Westworth United Church
1750 Grosvenor Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba
on Treaty One Territory in the heart of the Métis Nation
5th Sunday after Epiphany
Feb 9, 2020
We Gather to Worship
Welcome and Announcements
Candle-Lighting & Prelude
Introit “Lord Jesus Christ, Be Present Now” William Byrd
Opening Prayer VU 80 “An Epiphany Prayer”
Hymn VU 79 “Arise, Your Light Is Come” FESTAL SONG
Hymn MV 220 “Hope Shines as the Solitary Star” MacLean/Tissandier
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
Spirit of truth, help us find our voice.
Forgive our silence when words are needed.
Forgive our reticence when action is required.
When justice calls,
Give us the courage to respond in word and in deed.
Words of Assurance
We Hear the Word
Hebrew Scripture: Isaiah 58:1-12
This is testimony to the Word of God
Thanks be to God.
Responsive Reading VU 764 “Psalm 40”
Gospel Lesson: Matthew 5:13-20
This is the Gospel of Christ.
Thanks be to God.
Sung Response: VU 895 “Gloria”
Anthem: “For the Beauty of the Earth” Cindy Barry
Sermon “Salt and Light”
Hymn MV 82 “Bathe Me in Your Light” Oldham/Klusmeier
Dedication Hymn VU 81, vs 3 “As With Gladness”
Prayers of the People
Prayer Introit: 865 “Hear Our Prayer” George Whelpton
Prayers of Thanksgiving and Intercession
The Lord’s Prayer VU 921
Hymn VU 646 “We Are Marching” SIYAHAMBA
Sung Response: VU 87, refrain “I am the Light of the World”
Minister: Loraine MacKenzie Shepherd
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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
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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
Welcomers: Anne and Keith L.
Hosts: Sharon S. and Madeline P.
Ushers: Janet S. and Elaine P.
Scripture Reader: Teresa S.
SUNDAY SCHOOL The children will be learning about the Shepherd’s Story
(Luke 2: 8-20)
SANCTUARY WINDOWS PROJECT
Progress on the Sanctuary Window Project continues with $ 32,744 in donations, pledges and confirmed grants to date. A Q & A Information sheet about the project is in the Narthex. Thanks to those who have contributed, other donations are welcome.
WANTED: WESTWORTH REGIONAL REPS FOR THE UNITED CHURCH’S PRAIRIE TO PINE REGION. This is the equivalent of our Conference reps, which Dorcas & Kirk have been for many years. After having served so well for so long, they have stepped down. Dan and Ruth Wiwchar served as our Regional Reps for last year. We are now looking for 1-4 regional reps for this year. The responsibilities require attending the annual meeting of the Region. This year, the region is meeting in Steinbach from Thursday afternoon May 28-Saturday afternoon May 30. Funding is available to assist with registration, hotel and food. This is a great opportunity to meet people from other United Churches across Manitoba and NW Ontario. Please let Loraine or Eunice know if you are interested or have questions.
2020 Lenten Challenge
Westworth is trying something new this year. We are giving up meetings for Lent in order to make a bit more space for us to indulge in spiritual reflection. We hope that everyone will consider spending 15 minutes/day reflecting on a biblical passage as it relates to our personal lives. We will be providing workbooks that will take us through the Gospel of Matthew. Each day will offer a biblical passage, some background to it, a question for us to reflect upon, and a prayer. Workbooks are available after the service today.
We are also offering small groups for people to join and meet once a week for 5 weeks during the month of March. These small groups will help people get to know each other as they share reflections with one another. Various times for small groups are listed in the narthex. Please choose one time that fits your schedule and sign up.
TAX RECEIPTS Please pick up your tax receipts in the narthex. Thanks for helping us save postage.
NAME TAGS If anyone is interested in obtaining a new or replacement name tag there is a sign-up sheet on the sign-up board. Name tags may be left on the new Name Tag Board by the coffee ledge in the narthex.
“A LEARNING AND SHARING OPPORTUNITY FOR PERSONS WITH DEMENTIA AND PARTNERS IN CARE.” Pat Stephenson will lead a five session opportunity to investigate the research in dementia and share personal stories with others. The goal of the sessions is to open up opportunities of strength and self preservation for the care giver. These sessions will allow participants to explore the possibilities and understand the need for an individual diagnosed with dementia to be part of decision making in their care. This program will give the care giver, family and the person diagnosed with this debilitating disease, the tools to maintain personhood and a loving relationship with family thru this very difficult journey. It would be most beneficial to you and to the group if you could attend all five sessions, but this is not necessary. Please join us Thursday afternoon 1:30pm -3:30 pm January 23-Feb 20.
JOIN US FOR BRIDGE Feb. 13 at 1:00pm (every 2nd Thursday of the month) here at Westworth. This is social bridge and all levels are welcome.
MEN’S SPIRITUALITY Men of all ages at Westworth, please join us for a light breakfast and discussion about Lent 2020, Saturday Feb. 15, in the upper classroom. Breakfast at 9:00am and topic at 9:30. Questions or comments; contact Dan W. at 204-889-2892.
UCW UNIT #94 will be meeting on Tuesday, February 18th at 7:30pm. A special feature for this meeting will be a Quilting Trunk Show. Anyone is welcome to attend.
Please keep in mind the ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING has been set for Feb. 23, 2020. WORSHIP WILL BEGIN AT 10:30 AM ON THIS DAY. Annual Reports will be available on the coffee ledge in narthex.
COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS Belated Valentine Evening Let your wonderful Sunday school staff child mind on Friday February 21st from 6.30pm-8.00pm while you enjoy an evening with that special someone!! There will be a movie, snacks and board games offered.
REUNION FOR THE RIVER HEIGHTS 1980’S Y-NEIGHBOUR GROUP February 27th (Thursday) Time: 2.00pm-4.00pm Westworth UC Please bring a dozen of your favourite dainties to share. Coffee and tea provided.
SAMEDI SWING Feb. 29 at 7:00pm. Join us for an evening of music and desserts with our Westworth Big Band and the Dixie Beats. Tickets available at the office and are available in the narthex after service: $15/adult; $10/child; $40/family.
- WEST BROADWAY LUNCH-Feb. 20 This month’s lunch will be hosted by Brian and Barb G., but all food and volunteer prep and serving will be offered by the members of the River Heights Junior High’s Butterfly Effects Club. Westworth’s Petra T. is the club’s staff advisor. Allan M. and staff from West Broadway will provide mini-workshops that will introduce the students to the life and work of the West Broadway Community Ministry.
- WEST BROADWAY COMMUNITY MINISTRY (WBCM) Thanks 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.
- Wpg’s Music for Life Working Group wishes to thank everyone who contributed money and musical instruments that made possible a 2-week Kids’ 2019 Summer Music Camp in Cross Lake First Nation. This year they are seeking support for music-based youth suicide and gang prevention programs at: Wapanohk (Cree) Community School in Thompson, and Indigenous Family Centre in Winnipeg’s north end. They are looking for donations of musical instruments (guitars, fiddles, ukuleles, keyboards, drum sets or the money to buy them. $50 puts a ukulele in a child’s hands, $150 for a guitar, $250 for a violin. Make financial donations online to Wpg. Quakers at CanadaHelps.org with the message “Music for Life”. Or cheques can be mailed to Winnipeg Quaker Meeting with “Music for Life” on memo line and mail to Rev. Vencent Solomon, Anglican Indigenous Ministries, 935 Nesbitt Bay, Wpg., MB R3T 1W6
- The Westminster Concert Organ Series presents Jean-Willy Kunz – Organist of the Montreal Symphony Orchestra in a program including the Saint-Saens “Carnival of the Animals” at Westminster UC, Sunday Feb. 9 at 2:30. Tickets $25, Seniors $20, at the door or at McNally’s.
- The Great Canadian Hymn Sing. Voting is on right now for Manitoba to choose their top 10 favorite hymns. Please go to thegreat canadianhymnsing.com, enter your postal code and cast your votebefore Feb 15th. Gala Concert and Hymn Sing, March 1st @ 3 pm at Crescent Fort Rouge UC, 525 Wardlaw Ave. Our special guests will be world-renowned violin sensation, Rosemary Siemens, Michael Cutler, accompanying on organ! firstname.lastname@example.org.
Minute for Mission
When you first arrive at Pearce Williams Camp in Fingal, Ontario, you immediately encounter a feeling of the sacred. Walking around the grounds, that feeling transforms into the knowledge that God is up to something amazing here. Pearce Williams is a place where there is room for all to be cradled in God’s love.
At the camp, children gain self-esteem, confidence, independence, and many more life skills that will help them succeed. Summer camp helps children develop into leaders, thinkers, and doers; it helps them discover who they are away from their everyday lives. Above all else, camp gives children a fun space to grow.
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