Lessons from Sabbatical part 3

Join Rev. Meghann Robern as she shares with us thoughts and reflections from her sabbatical.

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Lessons From Sabbatical Part 3

August 7, 2022

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Centering Thought

“We uncover the value of our gifts by connecting them to the gifts of other people. We brainstorm new actions that become possible by linking existing assets. We discover ways to act on our faith.”

– Luther K. Snow, The Power of Asset Mapping

Centering Music

“If I Can Dream,” Elvis Presley


Steve Lennon

Gathering Hymn

360 Here We Have Gathered

Chalice Lighting

Words by Steve Stock, read by Steve Lennon

We light this chalice to celebrate the inherent worth and dignity of every person.

To reaffirm the historic pledge of liberal religion,

to seek that justice which transcends mere legality

and moves toward the resolution of true equality.

And to share that love which is ultimately beyond even our cherished reason,

that love which unites us.

Opening Words

1058 Be Ours a Religion


Love Is the Spirit

Sharing and Caring

Cheryl Simmonds

Unison Words 

To troubled hearts, to spirits over-brimming, we offer our ministry of listening. For stories that need to be told, we open our hearts and offer the care of our attention, and the support of this, our faith community.


84 How Far Can Reach a Smile?


Steve Lennon

Our Share the Plate partner for August is Prairie Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre.


“Brave,” Sara Bareilles


“Primary Satisfactions,” by Francis Weller, from The Wild Edge of Sorrow, read by Rev. Meghann Robern

These are the basics of our lives, matters essential to our well-being: how to welcome our children into the world, how to give thanks, how to help our youth move through the whitewater of adolescence into adulthood, how to grieve together, and how to replenish and renew the world. These practices address how we can assure an adequate measure of belonging in one another and how we can maintain an intimacy with our inner and outer worlds.

When these basics are met, we are at ease in our bodies and connected with the others in the world, sensing that all lives are comingled with ours. These basic requirements are our primary satisfactions. They are the undeniable and irrefutable needs of the psyche that were established over the long journey of our species and are imprinted in our beings as expectations awaiting fulfillment.


Words from Pieces of Good by Mary Shaffer, read by Steve Lennon

I believe no piece of good is ever lost.

Everything offered toward good makes a difference.

Do not say the detail of how I know, which is all of my life:

small love begets eventually the large and whole;

finds itself in company with other love set loose in the world.

The pattern emerges after, but was always in the making.


“Under Pressure,” Queen & David Bowie


Rev. Meghann Robern

Release from Covenant

Release from Covenant written by Tess Baumberger & Rev. Erika Hewitt

Closing Hymn

1064 Blue Boat Home


Steve Lennon


“The Rainbow Connection Sing-a-long,” Kermit the Frog

Chalice Extinguishing

Words by Steve Lennon

Carry the Flame


“The Wind,” Cat Stevens


Many thanks to:

  • Leader: Rev. Meghann Robern
  • Coordinator: Steve Lennon
  • Tech Team: Ashlyn Noble, Arthur Burstow
  • Sharing and Caring Host: Cheryl Simmonds
  • Songleading Videos: P.J. Buchan, former Music Director, Paul Rodermond, former Accompanist, and the First UU Winnipeg Church Choir
  • Sanctuary chalice sculptor: Jo’Anne Kelly
  • First UU Church of Winnipeg chalice logo designer: Nancy Gilbert

To contact Sunserv (Sunday Services Team), please email worship@uuwinnipeg.mb.ca