Nov. 10 Bulletin

Westworth United Church

1750 Grosvenor Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba

on Treaty One Territory in the heart of the Métis Nation

Remembrance Sunday: November 10, 2019


We Gather to Worship

Welcome and Announcements

Candle Lighting and Prelude: “        Cor Jesu”                               W. Schultes

Anthem:    “Make Me an Instrument of Your Peace”

                                           Text: St. Francis of Assisi,  Music: Mary McDonald

Prayer for Peace VU 692

Hymn VU 678      “For the Healing of the Nations”   WESMINSTER ABBEY

Children’s Recitation             “In Flander’s Fields”               Dr. John McCrae

Cherub’s Choir                “Poppies Red”                                       Betty Kovacs

“Last Post”                                                   trumpeter: Captain Rick Sellwood

Two Minutes of Silence



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 are invited to go downstairs for Sunday School.)


We Hear the Word

VU 806            “Psalm 90: O God, Our Help in Ages Past”         ST ANNE


Gospel Reading: Matthew 5:1-16

This is Gospel of Christ.

Thanks be to God.

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

Sermon:                      “Lighting the Darkness”


We Respond

Candle-Lighting Liturgy (see insert)

Hymn VU 679                  “Let There Be Light”                        CONCORD


Recognition of Veterans & Members of the Canadian Armed Forces


“Eternal Father, Strong to Save (Navy Hymn)”     arr John Edmondson

“Brighton Beach March”                                               William P. Latham

“Fanfare for the Common Man”                                        Aaron Copland

“Nettleton – Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing”

Randall D. Standridge


Offertory:   “The Rowan Tree – I Heard the Voice of Jesus”

                                                                                    Randall D. Standridge

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 VU 682                        “O Day of Peace”                  JERUSALEM


Choral Response             “Hallelujah”                                 ST GEORGE

Postlude:         “Abide With Me”        arranged and conducted by Earl Isaak


Our gratitude to Westworth Winds and trumpeter Captain Rick Sellwood.



Minister:  Loraine MacKenzie Shepherd                                         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                                    

Office Administrator:  Heather Lavery                     

Church Phone # 204 489-6974 Ext. 20                      

Church Accountant:  Jenny Jeffers    


Hosts:  Shirley Ann Simkulak and Florence Baker

Ushers:  Maureen Lelond and Kirk Windsor

Scripture Reader:  Gord McLeod

Candle-Litany Leaders: Larry and Kathy McPhail



The Office will be closed for Remembrance Day.

CHEER BOARD KNITTING should be brought in.

SUNDAY SCHOOL This week the children will be learning about Jacob and Esau (Genesis 25:19-28)

THANK YOU to all the people who provided items for the Home Bake Table at the Bazaar.  You outdid yourself!  There was such a wonderful selection of baking and preserves, and all the contributions were appreciated so much, especially by our guests!  Many people went home with a favourite – as well as the chance to try something new.  We heard such nice things about the variety.  Whether you baked or preserved, or bought, thank you for your time and support.


upcoming events

SPIRITUAL ATTRIBUTES: Final Monday evening session 7-9 pm, Nov. 11. 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 The Affirming Team of Rhea Yates, Petra Thanisch, Andrea Firth, Dorcas Windsor and Heather Robbins invites you today to a lunch in the Parlour to discuss what the Affirming process is about. To become an Affirming Ministry in the United Church means explicitly that we welcome all persons who identify as lesbian, gay, transgender, two-spirited, and non-binary. Our intention is to be public, intentional and explicit about our purpose.  We are in a learning process and are beginning that today with a talk and discussion with time for questions this Sunday after church.  Reverend Karen Lumley from St. Andrew’s River Heights and Reverend Patrick Woodbeck from Windsor Park United Church will be sharing their experiences as lesbian and gay ministers. Please feel welcome to join us in the parlour. Soup and accessories included!

At the Leadership Team Retreat on Nov. 3, it was decided to focus on the theme of Affirming Ministry during the worship services on Nov. 17 and 24. What is the process, why is it important, why does it matter to people? Loraine graciously agreed to throw out her well laid plans and go with the suggestion. Nov 17th Loraine will preach about non-binary identity from a biblical perspective. The following Sunday, Nov 24th we will have a guest speaker who will tell us their story on why an affirming church is important to their faith journey. During this service we will have time for small group discussion.
It was decided to include these teachings and discussions within the worship service as so many have difficulty with schedule conflicts to attend lunches or additional presentations and the Leadership Team felt strongly that all congregants should have the opportunity to hear, understand and be able to discuss this process which impacts all the congregation – in a very positive way. For further questions please contact Rhea Yates, Chair of the Affirming Committee, at .

COMMUNITY CARE TEAM meets November 14th at 1pm in the church Library.

MEN’S SPIRITUALITY GROUP MEETING: November 16, 9am in the Upper Classroom: Please join us for discussion of “Retirement”. Light nourishment @ 9am and discussion @ 9:30am. For further information contact Larry Strachan 204-489-9074 or

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, or by calling Gord McLeod at 204-293-8162. All proceeds from this concert are going to Westworth general funds.

ADVENT BIBLE STUDY  Have you ever wondered how our Christmas Pagents and carols came about?  What did the Gospel writers want us to know and understand?  This is a 5-week Bible study starting Monday Nov. 18 through to Monday Dec. 16 each Monday at 1:00 – 2:30 p.m in the Parlour. This is your opportunity to reflect and wrestle with what scripture says bout the birth of Jesus. There will be a sign-up sheet in the narthex. Heather Robbins, retired Diaconal minister, will be facilitating this study.

Welcome Welcome   The Westworth Community Care Team happily extends an invitation to a WELCOME LUNCHEON for all who are Newcomers to our congregation.  You are invited to join us in The Parlour after the service on Sunday, November 24th for good food and a relaxing chance to meet and get to know each other better!

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.

ZEEBU RETREAT 2020 Feb. 14-17 (Louis Riel Weekend) Zeebu is an annual United Church Youth Retreat.  Westworth UC has been invited to host this event in February 2020. Approximately 90 people (including youth and their leaders) would gather under our roof from Saturday February 17 through Monday Noon on February 19.  Twila McNair, the coordinator of Youth for our United Church Region, asks that we provide and coordinate meals for that weekend.  Before we commit to hosting this exciting event for youth of the United Church and our own youth here at Westworth, we would need to know the availability and willingness of the wonderful volunteers at Westworth to offer their help.  If you would be willing to help in planning for meals, preparing meals in advance for freezing, or to offer guidance to the participants in meal set up or clean up, please indicate your wishes on the sign-up sheet in the Narthex today.  Thanks so much!


  1. Walk a Mile, a fundraiser for 1JustCity, will happen November Nov 23, This year, we will walk the Augustine United Church neighbourhood to learn more about the challenges of living on the streets during Winterpeg’s coldest months. Team Westworth has been registered and you can support our team by logging in to donate. Or see Marion M. in the Narthex after church and she will accept pledges or assist with on-line donations. If you want to walk with Marion and Allan, please let Marion know. Many thanks for your support!
  2. Charity Night at St. Vital November 16: Tickets supporting 1JustCity are now on sale for St. Vital Centre’s 10th annual charity shopping event, Behind Closed Doors! Tickets are $5 each and are available from Tiffany G. in the Narthex today immediately following the service. Behind Closed Doors is an after-hours evening of giveaways, prizes and centre-wide sales! Join us for a night of all-you-can-shop from 7:00pm – 10:30pm.
  3. DON’T PUT YOUR TURKEY ROASTER AWAY  As the famous Westworth Bazaar turkey burgers are fresh in your memories, your Outreach Team would like to remind you of “Turkeys for Rossbrook”, a community drop-in centre which provides hot turkey with gravy sandwiches at their drop-in centre over the Christmas school break. Stay tuned for further details coming in the near future. Questions or concerns may be directed to Allan McKay at or Ruth Wiwchar, 204-889-2892.
  1. Gifts with Vision: Coming Soon! Your 2019 edition of the United Church’s “Gifts with Vision” catalogue will be distributed in the coming weeks.
  2. Westworth’s Annual 10,000 Villages Sale December 8: Immediately following the service, stock up on your Fair Trade coffee and tea – and shop for the perfect gift as you help others out of poverty around the globe.
  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 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.


A Remembrance Day Candle-Lighting Litany

Adapted from Litany by Heather McClure

Light the first candle.

We light this candle to remember all those men and women who died in the service of our nation in times of war, on peacekeeping missions, and in conflicts in other countries. At the going down of the sun and in the morning…

we will remember them.

Light the second candle.

We light this candle to remember the service animals who died in support of the troops: the horses, the dogs, the carrier pigeons. At the going down of the sun and in the morning…

we will remember them.

Light the third candle.

We light this candle for members of the Armed Forces and their families and friends. We give thanks for the support and care offered to those in service. We remember those whose suffer from the traumatic effects of their service. At the going down of the sun and in the morning…

we will remember them.

Light the fourth candle.

We light this candle to remember victims of war on all sides, especially the most vulnerable: women, children, those who are sick and disabled, or elderly and those who are already rejected by their society. At the going down of the sun and in the morning…

we will remember them.

Light the fifth candle.

We light this candle for our earth and all of creation, recognizing that it, too, is a casualty of war. We acknowledge the ecological destruction of the earth, the sea, and the air, and pray that our Creator might help us to restore the ongoing devastation of our natural world.

Loving God, make us co-creators with you.

Light the sixth candle.

We light this candle for the hundreds of thousands of refugees displaced by war who must seek new homelands, a safe and peaceful place to live, and a fresh start.

Loving God, make us instruments of your peace.

Light the seventh candle.

We light this candle for conscientious objectors, pacifists and all who risk their lives to offer non-violent conflict resolution.

Loving God, make us instruments of your peace.

Light the eighth candle.

We light this candle as a candle of love to remind us that God commands us to forgive one another and to be reconciled to one another.

Loving God, make us instruments of your peace.


Minute for Mission

Answering the Call

Our gifts for Mission & Service support theological education in seven theological schools, including Emmanuel College in Toronto, Ontario.

Aside from The United Church of Canada ministry training degrees, Emmanuel College offers interfaith programs in Muslim studies and Buddhist studies. These programs have created a more enriched program of study and diversity in the student population. Here is the story of one of these students:

Captain Barbara Helms was enrolled in the Canadian Armed Forces as a chaplain of the Muslim tradition in October 2017. She will be serving with the 30th Field Artillery Regiment (33 Canadian Battle Group, 4th Canadian Division). She is currently pursuing a Doctor of Ministry degree specializing in Muslim chaplaincy, offered through the University of Toronto, the Toronto School of Theology, and Emmanuel College. Thanks to your gifts to Mission & Service, the college has implemented inter-faith programs such as Islamic Studies. Padre Helms has been involved in teaching, community outreach, youth ministry, hospital pastoral care, and inter-faith dialogue. She is grateful for the opportunity to be the first female Muslim chaplain, and finds that military chaplaincy is a place where she can serve her regimental family.

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.