Soaring: A UU Poetry Service

Our traditional first service of the new year will feature UU wordsmiths and their poems that inspire and send us soaring.

Service Coordinator: Steve Lennon

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Order of Service

Centering Thought

My whole life, my family life is built around my writing. It’s just such a great way of being in the world.

― Winnipeg writer and poet, Ariel Gordon

Centering Music

Chanson Pensive by A. Gretchaninoff, performed by Daniel Clark


Steve Lennon

Gathering Hymn

#44 We Sing of Golden Mornings

Chalice Lighting

words by Steve Lennon, read by Cate Ziegler

Opening Words

Flurries, by Steve Lennon


Love Is the Spirit, music written by PJ Buchan

Sharing and Caring

with Andre Vanderstoep, Pastoral Care Coordinator


#128 For All That Is Our Life


Our Share the Plate Partner for January is Art City. Art City is a community art centre that offers high-quality, free-of-charge art programming to those who need or wish to express themselves creatively. There is no need to register, simply drop in.

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Offertory Music

Three Folksongs from the County Csik, by Bela Bartok, performed by Daniel Clark


from Snow by Archibald Lampman, read by Cate Ziegler


words by Steve Lennon, conducted by Cate Ziegler


#352 Find a Stillness

Note: We will begin recording the poets following the Hymn, with apologies for any interruption by the voice of Zoom.

UU Poets and Poetry

Introduction by Steve Lennon

Intro to Roger Rochester (Steve), then Roger Rochester video

Intro to Shirley Kitchen (Steve), then Shirley Kitchen

Intro to Robert Malo (Steve), then Robert Malo

Intro to Cate Ziegler (Steve), then Cate Ziegler

Intro to Steve Lennon (Steve), then Steve Lennon

Closing Hymn

#123 Spirit of Life (sung through twice)


Steve Lennon

Closing Words

The Perfect Time by Vicki Dello Joio, Qigong Master, read by Steve Lennon

Chalice Extinguishing

with Cate Ziegler, Carry the Flame

Transition for Breakout Rooms

Arthur Burstow (Zoom only)


Gratitude to all who helped make this service happen:

  • Service Leaders: Roger Rochester, Shirley Kitchen, Robert Malo, Cate Ziegler, Steve Lennon
  • Coordinator: Steve Lennon
  • Music Director: Joseph Nguyen
  • Accompanist: Daniel Clark
  • Pastoral Care Coordinator: Andre Vanderstoep
  • Religious Education: Ana Gabriela Castaneda Aguilera (Coordinator of Lifespan Religious Education), Paulina Hernandez (childcare provider), Debby Lake
  • Tech Team: Arthur Burstow, Simer 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, Adina Lyon, 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.

Please refrain from taking photographs and making recordings during and after the service without the express permission of all people involved. Also, please turn off electronic devices during the service. Thank you.


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