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Sunday, January 27, 2008
Third after Epiphany

ORDER OF SERVICE

ORGAN PRELUDE Chorale Prelude on ‘Nettleton’ - Gilbert Martin

The congregation will remain seated for this morning’s introit.

INTROIT “Kum Ba Yah”
Offered by the Kids’ Choir Director: Helen La Rue Accompanist: Len La Rue

GREETING
Leader: The LORD be with you.
People: And also with you.

CALL TO WORSHIP

HYMN 405 “New Every Morning”

PRAYER OF APPROACH

PRAYER OF CONFESSION
Most holy Lord and God of all hope,
we confess that we have fallen short of your will in our lives.
We have not learned to love as you have taught us.
We have not stepped out in faith as you have invited us.
We have not lived our lives
in the sure hope of your gracious presence.
In your mercy forgive our foolish weaknesses
-those known and unknown-
and strengthen our hearts and wills to walk in your way,
ever sure of your Word and work in our lives,
to the glory of your holy name. Amen.


Silence for personal confession.

LITANY LORD, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy.
LORD, have mercy.


ASSURANCE OF PARDON

ANTHEM “Cantique de Jean Racine”
- English text by Harold Heiberg; Music by Gabriel Fauré

MEMORIAL MINUTE An Appreciation of Rose Ferries

Offered by Elaine Finnbogason, Katherine Abra, Mary Scott,
Peter Macdonald, and the Ministers

AN EVENING HYMN 426 “Saviour, Again To Your Dear Name”
Members of the Sunday School will go to their classes during the last verse.

READING FROM SCRIPTURE Matthew 4:12-23 (NRSV, p. 3)
Given by Charles Huband

HYMN 896 “Blest Are They”
A setting of the Beatitudes from Matthew 5

CONCERNS OF THE CONGREGATION

COLLECTION AND PRESENTATION OF OFFERINGS
As we present these offerings for God’s service, we also thankfully dedicate the offerings of those who give monthly through the PAR program.

OFFERTORY We Thank Thee - D. Buxtehude

DOXOLOGY - Tallis’ Canon, VU 440
Praise God from whom all blessings flow;
in heaven above and earth below;
one God, three persons we adore —
be praises given for evermore. Amen.


PRAYERS OF THE FAITHFUL
Leader: Gracious God, hear our prayer.
People: And in your love answer.

THE LORD’S PRAYER (sung) - VU 960

SOLO “Panis Angelicus” - César Franck
Given by Jan Nato

SERMON

HYMN 591 “Jesus, United By Your Grace”

SENDING FORTH AND BENEDICTION
Leader: Go forth as people nurtured in Christ’s healing love.
People: We go to share that healing love with others.
Leader: Go forth as people buoyed by the Spirit’s passion
People: We go to share that passion for justice with the world.
Leader: Go forth as people gathered within God’s grace.
People: We go to share that grace-filled gathering in hope.

RESPONSIVE ALLELUIAS

ORGAN POSTLUDE Fantasia – Grave - J. S. Bach

HYMNS ON THE CARILLONIC BELLS


WEEKLY NEWS

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Greeters: As you came into the church this morning, Virginia & Sel Sanderson and Larry & Sylvia
Elder greeted you. Never joined us for coffee before? Don’t hesitate to come! For a guaranteed conversation, look for today’s host, Gladys Comeault. Her name tag features a coffee cup logo.

Congratulations to: Vanessa Battey & Kyle McDowell, who were married Saturday, January 26th. Let us keep them in our thoughts and prayers.

The rose in the bud vase is given by John Mort in memory of his friend, Bruce Pippy, who passed away on Jan. 27, 2007.

This week in the Winnipeg Presbytery prayer cycle, please remember the people and work of Kildonan United Church.

Today we share an appreciation of Rose Ferries with the congregation.

Sacrament of Communion will be celebrated next Sunday, Feb. 3. The Communion will be received at stations.

On February 3rd, you will have the opportunity to make a Communion Offering for United Church of Canada’s United for Peace Campaign. This campaign which was approved by the 39th General Council in 2006 in response to instability in much of the world, will have a particular focus on the Middle East. The financial goal of the United for Peace Campaign is $2,000,000. At least half of the funds will be distributed to United Church partners in Palestine and Israel working for peace. For those who use boxed sets of envelopes, you will find Communion offering envelopes at the front of the box. Envelopes are also available from the Welcome Table in the narthex and the hallway table. At the same General Council, the church voted to encourage the Government of Canada to create a Department of Peace with
• the intention of infusing all departments and agencies of the federal government with an ethic of peace and identifying the basic causes of conflict, and to develop strategies and programs that will encourage a more caring society;
• an overriding mandate to reinvigorate Canada’s role as a global peacebuilder through the promotion of non-violent resolution of conflict, human rights, the security of persons and their communities, socio-economic justice, and democratic participation in government;
• a minister who would have human and financial resources appropriate for a full department.

Westminster’s Profiles

Carol Latter

Carol Latter credits Robert Campbell with noticing that she was a new face at Westminster in 1991, and introducing her to members of the congregation. Since then, she has become a committed participant in church life, serving on the Worship Committee (including four years as chair), helping to organize the Organ Concert series, and singing in the choir. Carol is a mezzo-soprano, with a range higher than a contralto but somewhat lower than a soprano, and studied voice in Winnipeg and in London, Ontario. She sang for seven seasons with the Gilbert and Sullivan Society and is currently a member of the Opera chorus. Her musical repertoire also includes lullabies now that son Jordan and his wife have a nineteen-month-old, and a second child on the way! And recognizing the importance of fellowship and a warm welcome to Westminster, she has formed the Brunch Bunch, inviting 40+ singles in the congregation to meet for brunch once a month after the service.

Today After the Church Service:
‹ The Brunch Bunch has their next get-together.
‹ The Prayer Shawl group meets in the chapel.

Winter Study Group – you are invited to join with Joan as we explore a video study program, featuring John Dominic Crossan, a well-known historical Jesus scholar. We will meet on Thursday evenings, from 7-8:30 p.m. Crossan is author of twenty books on the historical Jesus, four of which have become religious best-sellers: The Historical Jesus; Jesus: A Revolutionary Biography; Who Killed Jesus?; and The Birth of Christianity. A more recent work is titled, In Search of Paul: How Jesus’ Apostles Opposed Roman Empire with God’s Kingdom.
Thurs., Jan. 31. Justice and the World
Thurs., Feb. 7 History and Jesus
Thurs., Feb. 14 Worship and Violence
Thurs., Feb. 21 Resurrection and Community
Thurs., Feb. 28 Paul, An Appealing or Appalling Apostle?

Membership Classes: We hope to offer church membership classes for adults this winter. They will be held Wednesdays, Feb. 6 to Mar. 19 at 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. New members will be received by Baptism and Confirmation, Confirmation, or Reaffirmation of Faith on Sunday, Mar. 30. Folk are welcome to participate in these classes simply as a way to explore or to have a refresher in the Christian faith. If you would like to register or to know more about the course, please contact the church office.

Westminster Concert Organ Series presents Olivier Vernet - Monaco Sun. Feb. 24 at 2:30 p.m. For tickets see Don Menzies or Len LaRue after today’s service.

Westminster Curling Team (from left to right): Bob Burton/skip, Teresa Young/third, Joan Jarvis/ second, Jim Young/lead. - winners of the “B” Event!

Trudy Perkins’ family invite her Westminster friends to Trudy’s 75th birthday at the Victoria Heritage Community Hall at 950 Sturgeon Rd. on Sunday, Feb. 10 from 12:30 - 4:30 p.m.. For further details, see the poster on the bulletin board.

Minute for Mission - Getting to Know the People We Support. First there was the construction job injury that caused Andrew to lose his job; then he found himself living on the street in Toronto. Luckily, Andrew found the Fred Victor Centre. Their permanent housing became his new home and in their Friends Restaurant Andrew learned cooking and prep work. Soon after, he met a new partner and they began a family. Andrew’s joy was short-lived. He was heartbroken when his partner suffered health problems and their two children were taken into custody. With no income, shared housing, and disappearing hope, Andrew feared he would lose his family.However, with unflagging determination and help from Fred Victor Centre staff, Andrew found a two-bedroom apartment, attended parenting classes, arranged daycare, and presented a positive case for bringing the children home. “I am blessed,” he says, “to have the privilege of bringing up my children. Even in the winter I try to ride my bike whenever I can to save money. I want to provide for them.”Speaking from his job at the Friends Restaurant, Andrew knows that the Fred Victor Centre helped him get back on his feet. “I can give my kids a wonderful future and the opportunities they deserve. I hope sharing my experience can help others.”Our Mission and Service Fund supports the Fred Victor Centre in their vital work. Please give generously.

The Wider Church!

Transcona Memorial United Church. Administrative Asst.: Duties- responsible for all daily tasks. Full time. Hrs. Mon - Fri 5.5 hrs/day (Jul. & Aug. 3 hrs/day) Starting salary $13- $14.50/hr incl. benefits/ vacation. See poster or call Lynn Measner 661-0478 or lmeasner@shaw.ca Send resumes to TMUC, M&P Committee, 209 Yale Ave. West, Wpg. MB R2C 1T9.

Faculty of Theology Lecture Series “The Legacy and Future of the Church in the University”. Panel Guests: The Hon. Very Rev. Dr. Lois Wilson, The Hon. William Blaikie, Dr. Alan Mills. Moderator: Dr. Nolan Riley. Held at Convocation Hall, University of Winnipeg. Thurs. Jan. 31.

Manitoba Interfaith Council and The Faculty of Theology/ University of Winnipeg offers you the opportunity to visit 5 worship centers of different faiths:
Buddhism - (was held on Jan. 17)
Hinduism - Thurs. Jan. 31 6:30 pm.
Judaism - Sun. Feb. 17 6:00 pm.
Sikh - Thurs. Feb. 28 6.30 pm.
Islam - Thurs. Mar. 13 6.30 pm.
Panel Discussion: “The Relationship between
Faiths” - Thurs. Mar. 27 6.30 pm. U of W. Course Fee $25. For more information
contact Tom Collings of the Manitoba Interfaith Council (772-2892) or by email- tomjulie@mts.net .

Churchill Park United Church. Feb. 5. Darwin, Divinity, and the Dance of the Cosmos: An Ecological Christianity, by Bruce Sanguin. The author will discuss his book Tues. Feb. 5 at 7:00 pm coffee and dessert included. Cover charge: $5. (525 Beresford St) Bruce will preach at CPU Sun. Feb. 3, 10:30 a.m.

The 2008 Provincial Honour Choirs final concert takes place Feb.10 at 3:00 p.m. at Knox United Church, 400 Edmonton St. Tickets: adults $10.00 and children 12 years and under $5.00. This program is sponsored by the Manitoba Choral Association (MCA).

Zeebu’08- A Conference Youth Retreat for those in Grades 7-12 at Neepawa United Church,. Limit of 100 participants. Sat. Feb. 16, 6:30 p.m. till Mon. Feb. 18 2:00 p.m. (Feb. 18 is the new Louis Riel Manitoba Provincial Holiday). $50/person or $45/person for groups of 4 or more registering together. For registration forms, go to the Conference web-site: www.mnwo.united-church.ca.

Manitoba District Council of AOTS, raising funds for Youth Music Development presents Hymns Old and New with Westworth Rockers United featuring The Hymns and Music of Martin Robson, Transcona Carillons (Transcona Memorial United Church) plus other groups, soloists and musicians. Westworth United Church. 1750 Grosvenor Ave. Sun. Mar. 2 at 2:30 pm. Free parking. Tickets: $10. Kids 14 and under: $5. For tickets call one of the following: Fraser 489-3348, Jim 222-6233, Ernie 452-3706 or Charlie 256-6390.

Headingly United Church Players’ Annual Dinner Theatre presents “The Villain Took A Chip Shot”. Feb. 21 -24, Feb. 28 & 29, Mar. 1. Doors open 5:30 pm Dinner served 6:30 pm (Sunday Dinner served at 5:30 pm). For ticket info, call 222-5402.

[posted: Jan 25, 11:45am]

 


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