On Death and Dying

Across cultures and religious traditions, the end of October is a time to remember our loved ones who have died. Gone from the physical manifestation of life, our hearts remain connected to the lessons about love and living we have learned, and in that way, each one of us lives on. We set aside this time to reflect on death and dying, taking with us what it means to live well. 

Coordinator: Steve Lennon

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Order of Service
On Death and Dying

October 30, 2022

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Centering Thought

But always it comes, this sacred life force calling to us, asking us to remember why we are here.

~ Oriah Mountain Dreamer

Centering Music

When Our Heart Is in a Holy Place, performed by the First UU Church of Winnipeg Choir


Steve Lennon

Gathering Hymn

1021 Lean on Me

Chalice Lighting

words from The Mystery of Life by Starhawk, read by Steve

Opening Words

To the Four Directions. by Joan Goodwin, read by Rev. Nicole McKay, Jill, Ashlyn, Steve


Love Is the Spirit, music by P.J. Buchan

Sharing and Caring

Esmat Elhami

Unison Words

Let us be grateful for this time together as we listen to the celebrations and concerns shared with us today. May the strength we gain through this sharing help us create a feeling of hope and courage in the lives of those around us, and in our own lives. So may it be.


1052 The Oneness of Everything

Salute to Samhain

by Steve Lennon


Art of the Soul, by John O’Donohue, read by Jill


Steve Lennon

Our Share the Plate Partner for October 30 is the Minister’s Discretionary Fund


Where Do We Come From? performed by First UU Wpg. Church Choir


1009 Meditation on Breathing 


On Death and Dying, Rev. Nicole McKay

Closing Hymn

1002 Comfort Me


Steve Lennon

Closing Words

Spirit by anonymous , read by Jill Moats

Chalice Extinguishing

“Carry the Flame”


Jill Moats

Return Again, performed by First Unitarian Universalist Church of Winnipeg Choir


Gratitude to all who made this service happen:

  • Leaders: Rev. Nicole McKay            
  • Coordinators: Steve Lennon, Jill Moats
  • Tech Team: Ashlyn Noble, Arthur Burstow, Christina Swindells-Nader
  • Sharing and Caring Host: Esmat Elhami
  • Songleading Videos: Paul Rodermond, (former) Acting Music Director and Accompanist, P.J. Buchan, (former) Music Director, Winnipeg UU Choir
  • Chalice Sculptor: Jo’Anne Kelly
  • First UU Church of Winnipeg chalice logo: Nancy Gilbert

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