One Life to Live

“Millions long for immortality who don’t know what to do with themselves on a rainy Sunday afternoon,” quipped novelist Susan Ertz. As October gives way to November, and autumn yields to the first hints of winter, the festivals of the season remind us of our human mortality. Many speculate about what might come next – some fearfully, some hopefully – but what if we just embraced our mortality and lived fully the one life we know?

Service Coordinator: Norm Cobb

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    Order of Service

Centering Thought

“Millions long for immortality who don’t know what to do with themselves on a rainy Sunday afternoon.” 

― Susan Ertz

Centering Music

Allemande from French Suite No. 6 by JS Bach,, performed by Daniel Clark


Norm Cobb

Gathering Hymn

#359 When We Are Gathered

Chalice Lighting

Words by Adam Slate from Honouring our Common Connection and our Uniqueness, read by Norm Cobb

Opening Words

Words by Kyle Johnson from Bound by Impermanence, read by Norm Cobb


Love Is the Spirit, music written by PJ Buchan

Story Wisdom

The Elfin Knight, a folktale from Scotland with Reverend Stefan Jonasson

Sing and Rejoice

Singing the children to RE

Pastoral Reflection and Practice

Norm Cobb

Pastoral Hymn

#1021 Lean on Me


The Demon-Haunted World, by Carl Sagan, read by Reverend Stefan Jonasson


#660 To Live Deliberately, Henry David Thoreau, read by Norm Cobb


#16 Tis a Gift to Be Simple


Our Share the Plate Partner on the fifth Sunday of a month is the Minister’s Discretionary Fund. It is used to assist members and friends of the congregation and members of the larger community in meeting basic living needs and other exigencies when times are tough. The minister has discretionary and confidential use of these funds within the guidelines.

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

Pavane pour une infante défunte, by Maurice Ravel, performed by Daniel Clark


One Life to Live, by Reverend Stefan Jonasson

Closing Hymn

#1054 Let This Be a House of Peace


Norm Cobb

Closing Words

Until We Meet Again, by Amy Zucker Morgenstern, read by Norm Cobb

Chalice Extinguishing

Carry the Flame

Transition for Breakout Rooms (Zoom only)

Arthur Burstow


Gratitude to all who helped make this service happen:

  • Leader: Reverend Stefan Jonasson
  • Coordinator: Norm Cobb
  • Coordinator Lifespan Religious Education (CLRE): Ana Gabriela Castaneda Aguilera
  • Pastoral Care Coordinator: Andre Vanderstoep
  • Music Director: Joseph Nguyen
  • Accompanist: Daniel Clark
  • Music Team: Debby Lake, Esther Kathryn, Brian Klowak
  • Tech Team: Arthur Burstow, Simerjit Kaur, Ashlyn Noble, Christina Swindells-Nader
  • Music for Affirmation: Composed by P.J. Buchan
  • Ushers: Krishna Nimmagadda, Norm Cobb, Jim Gardiner, and others
  • Greeter: Paula Keirstead
  • Set Up/Maintenance: Michael Thiessen
  • Hospitality: Shar Lynn, John Burstow, 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.

We ask that you refrain from taking photos and making recordings during and after the service unless you have received express permission from all people involved. Please turn off all electronic devices during the service.

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