Finding Our Way Through the Complexities of Separation and Divorce

In situations involving separation and divorce there continues to be many myths and misunderstandings, often based on expectations and patterns learned from family of origin and cultural custom. The outside pressures can feel overwhelming for a couple experiencing these difficulties, at a time when the disappointments and stresses are already severe. Family and friends often don’t know what to do. Please join Steve and Pat as they share their thoughts on what can be helpful.

Finding Our Way Through the Complexities of Separation and Divorce

August 30, 2020

“If you can keep your head when all around you, others are losing theirs… you’ll be a head taller than everyone else!” — Diane Johnson


192 Nay, Do Not Grieve


Steve Lennon


What’ll I Do sung by Rufus Wainwright, Martha Wainwright, Kate McGarrigle, and Loudon Wainwright III

Photo by Marc-Olivier Jodoin on Unsplash

Chalice Lighting


Opening Words



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.


1053 How Could Anyone?


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; 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.


A Safe Place to Land (Live at the Village) performed by Sara Bareilles & John Legend



The sound of a singing bowl and two minutes of silence will follow the meditation.


Patricia Lane & Steve Lennon


183 The Wind of Change Forever Blown


Patricia Lane & Steve Lennon


Rising For Our Lives


Steve Lennon



Chalice Extinguishing

Carry the Flame sung by the First UU Winnipeg Choir

Transition to Connecting & Conversation Time

The Song Remembers When by Trisha Yearwood

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

  • Leaders: Patricia Lane & Steve Lennon
  • Coordinator: Steve Lennon, Sunday Services Team
  • Zoom Tech Host: Dylan Fijal, Tech Team
  • Zoom Chat Moderator: Lara Hunter, Tech Team
  • Candles of Caring Host: Kitana Degen, Pastoral Care Team
  • Songleader Videos: PJ Buchan, Music Director; Paul Rodermond, accompanist; Josh Robern, editor