. Hallelujah.           Hallelujah. Hallelujah.

        Hallelujah. Hallelujah.           Hallelujah. Hallelujah.


Anthem:   “O Risen Lord”                                                                K. Lee Scott

Recorder: Jewel Casselman


Sermon:  Christ is Still The Incarnate Deity


We Respond

Hymn VU 379  “O Holy Spirit, Root Of Life”             PUER NOBIX NASCITUR

  1. O Holy Spirit, root of life, creator, cleanser of all things,

anoint our wounds, awaken us with lustrous movement of your   wings.


  1. Eternal Vigour, saving one, you free us by your living word,

        becoming flesh to wear our pain, and all creation is restored.


  1. O Holy Wisdom, soaring power, encompass us with wings unfurled and carry us,

        encircling all, above, below, and through the world.




Offertory:  “Before I Take the Body of My Lord”                      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.


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


Communion Hymn  VU 462 “Before I Take the Body of My Lord”

  1. Before I take the body of my Lord,

        before I share his life in bread and wine,

        I recognize the sorry things within:

        these I lay down.


  1. The words of hope I often failed to give,

        the prayers of kindness buried by my pride,

        the signs of care I argued out of sight:

        these I lay down.


  1. The narrowness of vision and of mind,

        the need for other folk to serve my will,

        and every word and silence meant to hurt:

        these I lay down.


  1. Of those around in whom I meet my Lord,

        I ask their pardon and I grant them mine

        that every contradiction to Christ’s peace

        might be laid down.


  1. Lord Jesus Christ, companion at this feast,

        I empty now my heart and stretch my hands,

        and ask to meet you here in bread and wine

        which you lay down.


The Sacrament of Holy Communion (see insert)


Hymn VU 211 “Crown Him with Many Crowns”

  1. Crown him with many crowns,

        the Lamb upon his throne:

        hark, how the heavenly anthem drowns

        all music but its own!

        Awake, my soul, and sing

        of him who died for thee,

        and hail him as thy matchless King

        through all eternity.


  1. Crown him the Lord of life,

        who triumphed o’er the grave,

        and rose victorious in the strife

        for those he came to same.

        His glories now we sing

        who died and rose on high,

        who died eternal life to bring,

        and lives that death may die.


  1. Crown him the Lord of peace,

        whose power a scepter sways

        from pole to pole, that wars may cease,

        absorbed in prayer and praise.

        His reign shall know no end;

        and round his pierced feet

        fair flowers of Paradise extend

        their fragrance ever sweet.


  1. Crown him the Lord of love;

        behold his hands and side,

        rich wounds yet visible above,

        in beauty glorified.

        All hail, Redeemer, hail!

        for thou has died for me;

        thy praise shall never, never fail

        throughout eternity.





Choral Benediction: VU 974   “Amen”

Amen! Amen!

                Hallelujah, amen!



Postlude:     “Crown Him with Many Crowns”  Charles Ore


Thank you to the Rev. Dr. Mac Watts for leading us in worship while Loraine is on sabbatical May-July. Rev. Earl Gould is offering pastoral care during this time and may be reached at (204) 888-1543 (home), (204) 795-7535 (cell) or       ejgould45@shaw.ca .



Minute for Mission

A Health Crisis

In the Kalpakkam area of Tamil Nadu province, India, the local fishing community is dealing with a very different threat than the one it faced with the 2005 tsunami. A nuclear power plant became a death trap during the tsunami, with several workers drowning within its walls. No one knows how many died for sure, as the government never released a number.

Today, some villages believe the nuclear plant is still connected with death and destruction. They say that people go fishing and suddenly die afterwards from a lack of blood circulation. Rates of cancer, birth defects, infertility, and autoimmune and neurological diseases have increased, affecting young and old alike.

Mission & Service partner the Human Rights Advocacy and Research Foundation works in the region to help affected families, often paying medical costs. For those families where the primary breadwinner has prematurely died or been incapacitated, the foundation helps with finding employment, school costs, and other day-to-day expenses.

The Department of Atomic Energy says that the rates of radiation are too low to cause a health effect. Local doctor, Dr. Pugazhendhi, who runs a local clinic with the foundation’s assistance, has seen an increase in illness and believes radiation plays a part in this increase.

The Human Rights Advocacy and Research Foundation trains the local community about its rights and how to organize to collectively and defend their rights to clean air, water, and land.

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.

[Companion video available. View or download at www.youtube.com/unitedchurchofcanada.]



June 2, 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 (on sabbatical May 1st – July 31st)

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


Usher: Dan W.

Scripture Reader: Gord M.

Communion Servers: Anne L., Arlene H., Bettina N., Carol W., Cathy B., G. Nyman, Keith L., Nancy D.-W.



MAY – JULY PASTORAL CARE Rev. Earl Gould is available for pastoral care needs while Loraine is on sabbatical.  He plans to be in Loraine’s office Thursday mornings (204-489-6974, ext 22).  At other times, Earl is available at 204 888-1543 (home) or 204 795-7535 (cell).

OFFICE HOURS Heather continues on a graduated return to work program and is in the office full days on Mondays and Fridays and in the afternoons Tues-Thur.  Andrea covers Tues-Thur. mornings.  Summer office hours starting this week are Mon – Friday, 9 am – 3 pm.

LORRAINE’S BLOG: https://thrivingunitedchurches.home.blog  (Live link in the congregational email sent earlier; print out in the narthex.)

SUMMER SERVICES Starting June 16th, services will be begin at 10:25 a.m.

Blue Jean SUNDAY SCHOOL Adult supervisors will lead an informal children’s time in the gym starting at 10:55 June 2nd and 9th , 10:25 a.m. June 16th – 30th.  We’ll plant flowers, do crafts and have fun in a faith-based program.  Led by Maggie June 2nd and 9th.

BLUE JEAN SUNDAY SCHOOL: Volunteers needed June 16th, 23rd and 30th or there will be no program.  Contact Maggie (204-489-6974 ext 23).

SUMMER VBS Heaven’s Kitchen – Foods of the Bible Aug 26th-Aug 30th.  VBS curriculum 9 am-1 pm; fun activities  1 pm-4 pm.  Full or part days. Subsidies, bursaries and family rates available.  Registration forms at the church

2019 PLEDGES AND DONATIONS from January to Apr. 30th received from identifiable givers:                          Received           2019 Pledged

M&S                                                $  13,779         $    42,743

Westworth Operations                $  86,972        $  266,727

Total                                                $ 100,751        $  309,470


Total donations Jan.-Apr. 30th  including open plate, for the past 3 years.

2017  $ 99,392        2018  $98,767         2019  $ 100,751

Please refer to the bulletin board in the Narthex for monthly updates.


upcoming events


Loraine is on sabbatical May-July, travelling across Canada visiting and learning from thriving United Churches. 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 (SARH) 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 SARH, 255 Oak St. for worship.  We will conclude our joint worship with SARH at their church Sept. 1st with Rev. Karen Lumley preaching and Loraine leading in communion.  After Sept 1st, we return to our respective congregations for regular worship.

UCW THANKOFFERING SERVICE, DESSERT PARTY All women are invited June 4th at 7pm. We begin with a short worship service and an opportunity to donate a Thankoffering for Mission and Service. John Erskine and Edward Ledson will entertain with “Songs in the Key of Love”. Then enjoy dessert and fellowship. Tickets $7.00 – Nancy D-W or the office.

WOMEN’S SPIRITUALITY GROUP will meet for breakfast and socializing at the home of Sonja C., 46 Waterbury Dr.at 9 am on June 8th. Contact Kathy W. if you plan to attend 204 489-6617 or wilsonka@mymts.net)

SAVE THE DATE August 29th, 5:30 pm Westworth’s

Second Open House & BarbecueBarbecued food supplied by the Pork Marketing Board ($5 per person).  Donations of salads, vegetables and desserts requested – sign up sheets in the narthex. Beverages provided.  Children’s menu available. Please join us.


BOOK LAUNCH  Gordon Toombs is launching his first book

L74298 Recollections of a Conscientious Objector in World War II

Sunday, June 9th at 2 pm – McNally Robinson Booksellers  –  Atrium.

Gordon was studying theology at the University of Saskatchewan when he and seven friends decided to take a stand against the bearing of arms as conscientious objectors in World War II. Misunderstood and scorned, some were assigned to safe war jobs when they wanted to risk their lives; others faced persecution and even jail. At 98 year of age, the only surviving member is ready to share the experiences of these principled young men who remained loyal to their beliefs and each other.

Gordon Toombs was raised in Saskatchewan during the Depression where he learned from frustrated farmers how to protest for change. He became a United Church minister and received a Doctor of Philosophy in Christian Ethics, eventually specializing in marriage and family counselling. Throughout his career, he has implemented several significant social initiatives in the community.



BLESSING OF THE WHEELS Thanks to all who rode, rolled and scooted to church on May 26th.  It was a great morning, and Outreach is thrilled with your support. Next year – let’s fill the front of the sanctuary with wheels!

WEST BROADWAY (WCBM) LUNCH Thur. June 20th, Dan and Ruth W. will host lunch for 160+ at WCBM. Your continued support of this monthly program is so appreciated by our guests. The sign-up sheet for June’s lunch is on the board in the Narthex. We look forward to a filled sheet!

CANADA FOODGRAINS BANK (CFB) This partnership of 15 Canadian churches/church-based agencies works 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/deepening the engagement of Canadian in efforts to end global hunger. Today you can petition the Federal Government to honour promises made to increase funding to end global hunger. Postcards in the Narthex to sign. Thanks to the 125+ folk who took time to sign a card. They have been sent to the PMO. Postage is free!

MUGS FOR THE EARTH Bring a favourite mug to church. Your coffee will be more enjoyable when you are helping to save a tree!


  1. a) PANTRY Needs include 500 ml jars of Peanut Butter; pasta sauce; tinned meat, especially tuna, also chicken, ham and salmon; pork and beans; granola bars. Travel size toothpaste, shampoo, and soap, and personal hygiene products.
  2. bKNITTING CIRCLE The Knitting Circle is in urgent need of wool. If you have a stash looking for a good home, you may leave it beside the Pantry Buckets in the Narthex for delivery. Thank you.


community news

(More info on bulletin board by elevator)

  • Rossbrook House – June 20th 8 a.m. Breakfast/annual 658 Ross Ave. RSVP by June 10th to srasmussen@rossbrookhouse.ca
  • Garden Tour for St. Matthew’s Maryland Community Ministry June 22 10-4 River Heights. Tickets $15 at Westworth today. Garden hosts needed. For info: gardentourvolunteers@stmatthewsmaryland.ca
  • Tea and Craft Sale, $5 at the door, 11:00–2:00 pm at Westworth.
  • Camp Genesis LGBTQ* friendly arts camp for 7 – 12 year olds July 29th – Aug 2nd. Info: www.smrucartscamp.wixsite.com/campgenesis
  • Charleswood UC hosts its annual VBS July 29th to Aug 1st 5:15-8:30 pm. Light supper 5:30pm. Cost/child is $35. Registration by July 19th.

















The Sacrament of Holy Communion


JUNE 2, 2019



Eucharistic Prayer for June 2, 2019


The Lord be with you.

And also with you.

Lift up your hearts.

We lift them up to the Lord.

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

It is right to give God thanks and praise.


We do give thanks to you, Lord God,

for the gifts of creation and life.

You divided the light from the darkness

and water from the dry land;

you made us in the image of yourself,

and breathed into us the breath of life.

All thanks and praise be to you, O God.


For the gifts of mercy and new life.

Through the waters of the Red Sea

you delivered us from suffering and servitude;

at the foot of your sacred mountain

you called us to truth and holiness;

in the words of your holy prophets

you called us to justice and compassion;

through the lives of your blessed saints and martyrs

we were shown wisdom and fidelity.

All thanks and praise be to you, O God.


For the gift of Jesus Christ, your only begotten, who

was born into our world through the Blessed Virgin Mary.

He is the newness of your promise to us,

the brightness of our hope in you;

for he emptied himself,

taking upon himself our bondage,

bearing our sins,

carrying the sorrows of our pilgrimage.

He was torn from the land of the living

for his witness to your holy teachings,

for the fulfilment of your holy Torah,


and has become the first fruit of earth in your kingdom,

the One in whom your will is done.

All thanks and praise be to you, O God.


So it is that we join

with the angels of heaven,

with the people of faith who have gone before us,

with fellow believers around the world,

and with all who will follow us in the community

of saints, as we sing:

Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty!

All your works do praise your name

in earth and sky and sea;

holy, holy, holy, merciful and mighty,

God in three persons, blessed Trinity!

In the last hours before his arrest, trial, and crucifixion

Jesus and his disciples gathered 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,

gave it to his disciples and said,

“Take this and eat it; this is my body broken for you.”

Blessed is the holy one of Israel.


Then 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, he gave the cup to them and said,

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

new covenant, shed for many for the forgiveness of sins.”

Blessed is the holy one of Israel.

Loving Father, we offer you this bread and cup,

remembering his saving death, celebrating his mighty resurrection,

and rejoicing in his glorious ascension to your right hand.

You have made him the light of the nations,

and the bearer of justice to the ends of the earth.

Therefore we proclaim our hope.


Dying, Christ destroyed our death;

Rising, He restored our life.

He will come again in glory.


We pray that you will send the Holy Spirit upon us and on these gifts.

Make us one with Christ in his self-giving,

that through us, he may:

bind up the broken-hearted,

comfort the mourners,

open the eyes of the blind, and

proclaim liberty to the captives;

until justice rolls down like waters,

and righteousness like an overflowing stream.

In this hope, and as your people, we praise you,

through Christ, with Christ, and in Christ,

in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

all glory is yours, God most holy. And so we sing

the prayer of our Saviour Jesus Christ.  Our Father….