Westworth United Church
1750 Grosvenor Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba
on Treaty One Territory in the heart of the Métis Nation
21st Sunday after Pentecost: Nov. 3, 2019
We Gather to Worship
Welcome and Announcements
Candle Lighting and Prelude: “Sweet Hour of Prayer”
William E. Bradbury
Introit: “My God, Accept My Heart” Howard Helven
Opening Prayer VU 719 “For the Communion of Saints”
Hymn: VU 661 “Come to My Heart” COME TO MY HEART
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 and return for the Celebration of Holy Communion
Prayer of Confession
Teach us how to pray, O God.
Help us know how to listen to you;
How to make space in our crush of words
That we may hear as well as speak.
Forgive us for ignoring your still, small voice.
Show us how to practice your presence.
Words of Assurance
We Hear the Word
Responsive Reading VU 840 “Psalm 119 Part Four, Refrain 4”
Gospel Lesson: Luke 18:1-8
This is the Gospel of Christ.
Thanks be to God.
Sung Response: VU 956 “Your Word is a Lamp” Eleanor Daley
Anthem: “Ancient Words” M. Smith, arr. C. Courtney
Sermon: “Persistence and Resistance”
Hymn VU 287 “Wellspring of Wisdom” WELLSPRING
Offertory: “Let Us Break Bread Together” arr. Mark Hayes
Dedication Hymn: MV 191 “What Can I Do?” Rumbolt-McCarthy
Offertory Prayer and Dedication of Pledges
The Sacrament of Holy Communion: Saints/Remembrance
(see insert; please leave for future use)
Hymn VU 484 “God, the All-Holy” BUNESSAN
Choral Benediction: “Hallelujah” ST. GEORGE’S
Postlude: “Trumpet Tune in A Major” Michael McCabe
Minister: Loraine MacKenzie Shepherd
firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com
Office Administrator: Heather Lavery firstname.lastname@example.org
Church Phone # 204 489-6974 Ext. 20 www.westworth.ca
Church Accountant: Jenny Jeffers email@example.com
Hosts: Carol and Paul G.
Ushers: Janet S.
Scripture Reader: Mac W.
Communion Servers: Elaine P., Norm S., Garry and Dorothy R.,
George N., Teresa S., Bruce T., Cathy B., and Dale B.
CHEER BOARD KNITTING should be brought in by Nov. 4.
We extend our condolences to Maureen L. and family on the passing of her brother.
SUNDAY SCHOOL This week the children will be learning about Isaac and Rebekah (Genesis 24: 1-67)
LUNCHEON & BAZAAR A big ‘THANK YOU’ to all the convenors, contributors and many many volunteers who helped to make our 2019 Luncheon and Bazaar such a great success. Our profit for this event was $9,630.91 which will be included in the general funds.
Wendy M. and Janet S., Co-Convenors
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 M. at firstname.lastname@example.org or Ruth W., 204-889-2892.
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.
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.
SPIRITUAL ATTRIBUTES: Two more Monday evening sessions 7-9 pm, Nov. 4 & 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 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 email@example.com
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 S. 204-489-9074 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com, or by calling Gord M. 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.
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) Westworth is hoping to host this retreat and we will be looking for volunteers to make this a success. Please see the sign-up sheet on the notice board if you can help.
- Walk a Mile, a fundraiser for 1JustCity, will happen November Nov 23, 2019. 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 https://www.canadahelps.org/en/charities/1justcity-inc/p2p/WAM/team/team-westworth/captain/team-westworth/ 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!
- 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.
- Gifts with Vision: Coming Soon! Your 2019 edition of the United Church’s “Gifts with Vision” catalogue will be distributed in the coming weeks.
- 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.
5. 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.
- Exploring Israel/Jorden Tour led by Rev. Gordon Taylor Apr. 19-May 2, 2020. Office has further information if interested.
- Crescent Ft. Rouge UC Thursday, Nov. 14 10:00 – 11:00 am. Gathering for those 55+. Chicken Soup for the Soul 10:00 – 11:00 am. Please join in and bring a story or two of a life experience that has moved you deeply. It can be one of your own or a story that has been shared with you that touched your heart and possibly given you goosebumps. We will enjoy this hour together while sharing homemade Autumn Vegetable soup with biscuits. Hope to see you there!
Minute for Mission
In India, Mission & Service partner Human Rights and Advocacy Research Foundation works with fishing communities, urban poor, traditional farmers, prisoners, Dalits (people of low caste), and Adivasis (Indigenous people) in the continuing struggle for economic and social justice.
One of its programs helps children whose families cannot provide essential school supplies. In addition, it educates the children on their human rights. Here are two of the children who have benefitted from this program.
Lilly is 15 years old. Her mother is a street fish vendor, and her father is a daily wage fisher who is not well. Lilly says, “Sometime we struggle to make ends meet.” Lilly wants to become an accountant. Her mother, Mohana, says, “I will not forget this timely help which prevented me from going into debt.”
Thilagavathy is 15 years old. Her father is a fisher and is unable to contribute much to the family’s income. Her mother is a street fish vendor whose income sustains the family. Thilagavathy wants to become a police officer. Her mother says, “She is bright in her studies, and I did not have the means… I am so thankful.”
With Mission & Service partners, the United Church works to achieve access to education for everyone, regardless of income or social status. This work is an essential part of securing greater justice, broad-based participation in society, and the eradication of poverty.
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.