Healing from the Heart

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Change is hard, and change has to come to all our lives in many different ways over the last several months. Come share a space with us this Sunday to grieve what has been lost during these difficult times, in order to heal for building our better future. We will also install our elected Board of Directors for this year, who have already been doing amazing leadership for us since the summer.

Service Coordinator: Steve Lennon

Healing from the Heart

October 4, 2020

“Because we’re always changing, we’re always losing. Loss is a part of the process of changing and a part of life…. it’s part of the process of creativity and creation.” – the Rev. Dr. Monica A. Coleman

Centring

How Can I Keep from Singing by NYC Virtual Choir and Orchestra

Welcome

Steve Lennon

Hymn

359 When We Are Gathered

Chalice Lighting

A Chalice Lighting for When Things Aren’t Okay by the Reverend Molly Brewer

Opening Words

“Second Person Intimate” by the Rev. Dr. Kendyl Gibbons

Affirmation

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

Story Wisdom

“The Story Box” told by Lola Whonnock

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 of the Month

306 Sing of Living, Sing of Dying

Offering

For October, as part of our Share the Plate program, our Social Justice Team has chosen Candance House as our community partner. Their Mission is to provide a safe and comforting day refuge for victims and survivors of crime navigating the court process. Their Healing Haven offers a safe place to take a break, eat, debrief or prepare, in a setting of privacy and confidentiality that also provides resources and amenities.  Please visit their website at candacehouse.ca to learn more.

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.

Offertory

When We’re Gone, Long Gone by The O’Kanes

Reading

“All My Papers Are Late” by Dr. Esther Choo

Covenant with our Elected Board

Congregation: We, the members of the First Unitarian Universalist Church of Winnipeg, offer you our love and our trust. We covenant to respond when you seek our input; to show up when you tell us that work needs to be shared; and to listen carefully when you speak of the life of the church.

Board of Directors: We, whom you have called forth from among you to serve as your leaders, accept this role with love and commitment. We covenant to be diligent and faithful in our work; to bring our best selves and practice self-care and open-heartedness; to tend with love the details of the work; and always to keep the goal of Beloved Community in front of us as we serve.

Hymn

346 Come Sing a Song with Me

Meditation

Blessing Our Devices

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

Our Work & School from Home Spaces

Takin’ Care of Business by Bachman-Turner Overdrive

Sermon

The Reverend Meghann Robern

Hymn

1021 Lean On Me

Announcements

Steve Lennon

Benediction

“radical gratitude spell” by adrienne maree brown

Chalice Extinguishing

Carry the Flame sung by the First UU Winnipeg Choir

Transition to Connecting & Conversation Time

Light of a Clear Blue Morning by Dolly Parton

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

  • Leaders: the Reverend Meghann Robern, Andrea James, Nicole McKay
  • Coordinator: M.C. Ziegler Sunday Services Team
  • Zoom Tech Host: Rev. Meghann and Andrea
  • Zoom Chat Moderator: Marjorie Doyle, Tech Team
  • Candles of Caring Host: Marlene Schellenberg, Pastoral Care Team
  • Songleader Videos: PJ Buchan, Music Director; Paul Rodermond, accompanist; Josh Robern, editor