Born Anew

Novelist D.H. Lawrence believed that humans are born first to themselves and only later to a sense of humanity, when “most are born again on entering maturity,” shedding the innocence of childhood and achieving an adult understanding of the world – “a consciousness of all the laughing, and the never-ceasing murmur of pain and sorrow …” Spiritual growth is akin to being born anew, or reawakening, and this repeats itself to the end of our days, if we allow it. This is very different from what most people mean when they claim to have been born again.

Service Coordinator: Steve Lennon

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Order of Service

Centering Thought

And the riverbank talks   Of the waters of March
It’s the promise of life     It’s the joy in your heart

– Composer Antonio Carlos Jobim, from The Waters of March

Centering Music, with the Unitarian Universalist Church Choir

The Nightingale, the Organ of Delight by Thomas Weelkes (1567-1623), conducted by Joseph Nguyen, accompanied by Daniel Clark

Welcome and Land Acknowledgment

Steve Lennon

Gathering Hymn

#269 Lo, the Day of Days Is Here

Chalice Lighting

from The Mystery of Life by Starhawk, read by Rev. Stefan Jonasson

Opening Words

Thaw by Glen Downie, read by Steve Lennon


Love Is the Spirit, music written by PJ Buchan

Story Wisdom

The Seed, with Rev Stefan Jonasson

Sing and Rejoice

sung as children and youth go downstairs for Religious Exploration


Our Share the Plate Partner for March 31, the fifth Sunday in March is the Minister’s Discretionary Fund.

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Offertory Music

Andante con Moto (5th Symphony) by Ludwig van Beethoven, performed by Daniel Clark

Joys and Sorrows

Andre Vanderstoep, Pastoral Care Coordinator

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 Hymn

#1002 Comfort Me (sung seated)


Born to Humanity by D. H. Lawrence, read by Stefan Jonasson


from Learning Light, by Jo-Ann Elder, read by Steve Lennon

Anthem, UU Church Choir

For the Beauty of the Earth, accompanied by Daniel Clark

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


Born Anew, by Rev Stefan Jonasson

Closing Hymn

#301 Touch the Earth, Reach the Sky!


Steve Lennon

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Closing Words

Words by John O’Donohue, from an interview, read by Steve Lennon

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: Steve Lennon
  • Music Director: Joseph Nguyen
  • Accompanist: Daniel Clark
  • Coordinator Lifespan Religious Exploration (CLRE): Ana Castaneda Aguilera, with Debby Lake, Eveline Buehlmann and Amari Poponne
  • Childcare Provider: Paulina Hernandez
  • Pastoral Care: Andre Vanderstoep (Coordinator)
  • Tech Team: Arthur Burstow, Simer Kaur, Ashlyn Noble, Christina Swindells-Nader
  • Music for Affirmation: Composed by P.J. Buchan
  • Ushers:  Krishna Nimmagadda, Norm Cobb, et al
  • Greeter: Paula Keirstead, Ann LeDuc
  • Set Up/Maintenance: Michael Thiessen
  • 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.