Westworth United Church
1750 Grosvenor Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba
on Treaty One Territory in the heart of the Métis Nation
4th Sunday of Easter: May 12, 2019
We Gather to Worship
Welcome and Announcements
Candle Lighting and Prelude: “Jesus Loves Me” arr. C. Marohnic
Cherub Introit: “God Gives These Who Love Us” John Carter
Prayer of Approach
Hymn VU #179 “Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Give Thanks”
ALLELUIA NO. 1
Refrain: Hallelujah, hallelujah.
Give thanks to the risen Christ;
Give praise to God’s name.
- Jesus is Lord of all the earth,
firstborn of all creation. R
- Spread the good news o’er all the earth:
Jesus has died and is risen. R
- We have been crucified with Christ,
now we shall live for ever. R
- Come let us praise the living God,
joyfully sing to our Saviour. R
Prayer for our Families:
God, we worship as one family
–younger and older, male and female,
single on our own and living together in relationship.
We praise you that you have created us in your image,
to be your people in the world.
We are grateful for our mothers and we pray for them…
We are grateful for our families and we pray for them…
We pray for our younger families for your deep blessing
to rest on their busy lives.
Guide us all this day and every day, that we might
truly be YOUR family; in the name of Jesus. Amen.
Hymn VU #556 “Would You Bless our Homes & Families” AITKIN
- Would you bless our homes and families,
Source of life who calls us here;
in our world of stress and tension
teach us love that conquers fear.
Help us learn to love each other
with a love that constant stays;
teach us when we face our troubles,
love’ expressed in many ways.
- When our way is undemanding,
let us use the time that’s ours
to delight in simple pleasures,
sharing joys in gentle hours.
When our way is anxious walking
and a heavy path we plod,
teach us trust in one another
and in you, our gracious God.
- From the homes in which we’re nurtured,
with the love that shapes us there,
teach us, God, to claim as family
every one whose life we share.
And through all that life may offer,
may we in your love remain;
may the love we share in families
be alive to praise your name.
- Let us reach beyond the boundaries
of our daily thought and care
till the family you have chosen
spills its love out everywhere.
Help us learn to love each other
with a love that constant stays;
teach us when we face our troubles
love’s expressed in many ways.
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: God, we confess that we have not always loved as you have loved us. We confess that we have not always been generous with others as you have been generous with us. We confess that we have not always forgiven others as you have forgiven us. Forgive us God, and help us. (Meditative Silence)
Words of Assurance
We Hear the Word
Responsive Reading: VU749 “Psalm 23” Refrain 1
Refrain My shepherd is the Lord, nothing indeed shall I want.
God is my shepherd,
there is nothing I shall lack.
You, God, make me lie down in green pastures,
you lead me beside peaceful waters;
you revive my spirit,
you guide me in the right pathways for your name’s sake. R
Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, you are with me,
your rod and your staff are my comfort.
You spread a table for me in the sight of my enemies;
you anoint my head with oil; my cup is overflowing.
Surely your goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life,
and I will dwell in God’s house my whole life long. R
Scripture Lesson: John 10:22-30
This is the Gospel of Christ
Thanks be to God.
Sung Response: VU 717 “Hallelujah”
Anthem: “If Ye Be Risen” Christopher Tye (1505-1573)
It is not suprising that Christopher Tye gave up composing to become a minister.
The text of this Renaissance anthem reads like a sermon: “If ye be risen again with Christ, seek the things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. Set your affection on heav’nly things, and not on things which are on the earth.”
Sermon: Whose voice are you listening to?
Hymn More Voices #126: “Are You a Shepherd?”
- Are you a shepherd, good shepherd who leads us
safely through danger, while calming our fear?
Are you a father who shelters and feeds us,
shares in our laughter and wipes away tears?
Refrain: Yes, you are shepherd, parent and teacher, but you are
greater than all that we know. Holy and living, loving and giving, God, you are with us wherever we go.
- Are you a mother, good mother who bears us,
comforts, protects us and helps us to rest?
Are you a teach who daily prepares us,
challenging students to offer their best? R
- Great, gentle shepherd, forever beside us,
lead all your children in paths that are right.
Great, loving parent, wise teacher, you guide us.
We want to love you and bring you delight. R
Offertory: “Concerto No. 1 in A minor” Jean Baptiste Accolay
Bronwyn Chard, violin
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.
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 #586 “We Shall Go Out with Hope of Resurrection”
- We shall go out with hope of resurrection,
we shall go out, from strength to strength go on,
we shall go out and tell our stories boldly;
tales of a love that will not let us go.
We’ll sing our songs of wrongs that can be righted;
we’ll dream our dreams of hurts that can be healed;
we’ll weave a cloth of all the world united with in the
vision of new life in Christ.
- We’ll give a voice to those who have not spoken;
we’ll find the words for those whose lips are sealed;
we’ll make the tunes for those who sing no longer,
expressive love alive in every heart.
We’ll share our joy with those who still are weeping,
raise hymns of strength for hearts that break in grief,
we’ll leap and dance the resurrection story, including
all in circles of our love.
Choral Benediction: VU 974 “Amen”
Postlude: “Now All the Vault of Heaven Resounds”
Robert A. Hobby _____________________________________________________
Thank you to Rev. Bill Corkum & Rev. Marilyn Anderson Corkum, for leading us in worship while Loraine is on sabbatical May-July. Rev. Earl Gould is offering pastoral care and may be reached at (204) 888-1543 (H), (204) 795-7535 (cell) or email@example.com ____________________________________________________
Minister: Loraine MacKenzie Shepherd
(on sabbatical May 1st – July 31st)
firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com
Office Administrator: Heather Lavery firstname.lastname@example.org
Church Phone # 204 489-6974 Ext. 20 www.westworth.ca
Church Accountant: Jenny Jeffers email@example.com
Ushers: Janet Sealey
Scripture Reader: Kathy Wilson
Hosts: Shirley Ann Simkulak, Florence Baker
We extend our sympathy to Shirley Williams and family on the passing of Shirley’s husband Ron Williams. His service was held here on Saturday.
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 Mon – Fri, 9 a.m. – 4:00 pm. CLOSED WED UNTIL 1:00.
LORRAINE’S BLOG: https://thrivingunitedchurches.home.blog (There’s a live link in last week’s congregational email and print out in the narthex.)
COUNTING TEAM today is Team F – Paul’s team.
SUNDAY SCHOOL This week, the children will be learning about the parable of The Good Samaritan – Luke 10: 25-37
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 or on line. See Maggie for more information.
THANKS TO BIRD’S HILL UNITED CHURCH for the donation of children’s resource materials and books.
FLOWERS this morning are gifted to us by Laura Wiebe (Douglas MacEwan’s grand-daughter) and Alex McQuarrie after their wedding here yesterday. The bride and groom would like to extend special thanks to Earl Gould and Dorcas Windsor for their contributions to their special day.
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.
Unit 7 will be meeting on Thursday, May 16th at 9:30 am at the Park Cafe.
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 when we will meet 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 Erskine and Edward Ledson. 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.
- WEST BROADWAY (WCBM) LUNCH Thurs, May 15th. Carol and Clark Wilkie will host this month’s hot lunch for over 160 people at West Broadway. Meatball sandwiches, fruit and home-baked cookies are on the menu, and you may find the signup sheet in the Narthex. Your Outreach Team is grateful for your continued support of this program to provide a nourishing meal that is appreciated so very much by our guests.
- 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 Canadians in efforts to end global hunger. You have an opportunity 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 have taken the time to sign a card. Cards have been sent to the PMO. A few cards are available on the shelf in the Narthex if you would like to participate. Sign and mail. Free postage.
- BLESSING OF THE WHEELS IS COMING! Following the successful Blessing of the Wheels Sunday in 2018, you will have the opportunity to celebrate alternative transportation on Sunday, May 26th. Plan now to bike, skate, scoot, roll or carpool your way to church and join the Westworth community in making an effort to reduce carbon emissions and to love our earth! (Service starts inside, as usual.)
- 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!
- 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.
(More info on bulletin board by elevator)
- Preventing Dementia – May 15th 7 p.m. Brightwater Senior Living 741 Sterling Lyon Parkway.
- Rossbrook House – Pow Wow May 16th 5:30 p.m. 658 Ross Avenue
- Margaret’s Choir Benefit May 17th at 7 p.m. 173 Talbot Ave. $20 adults, $10 youth. Contact Pat Reid at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Young Adult Beginning Experience Weekend (YABE) May 17th – 19th at St. Benedict’s Retreat Centre – for parental loss through death, divorce or separation. Call Martin Kedding at 204-223-9970.
- Renaissance Voices concert A Garden of Song: Motets, Madrigals and a Mass – Sun, May 26th 3 pm at Young United, 222 Furby. Café style seating, refreshments. Tickets $25 /15 at McNally or the door.
- Queer and Faithful Conference – May 25th, 26th. Safe space for discussion. Robert A. Steen CC QueerAndFaithful2019@gmail.com
- Garden Tour supporting St. Matthew’s Maryland Community Ministry June 22 in River Heights. Tickets $15 at Westworth. Volunteers needed. email@example.com for more information.
Minute for Mission
Millie lives in Edmonton, Alberta. Today she is thankful to have a home, health, and one year of sobriety. Two years ago, Millie was facing eviction and homelessness. Without Bissell Centre’s hot meals, Millie would have gone hungry, and without help from their caring staff, she would have ended up back on the streets.
Millie has battled addiction, violence, and poverty all her life. She grew up in a turbulent, sometimes violent household. After watching and experiencing the cycle of substance abuse in her family, she vowed to never drink, but things didn’t go the way she planned.
At 24, Millie fell in love, got married, and had two children. After a few years together, her husband’s behaviour became all too familiar. He had an alcohol addiction and was becoming increasingly violent. Millie started coping by drinking as well. Soon, she was forced to pack up her kids and move into her car until she could get into a shelter.
Life as a single parent was never easy, but Millie was determined to give her kids a good life. Millie and her kids have had many successes together, but sadly, the pain of Millie’s childhood and married years was always there in the background. Two years ago her rent was raised unexpectedly. Needless to say, she was struggling to put food on the table.
Bissell Centre’s Community Bridge program helped Millie with rent and utilities in time of emergency. “I was so incredibly relieved to get help and not be struggling by myself anymore. Now I have a safe home to go to every night, and for that I’m so grateful,” says Millie.
Bissell Centre is one of the many community ministries across Canada that is supported by Mission & Service.
Westworth United Church
Getting to know you ♪♪. . .
From Earl and all the sabbatical preachers (please know your reply is totally voluntary):
Just in case we sabbatical preachers are not confident about calling you by your name, please make sure we know your name:
My name is ______________________________________
and here is something I’d like you to know about me:
Thank you for helping us get to know you.
Please give this sheet to Earl or a member of the sabbatical preacher team,
leave it in the basket on the coffee ledge in the narthex with the tag “Getting to Know You”
send it to Earl at firstname.lastname@example.org