Surprised by Joy 

“Life is a series of surprises,” said Ralph Waldo Emerson, and this certainly seems to be true. While it’s also common to hear people, especially bosses and spouses, say, “I don’t like surprises,” I’ve been surprised by joy so often that I relish the surprises that come my way. From a strain of music to a kind word, and from shared revelry to an unexpected gift, we may find ourselves surprised by joy if we are open to the possibility.

Service Coordinator: Jill Moats

Sermon Video

Order of Service

Centering Thought

Joy is not a constant. It comes to us in moments – often ordinary moments … A joyful life is made up of joyful moments gracefully strung together by trust, gratitude and inspiration.

~ Brené Brown

Centering Music

Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 (Excerpt) by J.S. Bach, performed by Daniel Clark


Jill Moats

Gathering Hymn

#163 For the Earth Forever Turning, accompanied by Daniel Clark

Chalice Lighting

Deep Calls Unto Deep, Joy Calls Unto Joy, by Gordon B. McKeeman, read by Jill Moats

Opening Words

from A Grateful Heart by Molly Fumia, read by Jill Moats


Love Is The Spirit, music by P.J. Buchan, accompanied by Daniel Clark

Story Wisdom

told by Rev. Stefan Jonasson

Sing and Rejoice

Singing children down to their rooms

Sharing and Caring

Kelvin Seifert

Unison Words

To troubled hearts, to spirits over-brimming, we offer our ministry of listening. For stories that need to be told, we open our hearts and offer the care of our attention, and the support of this, our faith community.

Pastoral Hymn

#1064 Blue Boat Home, accompanied by Daniel Clark


Individually and Together, written by Rev. Heather Christenson, read by Jill Moats

Our Share the Plate partner for June is Rossbrook House. Thank you for supporting the church with your funds, time, talent and energy. Direct deposit or post-dated cheques simplify giving. You may use a donation envelope, which is located at the back of the grey hymnal, to receive a tax receipt for accumulated cash gifts over $10. Please ask an usher for details if you do not find an envelope.

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I Could Have Danced All Night by Lerner & Loewe, arranged by Larry Shackley, performed by Daniel Clark


Gitanjali by Rabindranath Tagore, read by Rev. Stefan Jonasson


#21 For the Beauty of the Earth, accompanied by Daniel Clark


words written by Eckhardt Tolle, read by Jill Moats

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


Surprised by Joy by Rev. Stefan Jonasson

Closing Hymn

#305 De Colores, accompanied by Daniel Clark


Jill Moats

Closing Words

words written by Rev. Caitlin Cotter Coillberg, read by Jill Moats

Chalice Extinguishing

Carry the Flame


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

  • Leader: Rev. Stefan Jonasson
  • Coordinator: Jill Moats
  • Accompanist: Daniel Clark
  • Religious Exploration: Carol Lindsay, CLFD
  • Sharing and Caring Host: Kelvin Seifert
  • Tech Team: Arthur Burstow, Ashlyn Noble, Christina Swindells-Nader
  • Ushers: Krishna Nimmagadda, Norm Cobb, Jim Gardiner, and others
  • Greeter: Paula Keirstead
  • Set Up and Maintenance: Michael Thiessen, Jim Gardiner, Norm Cobb, and others
  • Hospitality: Shar Lynn, Adina Lyon, Cheryl Simmonds and others
  • Music for Affirmation: written by P.J. Buchan
  • Chalice Sculptor: Jo’Anne Kelly
  • First UU Church of Winnipeg chalice logo: Nancy Gilbert
  • Webmaster: Karin Carlson
  • Communicator Editor: Marjorie Doyle
  • All-Church Email Bulletin: Lorie Battershill

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