Hello, Goodbye, Hello

migrating Canada geese at sunsetTo say hello is to be open to the new and to the unknown – a new friend, a new colleague, a new way of looking at something. Saying goodbye often means letting go, saying farewell to a loved one, a lifestyle, or an idea that has lived its time out, and looking to trust in the future. In this service we’ll be releasing our student minister, Nicole McKay, to the next stage of her formation, welcoming new members into our covenant, and exploring how a sustainable community moves through hellos, goodbyes, and hellos once again.

Service Coordinator: Steve Lennon

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Hello, Goodbye, Hello

April 25, 2021

“At any time, you can ask yourself: at which threshold am I now?… At this time in my life, what am I leaving? Where am I about to enter?”

– John O’Donohue

Centering Music

Prélude, Bach’s Cello Suite No. 1 in G Major, Yo-Yo Ma


Steve Lennon

Gathering Hymn

404 What Gift Can We Bring

Chalice Lighting

“The Work of the Congregation,” Chrystal Hogan

Opening Words

“A Place of Belonging and Caring,” The Reverend Kimberlee Anne Tomczak Carlson


Love is the Spirit

Release from Covenant

Rev. Meghann Robern, Nicole McKay, and Steve Lennon

Candles of Caring

Ashlyn Noble

Unison Words

We set aside this space to honour the human journey with all its peaks and valleys, and the paths in between.

Let us fill this room, this time, with warmth and love as we listen to the heart-felt sharing of fellow travellers in our caring community.

In Memoriam

For Harry Peters

Pastoral Hymn

402 From You I Receive


Steve Lennon


What the World Needs Now Is Love, Petra Haden


excerpt from “Our Ultimate Canvas,” The Reverend Gary Kowalski


For Good from Wicked: The Musical


Excerpts from The Parable of the Sower by Octavia E. Butler


Rev. Meghann Robern

New Member Ceremony

Rev. Meghann Robern, Andrea James, & Steve Lennon


175 We Celebrate the Web of Life


Steve Lennon


“Shine!” by The Reverend Mary Edes

Chalice Extinguishing

Carry the Flame


Arms of Love, R.E.M.

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

  • Leaders: Rev. Meghann Robern, Nicole McKay, Andrea James
  • Coordinator: Steve Lennon, Sunday Services Team
  • Tech Hosts: Ashlyn Noble and Lauren Bailey, Tech Team
  • Chat Moderator: Lauren Bailey, Tech Team
  • Candles of Caring Host: Ashlyn Noble, Pastoral Care Team
  • Songleader Videos: PJ Buchan, Music Director, and the FUUW Choir; Paul Rodermond, accompanist; Josh Robern, editor

To contact the Sunday Services Team please email worship@uuwinnipeg.mb.ca.