A Cross-Shaped Tattoo

It goes without saying that we are each the sum of our experiences. We carry stories, scars, wounds, lessons – and sometimes, tattoos – from the life we’ve had. But what happens when, who we were is no longer congruent with who we are? How do we negotiate that change? In this sermon, Andre will share his experience from once being a pastor in various Christian churches and a proponent of Christian ministry, to now being a Unitarian Universalist, and secular Spiritual Health Practitioner in a still Christian-dominated profession.

Service Coordinator: Cate Ziegler

After the service on July 7, Friends of Refuge will host a Strawberry Social for the aid of people arriving from Burundi. The Social will feature fresh Manitoba strawberries!

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Order of Service

Centering Thought

“To be alive is to join God in caring about the oppressed, the needy, the powerless, the victims, and the vulnerable. To be alive is to believe that injustice is not sustainable and to share God’s desire for a better world. To be alive is to look at our world and say, “God is better than that!” – and know that our world can be better, too. And so can we.

Brian McClaren from We Make the Road by Walking

Centering Music

Gymnopédie no. 1, by Erik Satie, performed by Peter Steur

Opening Words

You Contain the Holy, by Gwen Matthews (adapted)

Cate Ziegler

Chalice Lighting

The Light Within Us, by Brian C Lee

Andre Vandersteop

Gathering Hymn

#324 Where My Free Spirit Onward Leads

Welcome and Land Acknowledgement

Cate Ziegler


Love Is the Spirit

Story Wisdom

Let the World Change You: A Commencement Address Do-Over, by Rachel Held Evans, adapted and told by Andre Vandersteop

Sing and Rejoice


Thoughts and Prayers, Andre Vanderstoep

Joys and Sorrows

Andre Vanderstoep

If you have a Joy or Sorrow to share in our upcoming service, please follow this link. Alternatively, Andre can be reached at 204-558-7464 or email him at care@uuwinnipeg.mb.ca

Pastoral Hymn

#128 For All That Is Our Life (sung seated)

Share the Plate Speaker

Christian Cassidy, Executive Director, Trees Winnipeg

Share the Plate Offering

Cate Ziegler

Our Share the Plate Partner for July and August is Trees Winnipeg.


D’un vieux jardin by Lili Boulanger, performed by Peter Steur


#1020 Woyaya

Note: We will begin recording the sermon after the hymn.


A Cross-Shaped Tattoo, by Andre Vandersteop

Closing Hymn

#396 I Know This Rose Will Open


Cate Ziegler

Please submit congregational announcements to worship@uuwinnipeg.mb.ca before 9:00 am each Sunday morning.

Closing Words

Faith After Doubt by Brian McClaren (adapted)

Cate Ziegler

Chalice Extinguishing

Carry the Flame

Following the service, please join us for community and refreshments in the sanctuary. For Zoom participants, please consider staying for conversation in our breakout room.

Transition (Zoom only)

Arthur Burstow or Simer Kaur (Zoom only)


Gratitude to all who helped make this service happen:

  • Leader: Andre Vandersteop
  • Coordinator: Cate Ziegler
  • Music: Peter Steur
  • Coordinator Lifespan Religious Exploration (CLRE): Ana Castañeda Aguilera
  • Childcare: Paulina Hernandez
  • Pastoral Care: Andre Vanderstoep (Coordinator)
  • Tech Team: Arthur Burstow, Simer Kaur, Ashlyn Noble, Christina Swindells-Nader
  • Music for Affirmation: Composed by P.J. Buchan
  • Ushers:  Kristin Jimmy, Bromley Basford, Joan Carolson, Ken Carolson, Norman Mayer, Cheryl Simmonds, et al
  • Set Up/Maintenance: Michael Thiessen
  • Hospitality: Friends of Refuge
  • Chalice Sculptor: Jo’Anne Kelly
  • Chalice Logo Designer: Nancy Gilbert
  • Website Support: Karin Carlson
  • Communicator Editor: Marjorie Doyle
  • All-Church Email Bulletin: Lorie Battershilll

To contact SunServ (Sunday Services Team), please email worship@uuwinnipeg.mb.ca

Want to help setting up on Sunday mornings? Please contact Norm Cobb or Jim Gardiner.

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