June 16 Bulletin

Westworth United Church

1750 Grosvenor Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba

on Treaty One Territory in the heart of the Métis Nation

Trinity Sunday, 2nd Sunday of Pentecost: June 16, 2019

We Gather to Worship

Welcome and Announcements

Candle Lighting and Prelude: Adagio on “Holy, Holy, Holy”  Piet Post

Call to Worship

Prayer of Approach

Glory to you, Almighty God.

You spoke, and light came out of darkness,

            order rose from confusion.

      Glory to you, Jesus Christ!

You met us as a refugee, a threatened child,

            the Word made flesh, born in a forgotten place.

      Glory to you, Holy Spirit!

You brooded over chaos,

            mothering and shaping God’s new creation.

      Glory to you, God, Three-in-One!

You are surrounded by the song of the saints in heaven

            and you are present with us now.      AMEN


Hymn VU 315   “Holy, Holy, Holy Lord God Almighty”              NICAEA

Children’s Time

Hymn  MV 10  “Come and Seek the Ways of Wisdom”          MADELEINE


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 the upper classroom if accompanied by an adult.  Otherwise, they are welcome to stay in the sanctuary.  Activity packs are available at the back of the sanctuary as well as books, puzzles and colouring materials in  library.)

Prayer of Confession

O God of mystery,

we confess that, more than deep questions,

we love easy answers,

explaining away miracles, disarming the Good News,

we domesticate your wild ways.

Teach us to love our questions, O God.

                  Teach us to struggle with faith.

                  Teach us to live with your holy mysteries.

      Meditative Silence

Words of Assurance


We Hear the Word

Hebrew Scripture: Proverbs 8:1-4, 22-31

Hear what the spirit is saying to the Church.

Thanks be to God.


New Testament – Gospel John 16:12-15

This is the Gospel of Christ.

Thanks be to God.

Sung Response: VU 840 “Your Word is a Lamp”


Musical Offering:                                                    SOLOIST: Austin Winchell

“All Things Bright and Beautiful”               arr. Brenda Portman

Sermon: God beyond us, God beside us, God within us.


We Respond

Hymn VU 371  “Open My Eyes, That I May See”                OPEN MY EYES



Offertory:       “Holy, Holy, Holy”                                    Mark Hayes

Dedication Hymn :  VU 540 “Grant Us, God, the Grace”

Offertory Prayer


Prayers of the People offered by Eleanor Geib

Prayer Introit: VU 400 “Lord, Listen to your Children”

Prayers of Thanksgiving and Intercession

The Lord’s Prayer VU 921


Hymn  VU 424   “May the God of Hope Go With You”            ARGENTINA


Choral Benediction:             “Hallelujah”                              ST. GEORGE’S

Postlude:  Finale on      “Holy, Holy, Holy”                                Piet Post


Thank you to Earl Gould, 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


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: Janet S., Kirk W.

Scripture Reader: Colleen W., St. Andrew’s River Heights UC

Leading worship: Earl Gould



SUMMER SERVICES Starting today, June 16th, services start at 10:25.

CHOIR is over for the season.  MANY THANKS to all those involved for your dedicated contribution to the life of Westworth.

GUESTS We welcome the congregation of St. Andrew’s River Heights United Church to Westworth on this Regional Sunday.

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). Ray Cuthbert is covering for pastoral care emergencies  Friday, June 21- Sunday, June 23. 204 283-7676.

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 Monday – 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 WORSHIP AND CHILDREN For the remainder of June and all of July, there will be a children’s time in the Worship Service.  Following Children’s Time, the Upper Classroom is available for parents and children who wish to hear the service and be able to play. Please note that parents must supervise their children.  Children are welcome to stay in the sanctuary; a variety of children’s packets are available at the back.

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 may be printed from the website for completion.


Council and the Property Committee are pleased to announce that our goal of responsible maintenance of the building continues.  We will be replacing the shingles on the A-frame portion of our roof and adding additional insulation to make our building more energy efficient. Racka Roof has been contracted and is set to begin work on or about June 17th. While the work is underway, there may be some disruptions in the use of our parking areas.   Our plans meet Manitoba Hydro’s standards, have already received approval, and qualify for rebate because of this insulation.

Based on quotes received from Racka Roof, the costs for this project should be covered by grants and rebates already received with the understanding that unforeseen additional repairs may be required once the project is underway.  We have been notified that our grant applications have been accepted by the following organizations:  Winnipeg Foundation $35 000.00, Manitoba Hydro Rebate $9579.00 (estimate based on final costs), and United Church Faithful Footprints (we are currently eligible for $20 000.00 for this project with an option of future assistance if other energy efficiency projects are included).   An application for the provincial Sustainable Communities Grant has been submitted.  This application requests assistance with the reroofing project as well as other energy efficient projects including possible upgrades to the north Sanctuary windows and sealing of air leakage areas.   We hope disruptions to the life and work of Westworth are minimal, and appreciate the patience and support of you all.

Eunice Pratt, Council Chair


upcoming events

URBAN RETREATS GARDEN TOUR  Saturday, June 22nd 10-4 rain or shine.  Self-guided tour in River Heights gardens to support St. Matthews Maryland Community Ministry. Tickets $15 in office & Sundays in June.  Tea and Craft Sale, $5 at the door, Plant Sale outside 11:00–2:00 pm at Westworth.  More info at https://stmatthewsmaryland.ca/events/urban-retreats-garden-tour/



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.

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.  Children’s menu available. Please join us.


  1. WEST BROADWAY (WCBM) LUNCH Thurs, 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. There are still a few opportunities for you to contribute to the lunch. The sign-up sheet is on the board in the Narthex. Thank you for your help!
  2. BILL 262We have been following the progress of this bill through Parliament. It is stalled in the Senate and time is running out. Information and detailed ways of how you can help are at:



  1. a) 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.
  2. 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)

  • July 4th, Niverville Heritage Centre 6:00 p.m. (supper 6:30) Hear about CYCLE CANADA TOGETHER TOUR in support of Cdn Foodgrains Bank.
  • 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 Scandinavian Cultural Centre presents 🎵The Nordic Singers🎵from the Royal Opera in Copenhagen at the Westworth UC on Thurs, June 20th at 7:30pm. Tickets $25/each. Please contact the Scandinavian Cultural Centre (764 Erin St.) for tickets at 204-774-8047 or email scandinaviancc@shawcable.com Tickets also on sale at McNally’s.

Sharing Circle

The Longhouse Council of Native Ministry started 30 years ago as an outreach to Indigenous people in Vancouver, British Columbia. Established without a building, today its home is a church in the low-income Hastings-Sunrise neighbourhood, and its outreach extends to all those seeking a caring community.

The ministry still maintains a significant commitment to First Nations. There is a weekly sharing circle mostly (but not exclusively) attended by Indigenous people, a carving and language class, and several 12-step groups, including an Aboriginal Alcoholics Anonymous group. However, poverty and homelessness, now growing in leaps and bounds, have made the congregation a hub for anyone seeking economic and social justice.

Regular Sunday worship, baptisms, marriages, and funerals are central to Longhouse. So, too, are the weekly food bank, and participation in annual Advent and Lenten vigils to raise awareness of those who are silenced in the city. As the Rev. Barry Morris says, there is a “creative tension between being a pastoral charge and a community ministry,” an urge to support as well as to change society.

Longhouse is one of the many community ministries across the country supported by Mission & Service.