Westminster News 
14 October 2018

Thanks!

Special thanks to Lynda Trono, Ron Dunsmore and Anisha Saddler from West Broadway Community Ministry for leading our worship service this morning and teaching us about their work.

Nathan’s Notes October 14th

I have two pieces of homework for you this week. Can you define the word “contemporary” as it pertains to music? Even better, can you define it as it pertains to church music? There’s no need to write to me, or catch me after the service to give me your comments, just think about it. Spend some time this week really listening to the music that surrounds you, and decide for yourself. Listen to the music this morning. Save for the last hymn, all of the composers are still living, and active in the church music scene. Does this define contemporary? Secondly, can you define what is sacred? I remember a few years back when we invited Karl Stobbe to our service, to perform a violin solo. What he played was definitely NOT sacred, but did the beauty, and transcendent quality of his playing glorify God? I promise, no homework next week.

This week in the Winnipeg Presbytery prayer cycle we remember the congregation and staff of Gordon-King Memorial United Church.

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Westminster News 
7 October 2018

Today is Thanksgiving Sunday and World Wide Communion Sunday

Our October Communion Offering will be forwarded to Morberg House, a place for the Homeless in St. Boniface. Morberg House is a 10-bed facility offering transitional housing in a supportive, room and board environment. Staffed 24/7, residents of Morberg House benefit from a range of client centered, strength based case plans designed to improve personal circumstances. Most graduates of the Morberg House Program move on to permanent housing. Others will return to their communities and families of origin. Morberg House must rely on the generosity of people just like you to help fund our operations. Please help us end homelessness. Communion Offering Envelopes may be found in your envelope box or on the tables in the Narthex and hallways.

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

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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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