Nov. 17 Bulletin

Westworth United Church

1750 Grosvenor Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba

on Treaty One Territory in the heart of the Métis Nation

23rd Sunday after Pentecost: November 17, 2019


We Gather to Worship

Welcome and Announcements

Candle Lighting and Prelude:           “Prelude”                    Healey Willan

Introit:      “Now Let Us All Praise God and Sing”              Gordon Young

Opening Prayer

Hymn: VU 268                  “Bring Many Names”                  WESTCHASE

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 unconditional love and acceptance,

       We are so quick to label and dismiss.

       Our structured lives do not make space for everyone.

       Help us to see beyond the binaries of male and female,

       White and black, gay and straight, healthy and sick, strong and 


       Collectively, we are all of the above and in between.

       Help us hold dissonance and ambiguity with grace.


Meditative Silence

Words of Assurance


We Hear the Word

Responsive Reading VU 861     “Psalm 139”


Gospel Lesson: Matthew 19:9-12

This is the Gospel of Christ.

Thanks be to God.

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


Anthem:                “How Can I Keep from Singing?”        arr. Andy Beck

Sermon:                      “A Confusing Gift of Gender”


We Respond

Hymn MV 161            “I Have Called You by Your Name”           KELLY



Offertory:       “Great is Thy Faithfulness”                      Chuck Marohnic

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 959 (sung)


Hymn VU 567     “Will You Come and Follow Me”         KELVINGROVE


Choral Benediction:              “Hallelujah”                           ST. GEORGE’S

Postlude:                           “Finale Jubilante”                        Healey Willan



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 S. and Florence B.

Ushers:  Kathy and Alan W.

Scripture Reader:  Peter S.



SUNDAY SCHOOL This week the children will be learning about The Birthright (Genesis 25:29-34).

POINSETTIA SALES:  The Christian Education Team will be selling poinsettias as a fundraiser in support of the VBS program. Orders will be accepted in the office and after worship in the narthex for the next several weeks. Pick up date is Sat., Dec. 14 at 1:00-2:00pm. This year, if you do not wish to purchase a plant but would still like to support the VBS program, please feel free to make a tax receiptable donation with “VBS” specified with your donation. Thank you for your support.


Thanks to all who have submitted their pledge for 2020.  A gentle reminder to those who intend to pledge to please complete your pledge form and return it to Westworth as soon as possible. The annual budget is based on pledges made. Your generosity and cooperation is greatly appreciated as we prepare for next year. If you have misplaced your form, there are copies in the Narthex or you can request one be sent to you by email,

Also, a reminder to those who are completing their 2019 pledge to please have it in before the end of December so that it may be recorded and a tax receipt provided. Thanks for your assistance.

THINKING OF MAKING A DONATION?   We are most grateful for all donations to support the work of Westworth. By making a donation with an envelope and providing your name we are able to send you a receipt. Donations can be made with a credit card through our website, Click on the Donate tab for a secure transaction. Donations can also be made through E-transfer to the church email address, , please send a separate email to obtain instructions. Donations for general purposes or for the Building, Memorial or Westworth Funds, for special projects or to celebrate special occasions can all be made as outlined above. Please include a note with your donation so we can honour your intentions. Thank you for thinking of Westworth.

upcoming events

LUNCHEON AND VOCAL ASCENT CONCERTimmediately 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.

UNIT 77 will meet on Wednesday, November 20th at 1:30 p.m. at the home of Dorcas Windsor to discuss the book, A Gentleman in Moscow  by Amor Towles. Newcomers are always welcome.

UNIT 94 will meet on Tuesday, November 19 at 7:30pm in the Parlour. Dorcas Windsor will lead us in a discussion about our Affirming Ministry process. Need more info? Contact Nancy Doern-White

AFFIRMING MINISTRY  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. 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, Professional Comedian Lara Rae will be our guest preacher. She will speak on how coming out as trans was both a spiritual and physical necessity. 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 .

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.

CE ADVENT SEASON  We have lots of very exciting things planned for our Sunday school this Advent. We will be helping with the mitten tree in the narthex. We will also be collecting coffee mugs with a pair of socks in them for our friends at West Broadway.

Dec. 1st – We will be helping to decorate the sanctuary tree with hand-made roses during “The Greening of the Sanctuary”.

Dec. 6th – Join us for the “Advent Café” at 6:30pm in the gym. Enjoy coffee, hot chocolate and Christmas cookies while the “Make and Take” craft night, ornament making and trimming the CE tree happens.

WELCOMER ORIENTATION. We have great hosts and ushers for Sunday morning. We now need one or two additional people who can be available to talk to newcomers before and after the service and help connect them with the congregation. We are hoping to have a number of people willing to do this so that we can prepare a roster for the year. We are a having an orientation for anyone who would like to be a welcomer on Sunday, December 1 immediately after church. Please let Barb Magarrell or Loraine know if you would like to attend.

TAIZÉ ADVENT PRAYER: a reflective time of chants in 4 parts with cantor and accompaniment, silent meditation and opportunity for anointing and lighting of prayer candles. Sunday, December 1, 7:30-8:30 pm

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!

SPARE CHANGE SUNDAY Excuse me, do you have spare change? How often have you been asked this and not known how best to respond? Here’s an alternative response. On the last Sunday of each month, we will put out plates at the back of the church. When you leave, you are welcome to dump your spare change into the plates. We will send all spare change donations to West Broadway Community Ministry, who offer many resources to those living in poverty.

CELEBRATE SUNDAY  The last Sunday of each month, Westworth will acknowledge and celebrate Mile Stone events in your life. If you have a Birthday, Anniversary, Graduation or other accomplishment, please write it on a slip of paper and place it in our Celebration Box in the Narthex.  At the end of the service, Loraine will read them out.  If you wish to bring cookies or cake in help celebrate the event, please feel free to do so, we will serve the goodies with the coffee after church.  Yum, Yum.


  1. West Broadway Community Ministry Lunch November 21 – Barbara and Brian Gwyer will host this month’s hot lunch at West Broadway. Westworth’s monthly “meatball sub” lunch, consisting of a tasty sub, fresh fruit and homemade cookies is very popular with our guests at WBCM. Please considering donation to this ministry. You will find the sign-up sheet on the Board in the Narthex.
  2. Walk a Mile , a fundraiser for 1JustCity, will happen Sat. Nov 23, This year, we will walk the Augustine UC 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 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!
  3. DON’T PUT YOUR TURKEY ROASTER AWA Y 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.
  4. Gifts with Vision : Coming Soon! Your 2019 edition of the United Church’s “Gifts with Vision” catalogue will be distributed in the coming weeks. Those of you who subscribe to Broadway will have received your copy of “Gifts with Vision”. There are many opportunities for you to gift United Church projects across Canada and around the world.
  1. 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. You may pre-order coffee, tea, and chocolate. Just pick up the order form in the Narthex, and drop it off on or before December 1. Your order will be ready on the 8th to “Grab and Go”.
  2. West Broadway Community Ministry (WBCM) Pantry – Your Outreach Team is grateful to so many of you who, each Sunday, fill the buckets to overflowing with nutritious 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 and bath towels. Travelling soon? Please remember WBCM by collecting those small containers of soap, shampoo, and conditioner. They are used when guests take a shower at the facility.


  • World Village Gospel Choir Presents: THROUGH THE STORM – a concert of uplifting gospel and world music Saturday, Nov. 23, at 3:00 Knox UC 400 Edmonton Street Tickets $15 at the door, $12.50 online, Kids 12 and under FREE
  • All women and girls are invited to a Women’s Advent Service on Monday, Dec. 2nd, 7pm at Charleswood United Church, 4820 Roblin Blvd. The Together Growing in Faith group presents this reflective service to celebrate Advent, the season of hope, light and anticipation. A time of fellowship & refreshments will follow in the Van Roon Hall.
  • Transgender Day of RemembranceWednesday, November 20, 2019 West End Commons **Please use the address @ 365 McGee St. Doors at 6:30PM Event 7-9PM
  • PANTRY: Organized by Lara Rae, Pantry is a community based project to support and uplift her neighbours by providing food and supplies to those dealing with food and shelter insecurity. Privately funded by Lara with assistance from private donations which go 100 percent towards food and kitchen supplies.  Donations of cash, cheques, kitchen supplies, bags, ziplocks, foil sheets, and rolls as well as canned tuna (white only) peanut butter, jam, coolers, gloves, hats, sweaters and jackets and female hygiene products always needed. Donations welcome through with interac or paypal.


Minute for Mission

Adventure Camp

Our gifts for Mission & Service provide opportunities for children to explore how they can change the world one step at a time.

High Country United Church in Mono, Ontario, became a place of fun and laughter when it hosted the GO Project Adventure Camp for children in Grades 2 to 7. Children explored their faith and justice through unique service projects. One program involved shopping at a local grocery store and then delivering the food and diapers to the Orangeville Food Bank. Participants’ eyes were opened to what it means to need a food bank in their community.

This program is presented as a day camp experience with trained camp staff facilitating. It offers fun camp experiences, such as games, songs, crafts, small groups, delicious food, and a fun time in a safe, intentional community. It is a great way to engage the children of your congregation in what it means to be called to love our neighbours.

Thank you for your gifts for Mission & Service that provide opportunities for children to explore faith in a fun and safe environment.

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.