June 30 Bulletin

Westworth United Church

1750 Grosvenor Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba

on Treaty One Territory in the heart of the Métis Nation

3rd Sunday of Pentecost: June 30, 2019


We Gather to Worship

Welcome and Announcements


Candle Lighting and Prelude:

“Where Charity and Love Prevail”                          arr. David Lasky


Call to Worship                                              The Abingdon Worship 2014

With what shall we come before God this Day?

With love and justice,

     With compassion and kindness.

With what shall we worship the Lord this day?

With humility and mercy,

       With faithfulness and righteousness.

Come into God’s presence, not as perfect beings,

But as people of hope and blessing.

Blessed are the poor in spirit.

       Blessed are the meek and the merciful.

       Blessed are the sorrowful and those who dream

       of peace and righteousness.

Bring your dreams. Bring your sorrows.

For all are welcome here!


Prayer of Approach

Hymn: VU 218  “We Praise You, O God”                                    KREMSER

Children’s Time

Hymn: VU 684  “Make Me a Channel of Your Peace”


The Peace of Christ

May the peace of Christ be with you.

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                                    The Abingdon Worship 2014

With what shall we come before God this day?

With humble hearts and honest words.

Merciful God, your mercy seems foolish and your grace unfathomable. We do not always walk with you, let alone walk humbly with you.

Forgive us when we stray.

In a world that teaches power and selfishness, we do not always

perceive what is just, let alone strive to bring it about.

Forgive us when we turn away.

In a time when cruelty seems to be a spectator sport, we are not

always the face of compassion or the voice of kindness.

Forgive us when we neglect a neighbour in need or cause hurt in another’s life.

Bless us with the gift of mercy, that even as you forgive us, we can forgive ourselves and others.

In grace and gratitude, we pray. Amen.


Meditative Silence

Words of Assurance


We Hear the Word

Responsive Reading: Psalm 15  (VU p. 736)

Hebrew Scripture:  Micah 6: 1-8

Scripture Lesson: Matthew 5: 1-11

This is the Gospel according to Matthew . . .

Thanks be to God.

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


Musical Offering:       “Love Never Faileth”                   Frederic W. Root

                            Martin Robson, soloist


Sermon:    “Doing Justice, Loving Mercy and Walking Humbly – is     this possible?”

We Respond

Hymn: VU 701 “What Does the Lord Require of You”              MOON



Offertory:    “Fairest Lord Jesus”                         arr. Phillip Keveren

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

Offertory Prayer

(Loose offering will go towards Westworth United Church

while envelopes will be given to the designated church.)


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 697            “O for a World”                                         AZMON


Choral Benediction:             “Hallelujah”                             ST. GEORGE’S

Postlude:         “Toccata in Seven”                                              John Rutter


Welcome to St. Andrew’s River Heights folk, who are joining us today in worship, reading scripture and providing the liturgist.

Thank you to Paul Edwards and Rita Swan for leading us in worship today 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


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


Ushers:  Kathy and Alan W.                                             Guitar: Alan W.

Scripture Reader:  Vinny A., St. Andrew’s River Heights UC (SARH)

Hosts:   Keith and Anne L.

Leading Worship:  Paul Edwards                             Liturgist: Rita Swan


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. 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. OFFICE CLOSED JULY 1ST. 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.)


Today 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.

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.

TODAY IS SPARE CHANGE SUNDAY On the last Sunday of each month, we have a basket at the back of the church into which you are welcome to put your spare change. This goes to West Broadway Community Ministry, which provides services including meals, counselling, advocacy, laundry facilities, telephone, voice mail and a computer lab for those living in poverty.

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 at this time.


St. Andrew’s River Heights (SARH) United Church will be coming to Westworth for worship June 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 folk 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. WEST BROADWAY (WCBM) PANTRY The need for emergency food will continue during July and August. Most needed and appreciated is 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.

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!

  1. BILL C-262 Sad News: Westworth, along with United Church people from across the country have worked for more than three years to support Bill C-262, which would have been a vehicle to harmonize Canadian law with the UN Declaration. Among other things, it would have helped to create a nation-to-nation framework for decision-making on issues like the Trans Mountain Pipeline.

Unfortunately, despite its passage through the House of Commons, Bill C-262 was opposed and delayed by a small number of senators, and died at third reading when the Senate rose for summer break on June 21st , National Indigenous Peoples Day. Please see the letter from our Moderator on the Outreach Board for further information.

  1. CELEBRATING 1JUST CITY’S 1ST BIRTHDAY as a registered charity – Laughs 4Love July 1st is a fundraiser for Augustine’s dignity washroom (gender neutral, open to all, accessible showers and wash stations, safe and clean). Laugh out loud at the comedy of Lara Rae and the incredible voice of the women’s comedic singers The Fu Fu Chi Chi Choir 4-5:30 at 444 River.  Donations.  Comedy and music.
  2. 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.caand 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.
  • 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.
  • Churchill Park UC seeking a part-time Office Administrator to begin work on Aug 20th. Application deadline:  noon, Friday, July 5th, 2019.
  • Camp Genesis LGBTQ* friendly arts camp for 7 – 12 year olds July 29th – Aug 2nd. Info: smrucartscamp.wixsite.com/campgenesis.
  • Cuban Visitors at Churchill Park – celebrations July 28th – 31st.


Summer Is No Vacation from Poverty

Summer can be a wonderful time of year filled with holidays and meals on the patio, but please remember that summer is no vacation for those living in poverty.

Children who rely on meal programs at school are faced with two months of poor nutrition. Families with tight budgets must find money for summer child care, or take unpaid time off to stay home to look after little ones. Little money and energy are left

Those who live outdoors or are between homes seem less visible in the summer. People may think that shelter is not needed. We forget about the showers, storage, and safety a home provides, sunburns, bug bites, and heat radiating from city sidewalks.

While we enjoy great summer, let’s remember those for whom summer is not a vacation. Together we can make sure summer is fun (or bearable) for all. We give thanks for places like West Broadway Outreach Ministry that provide needed support throughout the summer.