A Place to Call Home

In his book Walden, Henry David Thoreau mentions the word “house” 266 times and the word “home” 57 times – and most of the time he seems to consider a house to be a burden, warning that one might sometimes wonder whether a person owns a house or the house owns them. Yet even this famous housing skeptic recognized the importance of having a home to go to as “a place of warmth, or comfort, first of physical warmth, then the warmth of the affections.” We will explore our need for a place to call home and the plight of homelessness for both individuals and society.

Service Coordinator: Norm Cobb

Sermon Video

Order of Service

Centering Thought

“Home is a notion that only nations of the homeless fully appreciate and only the uprooted comprehend.”

~ Wallace Stegner

Centering Music

Trio from Sonata # 9, by W.A. Mozart, played by Daniel Clark


Norm Cobb

Gathering Hymn

#1 May Nothing Evil Cross This Door

Chalice Lighting

#451 by Leslie Pohl-Kosbau

Opening Words

#444 This House, by Kenneth L Patton


Love Is The Spirit

Story Wisdom

The House in the Woods read by Stefan Jonasson

Singing Children Downstairs

Sing and Rejoice

Stewardship Moment

Rob Malo and Maxine Hebert

Sharing and Caring

Barbara Fuller

Unison Words

We are each of us grateful for the celebrations and concerns to be shared with us today. May the strength we gain through this sharing help us create a feeling of hope and courage in the lives of those around us, and in our own lives. So may it be.


#134 Our World is One World


Home, by Sidney Royse Lysaght, read by Rev. Stefan Jonasson


Norm Cobb

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Cauldron of Healing, by Kevin Kern, played by Daniel Clark


The Call of the Loon, by Marilyn Hamm, sung by UU Church Choir


#492 Fragile And Rooted, by Carolyn S. Owen-Towle, read by Norm Cobb

The sound of the bell and two minutes of silence will follow the spoken meditation.


A Place to Call Home, by Rev. Stefan Jonasson


#292 If I Can Stop One Heart from Breaking


Norm Cobb

Janet Toews

Jim Gardiner

Canvass Update

Closing Words

#698 Take Courage Friends, by Wayne B Arnason, read by Norm Cobb

Chalice Extinguishing

Carry the Flame

Transition Music

Circle of Life, by Elton John, played by Daniel Clark


Gratitude for our staff and our lay leaders who made this service happen:

  • Leader: Rev. Stefan Jonasson
  • Coordinator: Norm Cobb
  • Tech Team: Arthur Burstow, Ashlyn Noble, Christina Swindells-Nader
  • Sharing and Caring Host: Barbara Fuller
  • Accompanist: Daniel Clark
  • Music for Affirmation: written by P.J. Buchan
  • Ushers: Krishna Nimmagadda, Norm Cobb, Jim Gardiner, and others
  • Greeter: Paula Keirstead
  • Set Up and Maintenance: Michael Thiessen, Jim Gardiner, Norm Cobb & others
  • Hospitality: Shar Lynn, Adina Lyon, Cheryl Simmonds and others
  • Chalice Sculptor: Jo’Anne Kelly
  • First UU Church of Winnipeg Chalice Logo Designer: Nancy Gilbert
  • Webmaster: Karin Carlson
  • Communicator Editor: Marjorie Doyle
  • All-Church Email Bulletin: Lorie Battershill

To contact the Sunday Services Team please email worship@uuwinnipeg.mb.ca