Westminster News 
23 December 2018

Random notes …

  • Join us today for a congregational lunch after worship. Everyone is welcome!
  • This week in the Winnipeg Presbytery prayer cycle we remember the staff of Manitoba and North West Ontario Conference.
  • The Choir still has a supply of mincemeat for sale. Just $6 a tub!
  • Stars on the Memory Tree have been purchased by Margaret Cuddy and Cynthia Goncalves.
  • The Memory Tree will be in the sanctuary until January 31, 2019. Order forms for memorial stars are in the narthex and the back hallway.

Upcoming Worship Services

  • All are welcome on December 24th: Christmas Eve Services @ 7 & 11 pm. Our Family Service at 7 pm will feature videos, lessons, carols and stories for the whole family. At 10:30 pm – our Organist, Don Menzies will play some Christmas favourites. Our Choral Candlelight service at 11 pm will feature our Westminster Choir, Casavant Organ and a Brass Quintet with Lessons, Carols and Hymns of Christmas.
  • December 30th – Rev. Don McIntyre
  • January 6th – Rev. Don McIntyre


Nathan’s Notes

What is a Magnificat, anyway? The Song of Mary often referred to by its Latin title “Magnificat.” It’s a Canticle, or a hymn taken from the scriptures that does not come from the psalms. It’s said to have been sung by Mary herself, in response to her cousin Elizabeth’s own pregnancy of John the Baptist. The choir performed this same text last year, using the more modern setting “My Soul Cries Out”, this year we present the more traditional King James Version, used often in the Anglican churches during the evening service called Evensong.

My soul doth magnify the Lord,
And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour.
For he hath regarded the low estate of his handmaiden:
for, behold, from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed.
For he that is mighty hath done to me great things; and holy is his name.
And his mercy is on them that fear him from generation to generation.

He hath shewed strength with his arm;
he hath scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts.

He hath put down the mighty from their seats, and exalted them of low degree.
He hath filled the hungry with good things; and the rich he hath sent empty away.
He hath helped his servant Israel, in remembrance of his mercy;

As he spake to our fathers, to Abraham, and to his seed for ever.

Thank you Red Moon Road for making our worship service so special last week.

Friday Morning Centering Prayer Group

You are invited to embark on a new adventure being offered at Westminster! Starting Friday, January 11, 2019, an intentional Centering Prayer Group is planning to meet in the Library at 10 a.m. on a weekly basis.
We will meet on January 11, 18 and 25. At that point, if we have enough interest we will continue on at a time and frequency that suites the participants. To facilitate people moving on with other commitments in their day, we plan to begin Centering Prayer time promptly at 10 a.m. followed by Lectio Divina. It is expected that by 11:00 a.m. this will be completed; giving people an opportunity to slip out. At that point, there will be an opportunity for discussion, fellowship and prayer for those who would like to stay – wrapping up by 12 noon. (There is no cost, sponsored by the Inner and Outer Connections Committee.)

Bring us your wrap, ribbon

You’ve already been so generous but if you find yourself with leftover gift wrap, ribbon and gift bags, don’t store them at your place. Bring them to Westminster and we’ll store them for the Children’s Christmas sale 2019. We’ll even take gifts for next year’s sale.

Sanctuary flowers

The flowers in the Sanctuary are generously donated in loving memory of:

  • Betty Halstead, from Roy Halstead
  • family and friends, Bob & Ann Peeler
  • Agnes Aikens, Judy Hill
  • Myra Davidson, from Mary Ann Taylor
  • family and friends, from Patrick Chicoine
  • Charlotte Thiem, Frieda & Reinhard Thiem, from Annette Kletke
  • Marilyn Huband, Henry Schellenberg and May Audrey Hardy (Susie’s Mother) from Thomas & Susie Conrad
  • Jack & Marion Abra; Jim & Shirley Williamson; Norma Schnerch the Abra Family
  • Dalis Kendall, Dorcas Kendall, Desdemona Walter, from Philistina Howard
  • Ernest Mort, beloved husband and father, from the Mort family
  • my parents Charles & Freda Clement, sisters Claire Stubbs, Gladys Thomas & nephew
  • Bob Stubbs, from Ron Clement

Merry Christmas from the Knitters!

This Week at Westminster

  • Sunday, December 23
    • Morning Worship, Sanctuary: 10:30 to 11:30 am
  • Monday, December 24
    • Family Service, Sanctuary: 7:00 pm
    • Organ Recital of Carols, Sanctuary: 10:30 pm
    • Choral Candlelight Service, Sanctuary: 11:00 pm
  • Tuesday, December 25
    • Christmas Day, building closed
  • Wednesday, December 26
    • Boxing Day, building closed
  • Friday, December 29
    • Bell Tower Café & Wpg Harvest Food Bank: 6:30 to 8 pm
  • Sunday, December 30
    • Morning Worship, Sanctuary: 10:30 to 11:30 am