Westminster News 
28 October 2018

Random notes …

  • This week in the Winnipeg Presbytery prayer cycle we remember the congregation and staff of Grey Street United Church.
  • Please keep Bob Burton in your prayers as he recovers from some time in the hospital.

Nathan’s Notes October 28th

Sine Nomine is the name of the tune we sing to “For all the Saints,” “Go to the World,” and others. It’s a latin term for “With no name.” Ralph Vaughan Williams wrote this well known tune in 1906, and so many years later it still stands as one of our most recognizable in the Anglican, and Protestant church. A neat feature is the bass line- the lowest notes walking along the bottom of the tune. It never stops! It evokes a sense of marching- marching behind the saints that lived their lives before us. If you have a good view, be sure to check out Don Menzies’ feet as they pedal along!

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Westminster News 
30 September 2018

Nathan’s Notes

“One little word shall fell him.” That’s the line that ends the third verse of today’s opening hymn. Which word can fell the Prince of Darkness? “Jesus” is a good fit, as is the word “Love”, or maybe even the word “Bible.” But, according to Martin Luther, the composer of both the text and the tune, that one little word is “Liar.” The truth of the gospel was so compelling in his mind that it was the only answer to the greatest darkness in the world.

This week in the Winnipeg Presbytery prayer cycle we remember the congregation and staff of Prairie Spirit United Church.

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Westminster News 
23 September 2018

Random notes …

  • Thank you Lynne Mavins for accompanying our worship service today.
  • A celebration of life for Allan Denton was held in the Lecture Hall this past Wednesday. Rev. Sherri McConnell presided.
  • A big thank you from the Membership and Fellowship Committee to all the people who helped make the lunch last week so successful! It was great to see everyone enjoying the food and conversation and the desserts were wonderful!
  • This week in the Winnipeg Presbytery prayer cycle we remember the United Centre for Theological Studies at the University of Winnipeg.

Nathan’s Notes

A few years ago the choir performed “Rejoice in the Lamb” by English composer Benjamin Britten. It’s a fun piece- the music is dynamic, and the text is really lovely. It’s tough though. Throughout the piece, the music changes time- the beat, or tempo stays the same, but the groupings of those beats changes. It can be a nightmare! Imagine trying to dance a waltz, but every time you get to the first beat, it’s been shifted.

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