Fear of the Future and Moving Forward

Citizen scientist and author, Lyanda Lynn Haupt, wrote “Here is the dream of the earth: continuance.” And today it may be difficult to remember this dream of the earth with the threats of climate change, pandemics and war. This service will explore how we might cope with fear of the future, and how we can move forward more healthily into it. 

Coordinators: Norm Cobb, Sarah Cummings

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Order of Service
Fear of the Future and Moving Forward

October 23, 2022

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Centering Thought

As I put the book down and closed my eyes, I wondered: How do I distinguish the truth of what he says from my desire for what he says to be true?   

Sy Safransky

Centering Music

When Our Heart Is in a Holy Place, performed by the First UU Church of Winnipeg Choir


Sarah Cummings

Gathering Hymn

1031 Filled with Loving Kindness

Chalice Lighting

adapted from Poem in October, by Dylan Thomas, read by Steve Lennon

Opening Words

This Is How it Works. Lyrics by Regina Spektor, read by Norm


Love Is the Spirit   music by P.J. Buchan

Memorial Candle for Rob Lindey

Reverend Reverend  Ren Rohe McFadyen

Sharing and Caring

Esmat Elhami

Unison Words

The journey of our lives has brought us this morning to this place, to be here together. What a miracle this is to share these moments and to be nourished by each other’s presence. May we approach this time with gratitude and hope. So may it be.


123 Spirit of Life

Words of Reflection

by Norm Cobb


The words are adapted from The Invitation by Oriah Mountain Dreamer, read by Sarah


Norm Cobb

Our Share the Plate Partner for October is 1 Just City.


The Gift of Love   performed by First UU Winnipeg Church Choir


1012 When I Am Frightened


Fear of the Future and Moving Forward, Steve Lennon

Closing Hymn

108 My Life Flows On in Endless Song


Sarah Cummings

Closing Words

Words by John O’Donohue, read by Norm Cobb

Chalice Extinguishing

“Carry the Flame”


Sarah Cummings

Return Again, performed by First Unitarian Universalist Church of Winnipeg Choir


Gratitude to all who made this service happen:

  • Leaders: Steve Lennon, Norm Cobb
  • Coordinators: Sarah Cummings, Norm Cobb
  • Tech Team: Ashlyn Noble, Arthur Burstow, Christina Swindells-Nader
  • Sharing and Caring Host: Esmat Elhami
  • 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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