The Work of Community

True, beloved, sustainable community requires both commitment and work on the part of everyone. There’s also years of both academic study and direct experience around how family and community systems develop and evolve, and how people can make choices that lead to either health or dysfunction. Revs. Jessica and Meghann will offer what they’ve learned both from experts and their own direct experience.

Coordinator: Pamela Hardman

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The Work of Community

May 23, 2021

“I went to church thinking it would be like an epidural, that it would take the pain away… but church isn’t like an epidural; it’s like a midwife… I thought faith would say, ‘I’ll take away the pain and discomfort.’ But what it ended up saying was, ‘I’ll sit with you in it.’” ~ Brené Brown

Centering Music

Rainbow Connection, The Muppet Movie, for the Barbra Barth Feldman Performing Arts Center


Pam Hardman

Gathering Hymn

1054 Let This Be a House of Peace

Chalice Lighting

“Connection and Commitment,” The Reverend Cynthia Landrum

Opening Words

“We Are One,” The Rev. Dr. Hope Johnson


Love is the Spirit

Story Wisdom

Lola Whonnock

Candles of Caring

Ashlyn Noble

Unison Words

We set aside this space to honour the human journey with all its peaks and valleys, and the paths in between.

Let us fill this room, this time, with warmth and love as we listen to the heart-felt sharing of fellow travellers in our caring community.

Pastoral Hymn

1058 Be Ours a Religion


Pam Hardman


Arms of Love, R.E.M.


“I Choose You, I Am Here,” Emma Merchant


318 We Would Be One


“Meditation for Challenging Times,” The Reverend Joan Javier-Duval


Rev. Jessica Clay


354 We Laugh, We Cry


Pam Hardman


“Be True, Be Well, Be Loving,” The Reverend Cynthia Landrum

Chalice Extinguishing

Carry the Flame


Vivaldi Storm, 2CELLOS

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

  • Leaders: Rev. Jessica Clay, Lola Whonnock
  • Coordinator: Pam Hardman, Sunday Services Team
  • Tech Hosts: Ashlyn Noble & Lauren Bailey, Tech Team
  • Chat Moderator: Colleen Millikin, Tech Team
  • Candles of Caring Host: Ashlyn Noble, Pastoral Care Team
  • Songleader Videos: PJ Buchan, Music Director, and the FUUW Choir; Paul Rodermond, accompanist; Josh Robern, editor
  • To contact the Sunday Services Team please email