May 26 Bulletin

Westworth United Church

1750 Grosvenor Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba

on Treaty One Territory in the heart of the Métis Nation

Sixth Sunday of Easter: May 26, 2019


We Gather to Worship

Welcome and Announcements

Candle Lighting and Prelude:     “How Great Thou Art”                    Dale Wood

Introit:  “Now Let the Heavens Be Joyful”

Provençal Tune, arr. Alfred Whitehead

Call to Worship

Hymn: VU 238        “O Lord My God”   vs 1, 2 & 4   O STORE GUD

  1. O Lord my God, when I in awesome wonder

consider all the works thy hand hath made,

I see the stars, I hear the mighty thunder,

thy power throughout the universe displayed.


Then sings my soul, my Saviour God, to thee, How great thou art!

How great thou art! Then sings my soul, my Saviour God, to

thee, How great thou art! How great thou art!

  1. When through the woods and forest glades I wander,

I hear the birds sing sweetly in the trees;

when I look down from lofty mountain grandeur

and hear the brook and feel the gentle breeze.               R

  1. When Christ shall come with shout of acclamation

and take me home, what joy shall fill my heart!

Then I shall bow in humble adoration

and there proclaim, “My God, how great thou art!”          R

Blessing of the Wheels:                 Led by Amanda Davis

What a gift it is,

when we are able,

to tread softly on the Earth.

Creator God,

You call us here today

to celebrate the gift of your creation.

For the ability to feel the breeze in our hair

and to hear the singing of birds:

We give you thanks, O God.

For active transportation that allows us to move freely

as we respect the sanctity and fragility of all life on earth,

We give you thanks, O God.


For shared transportation, bus service and carpooling

that conserves resources and connects us to our community,

We give you thanks, O God.

For all the diverse forms of transportation

present here today:

Bicycles, strollers, walkers, wheelchairs,

We humbly ask, O God,

Bless these wheels.

For safety as we journey from place to place,

and the careful attention of all who share the road,

We humbly ask, O God,

Bless these wheels.

With gratitude for your creation,

and hope that our actions might contribute to its healing,

We humbly ask, O God,

        Bless these wheels.


Creator God, wherever we go,

we pray that we might always remember

your blessing on our going out and our coming in,

now and forevermore.


Children’s Time:  Led by Laura Rousseau

Hymn: MV 41    “O Beautiful Gaia”

Refrain:   O beautiful Gaia, O Gaia, calling us home

O beautiful Gaia, calling us on.

  1. Soil yielding its harvest, O Gaia, calling us home.

Soil yielding its harvest, calling us on.

  1. Waves crashing on granite, O Gaia, calling us home.

Waves crashing on granite, calling us on.

  1. Pine bending in windstorm, O Gaia, calling us home.

Pine bending in windstorm, calling us on.

  1. Loon nesting in marshland, O Gaia, calling us home.

Loon nesting in marshland, calling us on.

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

Scripture Lesson: Revelation 21:10, 22-22.5

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:   “Rejoice Together Ev’ry One”                                       Barrie Cabena

Sermon:   The Power of Imagination

We Respond


Hymn VU 710    “Shall We Gather at the River”                   HANSON PLACE

  1. Shall we gather at the river, where bright angel feet have trod,

with its crystal tide for ever flowing by the throne of God?

Refrain:  Yes, we’ll gather at the river, the beautiful, the beautiful river;

gather with the saints at the river that flows by the throne of God.

  1. Ere we reach the shining river, lay we every burden down;

grace our spirits will deliver, and provide a robe and crown.           R

  1. Soon we’ll reach the shining river, soon our pilgrimage will cease,

soon our happy hearts will quiver with the melody of peace.           R


Offertory:     “Shall We Gather at the River”                             Dale Wood

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 is the kingdom, the power, and the glory

        forever and ever. Amen.

Hymn VU 713        “I See a New Heaven”                   I SEE A NEW HEAVEN

Refrain:  I see a new heaven. I see a new earth as the old

one will pass away, where the fountain of life flows

and without price goes to all people who abide in the land.

  1. There, there on the banks of a river bright and

free, yielding her fruit, firm in her root,

the Tree of Life will be.                                                    R

  1. There, there on the banks of a river bright and

again, body and soul, struggling but whole

like flowers after the rain.                                                R

  1. There, there where the darkness brings visions from

above. There where the night, bearing new light,

reveals the promise of love.                                            R

  1. There, there where we work with the love of healing

hands. Labour we must, true to our trust

to build a promised new land.                                          R


Choral Benediction: VU 974 “Amen”

Amen! Amen!

                Hallelujah, amen!

Postlude:                                           “Laudate”                         Gilbert Martin

Thank you to Laura Rousseau and Amanda Davis 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


May 26, 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   


Ushers:     Janet S., Kirk W.

Scripture Reader:  Denise J.



A big thank you to one and all for the support, hard work and kindness shown to our family when we lost our dear Ron.  It was much appreciated.  

      – Shirley W. and family.


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 – Thu, 9 a.m. – 4:00 pm.  CLOSED Friday

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

COUNTING TEAM today is Team B – Dan’s team.

SUNDAY SCHOOL Children are taking part in the Blessing of the Wheels, then having Sundae Sunday (ice cream!)  in the gym.

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 of each month, Westworth will acknowledge and celebrate Milestone events in your life. If you have a Birthday, Anniversary, Graduation or other accomplishment, please write it on a slip of paper and place it in our Celebration Box in the Narthex.  At the end of the service, Earl will read them out.  Bring cookies and lemonade to share at the end of worship, if you wish.

PRIDE PARADE United Churches will walk in the PRIDE PARADE June 2nd . Gather 10:30 am, north side of Broadway, south end of Memorial Park, across from legislature. Look for the UC banner. All are welcome.

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

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 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 TODAY with Sundae Sunday celebration.  Blue Jean Sunday School is in  June – there will be NO Sunday School teachers.  Adult supervisors will lead an informal children’s time in the gym after Children’s Time in worship; we’ll plant flowers, do crafts and have fun in a faith-based program.

All women are invited to the UCW Thankoffering Service and Dessert Party 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.

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 Thursday June 20th, Dan and Ruth W. will host the hot lunch for over 160 people at West Broadway. 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!

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!

WEST BROADWAY: a) 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.    b) KNITTING CIRCLE The Knitting Circle is in urgent need of wool. If you have a stash in your cupboard that is looking for a good home, you may leave it beside the Pantry Buckets in the Narthex and the Wiwchars will make sure that it gets to WB. Thank you!

 community news

(More info on bulletin board by elevator)

  • 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.
  • June 22nd Garden Tour supporting St. Matthew’s Maryland Community Ministry Tickets $15 available in Westworth office and Sundays in June. Volunteers needed. Contact – Laura Tues, Thursdays at  774.3957 or
  • Gowns, Jewellery & Linens Sale June 8th 9-12 Harrow  Part of 2019 Crescentwood Rockwood Community Yard Sale.  Questions – please contact Harrow at 204-284-0079.   Thank you.