Oct. 27 Bulletin

Westworth United Church

1750 Grosvenor Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba

on Treaty One Territory in the heart of the Métis Nation

Stewardship Sunday II: October 27, 2019


We Gather to Worship

Welcome and Announcements

Candle Lighting and Prelude:           “Largo”                       Antonio Vivaldi

Introit:            “My God, Accept My Heart”                         Howard Helven


Opening Prayer

In awe of the beauty and majesty of Creation,

       Creator of all, we give you praise.

Held within the vulnerable intricacy of nature,

       Designer of the web of life, we give you thanks.

Remembering the life, death and resurrection of Christ Jesus,

       Incarnate God, we are humbled in our gratitude.


Hymn: VU 238                  “O Lord My God”                         O STORE GUD

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

      Search our hearts, O God,

      And bring to our conscience

      Seeds of pride, arrogance and defensiveness.

      Before they turn to judgement and scorn of others,

      We confess them to you.

      We ask for humility in all that we do.

Meditative Silence

Words of Assurance


We Hear the Word

Responsive Reading VU 782     “Psalm 65”


Gospel Lesson: Luke 18:9-14

This is the Gospel of Christ.

Thanks be to God.

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


Anthem:                       “Be My Church”                                  David Lantz III

                                            Recorder: JeweL Casselman

Sermon:                      “Giving Out of Grace”


We Respond

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

A Minute for Stewardship                                                    Rev. Eleanor Geib


Offertory:       “Great is Our God”                                                   Dale Wood

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


Milestone Celebration

       Joyfully, we share our blessings with our congregation.

Thankfully, we raise our voices with each celebration.


Hymn VU 507     “Today We All Are Called to Be Disciples”           NOËL


Choral Benediction:              “Hallelujah”                               ST. GEORGE’S

Postlude:                    “Tuba Tune”                             Mark D. Himmelmann


 Thank you to Jewel Casselman for her music this morning.


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


Host:  Jennifer S.

Ushers:  Janet S. and Kirk W.

Scripture Reader:  Kathy W.



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

We extend our condolences to Linda and Wayne P. on the death of Wayne’s mother, Agnes Paquin T. (nee Janzen). The Memorial Service will be at Glen Lawn Funeral Home at Monday, Oct. 28 at 2:00pm.

We also extend our condolences to Alan and Kathy W. on the death of Allan’s brother, Jim.

TIME CHANGE NOTICE On Sunday, Nov. 3 we move the clocks back 1 hour.

SUNDAY SCHOOL This week the children will be learning about the Birth of Isaac (Genesis 18:1-15; 21:1-7). Youth Class is meeting with Marilyn Anderson Corkum.

WESTWORTH COMMUNITY CONNECTION EVENTS  Oct. 31 6:30-8:30pm Celebrate Halloween with treats and hot chocolate at the church.

STEWARDSHIP PACKAGES will be available for pick up today then will be mailed out on Monday. Please help us save on postage by picking up today. Blank Pledge forms are available by the Pledge Box.

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

2019 Pledged                      Received

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


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.

REMEMBRANCE DAY PHOTOS: We will be showing the photos of family members who have served in the Armed Forces during our Remembrance Day service. If you have additional photos, please give them to the office by Nov 4 so that we can scan them.

CELEBRATE SUNDAY: On the last Sunday of every month, we celebrate milestone events (birthdays, anniversaries, and accomplishments). Please place any milestone events these in our Celebration Box in the narthex.

SPARE CHANGE SUNDAY On the last Sunday of every month, you are invited to place your spare change in the offering plates on your way out. This offers us an alternative response to those on the streets asking for spare change. The money will go towards West Broadway Community Ministry, which offers meals, services and support for those living in poverty.

CUBA: Due to insufficient numbers, we have cancelled our Cuba trip for 2020. Instead, we are assessing interest for a Cuba trip in 2021 for adults and possibly youth. Please let Loraine know if you are interested with your preferred dates.


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.

AFFIRMING MINISTRY What does it mean to be an affirming ministry? Westworth’s affirming committee invites everyone to hear Reverend Karen Lumley from St. Andrew’s River Heights and Reverend Patrick Woodbeck from Windsor Park UC as they share their experiences. What does it mean for a congregation to make a commitment to welcome and include people of all sexual orientations and gender identities? On November 10, 2019, bring a bag lunch and any questions you might have about this process. We’re offering coffee and tea and some good discussion! For more information, contact Rhea Y. at rheayates@mymts.net

LUNCHEON AND VOCAL ASCENT CONCERT On Sunday, November 17th, immediately after the service, please join us for a Bagel and toppings lunch hosted by the Community Care Team.   After lunch, you’re invited to join Vocal Ascent Community Choir and the Westworth choir to enjoy a great musical programme beginning at 1:30 in the sanctuary. The Vocal Ascent concert, entitled “Common Ground,” will be a celebration of the joy of singing and all our musical connections. Special guest artist will be our very own Christina Thanisch-Smith! Tickets for the concert are $15 for youth and adults (children 12 and under are free) and are available after church, from the church office, at vocalascent@gmail.com, or by calling Gord M. at 204-293-8162. All proceeds from this concert are going to Westworth general funds.

FAITH CAFÉ date change to Nov. 28 at 10:30 am in the parlour. We will be discussing “Finding the True Self”. This gathering is open to lay people and to clergy as we delve into the depths of our Christian faith.


  1.  THANK YOU: to those who attended the Sabbath Supper on Sunday October 20. Barbara MacDonald, International Program Director for the Canadian Foodgrains Bank shared detailed information about the global humanitarian and development work done by the bank.
  1. Saturday November 2 at Jubilee Place: CMU Festival Chorus and Mennonite Community Orchestra present the Manitoba premiere performance of “The Thirsty Land” by Len Enns. The work is influenced by the refugee crisis right now and the concern going forward. Climate change refugees could be the next mass migration, and how the world responds to the mass movement of displaced people will be one of the predominate issues in the coming decades. ‘The Thirsty Land” looks at water which is going to be one of the most precious commodities going forward.
  2. Rossbrook House Open House & School Craft Sale Thursday, Nov. 7  11-1:30pm 658 Ross Ave.
  3. Coming Soon! Your 2019 edition of the United Church’s “Gifts with Vision” catalogue will be distributed in the coming weeks and Westworth’s annual 10,000 Villages sale will be held again during Advent. Stay tuned for more information that will assist you with your Christmas shopping!
  4. 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, bath towels and coffee mugs.


  • Westminster Concert Organ Series presents Sebastian Heindl Sun, Oct. 27 at 2:30pm Tickets $25 at the door or at McNally Robinson
  • Winter Blues presented by Kellie Williams, Can. Mental Health Association at Temple Shalom Wed. Nov. 6 at 1:30pm.
  • Exploring Israel/Jorden Tour led by Rev. Gordon Taylor Apr. 19-May 2, 2020. Office has further information if interested.


Minute for Mission

Youth Pilgrims

Thirteen Youth Forum pilgrims were on a journey during the summer of 2018. After work and orientation in their home Conferences, they travelled east to Newfoundland. With their two young adult leaders and a global partner, these dedicated young people visited each Conference of the United Church. They stopped in Oshawa, Ontario, in July to participate as commissioners at the 43rd General Council and then continued their pilgrimage, ending in British Columbia in mid-August.

Building on the theme of Rendez-vous 2017, these young people deepened their understanding of what it means to Be the Church/Soyons l’eglise in this time of change and challenge.

The youth were selected by peers from their home Conference at a Youth Forum Winter Retreat held in February 2018. At the retreat, 60 youth gathered to learn what a remit was, gain insight into how business would be carried out at General Council, and immerse themselves in the issues and concerns facing the United Church. They also spent time in worship, small groups, and played games, and other activities.

The pilgrimage invited participants to deepen their experience as they visited Indigenous communities, met migrant workers, learned about justice issues related to mining and fair trade, witnessed the work of social justice ministries and camps, and worshipped and celebrated with many communities of faith across the church. They came home changed, challenged, and ready to lead in ministry. How will you walk with a Youth Forum pilgrim from your region?

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.