Need, Want & Becoming: Spiritual Strategies for Living Into Better Versions of “Me” and “We”

Yearning, longing, desire…seems humans are always wanting something. Individually, and collectively as a faith movement, we pursue a lifespan quest for fulfilment. The Rolling Stones famously sang, “you can’t always get what you want…” and in another song, caution that you “can’t get no satisfaction”.

This Sunday, Rev Ren will bring their trademark humour into reflection and storytelling about this universal human struggle. They will share Buddhist and UU perspectives to help shape spiritual strategies for navigating our lives toward the better versions they can become. 

Service Coordinator: Norm Cobb (he/his)

Sermon Video

Order of Service

Centering Thought

No, you can’t always get what you want…but if you try sometime, you just might find, you’ll get what you need

~ Mick Jagger & Keith Richards

Centering Music

Sonatina by Béla Bartók, played by Kelvin Seifert


Norm Cobb

Gathering Hymn

#347 Gather the Spirit

Chalice Lighting

For Those Who Risk by Jo-Anne Elder-Gomes, read by Rev. Ren Rohe McFadyen

Opening Words

All That We Have Been, All That We Will Become, adapted from Leslie Ahuvah Fails, read by Rev. Ren Rohe McFadyen


Love Is The Spirit

Sharing and Caring

Barbara Fuller

Unison Words

The journey of our lives has brought us this morning to this place, to be here together. What a miracle this is to share these moments and to be nourished by each other’s presence. May we approach this time with gratitude and hope. So may it be.


#16 Tis a Gift to Be Simple


Unconditional by Jennifer Paine Welwood, read by Rev. Ren Rohe McFadyen


#128 For All That Is Our Life


by Thich Nhat Hahn, read by Norm Cobb

The sound of the bell and two minutes of silence will follow the spoken meditation.


Norm Cobbs and Patty Mainville from Rossbrook House

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Summertime by George Gershwin, performed by Kelvin Seifert


Need, Want & Becoming: spiritual strategies for living into better versions of “me” and “we” by Rev. Ren Rohe McFadyen

Closing Hymn

#1059 May Your Life Be As a Song


Norm Cobb

Closing Words

Between the Dawn and Dusk by Carl Seaburg, read by Rev. Ren Rohe McFadyen

Chalice Extinguishing

Carry the Flame


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

  • Leader: Rev. Ren Rohe McFadyen
  • Coordinator: Norm Cobb
  • Accompanist: Kelvin Seifert
  • Tech Team: Arthur Burstow, Ashlyn Noble, Christina Swindells-Nader
  • Sharing and Caring Host: Barbara Fuller
  • Music for Affirmation: written by P.J. Buchan
  • Ushers: Krishna Nimmagadda, Norm Cobb, Jim Gardiner, and others
  • Greeter: Paula Keirstead
  • Set Up and Maintenance: Michael Thiessen, Jim Gardiner, Norm Cobb, and others
  • Hospitality: Shar Lynn, Adina Lyon, Cheryl Simmonds and others
  • Chalice Sculptor: Jo’Anne Kelly
  • First UU Church of Winnipeg chalice logo: Nancy Gilbert
  • Webmaster: Karin Carlson
  • Communicator Editor: Marjorie Doyle
  • All-Church Email Bulletin: Lorie Battershill