April Love

April love! After the long, hard winter, we have finally made it to spring – the land moist with the generosity of melting winter snows, our spirited, giddy minds sodden with all the possibilities of the new growing season. Come join Steve for this frolic, and fall in love again with April!

Service Coordinator: Marian Siemens

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Order of Service

April 2, 2023, 10:30 am

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Note: Children and youth are welcome to begin downstairs in their classrooms, or remain with their parents in the sanctuary.

Also, in order that everyone may feel comfortable here, photography and recording devices are not permitted. Please turn off any electronic devices.

Centering Thought

A quickening is felt everywhere – in the trickle of melting snow now pocked into granules…   

~ Monte Hummel

Centering Music

“Little Leopard on the Swing” from Children’s Album II by Aram Khachaturian; performed by Daniel Clark


Marian Siemens

Gathering Hymn

#61 Lo, the Earth Awakes Again, accompanied by Daniel

Chalice Lighting

words by John Masefield. read by Marian Siemens, chalice lit by Steve Lennon

Opening Words

from “A Morning Offering” (adapted) by John O’Donohue, read by Steve Lennon


“Love Is the Spirit,” accompanied by Daniel Clark

Sharing and Caring

Colleen Millikin

Unison Words

Let us come into this circle of caring, and listen to those who share their joys and sorrows with us. Let the healing power of this community reach out to them, and to each of us. Let loving kindness and joy pass through us, and bring us peace. So may it be.


#60 “In Time of Silver Rain,” accompanied by Daniel Clark


Our Share the Plate partner for April is Climate Change Connection


“I’m in the Mood for Love” by Jimmy McHugh and Dorothy Fields, performed by Daniel Clark


from “The Voice of Water” by Joyce Rupp, read by Marian Siemens


#175 “We Celebrate the Web of Life,” accompanied by Daniel Clark


words from William Wordsworth, read by Steve Lennon


“April Love,” Steve Lennon

Closing Hymn

#63 Spring Has Now Unwrapped the Flowers, accompanied by Daniel Clark


Marian Siemens

Closing Words

words from “The Invitation,” by Oriah Mountain Dreamer, read by Steve Lennon

Chalice Extinguishing

Carry the Flame, accompanied by Daniel Clark


Gratitude to all who made this service happen! Among others:

  • Leader: Steve Lennon 
  • Coordinator: Marian Siemens
  • Tech Team: Ashlyn Noble, Arthur Burstow, Christina Swindells-Nader
  • Sharing and Caring Host: Colleen Millikin
  • Music Director: Paul Rodermond
  • Accompanist: Daniel Clark
  • Music for Affirmation: P.J. Buchan
  • Chalice Sculptor: Jo’Anne Kelly
  • First UU Church of Winnipeg chalice logo: Nancy Gilbert 
  • Webmaster: Karin Carlson
  • Communicator Editor: Marjorie Doyle
  • All-Church Email Bulletin: Lorie Battershill

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