May 5 Bulletin

Westworth United Church

1750 Grosvenor Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba

on Treaty One Territory in the heart of the Métis Nation

3rd Sunday of Easter: May 5, 2019

We Gather to Worship

 

Welcome and Announcements

Candle Lighting and Prelude:

“On Earth Has Dawned This Day of Days”    Nikolaus Herman/Wilbur Held

Introit: “Now Let the Heavens be Joyful”        Provençal Tune, arr. J.M. Neale

 

Prayer of Approach                              from Celebrate God’s Presence

God, alive and among us this day,

   to you no door is closed,

   to you no heart is locked;

   draw us beyond our doubts and fears,

   till we see the risen Christ

   and say in our hearts, “We believe.”  Amen.

 

Hymn VU 166      “Joy Comes With the Dawn”      DAWN

  1. Weeping may come;

weeping may come in the night,

when dark shadows cloud our sight.

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. Sorrow will turn,

sorrow will turn into song,

and God’s laughter make us strong.

       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. We will rejoice,

we will rejoice, and give praise,

to the One who brings us grace.

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.

 

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                        from Celebrate God’s Presence

Let us confess our shortcomings,

recalling the words of Christ:

Jesus said, “Peace be with you.”

Yet sometimes we sow discord,

              neglecting to make peace with our sisters and  brothers.

Jesus said, “As God has sent me, so I send you.”

Yet sometimes we refuse to go, fearing to follow

          unknown paths.

   Jesus said, “Receive the Holy Spirit.”

But we turn away, rejecting the gifts of the Spirit.

   Forgive us, blessed God,

in the name of Jesus Christ we pray.

      

   Meditative Silence

Words of Assurance

 

We Hear the Word

Scripture Lesson:  Acts 9: 1-20

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:    “Rise Up, My Love”                                      Eleanor Daley

This text is from the Song of Solomon. In Jewish tradition, it reads it as an allegory of God’s love of Israel and, in Christian tradition, as Christ’s love for His “bride,” the Church.

 

Sermon:    “Our Damascus Road”

 

We Respond

 

Hymn VU 629   “Eternal Light, Shine in My Heart”   RIVAULX

 

  1. Eternal light, shine in my heart;

eternal hope, lift up my eyes;

eternal power, be my support;

eternal wisdom, make me wise.

 

  1. Eternal life, raise me from death;

eternal brightness, make me see;

eternal Spirit, give me breath;

eternal Saviour, come to me,

 

  1. until by your most costly grace,

invited by your holy word,

at last I come before your face

to know you, my eternal God.

 

Offering

Offertory:     Fantasy on “Holy Manna”    arr. 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

 

Communion Hymn VU 460   “All Who Hunger”      HOLY MANNA

  1. All who hunger, gather gladly;

holy manna is our bread.

Come from wilderness and wandering.

Here, in truth, we will be fed.

You that yearn for days of fullness,

all around us is our food.

Taste and see the grace eternal.

Taste and see that God is good.

 

  1. All who hunger, never strangers;

seeker, be a welcome guest.

Come from restlessness and roaming.

Here, in joy, we keep the feast.

We that once were lost and scattered

in communion’s love have stood.

Taste and see the grace eternal.

Taste and see that God is good.

 

  1. All who hunger, sing together;

Jesus Christ is living bread.

Come from loneliness and longing.

Here, in peace, we have been led.

Blest are those who from this table

live their lives in gratitude.

Taste and see the grace eternal.

Taste and see that God is good.

 

The Sacrament of Holy Communion: Earth

       (Communion Setting Kingsfold, MV 203)

 

May God be with you.

And also with you.

Lift up your hearts.

We lift them up to God.

Let us give thanks to God most holy.

It is right to give God thanks and praise.

 

Loving Creator, your Word is the impulse for all things to be:

for space, stars, and stardust to appear,

for Earth to emerge from the deep,

and for life to be born of Earth.

 

Your Spirit is the life force in all things,

restoring the broken and healing the wounded,

groaning in anticipation of a new creation,

stirring with new life born of water and the Spirit.

 

You chose to be born a human being,

to become a part of Earth,

to suffer, die, and rise from death to redeem humankind,

to renew creation,

and to reconcile all born of Earth and the Spirit.

 

Therefore with angels and archangels, saints and sinners,

ancient voices in the forest, high voices from the sky,

deep voices from the sea, and the whole company of creation,

we sing your praise:

 

♪O holy, holy holy God, O God of time and space.

All earth and sea and sky above bear witness to your grace. Hosanna in the highest heav’n, creation sings your praise.

And blessed is the One who comes

and bears your name always!

 

On the night before Jesus died, he had supper with his disciples.  He took bread, thanked you as we have thanked you,

broke the bread and gave it to his friends, saying,

“Take this, all of you, and eat it.  This is my body given for you.  Each time you eat this bread, remember me.”

 

After supper he took the wine, thanked you for it,

and passed a cup of wine to his friends, saying

“This cup is the new promise God has made with you in my blood.  Each time you drink from this cup, remember me.”

 

In the bread broken and the cup poured,

we proclaim the good news of Christ

that restores to memory and hope

those who are broken and unremembered.

We long for the bread of tomorrow

and the wine of the age to come.

Therefore, as we eat this bread and drink this cup,

we sing life and love to one another and to the world:

 

♪Sing Christ has died and Christ is risen,

Christ will come again!

Sing Christ has died and Christ is risen,

Christ will come again!

 

At this time, we also remember

all with whom you would have us share your feast.

We pray for all who are in sorrow or in pain . . .

all who are ill or alone . . .

all who live with fear, oppression, or hunger . . .

all who live with childhood trauma, abandonment and abuse…

We pray for the church and its varied ministries . . .

for nations as they strive for peace and justice . . .

for respect and healing for the earth and all its creatures…

for all our families and friends . . . .

 

With the words Jesus taught us, we now pray to God,

our Mother and 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.

 

Come, life-giving Spirit of God,

bring us together in unity at your table.

Shower us with your grace that we may know,

in the depths of our being,

that each one of us is dearly loved and warmly welcomed

to this table of healing and wholeness.

May these gifts of life be a sign of your grace to us.

 

Through Christ, with Christ, and in Christ,

in the unity of the Holy Spirit, all glory is yours,

God most holy, now and forever.

 

♪Amen, amen, O Holy One! Hosanna and Amen!

Amen, amen, O Holy One, Hosanna and Amen!

 

Sharing the Bread and the Cup

The gifts of God for the people of God.

Everyone who follows Jesus Christ, no matter what your denomination, is welcome to come to this table.

Come, for all things are now ready.

 

Prayer after Communion

We give thanks that bread broken, brings wholeness to this wounded earth and all its creatures;

that wine poured out, replenishes the weary;

that communion with the Risen Christ and with one another is gift and grace.  Amen.

 

Hymn VU 635 “All the Way my Saviour Leads Me”      ALL THE WAY

 

  1. All the way my Saviour leads me; what have I to ask beside?

Can I doubt his tender mercy

who through life has been my guide?

Heavenly peace, divinest comfort,

here by faith in him to dwell,

for I know, whate’er befall me,

Jesus doeth all things well.

 

  1. All the way my Saviour leads me,

cheers each winding path I tread,

gives me grace for every trial,

feeds me with the living bread.

Though my weary steps may falter,

and my soul athirst may be,

gushing from the rock before me,

lo, a spring of joy I see!

 

  1. All the way my Saviour leads me;

O the fullness of his love!

Perfect rest to me is promised

in my Father’s house above.

When my spirit, clothed, immortal,

wings its flight to realms of day,

this is my song through endless ages,

“Jesus led me all the way!”

 

Benediction

Choral Benediction: VU 974 “Amen”

Amen! Amen!

Hallelujah, amen!

 

Postlude:    “This Joyful Eastertide”                Charles Callahan

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

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My Heart upon My Sleeve

We stand on the foundation of a great cloud of witnesses—faithful men and women who answered the call of ministry in an overseas position to preach, teach, and heal in places around the world. We are thankful for the ways they showed us what it means to love your neighbour around the world in loving partnership.

This is the story of one of our United Church saints: Lucy Winifred Robinson Bryce, principal, educator, and author, who lived in India from 1915 to 1953. Lucy was married to fellow missionary George Bryce. Together they taught at the Indore Christian College in Malwa. Lucy was the principal of the college from 1952 to 1953. In her time at the college, she introduced social work and sociology programs as part of the curriculum.

She had a deep love for India and its people. In her 1945 book India on the Threshold, she reflected on what an independent India would be like. Lucy shared these words in her book: “India is not only setting her house in order, but she is taking her place among the nations of the world. Never again can she be designated ‘faraway India,’ for she is within…flying time from all nations east or west. We who love her, but who, alas, are not of her soil, must be humble in this her great hour…. With my hands folded in your own greeting of peace, O India, I bow to you in the threshold of new life.”1

We give thanks for the inspiring foundation of our past!

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May 5, 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.

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Minister: 

Loraine MacKenzie Shepherd (on sabbatical May 1 – July 31)

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

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 Ushers:   Maureen Lelond, Diane McCarthy

Scripture Reader: Denise Jones

Hosts: Shirley Ann Simkulak, Florence Baker

Communion Servers: Ron Bailey, Walter and Shirley Watts, Frank and Barbara Wynes, Alan and Kathy Wilson, Dan and Ruth Wiwchar.

 

announcements

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 has returned under a graduated return to work program.  Office hours this week are Monday – Friday, 9 – 4 pm

LORRAINE’S BLOG: https://thrivingunitedchurches.home.blog  (There’s a live link in last week’s congregational email.)

PRAYER VIGIL It is worth noting that Westworth has received numerous messages of appreciation from the wider community, including the Jewish community, for Westworth’s planned prayer vigil.

PASTORAL CARE IN UNEXPECTED PLACES A thank you from one of our regular Rummage Sale shoppers was left on the office voice mail Saturday expressing appreciation for one person and all the people in the church for the great help she received.  Other shoppers also requiring special assistance received it and were grateful.  (“This is where I do all my shopping for my children and grandchildren.” Woman with walker catching the bus.)

COUNTING TEAM today is Team C – Dave’s team.

SUNDAY SCHOOL This week, the children will be learning about the parable of The Wedding Banquet – Matthew 22: 1-14

SUMMER VBS  Heaven’s Kitchen – Foods of the Bible Aug 26th-Aug 30th.  VBS curriculum 9-1; fun activities 1-4.  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.

WOMEN’S SPIRITUALITY GROUP meets Sat May 11th 9 am, in the Parlour.  After a light breakfast we will view and discuss a Brene Brown TED Talk.  All women are invited to join us.  Please phone Kathy Wilson (489-6617) or email wilsonka@mymts.net for more information.

UCW THANK OFFERING SERVICE AND DESSERT PARTY will be on Tues, June 4th at 7 pm. We are pleased John Erskine and Edward Ledson will entertain us  that evening. Tickets are $7.00 and will be available soon. 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.

 

outreach

  

  1. WEST BROADWAY (WCBM) LUNCH Thurs, May 15th. Carol and Clark Wilkie will host this month’s hot lunch for over 160 people. Meatball sandwiches, fruit and home baked cookies are on the menu. Signup sheet in the Narthex.  Thank you for your continued support of this program to provide a nourishing meal appreciated so very much by our guests.

 

  1. PETITION RE FISHER RIVER FISHERS Rob Altmeyer, MLA for Wolseley and Official Opposition Critic for the Environment & Green Jobs, has taken up the cause in the legislature on behalf of the fishers.  There 550+ names on the petition. Rob Altmeyer has been reading copies of the petition into the official record. He will continue to do so.  Thurs, Apr 25th  several commercial fishers and their supporters, including Marion McKay, attended Question Period, where the matter of quota buy-backs and lack of consultation with fishers was presented.  You may view a video clip from Question Period: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xrRUCFdig3M  For more information on the situation, view a  second link  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O6PC6rnb0K8 that  will take you to a video of the press conference that followed Question Period.  You will  ear from , Sam Murdoch (Co-Chair of the Lake Winnipeg Co-Management Board), Vince Crate from Fisher River Cree Nation, Gerald Vallequet fromPoplar River First Nation, and Clinton Whiteway from Matheson Island.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O6PC6rnb0K8.

 

  1. CANADIAN FOODGRAINS BANK (CFB)– a partnership of 15 Canadian churches and church-based agencies works to end global hunger by: supporting international programs to meet food needs, reduce malnutrition, achieve sustainable food security; influencing improvements in national, international policies that contribute to ending global hunger; and increasing, deepening engagement of Canadians in efforts to end global hunger. Today you can petition the Federal Government, on behalf of CFB, to honour promises made to increase funding to end global hunger. Postcards are ready for your signature in the Narthex on the shelf under the clock. Just sign and drop in a mailbox.  Postage is free!  Thank you to the 125+ folks who took time to sign a card.  They have been sent to the PMO.

 

  1. 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 save a tree!

 

  1. BLESSING OF THE WHEELS IS COMING! You will have the opportunity to celebrate alternative transportation on Sun, May 26th. Plan to, bike, skate, scoot, roll or carpool your way to church and join the Westworth community in reducing carbon emissions and to love our earth! Service begins outside.

 

  1. 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.

 

community news

  • Emerging Perspectives on Ministry II – ecumenical educational opportunity for lay, clergy, and religious leaders in Winnipeg. May 7th
  • Words that Hurt, Words that Heal – How the Words You Choose Shape Your Destiny May 9th 620 Brock Tickets $36 204-489-6262
  • Churchill Park UC seeks part-time bookkeeper starting June 1st.
  • Concert at Knox – May 11th.  Story of the group on bulletin board.
  • Margaret’s Choir Benefit May 17th at 7 p.m. 173 Talbot Ave.  $20 adults, $10 youth. Contact Pat Reid at reidpat@shaw.ca
  • Winnipeg Singers and String Quartet – Concert at Westminster May 11th Tickets winnipegsingers.com, McNally or at the door.
  • Caring Hearts Luncheon supporting St. Matthews Maryland CM at Charleswood UC May 15th. $25 Tickets at 204-832-3667 (by May 8th)