The Tao of Yard Sales

What can one learn about human nature from going to a yard sale? Join Steve Lennon as he shares his observations from his experiences organizing more than 80 giant yard sales over 34 years.

Service Coordinator: Cate Ziegler

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Order of Service

The Tao of Yard Sales

August 27, 2023

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Centering Thought

“Arrange whatever pieces come your way.”

~ Virginia Woolf

Centering Music

“Brandenburg Concerto No. 2” (excerpt) by J.S. Bach, performed by Daniel Clark


Cate Ziegler

Gathering Hymn

#300 “With Heart and Mind,” accompanied by Daniel Clark

Chalice Lighting

Words by Hafiz from “The Sun Never Says,” read by Cate Ziegler

Opening Words

Words by John O’Donohue from “A Morning Offering,” read by Steve Lennon


“Love Is the Spirit,” accompanied by Daniel Clark

Story Wisdom

“Kind Dragon” with Carol Lindsey, CLFD

Sing and Rejoice

Singing while people return to their seats

Pastoral Holding Space

Cate Ziegler


#94 “What Is This Life,” accompanied by Daniel Clark

Meditation words by Sun Bu’er, read by Cate Ziegler


Our Share the Plate partner for August is The WRENCH


“Mazurka” by Wladyslaw Szpilman, arr. by Hywel Davies, performed by Daniel Clark


#1008 “When Our Heart Is in a Holy Place”


“The Tao of Yard Sales,” Steve Lennon

Closing Hymn

#16 “’Tis a Gift to Be Simple,” accompanied by Daniel Clark


Cate Ziegler

Closing Words

“Blue Sky, Healthy Land, Clear Waters,” words by Steve Lennon

Chalice Extinguishing

“Carry the Flame,” accompanied by Daniel Clark


Arthur Burstow


Gratitude to all who made this service happen:

  • Leader: Steve Lennon
  • Coordinator: Cate Ziegler
  • Tech Team: Ashlyn Noble, Arthur Burstow, Christina Swindells-Nader
  • Accompanist: Daniel Clark
  • CLFD: Carol Lindsey
  • Ushers: Krishna Nimmagadda, Norm Cobb, et al
  • Maintenance and set up: Michael Thiessen
  • Music for Affirmation: P.J. Buchan
  • Refreshments: Shar Lynn, John Burstow, Octavia MacIsaac, et al
  • Chalice Sculptor: Jo’Anne Kelly
  • First UU Church of Winnipeg chalice logo: Nancy Gilbert
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  • Communicator Editor: Marjorie Doyle
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