Anchored in Gratitude, Even in Tough Times

We see troubles everywhere: COVID has kept us apart, wars are threatened and fought around the world, and the climate is not what it used to be. How can we feel grateful in times like these? Rev. Joan Carolyn – long-time member and Congregational Life Team Lead for CUC – will explore this question and offer suggestions.

Coordinator: Kelvin Seifert

Note: On this morning, Wellington Crescent will be the route of the WFPS Run. Motorists turning into the church parking lot are asked to be extra careful looking out for runners, and to follow the directions of any race officials at the entrance.

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Centering Thought

Today we give thanks, and we explore suffering.  We must always do both together, so that our hearts are strong for the journey.

– Myke Johnson

Centering Music

“May the Light of Love,” by David Roth and Anne Hills.


Kelvin Seifert

Gathering Song

#360, Here We Have Gathered

Chalice Lighting

Joan Carolyn

Opening Words

Kelvin Seifert


“Love is the Spirit”

Story Wisdom

“Gratitude Is My Superpower”

Candles of Caring

Cheryl Simmonds

Unison Words

“To troubled hearts, to spirits over-brimming, we offer our ministry of listening. For stories that need to be told, we open our hearts and offer the care of our attention, and the support of this, our faith community.”


Joan Carolyn


“Simple Gifts,” traditional Shaker tune, arranged by Kelvin Seifert


“Thank you…for most this amazing day,” by e. e. cummings


#21, “For the Beauty of the Earth”


Kelvin Seifert

Sung Response

“If the only prayer you ever say is, ‘Thank you,’”  led by Kelvin Seifert and Barbara Fuller


Joan Carolyn

Closing Hymn

#163, “For the Earth Forever Turning”


Kelvin Seifert

Closing Words

Kelvin Seifert, “May the light of love,” by David Roth

Chalice Extinguishing

“Carry the Flame”


Kelvin Seifert

Transition Music

“When I’m Gone,” by Phil Ochs


Gratitude to all who made this service happen:

  • Coordinator: Kelvin Seifert
  • Tech Team: Ashlyn Noble, Arthur Burstow, Christina Swindells-Nader
  • Sharing and Caring Host: Cheryl Simmonds
  • Songleading Videos: Paul Rodermond, (former) Acting Music Director and Accompanist, P.J. Buchan, (former) Music Director, Winnipeg UU Choir
  • Chalice Sculptor: Jo’Anne Kelly
  • First UU Church of Winnipeg chalice logo: Nancy Gilbert

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