Oct. 20 Bulletin

Westworth United Church

1750 Grosvenor Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba

on Treaty One Territory in the heart of the Métis Nation


World Food Day: October 20, 2019


We Gather to Worship

Welcome and Announcements

Candle Lighting and Prelude: “Living in the Hands of God”

words and music by Martin Robson)


Opening Prayer

Hymn: MV 1               “Let Us Build a House”                           TWO OAKS

Children’s Story

Hymn VU 356           “Seek Ye First the Kingdom”                   LAFFERTY


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

      God of generosity,

      You shower us with love and sustain us with grace.

      We do not always respond in kind.

      We wonder how much more we can get,

      Rather than how much more we can give.

      Teach us to be grateful for what we have,

      To know the difference between enough and want,

      And to live within our means,

      That we may be generous in spirit and in practice.

Meditative Silence

Words of Assurance


We Hear the Word

Responsive Reading VU 841     “Psalm 119: 137-144”                   Part Six


Gospel Lesson: Luke 19:1-10

This is the Gospel of Christ.

Thanks be to God.

Sung Response:  VU 956  “Your Word is a Lamp”             Eleanor Daley


Anthem:       “A New Creed”  (From Rocker’s United CD United We Rock,

words United Church Publishing and music by Martin Robson)

 Sermon:                      “Transformed by Generosity”


We Respond

Hymn MV 127            “I Saw the Rich Ones”                    Pat Mayberry

A Minute for Stewardship                                                        Ron Bailey



Offertory:  “The Eyes of God”      words and music by Martin Robson

Dedication Hymn:  MV 191 “What Can I Do?”     Rumbolt-McCarthy

Offertory Prayer


Prayers of the People

Prayer Introit:  MV 175 “May We But Wait”                         Will Petricko

Prayers of Thanksgiving and Intercession

The Lord’s Prayer VU 921


Hymn MV 212            “Sent Out in Jesus’ Name”       Traditional, Cuba


Choral Benediction:              “Hallelujah”                           ST. GEORGE’S

Postlude:        “Send Your Holy Spirit”

(words inspired by a poem by Jay Zumbrum and music by Martin Robson)


Our thanks to Rockers United for helping to lead worship.



Minister:  Loraine MacKenzie Shepherd

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


Hosts:  Kathy & Alan W.

Usher:  Janet S.

Scripture Reader:  Teresa S.



SUNDAY SCHOOL This week the children will be learning about Abraham and Lot (Genesis 13: 1-2).

We extend our condolences to Mel Finlayson and family on the passing of his wife Pat on Oct. 15. Celebration of Life service is planned for Nov. 2 at 11:00 am.

MB HYDRO REBATE We just received a Manitoba Hydro rebate of $9,914 from the Commercial Building Envelope Program for upgrading our insulation in the re-shingled sanctuary roof.

CHEER BOARD KNITTING should be brought in by Nov. 4.

2019 PLEDGES AND DONATIONS from January to Sept. 30 received from identifiable givers

Received                             2019 Pledged

M&S                                                      $  42,743                             $    34,119

Westworth Operations                      $ 266,727                            $  186,604

Total                                                      $ 309,470                           $  220,723

Total of all donations from Jan.-Sep. 30, including open plate, for the past 3 years.

2017  $ 205,544                    2018  $  209,416                2019  $ 220,723


upcoming events

SPIRITUAL ATTRIBUTES: Monday evening study 7-9 pm. We will study the spiritual attributes that thriving United Churches share in common with the early church. We will also develop spiritual practices that will help us incorporate these into our own lives. Led by Loraine and Nancy.

WESTWORTH’S ANNUAL LUNCHEON AND Next Saturday October 26th is the BIG day!  The annual Luncheon and Bazaar will be held between 11 am and 2 pm here at Westworth.  Have you invited all your family, friends, and neighbours yet?  We are looking forward to seeing and greeting everyone there!  If you wish to make a contribution to the Home Baking or General Store areas, please bring them to the church on Friday October 25th.   Please ensure your baked item is labeled e.g. Banana bread and also include a notation as to whether there are nuts or not.  Monetary donations are also welcomed.  Thank you for your contribution… each one adds to the success of the event!

PHOTODIRECTORY If you have not picked up your photodirectory please see Shirley Watts in the narthex or at the office during the week.



  1. West Broadway Community Ministry Luncheon – 1. West Broadway Community Ministry Luncheon – Thank you to Carol and Clarke W., to all who donated food and to  volunteers who prepped and served our guests at WBCM at our October lunch on Thursday the 17th. It was another great success, and a much appreciated hot lunch! Our next lunch at West Broadway is Thursday November 21, hosted by Barb and Brian G.
  2. TONIGHT!! Third Annual October Sabbath Supper, Sunday October 20Barbara Macdonald, from the Canadian Foodgrains Bank will share with us – “The Impact of Climate Change and Conflict on Global Hunger and Canadian Foodgrains Bank’s Response”. Learn more about one of the United Church’s partners and about the crucial work the Bank does on our behalf! Plan to arrive at 5:15. Dinner will be at 5:30 followed by our speaker at 6:00. This is an exciting opportunity for us to educate ourselves about how our United Church is working for others around the world, and to share in a “Westworth Family” meal! There is still time to sign-up on the sheet you will find on the board in in the Narthex. We look forward to seeing you there!
  3. West Broadway Community Ministry (WBCM) Pantry – Your Outreach Team is grateful to so many of you who have filled the buckets to overflowing with nutritious protein foods destined for West Broadway. Most needed today is protein: tins of meat, chili, stews, fish, beans, and small jars of peanut butter. Also needed are feminine hygiene products.


Trinity United Church in Fort Richmond is looking to hire a casual, part time, administrative assistant to cover office duties during our regular office administrative assistant’s medical absence.  If you like connecting with people and have good computer skills (Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, emails), please email your resume/cover letter to the TUC office at tuc@mymts.net .

Greening Sacred Spaces Oct. 20, 7pm St. Mary’s Rd. UC Coming together across faith communities to build actionable solutions for greening sacred spaces.

Centering Prayer: A form of Christian meditation based on an ancient practice of prayer. Newcomers welcome – 2nd & 4th Tuesdays of the month at 7pm at St. Andrew’s-River Heights in the St. Andrew’s lounge (255 Oak). RSVP to Clark Brownlee @clark_brownlee@mts.net.

Annual Harvest Supper at St. Andrew’s River Heights, 255 Oak St, on Sunday, Oct.  27 with two sittings at 4:30pm & 6:30pm. Tickets are $20 for adults, $6 for children 5-12 years and 4 & under are free. Wine will be served at $5 per glass. Tickets can be purchased online through Eventbrite at https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/st-andrews-annual-harvest-supper-tickets-72950718563 or the church office from Monday – Friday 9-3pm.

Renewing our Peace Treaty with the Earth: Stories in Defense of the Earth” – led by Bob Haverluck and Stan McKay. The event will begin with a readers’ theatre production, utilizing talented actors and musicians, on Friday night, Oct. 25th at Crescent Fort Rouge.  On Sat., Oct. 26th, Augustine will host morning and afternoon sessions that continue to explore the theme of caring for the earth and all its inhabitants utilizing stories from Bob Haverluck’s book, WHEN GOD WAS FLESH AND WILD: Stories in Defense of the Earth

Charleswood UC Fall Supper Sat. Oct 26 4:15 & 6:30pm sittings. Adults $18, 4-11 yrs. $6, under 3 no charge. Tickets available at the church office 9-4pm Mon.-Friday.

Westminster Concert Organ Series presents Sebastian Heindl Sun, Oct. 27 at 2:30pm Tickets $25 at the door or at McNally Robinson

CMU Festival Chorus and the Mennonite Community Orchestra present This Thirsty Land Sat. Nov. 2 at 7:30pm MBCI, Jubilee Place 173 Talbot Ave. Tickets $20, $10 for Students, available at the door

Winter Blues presented by Kellie Williams, Can. Mental Health Association at Temple Shalom Wed. Nov. 6 at 1:30pm.


Minute for Mission

A Thank You to Ministers

In his letter to the Ephesians, the apostle Paul writes about God empowering church leaders “to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ” (Ephesians 4:12). What are the ways that a minister has helped this community of faith to equip the saints for ministry, or to build up the Body of Christ in this place?

Today, we offer gratitude for the many ways that our ministers help to build up the Body of Christ through their leadership and ministry. Thank you for the sermons. Thank you for the worship gatherings. Thank you for the educational opportunities for all ages. Thank you for the ways you equip people for discipleship. Thank you for the home and hospital visits. Thank you for your outreach and justice leadership. Thank you for the prayers and care. Thank you for your faithfulness and your call to be a minister in The United Church of Canada.

Thanks to our gifts to Mission & Service, we support our ministers through theological education training and continuing education. Mission & Service also provides support to your community of faith through pastoral relations at the regional council and the denominational council. Thank you for your gifts to Mission & Service.

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.