How did we arrive at our current spiritual practices?

Members of the congregation will share their path to their current spiritual practices and share the meaning behind them.

Service Coordinator: Marian Siemens

Spiritual Practices

August 16, 2020

“As the true method of knowledge is experiment, the true faculty of knowing must be the faculty which experiences.” — William Blake, All Religions Are One

Centering

Meditation Music by Beautiful Planet Music

Welcome

Marian Siemens

Hymn

360 Here We Have Gathered

Chalice Lighting

“A Symbol of Learning and Love” by the Reverend Elizabeth Harding

Opening Words

“To Remind Ourselves What Is Real” by Elena Westbrook

Affirmation

Love Is The Spirit, words by James Vila Blake (adapted); music by P.J. Buchan

Candles of Caring

Unison Words:

Each of us enters this place with different needs. Some hearts are full of gratitude and joy. May we rejoice with them. Some hearts ache with sorrow. May our presence and compassion bring them comfort. Some hearts are searching. May the knowledge that we too are searching restore their hope and give them courage. May we, in our common need, give strength to each other as we share our joys, lighten each others’ burdens, and support our caring community.

Hymn

1002 Comfort Me

Share the Plate Testimonial

Villa Rosa Winnipeg

Offering

Our online-only format is a morally sound response by our community to the current pandemic on our planet. This also means that we are emphasizing remote giving during our offering this morning:

  • Donations can now be sent via e-transfer/Interac to office@uuwinnipeg.mb.ca; in the note, you MUST include your name and if your donation is for the Sunday offering, your pledge, or our capital campaign.
  • You may always mail cheques to the church!
  • We are also using Canada Helps to receive online donations. Go to their website to donate in this way.

Our Share the Plate Partner for July and August, receiving half of the collection taken each Sunday, is Villa Rosa.

Offertory

Love Reaches Out by Emma’s Revolution

Reading

All too often, we pace the geometries of our walled gardens” by the Reverend John Gibb Millspaugh

Meditation

“Meditation on Attention” by the Reverend Nancy Reid-McKee

Anthem

Love Reaches Out by The Sanctuaries DC, a UU Covenanted Community

Homilies

Odell Havsdotter, Paula Wachs, & Marlene Schellenberg

Hymn

Rising for Our Lives

Announcements

Marian Siemens

Benediction

“It Becomes More” by the Reverend Amy Zucker Morgenstern

Chalice Extinguishing

Carry the Flame sung by the First UU Winnipeg Choir

Transition to Connecting & Conversation Time

Leave No Song Unsung sung by the First UU Winnipeg Choir

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

  • Leaders: Odell Havsdotter, Paula Wachs, & Marlene Schellenberg
  • Coordinator: Odell Havsdotter, Sunday Services Team
  • Zoom Tech Host: Ashlyn Noble, Tech Team
  • Zoom Chat Moderator: Lauren Bailey, Tech Team
  • Candles of Caring Host: Esmat Elhami, Pastoral Care Team
  • Songleader Videos: PJ Buchan, Music Director; Paul Rodermond, accompanist; Josh Robern, editor