Life on the Wild Side

“But ask the animals, and they will teach you,” Job declared after lamenting that he was a laughingstock to his friends. I find myself increasingly drawn to wild places and the creatures that inhabit them. On World Wildlife Day, we will reflect on how the wildlife that surrounds us enhances our lives and teaches us how to live upon the earth well, if we are paying attention. “I love the wild not less than the good,” affirmed Henry David Thoreau.

Service Coordinator: Cate Ziegler

Order of Service

Children will start in the sanctuary this morning.

Welcome and Zoom Link

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Centering Thought

“I love the wild not less than the good”

– Henry David Thoreau

Opening Music

We Give Thanks, sung by the Choir, directed by Joseph Nguyen, accompanied by Daniel Clark

Opening Words

Gather Into Yourself, by Kenneth L. Patton, read by Cate Ziegler

Chalice Lighting

Welcome the Stranger, by Maureen Killoran, read by Rev. Stefan Jonasson

Gathering Hymn

#38 Morning Has Broken

Welcome and Land Acknowledgement

Cate Ziegler


Love Is the Spirit, music written by PJ Buchan

Story Wisdom

How Bambi Found the Meadow, by Felix Salten, told by Rev Stefan Jonasson

Sing and Rejoice

sung as children and youth go downstairs for Religious Exploration

Joys and Sorrows

Andre Vanderstoep

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Pastoral Hymn

#207 Earth Was Given as a Garden (sung seated)


from Walden by Henry David Thoreau, read by Rev. Stefan Jonasson


Cate Ziegler

Share the Plate Speaker

Josep Seras Gubert, Executive Director, Green Action Centre


led by Cate Ziegler

Our Share the Plate Partner for the first four Sundays in March is Green Action Centre. Green Action Centre is a non-profit, non-governmental organization, based in Winnipeg and serving Manitoba since 1985. Green Action Centre’s mandate is to promote greener living through environmental education and real climate action to all Manitobans. A lively organization, their programs aim
to inspire policy changes and encourage real practical green solutions for households, workplaces, schools and communities. Their areas of work focus on green commuting, composting and waste reduction, sustainable living and resource conservation.

The offering will be gratefully received, both right now, and continuing when our stream ends. To donate via e-transfer/Interac use; in the note, you MUST include your name and whether your donation is for the Sunday offering or your pledge. You can also send a cheque by mail to the church at First UU Church of Winnipeg, 603 Wellington Cr. Winnipeg, MB R3M 0A7

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Offertory Music

March: Song of the Lark, from The Seasons, by Tchaikovsky, performed by Daniel Clark


From the Goddess, sung by the Choir, directed by Joseph Nguyen, accompanied by Daniel Clark

Note: We will begin recording the sermon following the anthem, with apologies for the interruption by the Zoom announcement of recording.


Life on the Wild Side, by Rev. Stefan Jonasson

Closing Hymn

#21 For the Beauty of the Earth


Cate Ziegler

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Closing Words

Fragments of Holiness, by Sara York, read by Cate Ziegler

Chalice Extinguishing

Carry the Flame

Following the service, please join us for community and refreshments in the sanctuary. For Zoom participants, please consider staying for community in our breakout room.

Transition for Breakout Room

Arthur Burstow or Simer Kaur (Zoom only)


Gratitude to all who helped make this service happen:

  • Leader: Rev. Stefan Jonasson
  • Coordinator: Cate Ziegler
  • Music Director: Joseph Nguyen
  • Accompanist: Daniel Clark
  • Religious Education: Ana Gabriela Castaneda Aguilera, CLRE (coordinator), Paulina Hernandez (childcare provider), Debby Lake, Maxine Hebert
  • Pastoral Care: Andre Vanderstoep (Coordinator)
  • Tech Team: Arthur Burstow, Simer Kaur, Ashlyn Noble, Christina Swindells-Nader
  • Hymn Lyrics Coordinator: Debby Lake
  • Music for Affirmation: Composed by P.J. Buchan
  • Ushers: Krishna Nimmagadda, Norm Cobb, Jim Gardiner, and others
  • Greeter: Paula Keirstead, Ann LeDuc
  • Set Up/Maintenance: Michael Thiessen, Jim Gardiner, Norm Cobb, others
  • Hospitality: Shar Lynn, Adina Lyon, Cheryl Simmonds, and others
  • Chalice Sculptor: Jo’Anne Kelly
  • Chalice Logo Designer: Nancy Gilbert
  • Website Support: Karin Carlson
  • Communicator Editor: Marjorie Doyle
  • All-Church Email Bulletin: Lorie Battershilll

To contact SunServ (Sunday Services Team), please email

Want to help setting up on Sunday mornings? Please contact Norm Cobb or Jim Gardiner.

Please refrain from taking photographs and making recordings during and after the service unless you have the express permission of all people involved. Also, please turn off electronic devices during the service. Thank you.