Living Out of Gratitude

You are welcomed to join in this service inviting us to live out of a gratitude base, engaging with whatever life may throw our way. This is not a naive gratitude which ignores the challenging, in order to keep a happy mask in place. Wholesome gratitude seeks the strength of a life-affirming base with which to build on other positives, and actively address negative realities.

Service Coordinator: Cate Ziegler

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Order of Service

Centering Thought

“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words but to live by them.

John F. Kennedy

Centering Music

“Morning Song” Op.62, No. 4, by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, performed by Daniel Clark

Opening Words

Welcome to this Place, by Cathy Rion Starr

Cate Ziegler

Chalice Lighting

The Abundance of Our Lives Together, by Katie Sivani Gelfand

Cate Ziegler

Gathering Hymn

#38 Morning Has Broken

Welcome and Land Acknowledgement

Cate Ziegler


Love Is the Spirit

Story Wisdom

Bear Says Thanks, by Karma Wilson, illustrations by Jane Chapman

Ken Nicholson

Sing and Rejoice

Joys and Sorrows

Bill Bennett

If you have a Joy or Sorrow to share in our upcoming service, please follow this link. Alternatively, Andre can be reached at 204-558-7464 or email him at

Pastoral Hymn

#1031 May I Be Filled with Loving Kindness (sung seated)

Share the Plate Offering

Cate Ziegler

Our Share the Plate Partner for July and August is Trees Winnipeg.


Kitten on the Keys, by Zez Confrey, performed by Daniel Clark


One Ojibway’s Meditations, by Richard Wagamese from Embers

Cate Ziegler


#21 For the Beauty of the Earth

Note: We will begin recording the reflection after the hymn.


Living Out of Gratitude, by Joan Carolyn

Small Group Conversations

Those on zoom will have the option of joining smaller breakout rooms, or remaining in the main stream

Closing Hymn

#1064 Blue Boat Home


Cate Ziegler

Please submit congregational announcements to before 9:00 am each Sunday morning.

Closing Words

We Are Showered Every Day with Gifts, by Robin Wall Kimmerer

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 conversation in our breakout room.

Transition (Zoom only)

Arthur Burstow or Simer Kaur


Gratitude to all who helped make this service happen:

  • Leader: Joan Carolyn
  • Coordinator: Cate Ziegler
  • Music: Daniel Clark
  • Coordinator Lifespan Religious Exploration (CLRE): Ana Castañeda Aguilera
  • Childcare: Paulina Hernandez
  • Pastoral Care: Andre Vanderstoep (Coordinator)
  • Tech Team: Arthur Burstow, Simer Kaur, Ashlyn Noble, Christina Swindells-Nader
  • Music for Affirmation: Composed by P.J. Buchan
  • Ushers:  Kristin Jimmy, Bromley Basford, Joan Carolson, Ken Carolson, Norman Mayer, Cheryl Simmonds, et al
  • Set Up/Maintenance: Michael Thiessen
  • Hospitality: Wendy Buckle, Adina Lyons, et al
  • 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.

Some in our beloved community are affected by exposure to the ingredients or chemicals in scented products. We ask that you join our efforts to accommodate their health concerns by being mindful and where possible avoiding scented products such as hair spray, perfume and deodorant when attending services.

Please refrain from taking photographs and making recordings during and after the service unless you have the express permission of all people involved.

Please keep aisles clear, particularly for people with mobility challenges and turn off electronic devices during the service. Thank you.