May 19 Bulletin

Westworth United Church

1750 Grosvenor Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba

on Treaty One Territory in the heart of the Métis Nation

Fifth Sunday of Easter: 19 May 2019

We Gather to Worship

Welcome and Announcements

Candle Lighting and Prelude: “Awake My Heart, with Gladness”

                                                         Wilbur Held


Introit:  “The Prayer of St. Patrick” William M. Schoenfeld

                         SOLOIST: Austin Winchell

Call to Worship (to be read in Unison)

Living God,
long ago, faithful women
proclaimed the good news
of Jesus’ resurrection,
and the world was changed forever.
Teach us to keep faith with them,
that our witness may be as bold,
our love as deep,
and our faith as true. Amen.

(from Revised Common Lectionary Prayers )

Hymn  VU 164 “The Day of Resurrection”                              ELLACOMBE

  1. The day of resurrection! Earth, tell it out abroad;

        the Passover of gladness, the Passover of God!

        From death to life eternal, from earth unto the sky,

        our Christ has brought us over with hymns of victory.


  1. Our hearts be free of evil, that we may see aright

        the Christ in rays eternal of resurrection light,

        and, listening to the accents, may hear so calm and plain

        Christ’s own “All hail!” and, hearing, may raise

        the victor strain.


  1. Now let the heavens be joyful, let earth its song begin,

        the round world keep high triumph, and all that

        is therein;

        let all things seen and unseen their notes

        of gladness blend,

        for Christ indeed is risen, our Joy that has no end.

Children’s Time

Hymn  VU 166 “Joy Comes with the Dawn”                                            DAWN

Refrain:  Joy comes with the dawn;

        joy comes with the morning sun;

        joy springs from the tomb

        and scatters the night with her song,

        joy comes with the dawn.


  1. Weeping may come;

        weeping may come in the night,

        when dark shadows cloud our sight.                           R


  1. Sorrow will turn,

        sorrow will turn into song,

        and God’s laughter make us strong.                           R


  1. We will rejoice,

        we will rejoice, and give praise,

        to the One who brings us grace.                          R

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

    Meditative Silence

Words of Assurance

We Hear the Word

Responsive Reading:   VU 871    “Psalm 148”

Refrain   Let the whole creation cry,

        “Glory be to God on high.”

Praise God from the heavens; give praise in the heights!

Give praise, all you angels; praise God, all you hosts!

Praise God, sun and moon; give praise, stars and lights!

        Praise God, farthest heavens,

        and all waters beyond heaven!                             R

Let all things praise the Holy One at whose command

they were created,

who established them for all time,

setting bounds, which cannot be passed.

Praise God from the earth,

        great sea creatures and ocean depths,

        lightning and hail, snow and frost,

        gales that obey God’s decree,

all mountains and hills, all fruit trees and cedars,

wild animals and cattle, creatures winged and earth-bound,

sovereigns who rule earth and its people,

        all who govern and judge this world,

        young men and women alike,

        old people and children together!                                R


Let all things praise the name of God,

the name above every other,

whose splendour covers heaven and earth.

Your give strength to your people,

        songs of praise to your faithful,

        to Israel, the people dear to your heart.                      R


Scripture Lesson:  John 13: 31-35

This is the Gospel According to John…

Thanks be to God.

Sung Response: VU 717    “Hallelujah”

Hallelujah. Hallelujah.

        Hallelujah. Hallelujah.

        Hallelujah. Hallelujah.   Hallelujah. Hallelujah.

Anthem:   “All the Diamonds” Bruce Cockburn, arr. Larry Nikkel

Bruce Cockburn compares his slow conversion to Christianity to a journey across the sea, where the Creator (the sun), the Holy Spirit (the wind) and Christ and his followers (a ship chased by gulls) all come together. As a Christian, Cockburn receives strength to minister to a broken world. (Two thousand years and half a world away. Dying trees still grow greener when you pray.)

Sermon: Jesus Accepted, But Never Left People As They Were

We Respond

Hymn VU 567    “Will You Come and Follow Me”                  KELVINGROVE

  1. Will you come and follow me

        if I but call your name?

        Will you go where you don’t know

        and never be the same?

        Will you let my love be shown,

        will you let my name be known,

        will you let my life be grown,

        in you and you in me?


  1. Will you leave yourself behind

        if I but call your name?

        Will you care for cruel and kind

        and never be the same?

        Will you risk the hostile stare

        should your life attract or scare?

        Will you let me answer prayer

        in you and you in me?


  1. Will you let the blinded see

        if I but call your name?

        Will you set the prisoners free

        and never be the same?

        Will you kiss the leper clean,

        and do such as this unseen,

        and admit to what I mean

        in you and you in me?


  1. Will you love the “you” you hide

        if I but call your name?

        Will you quell the far inside

        and never be the same?

        Will you use the faith you’ve found    

        to reshape the world around,

        through my sight and touch and sound

        in you and you in me?


  1. Christ, your summons echoes true

        when you but call my name.

        Let me turn and follow you  

        and never be the same.

        In your company I’ll go

        where your love and footsteps show.

        Thus I’ll move and live and grow

        in you and you in me.


Offertory:     “More Love to Thee”                      W. H. Doane/Mark Hayes

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 884   “You Shall Go Out with Joy”            TREES OF THE FIELD

You shall go out with joy

        and be led forth with peace;

        the mountains and the hills

        will break forth before you;

        there’ll be shouts of joy,      

        and all the trees of the field

        will clap, will clap their hands!


        And all the trees of the field will clap their hands,

        (clap, clap)

        the trees of the field will clap their hands,

        (clap, clap)

        the trees of the field will clap their hands,

        (clap, clap)

        while you go out with joy.


Choral Benediction: VU 974   “Amen”

Amen! Amen!

        Hallelujah, amen!

Postlude:             “Ellacombe”          Michael Burkard


Thank you to the Rev. Dr. Raymond Cuthbert, 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

Minute for Mission

Hope Under the Rainbow

From 2013 to 2015, Rachel Hearn was a camp counsellor at Welcome Friends’ Rainbow Camp for LGBTQ Two-Spirit and allied youth ages 12 to 17. To say the least, it was a life-altering experience.

Every August there existed a tiny, week-long place of sanctuary that said, “We do see you, and you are welcome here.” That is exactly what Rainbow Camp is all about.

“Rainbow Camp is a place of radical resistance against the oppressive forces of hetero-normativity and cis-normativity that exist across the world today,” says Rachel. It is like other summer camps, but the learning is focused around sexual health, healthy relationships, understanding our identities, and figuring out how to work around a society that is not designed to enable queer people to thrive. Even though there is no marching or petitions, the world is still changed for every camper who finds a friend or feels like themselves for the first time.

“At Rainbow Camp, we changed the world for young people by giving them the tools and skills they needed to flourish. If you create a space where people can be open about who they are and accept others doing the same, you will learn what it means to love and to trust.”

Rainbow Camp’s ministry is made possible because of Mission & Service.

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.

Excerpt from, Round the Table blog, Feb. 27, 2018

May 19, 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 (on sabbatical May 1st  – July 31st)     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

Usher:       Kirk W.

Scripture Reader: Shirley W.



We extend our sympathy to the family of Beth B. who passed away May 10. There will be a gathering Saturday May 18th, at the Carberry UC.

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 in the afternoons.  Andrea covers mornings.  Office hours this week are Tues – Fri, 9 a.m. – 4:00 pm.

LORRAINE’S BLOG:  (There’s a live link in last week’s congregational email and print out in the narthex.)

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


The parable of The Prodigal Son Luke 15: 1-3, 11-31

– Youth and Julia’s class will have craft time.

SUMMER SERVICES Starting June 16th services will be begin at 10:30 a.m.

BLUE JEAN SUNDAY SCHOOL: Volunteers needed to run this program June 23rd and 30th.  Please contact Maggie (after church or 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 activities1 pm-4 pm.  Full or part days. Subsidies, bursaries and family rates available.  Registration forms at the church or on line.  See Maggie for more information.

upcoming events 

LORAINE’S SABBATICAL Loraine will be on sabbatical May-July, travelling across Canada to visit thriving United Churches and learn from them.  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 UC, 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.

WESTWORTH KIDS SPRING SCHEDULE Formal Sunday School finishes May 26th with a Sundae Sunday celebration.  Blue Jean Sunday School takes place during the month of June – there will be NO Sunday School teachers.  Adult supervisors will lead an informal children’s time starting at 11:00 am in the gym; we’ll plant flowers, do crafts and have fun in a faith-based program.

UCW THANK OFFERING SERVICE/DESSERT PARTY Tues, June 4th at 7 pm. Entertainment: John E. and Edward L.  Tickets are $7.00 – available in the office. All women are invited, so be sure to save the date!

GOLDEYES “Which baseball player has the shortest trip to work? The catcher – he works from home.” Come see all the players at work June 7th, at 7 pm, when Westworth fans watch the Goldeyes play the Cleburne (Texas) Railroaders. Tickets $15. Fireworks! 💥 Sign up in the narthex.

 SAVE THE DATE August 29th, 5:30 pm Westworth’s Second Open House & Barbecue Barbecued 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.  Please join us.


1. WEST BROADWAY (WCBM) LUNCH OnThursday, May 15, Carol and Clark Wilkie hosted this month’s hot lunch for over 160 people at West Broadway. Your Outreach Team thanks Carol and Clark, all food preppers and servers, and all those who donated food! Your continued support of this monthly program is appreciated so very much 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!

  2 .  BLESSING OF THE WHEELS IS COMING! Bring your bikes, strollers, wheelchairs, skates, scooters, etc.  OR – use the bus or shared transportation.  Come next Sunday for the Blessing of the Wheels service.  We’ll meet on the east lawn near the sign for the beginning of the service, then enter the sanctuary.  Chairs will be available for those who have trouble standing.  If being outside doesn’t work for you, know your presence in the sanctuary is welcome and needed – before and after we join you, as well as every day.

 3. CANADA FOODGRAINS BANK (CFB):The 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 the 125+ folks who took time to sign a card. They have been sent to the PMO. A few cards are available on the shelf in the Narthex if you would like to participate. Just sign and drop in a mailbox. Postage is free!

 4. 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!

5. 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.

community news (More info on bulletin board by elevator)

  • WSD Canada Learning Bond info session May 22nd; Machray School. Learn about funds available for your child’s education.
  • Queer and Faithful Conference – May 25th, 26th. Safe space for discussion.  Robert A. Steen CC
  • Kids Clothing Swap May 26th 1:30-3:30 South Wpg Family Info Centre
  • Container to Table: Grow edibles on your balcony or patio by Ken Land, St. Mary’s Nursery and Garden Centre. Temple Shalom, 1077 Grant Ave. at 1:30, Wednesday, June 5, 2019. All are welcome, especially those over 55. Entrance is free. Refreshments provided.
  • June 22nd Garden Tour supporting St. Matthew’s Maryland Community Ministry Tickets $15 available in Westworth office. Volunteers needed. Contact – Laura Tues, Thursdays at  774.3957 or