June 23 Bulletin

Westworth United Church

1750 Grosvenor Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba

on Treaty One Territory in the heart of the Métis Nation

2nd Sunday After Pentecost: 23 June 2019

We Gather to Worship

Welcome and Announcements

Candle Lighting and Prelude:    “Spirit of God”                     Mark Hayes


Call to Worship (bold print to be read in unison)

Let us give thanks to our Creator
for the Creator is always with us.

God is with us in the call of a loon
and in the flight of an eagle.

Our Creator is with us in the changing of the seasons.

God is with us when we gather together
and when we are alone.

Our Creator is with us in our giftedness
and in our search for new understandings of ourselves,
new visions of our communities.

Let us give thanks to God, our Creator.

—A prayer from The Dancing Sun (United Church of Canada/Anglican Church of Canada), alternate for Aboriginal Sunday


Prayer of Approach

Hymn:  VU 194 “Filled with the Spirit’s Power”           NATIONAL HYMN

Children’s Time

Hymn:  VU 556  “Would You Bless Our Homes and Families” AITKIN


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  (to be read in unison)

God our refuge and hope,
when race, status, or gender divide us,
when despondency and despair haunt and afflict us,
when community lies shattered:
comfort and convict us with the stillness of your presence,
that we may confess all you have done,
through Christ to whom we belong
and in whom we are one. Amen.

(Revised Common Lectionary Prayers)

      Meditative Silence

Words of Assurance


We Hear the Word

Responsive Reading:  Psalm 42-43 (VU p.768)

Scripture Lesson:  Luke 8: 26-39

This is the Gospel According to Luke…

Thanks be to God.

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


Music Offering:    “Walk on Water”                                George A. Nyman

Soloist: George Nyman

Sermon:  When We Fall, God Will Catch Us!


We Respond

Hymn:  VU 619 “Healer of Our Every Ill”                    HEALER (HAUGEN)



Offertory:      “Balm in Gilead”                                James E. Clemens

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

Offertory Prayer


Prayers of the People

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

Prayers of Thanksgiving and Intercession

The Lord’s Prayer VU 921


Hymn:  VU 427   “To Show By Touch and Word”                       LODWICK


Choral Benediction:             “Hallelujah”                             ST. GEORGE’S

Postlude:         “Masque”                                                           Denis Bédard


Thank you to the Rev. Dr. Raymond Cuthbert, for leading us in worship while Loraine is on sabbatical May-July.

MAY – JULY PASTORAL CARE Rev. Earl Gould is available for pastoral care needs while Loraine is on sabbatical. However, he will be away June 21st – 23rd and Rev. Ray Cuthbert (204-283-7676) will cover emergency pastoral care during that time.  Earl 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).


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: Arlene H.                                      Guitar: Alan W.

Scripture Reader:  Kathy W.

Hosts: Anne and Keith L.

Leading Worship:  Ray Cuthbert



SUMMER SERVICES start at 10:25 am.

THANKS to Alan Wilson for offering his musical talents to our summer worship services.

MAY – JULY PASTORAL CARE Rev. Earl Gould is available for pastoral care needs while Loraine is on sabbatical. However, he will be away June 21st – 23rd and Rev. Ray Cuthbert (204-283-7676) will cover emergency pastoral care during that time.  Earl 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 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.)  Loraine is at Eagle Ridge United Church in Coquitlam, B.C. this morning.

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 on website.

WESTWORTH REROOFING PROJECT 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 began work 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 $9,579.00 (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


2019 PLEDGES, DONATIONS from Jan- May 31st from identifiable givers:                                                                           Received                             2019 Pledged

M&S                                                      $   17,291                            $    42,743

Westworth Operations                     $  113,273                            $  266,727

Total                                                      $ 130,564                            $  309,470

Total donations Jan.-May 31, including open plate, for the past 3 years.

2017  $ 121,101                 2018  $  118,517                2019  $ 130,564

Please refer to the bulletin board in the Narthex for monthly updates.


upcoming events

CELEBRATE SUNDAY June 30th – The last Sunday of every month Westworth celebrates milestone events in your life. If you have a Birthday, Anniversary, Graduation or other milestone, 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. If you would like to bring cake or cookies on the last Sunday to help celebrate your milestone event, along with others, it will be served with a cold drink after the church service.



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 at 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. Watch for sign up sheets in the narthex in August. Beverages provided.  Children’s menu available. Please join us.




  1. a) LUNCH Outreach thanks you for your donations of food and time for our final hot lunch of the season that served over 160 people at West Broadway on June 20th. Your support of this monthly program has appreciated so very much by our guests. Our next hot lunch at WBCM is September 19th.
  2. b) 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. *** Please note that the need for emergency food continues during July and August. If you are going to be away from Westworth during the summer and are unable to continue your donation to the pantry buckets, please consider offering a monetary donation. Make your cheque payable to Westworth United Church with “WBCM Pantry” on the memo line. Thank you so much for your generosity!
  3. c) KNITTING CIRCLEThe Knitting Circle is in 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 we will make sure that it gets to WB. Thank you!


  1. 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. Circles for Reconciliation: Westworth and St. Andrews River Heights members are encouraged to register for our upcoming Circle at West Broadway Community Ministry (WBCM) 222 Furby St. on Fridays September 6 – November 8, 2019 @ 10:00 am to 11:30 am. It is very important that all participants make the commitment to all ten sharing circles. A certain bond happens in the circles and it is important that the circle at most times have the right complement of participants. However, life does happen, family emergencies and so forth, so it often happens that participants are forced to miss a week.  To register, go to http://circlesforreconciliation.ca and click on the Register icon. Fill out your identifying information.  In the section ‘Neighbourhoods’, indicate you wish to register for the Westworth Circle starting Sept. 6th. Or, contact Ingrid Dowan for assistance at idowan@shaw.ca.  Questions? Contact Marion McKay at 204-269-5292 or marionlynne@shaw.ca.


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.
  • Churchill Park United Church is currently seeking a part-time Office Administrator to begin work on August 20th. Application deadline:  noon, Friday, July 5th, 2019.  See bulletin board or download details from: https://www.churchillparkunited.ca/.
  • REFUGEE FUNDRAISER – Interesting Theatre presents the radio play “Invasion! An evening of Classic Science Fiction” July 12th and 13th 8 pm. Aspire Theatre in Gimli.  Tickets: $15  Call: 204-642-8079.
  • Camp Genesis LGBTQ* friendly arts camp for 7 – 12 year olds July 29th – Aug 2nd. Info: smrucartscamp.wixsite.com/campgenesis.
  • Grands ‘n’ More Giant Art Sale – Sept 29th Norwood Community Centre. New and recycled art.  Donations welcome.  Pay by MC/VISA/cash/cheque.  Contact 204-270-8447, gnmAFTA@gmail.com.
  • Cuban Visitors at Churchill Park – celebrations include:
  • PotluckJuly 30th  at 5:30 p.m. where Nacyra Gomez will share activities of the Casa del Cariño centre, its outreach ministry, life in Cuba today and answer questions. Bring a favourite dish if you can.
  • July 28 at 10 updates on partner church. Light lunch after for $10.
  • July 31st at 5 weekly CPUC community BBQ for Nacyra and her grandchildren.

Migrants Are Not Stereotypes

Migration touches all corners of the globe. Some people choose to move in search of jobs, opportunity, or education. Others are forced from their homes by conflict, poverty, inequality, and a lack of sustainable livelihoods. The United Nations reported 258 million migrants in 2017.

The safeguards and protections we afford refugees, migrants, and displaced peoples speak to the foundation of human rights. The strangers among us are God’s people in need of our hospitality and mercy as much as our advocacy for the justice they seek and human rights they deserve.

Many migrants are victimized by the conditions of forced migration, including human trafficking in all its forms (labour, drugs, human organs, sex, baby-selling, and mail-order brides). Migration today cannot be isolated from concerns for working conditions. Living wages and a safe, secure working environment are denied to many. These rights must be protected.

Migrants are not stereotypes. Their value can not be measured by the documents they may or may not have, or their financial contributions to national economies. One migrant leader has said, “Do not talk about us without us. We have answers, and we have been voicing them.”

Mission & Service partners around the globe—including the National Council of Churches of Kenya, Evangelical Congregational Church in Angola, United Church of Zambia, Church of North India, Methodist Church in Colombia, and Middle East Council of Churches—are working tirelessly to help displaced peoples fleeing violence, political conflict, and persecution as migrants organize to make their dreams come true.

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.