June 9 Bulletin

Westworth United Church

1750 Grosvenor Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba

on Treaty One Territory in the heart of the Métis Nation

Pentecost Sunday: June 9, 2019


We Gather to Worship

Welcome and Announcements

Candle Lighting, Prelude: “Come Down, O Love Divine” Callahan                

Introit:      O Holy Spirit                                                         Ron Klusmeier

Jewel Casselman, recorder


Prayer of Approach                                                   Celebrate God’s Presence

The risen Christ be with you.

And also with you.

Let us pray:

Spirit of the living God, visit us again this day of Pentecost.

Come, Holy Spirit, come.

On rushing winds that sweep away all barriers,

come, Holy Spirit, come.

With tongues of fire that set our hearts aflame,

come, Holy Spirit, come.

With speech that unites the babel of our tongues,

come Holy Spirit, come.

With love that overleaps the boundaries of race and nation,

come, Holy Spirit, come.

With power from above to make our weakness strong,

come, Holy Spirit, come.

In the name of God, the Holy One,

and of Jesus Christ our Saviour,

come, Holy Spirit, come.


Hymn        VU 198  “Come, O Spirit, Dwell among Us”     EBENEZER

Children’s Time

Hymn        MV 150 “Spirit God, Be Our Breath” V4


The Peace of Christ

One: May the peace of Christ be with you.

All: And also with you.

(Please extend a blessing of peace with words such as “Peace be with your”, or “Peace”, with the response, “And also with you.”

After the Passing of the Peace, the children may go to Blue Jean Sunday School.)


Prayer of Confession – Meditative Silence – Words of Assurance

We Hear the Word

First Reading:  Act 2: 1-21

Hear what the spirit is saying to the Church.

Thanks be to God.

Gospel Lesson:  John 14: 8-17, 25-27

This is the Gospel of Christ.

Thanks be to God.

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


Anthem:    Come, Holy Spirit, Heavenly Dove   Joe Cox and Jody Lindh

Sermon:          Spirit of Truth


We Respond

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

Ray McClelland, trumpet


Offertory: “Like the Murmur of the Dove’s Song”       John Carter

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

Offertory Prayer


Prayers of the People

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

Prayer for the gifts of the Spirit  adaptd fr Celebrate God’s Presence

Voice 1:     Spirit of Joy –

come like the wind, swirling among us;

fill us with enthusiasm

and energize us to do your work and your will.

Thank you, God, for the Spirit of Joy!

            first candle is lit

Voice 2      Spirit of Truth –

come as the flame of Christ’s light among us,

illuminating our hearts, our minds, our lives.

Thank you, God, for the Spirit of Truth!

            second candle is lit

Voice 3      Spirit of Fortitude –

come as the breath of life,

pouring energy and power into our dry bones,

rekindling all who are weary,

that they may have life and know God.

Thank you God, for the Spirit of Fortitude!

            third candle is lit

Voice 4      Spirit of Hope –

come from the four winds,

O breath, O restless searcher;

breathe upon your people,

that creation may be renewed with hope.

Thank you, God, for the Spirit of Hope!

            fourth candle is lit

Voice 5      Spirit of Love –

come as our Comforter and Consoler,

that all who are broken or wounded may be healed,

that all who grieve may be consoled

by the power of your love and grace.

Thank you, God, for the Spirit of Love!

            fifth candle is lit.

Voice 6      Spirit of Wisdom –

come as the light of understanding,

that diversity in all its forms may be respected

and may be understood as gifts to cherish.

Thank you, God, for the Spirit of Wisdom!

            sixth candle is lit

Voice 7      Spirit of Peace –

come as the winds of truth,

that our hearts may be kindled

by the passion for justice and peace.

Thank you, God, for the Spirit of Peace!

            seventh candle is lit


Further prayers of Thanksgiving and Intercession

The Lord’s Prayer VU 921

Hymn       VU 382  “Breathe on Me, Breath of God”              TRENTHAM


Choral Benediction:             “Hallelujah”                             ST. GEORGE’S

Postlude:   “Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah”  John Hughes/Fred Bock



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.

Scripture Reader: Denise J.

Leading worship: Earl Gould

Voices for prayer liturgy: Choir members



SUMMER SERVICES Starting next week, 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.

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 full days on Mondays and Fridays and in the afternoons Tues-Thur.  Andrea covers Tues-Thur. mornings.  Summer office hours starting this week are Mon – 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.)

UCW THANKOFFERING SERVICE AND DESSERT PARTY  Thank-you to all who assisted with and attended the UCW Thankoffering Service on June 4th. Approximately 75 women participated in the worship service, enjoyed musical entertainment by John Erskine and Edward Ledson, and visited over desserts and coffee. A total of $685.00 was raised for the Mission and Service Fund.


This is the last Sunday for Blue Jean Sunday School.  Thank you, Maggie, for all the work you have done with the children this church year!

For the following Sundays in June and July, there will be a children’s time in the Worship Service.  The Upper Classroom is available for parents and children for the remaining part of the service.  Please note that parents must supervise their children.  Children are welcome to stay in the sanctuary and 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

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.


BOOK LAUNCH  Gordon Toombs is launching his first book

L74298 Recollections of a Conscientious Objector in World War II

Sunday, June 9th at 2 pm – McNally Robinson Booksellers  –  Atrium.

 Gordon was studying theology at the University of Saskatchewan when he and seven friends decided to take a stand against the bearing of arms as conscientious objectors in World War II. Misunderstood and scorned, some were assigned to safe war jobs when they wanted to risk their lives; others faced persecution and even jail. At 98 year of age, the only surviving member is ready to share the experiences of these principled young men who remained loyal to their beliefs and each other.

Gordon Toombs was raised in Saskatchewan during the Depression where he learned from frustrated farmers how to protest for change. He became a United Church minister and received a Doctor of Philosophy in Christian Ethics, eventually specializing in marriage and family counselling. Throughout his career, he has implemented several significant social initiatives in the community.


  1. WEST BROADWAY (WCBM) LUNCH1 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. Thank you for your help!
  2. BILL 262 We 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 can be found at  https://www.kairoscanada.org/urge-senators-stop-filibustering-bill-c-262.
  3. MUGS FOR THE EARTH Bring a favourite mug to church. Your coffee will be more enjoyable when you are helping to save a tree!
  4. WEST BROADWAY: 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.
  1. 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)

  • Rossbrook House – June 20th 8 a.m. Breakfast/annual 658 Ross Ave. RSVP by June 10th to srasmussen@rossbrookhouse.ca
  • 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.
  • Crescent Fort Rouge United Church – Living Well at 55+ Programs (Register: 204-299-9919 or cfruc55plus@gmail.com)
  • June 20th Preserving Family Memories 10:00 – 11:30 am
  • July 18th Introduction to Tai Chi 10:00 – 11:00 am
  • August 15th, 29th at 10:00 am – TBA