Westminster News 
2 February 2020

Prayers & Praise

  • Today is Communion Sunday. The Minister’s Discretion Fund will receive the Communion Offering.
  • The funeral service for Jan Biglow will be on Saturday, February 22. Please keep Jan’s family in your prayers.
  • Our condolences to the friends and family of Patricia Edwards who passed away Jan. 9.
  • Please keep the congregation and staff of Neepawa United Church, in your thoughts and prayers this week.
  • Serving Communion this morning: Terry Barr, John Grivell, Philistina Howard, Ted Barnett

Upcoming Worship Services

  • Sunday February 16, 2020: Rev. Michelle Owens, Principal of the Center for Christian Studies – Guest Preacher
  • Wednesday February 26, 2020, 7:00 pm: Ash Wednesday Service – at Knox United Church, 400 Edmonton Street (two blocks north of Portage Place). A service hosted by Knox, with shared leadership from the ministers of Knox, Young and Westminster United Churches. All are welcome!

This Week at Westminster

  • Sunday, February 2
    • Communion, Sanctuary & Chapel: 10:30 to 11:30 am
    • Provincial Honour Choir, Sanctuary: 3:00 pm
  • Monday, February 3
    • Sparks, Lecture Hall: 6:30 to 7:30 pm
    • Brownies, Concert Hall: 6:30 to 8:00 pm
    • Guides, Gym: 6:30 – 8:00 pm
    • Pathfinders, TBA: 6:30 to 8:30 pm
    • Property Committee, Library: 7:00 to 9:00 pm
    • Ministry & Personnel Committee, Chapel: 7:00 to 9:00 pm
  • Tuesday, February 4
    • Knitters, Chapel: 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
    • Staff, Library: 12:00 to 1:00 pm
    • Tai Chi, Gym: 5:30 to 6:30 pm
    • Beavers, Concert Hall: 6:30 to 7:45 pm
    • Cubs, Gym: 6:30 to 8:00 pm
    • Venturers, Board Room: 6:30 to 8:30 pm
    • MAiD lecture, Lecture Hall: 7:00 pm
  • Wednesday, February 5
    • Families Anonymous, Library: 1:00 to 3:00 pm
    • Scouts, Gym: 6:30 to 8:00 pm
  • Thursday, February 6
    • Quilters, Library: 10:30 am to 2:30 pm
    • Worship Committee, Chapel: 1:30 to 3:30 pm
    • Tai Chi, Lecture Hall: 5:30 to 6:30 pm
    • Choir, Sanctuary: 7:00 to 8:30 pm
  • Friday, February 7
    • Bell Tower Community Café & Winnipeg Harvest Food Bank: 6:30 – 8:00 pm
    • Rovers, Gym: 7:00 to 8:00 pm
  • Sunday, February 9
    • Morning Worship, Sanctuary & Chapel 10:30 – 11:30 am
    • Jean-Willy Kunz organ recital, Sanctuary 2:30 pm

Shirley Erena Murray

This past week, Shirley Erena Murray died in New Zealand. Her name may not be a familiar one to many of us, but we have sung many of the hymns she has written. She was 88yrs old and by all accounts was still writing. Her last collection of hymns published in just the last few years. Murray wrote the words to hymns, which were set to music by composers – and greatly words that “pushed people’s thinking into the world we live in.”

A recent article wrote this about her: “Raised in a Methodist family, she married a Presbyterian minister, John Murray (later a Moderator of the Presbyterian Church of New Zealand) and some of her earliest hymns were responses to John’s need for an apt text to accompany a particular sermon or service. But the main impetus that has transformed Shirley over the years from an occasional writer of hymns into a prolific author with a distinctive voice has been her desire to express Christian faith in a contemporary way from out of her distinctively New Zealand experience.”

In an interview with the Kapati (New Zealand) Observer just a few years ago, she observed: “I’m despairing of outdated hymns and songs that are irrelevant to contemporary life and the way we live it… I choose to write with liberal intent, persuading people to look again at what the Gospels actually say and what new truths can come out of them. What has nudged and provoked me are the people I admire who have gone to the edge in terms of taking the gospels seriously and followed the Jesus principles.”

As we sing our introit this morning, let us give thanks for the life and ministry of Shirley Erena Murray.


MAiD Presentation

Please Join us! – MAiD Presentation – the 5 W’s of Medical Assistance in Dying (who, what, why, when and where), Tuesday Feb. 4, 2020 at 7pm in the Lecture Hall. Presenters include members of the Manitoba Provincial Medical Assistance in Dying (MAiD) Clinical team and Rev. Marc Whitehead, minister of Crescent-Fort Rouge United Church. This is an opportunity to learn more about medical assistance in dying.
Hosted by the Inner and Outer Connections Committee. Please see poster for more information.


Lent 2020

Join us for the Lent 2020 Study at Westminster United Church. Questions of Faith, with a nod to Star Wars – led by Rev. Dr. Jim Christie
Three Evening Sessions exploring what we know in terms of current scholarship and research about Jesus’ life, death and beyond, and what it all means for our lives and faith today. All are welcome! Please call the church office to register! Sessions are from 7:00 to 8:30 pm (in the Lecture Hall).

  • Wednesday March 4
    Session I: A New Hope: Jesus of Nazareth, what we know of him and how.
  • Wednesday March 11
    Session II: The Empire Strikes Back: The Passion Narratives and their Implications.
  • Wednesday March 25
    Session III: The Return of . . . : The Resurrection, in context, today and beyond.