Awakening the Soul

In most religious traditions, the purpose of religious education is to transmit the doctrines and practices of the faith from one generation to the next, thereby creating the next generation of the faithful. According to William Ellery Channing, however, the purpose of religious instruction (or exploration, as we would say now) is to inspire a lifelong love of discovery, develop the conscience, and awaken the soul to the wonders of life. Our goal isn’t to create new members – although it’s nice when it happens – but rather to instill wholesome values and grow healthy individuals.

Service Coordinator: Norm Cobb

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Order of Service

Centering Thought

“Kasserian ingera? / How are the children?”

– A Masai greeting

Opening Music

Morning Song by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, Op. 62, No.4., performed by Daniel Clark

Opening Words

#649 From Generation to Generation by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, read by Norm Cobb

Chalice Lighting

#455  by Dag Hammarskjold, read by Norm Cobb

Gathering Song

#360 Here We Have Gathered

Welcome and Land Acknowledgment

Norm Cobb


Love Is the Spirit, music written by PJ Buchan

Story Wisdom

The Advantage of Knowledge by Jean de La Fontaine, with Rev Stefan Jonasson

Sing and Rejoice

sung as children and youth go downstairs for Religious Exploration

Joys and Sorrows

Lou McKean

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

Pastoral Song

#1031 Filled with Loving Kindness (sung seated)

Responsive Reading

#652 The Great End in Religious Instruction by William Ellery Channing, led by Stefan Jonasson


#484 To Live Content with Small Means, by William Henry Channing, read by Norm Cobb

Share the Plate Offering

Norm Cobb

Our Share the Plate Partner for the first four Sundays in March is Green Action Centre.

The offering will be gratefully received, both right now, and continuing when our stream ends. To see donation options, please click here: https://uuwinnipeg.mb

Offertory Music

KUM BA YAH, Traditional Spiritual, performed by Daniel Clark


#318 We Would Be One, accompanied by Daniel Clark

Note: We will begin recording the sermon after the hymn, with apologies for the brief zoom announcement.


Awakening the Spirit, by Rev Stefan Jonasson

Closing Song

#190 Light of Ages and of Nations


Norm Cobb

Please submit congregational announcements to before 9:00 am each Sunday morning.

Closing Words

#591 I Call That Church Free, by James Luther Adams, read by Norm Cobb

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 for Breakout Room

Arthur Burstow or Simer Kaur (Zoom only)


Gratitude to all who helped make this service happen:


Leader: Rev Stefan Jonasson

Coordinator: Norm Cobb

Music Director: Joseph Nguyen

Accompanist: Daniel Clark

Religious Education: Ana Gabriela Castaneda Aguilera, CLRE (coordinator), Paulina Hernandez and Amari Poppone (childcare providers), Debby Lake, Eveline Buehlmann, Pat Lane (volunteers)

Pastoral Care: Andre Vanderstoep (Coordinator), Lou McKean

Tech Team: Arthur Burstow, Simer Kaur, Ashlyn Noble, Christina Swindells-Nader

Music for Affirmation: Composed by P.J. Buchan

Ushers:  Kristin Jimmy, Bromley Basford

Greeter: Paula Keirstead, Ann LeDuc

Set Up/Maintenance: Michael Thiessen, Jim Gardiner, Norm Cobb, others

Hospitality: Adina Lyon, Cheryl Simmonds, and others

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


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


Please refrain from taking photographs and making recordings during and after the service unless you have the express permission of all people involved. Also, please turn off electronic devices during the service. Thank you.

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