Power: Trust Yourself

We are taught to fear power. Not just what it can do, but what it can do to us. We remember Lord Acton’s words “power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely” – and we see evidence he was right. Perhaps in a perfect world power would be so evenly distributed that it could neither be abused nor corrupt anyone. But we do not live in such a world.

In this service, we will look at the nature of power, how ordinary people can exercise power, and how we can do so in alignment with our principles and values and toward our vision of a better world here and now.

Coordinators: Odell Havsdotter, Steve Lennon

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Power: Trust Yourself

February 27, 2022

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Centering Thought

“What does power mean? Where does it come from? What influences the use of power?” Odell Havsdottir

Centering Music

The Land, the Sky, and the Sea 

Damh the Bard


Odell Havsdottir

Gathering Hymn

107 Now Sing We of the Brave of Old

Chalice Lighting

Words by Steve Lennon

Opening Words

Our True Heritage by Thich Nhat Hanh.


Love Is The Spirit

Candles of Caring

Paula Wachs

Unison Words

We pause to reflect on our week, to think of changes and challenges that lay ahead. And, as we share what is in our hearts and support each other along the way, we are all strengthened. 

Story Wisdom

The Tale of Gwion Bach


1012 When I Am Frightened



Love Will Guide Us #131 performed by Dave Rowe and Stacey Guth


John Beckett


291 Die Gedanken Sind Frei


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


John Beckett


1020 Woyaya


Closing Words

from John Beckett

Chalice Extinguishing

Carry the Flame

Transition Music

Inara’s Suite by Greg Edmonson


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

  • Leader: John Beckett, CUUPS Denton Texas
  • Coordinators: Odell Havsdotter and Kelvin Seifert
  • Tech Team: Marjorie Doyle, Janet Toews and Lori Lewis
  • Candles of Caring Host: Colleen Milikin
  • Songleader Videos: Paul Rodermond, Acting Music Director and accompanist; the FUUW Choir; Josh Robern, editor
  • To contact the Sunday Services Team please email worship@uuwinnipeg.mb.ca