The Grace of Silence

“We all have within us a centre of stillness surrounded by silence,” reflected Dag Hammarskjöld on the dedication of the Meditation Room at the headquarters of the United Nations. He believed that, in the place where the nations of the world gathered to debate the great issues of the day, there should be “one room dedicated to silence in the outward sense and stillness in the inner sense.” We need such spaces in our individual lives, too, where we can attain inner calm through what Harriet Beecher Stowe called “the grace of silence.”

Service Coordinator: Cate Ziegler

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    Order of Service

    Centering Thought

    “If only I may grow: firmer, simpler, quieter, warmer.”

    ― Dag Hammarskjold


    I Walk The Unfrequented Road, American Folk Hymn, arr. by Lee Kjelson, performed First UU Church Choir, directed by Joseph Nguyen


    Cate Ziegler

    Gathering Hymn

    #357 Bright Morning Stars

    Chalice Lighting

    A Communion of Heart and Soul, by Bruce Southworth, read by Cate Ziegler

    Opening Words

    With Faith, by Gary Kowalski, read by Cate Ziegler


    Love Is the Spirit, music written by PJ Buchan

    Story Wisdom

    Sweet Porridge, told by Rev. Stefan Jonasson

    Sing and Rejoice

    Singing the children to RE


    On the Dedication of the Meditation Room, by Dag Hammarskjold, read by Rev Stefan Jonasson


    Loving Kindness Meditation, Cate Ziegler

    Holding a Caring Space

    Cate Ziegler

    Pastoral Hymn

    #396 I Know This Rose

    Share the Plate Partner Presentation

    Sonya Bertoncello-May, Rainbow Resource Centre (via video)


    Our Share the Plate Partner for November is Rainbow Resource Centre. It offers support to the 2SLGBTQ+ community in the form of counselling, education, and programming for individuals ranging from children through to 55+. It also supports families, friends, and employers of 2SLGBTQ+ individuals.

    During the month of November, there will be a box in the foyer to collect donations for Rainbow Resource Centre. They need tampons, travel-sized toothpaste, travel-sized body wash, and travel-sized shampoo and conditioners.

    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

    To see these options later, click here:

    Offertory Music

    Simple Gifts, arranged by John Carter, performed by Daniel Clark

    Choir Anthem

    May I Learn To Be Silent, by Craig Cassils, performed by the First UU Church Choir, directed by Joseph Nguyen


    The Grace of Silence, by Rev. Stefan Jonasson

    Closing Hymn

    #134 Our World is One World


    Cate Ziegler

    Closing Words

    We Have A Lamp, by Thich Nhat Hanh, read by Cate Ziegler

    Chalice Extinguishing

    Carry the Flame


    Gratitude to all who helped make this service happen:

    • Leader: Rev. Stefan Jonasson
    • Coordinator: Cate Ziegler
    • Music Director: Joseph Nguyen
    • Accompanist: Daniel Clark
    • Tech Team: Arthur Burstow, Simerjit Kaur, Ashlyn Noble, Christina Swindells-Nader
    • Coordinator Lifespan Religious Education (CLRE): Ana Gabriela Castaneda Aguilera
    • Pastoral Care Coordinator: Andre Vanderstoep
    • Community Coordinator: Ann LeDuc
    • 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

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    Want to help setting up on Sunday mornings? Please contact Norm Cobb or Jim Gardiner.

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