The Great Asymmetry

Following the attack on the World Trade Center in 2001, Stephen Jay Gould wrote that “good and kind people outnumber all others by thousands to one,” despite our mistaken perception that decency and depravity are found in more equal measure. He called the preponderance of goodness and decency the “Great Asymmetry” and argued that we have a duty to honour the collective weight of countless small kindnesses when faced with acts that undermine our faith in humanity. It matters where we focus our attention – and our distractions, as powerful as they can be, sometimes blur our view of the greater good that surrounds us.

Church picnic after the service today!

Service Coordinator: Jill Moats


Sermon Video


Order of Service

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Centering Thought

“There are more good people than bad people, and overall there’s more that’s good in the world than there is that’s bad. We just need to hear about it, we just need to see it.” 

― Tucker Elliot 

Centering Music

Red Queen’s Gavotte, by Irving Fine, arr. by Hywel Davies, performed by Daniel Clark

Welcome

Jill Moats

Gathering Hymn

#134 Our World is One World

Chalice Lighting

Jill Moats

Opening Words

Written by Sarah Gettie McNeill, read by Jill Moats

Affirmation

Love Is the Spirit, music written by PJ Buchan

Story Wisdom

Rev. Stefan Jonasson

Welcome

Welcome to Ana Gabriela Castañeda Aguilera, new Coordinator of Lifespan Religious Education (CLRE), Debby Lake

Sing and Rejoice

Sung as story listeners return to their seats

Meditation

Written by Wallace Fong, read by Jill Moats

Pastoral Hymn and Stone Dropping Ritual

#77 Seek Not Afar for Beauty

Share the Plate Speaker

Daniel Swaka, Peaceful Village Executive Director

Offering Words

Jill Moats

Offertory Music

Maple Leaf Rag, by Scott Joplin, performed by Daniel Clark

Reading

Rev. Stefan Jonasson

Hymn

#355 We Lift Our Hearts in Thanks

Sermon

The Great Asymmetry  Rev. Stefan Jonasson

Closing Hymn

#128 For All That is Our Life

Announcements

Jill Moats

Closing Words

Bring Happiness, by Barbara Cheatham, read Jill Moats

Chalice Extinguishing

Carry the Flame

Transition for Breakout Rooms

Arthur Burstow

Gratitude

Gratitude to all who helped make this service happen:

  • Leader: Rev. Stefan Jonasson
  • Coordinator: Jill Moats 
  • Tech Team: Ashlyn Noble, Arthur Burstow, Christina Swindells-Nader
  • Music for Affirmation: Composed by P.J. Buchan
  • Accompanist: Daniel Clark
  • Ushers: Krishna Nimmagadda, Norm Cobb, Jim Gardiner, and others.
  • Greeter: Paula Keirstead
  • Set Up/Maintenance: Michael Thiessen, Jim Gardiner, Norm Cobb, others   
  • 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 worship@uuwinnipeg.mb.ca 

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.