Occasions for Blessing

“No matter what one believes in, there is something wonderful about blessing things,” asserts Kathleen Norris. The lay chaplaincy among Unitarian Universalists in Canada is a distinctive office that authorizes select lay leaders to conduct rites of passage on behalf of our congregations and the liberal religious tradition. It has become an essential part of our shared ministry to one another and the larger community beyond our walls. At its heart, the lay chaplaincy is about blessing life’s passages with a ministry of presence, empathy, and hope.

With upcoming Lay Chaplain, Christina Swindells-Nader.

Service Coordinator: Steve Lennon

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Order of Service

Centering Thought

I would wander everywhere as I wander in the forest – ready to see.

— Lyanda Lynn Haupt

Centering Music

Minuet from Partita No. 1, by J.S. Bach, performed by Daniel Clark

Welcome and Land Acknowledgement

Steve Lennon

Gathering Hymn

#347 Gather the Spirit

Chalice Lighting

from Learning to Fall by Philip Simmons, Rev. Stefan Jonasson

Opening Words

adapted from Imagine a Day by Sarah L.Thomson, Steve Lennon


Love Is the Spirit

Congregational Meeting: Part 1

Process and ceremony to install Christina Swindells-Nader as a new Lay Chaplain.

Joys and Sorrows

Christina Swindells-Nader

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 care@uuwinnipeg.mb.ca

Pastoral Hymn

#391 Voice Still and Small (sung through four times, seated)

Share the Plate Offering

Our Share the Plate Partner for June is Ka Ni Kanichihk.

The offering will be gratefully received, both right now, and continuing when our stream ends. Donation options are at this link.

Offertory Music

Come Sail Away by Dennis De Young, performed by Daniel Clark


Steve Lennon


#300 With Heart and Mind

Note: we will begin recording the sermon following the hymn


Occasions for Blessing, Rev. Stefan Jonasson

Closing Hymn

#318 We Would Be One


Steve Lennon

Please submit congregational announcements to worship@uuwinnipeg.mb.ca before 9:00 am each Sunday morning.

Closing Words

from A Morning Offering by John O’Donohue, Steve Lennon

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 (Zoom only)


Gratitude to all who helped make this service happen:

  • Leader: Rev. Stefan Jonasson
  • Coordinator: Steve Lennon
  • Other Participants: Claire Nimmagadda, President of the Board, Christina-Swindells-Nader, incoming Lay Chaplain
  • Accompanist: Daniel Clark
  • Coordinator Lifespan Religious Exploration (CLRE): Ana Gabriela Castaneda Aguilera
  • Childcare Provider: 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: Heather Kennelly, Marian Siemens, Allison Baird,  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 worship@uuwinnipeg.mb.ca

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.

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