The Ideal Church and Other Mythical Places

Sometimes religion is like romance. We idealize our religious communities and then find ourselves deeply disappointed when they fail to measure up to the ideals we have projected onto them. While church may be one of the places where we nurture our highest ideals, expecting perfection will inevitably lead to disappointment. We may do better to accept our foibles, forgive ourselves, and aspire for growth and improvement

Service Coordinator: Cate Ziegler

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Order of Service

Centering Thought

In the pursuit of perfection, I forgot I was already enough

~ Caroline George

Centering Music

Song Without Words ‘Retrospection’ by Felix Mendelssohn, performed by Daniel Clark


Cate Ziegler

Gathering Hymn

#38 Morning Has Broken, accompanied by Daniel Clark

Chalice Lighting

May the Love Which Overcomes, by Frederick E Gillis, read by Cate Ziegler

Opening Words

This House by Kenneth L. Patton, read by Rev. Stefan Jonasson


Love Is The Spirit

Story Wisdom

The Foxes Hold a Meeting, told by Rev. Stefan Jonasson

Sing and Rejoice

Singing children down to their rooms

Sharing and Caring

Colleen Millikin

Unison Words

Let us be grateful for this time together as we listen to the celebrations and concerns shared with us today. May the strength we gain through this sharing help us create a feeling of hope and courage in the lives of those around us, and in our own lives. So may it be.


#1058 Be Ours A Religion, accompanied by Daniel Clark


The Blessings of Imperfection by G. Peter Fleck, read by Rev. Stefan Jonasson


#1012 When I Am Frightened, accompanied by Daniel Clark


Amid All the Noise by Timothy Haley, read by Cate Ziegler

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


Cate Ziegler

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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Lily Queen by Scott Joplin, performed by Daniel Clark


The Ideal Church and Other Mythical Places by Rev. Stefan Jonasson

Closing Hymn

#6 Just As Long As I Have Breath, accompanied by Daniel Clark


Cate Ziegler

Closing Words

The Wholeness of Our Lives by Kathleen McTigue, read by Rev. Stefan Jonasson

Chalice Extinguishing

Carry the Flame


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

  • Leader: Rev. Stefan Jonasson
  • Coordinator: Cate Ziegler
  • Accompanist: Daniel Clark
  • Tech Team: Arthur Burstow, Ashlyn Noble, Christina Swindells-Nader
  • Sharing and Caring Host: Colleen Millikin
  • 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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