We All Have Music

illustration of treble clef and piano keyboard

The debut of our annual Music Sunday will not be stopped due to physical distancing! We will share the power of music in our lives, and feature recordings of our own congregational choir during this time when they cannot gather to be with us in person.

We All Have Music

May 3, 2020

[A]ll art constantly aspires to the condition of music; so too, at its best, does theology. — Karen Armstrong

Centering

We All Have Music from Sesame Street

Welcome

M.C. Ziegler

Hymn of the Month

344 A Promise Through the Ages Rings

Chalice Lighting

“Chalice Lighting for Music Sunday” by Marnie Singer

Opening Words

“The Song is Best Sung with Others” by Rev. Manish Mishra-Marzetti

Affirmation

Love Is The Spirit, words by James Vila Blake (adapted); music by P.J. Buchan

Story Wisdom

The Orchestra Song performed by Classical Conversations

Candles of Caring

Unison Words:

Each of us enters this place with different needs. Some hearts are full of gratitude and joy. May we rejoice with them. Some hearts ache with sorrow. May our presence and compassion bring them comfort. Some hearts are searching. May the knowledge that we too are searching restore their hope and give them courage. May we, in our common need, give strength to each other as we share our joys, lighten each others’ burdens, and support our caring community.

Hymn

289 Creative Love, Our Thanks We Give

Anthem

Atheists Don’t Have No Songs by Steve Martin & the Steep Canyon Rangers

Reflection

Rev. Meghann Robern

Meditation

Help Me See, performed by the First UU Winnipeg Choir

Offering

Our online-only format is a morally sound response by our community to the current pandemic on our planet. This also means that we are emphasizing remote giving during our offering this morning:

  • Donations can now be sent via e-transfer/Interac to office@uuwinnipeg.mb.ca; in the note, you MUST include your name and if your donation is for the Sunday offering, your pledge, or our capital campaign.
  • You may always mail cheques to the church!
  • We are also using Canada Helps to receive online donations. Go to their website to donate in this way.

Our Share the Plate Partner for May, receiving half of the collection for the first four Sundays of the month, is the Autism Society of Manitoba.

Offertory

Peace Like a River/Kum Ba Yah, performed by the First UU Winnipeg Choir

Reading

clip: The Shawshank Redemption; music: Canzonetta Sull’aria from Le Nozze di Figaro

excerpt from The Case for God by Karen Armstrong

Anthem

Gaia, performed by the First UU Winnipeg Choir

Reflection

P.J. Buchan, Music Director

Hymn

309 Earth Is Our Homeland

Announcements

M.C. Ziegler

Benediction

“As We Listen to the Blessing of Music” by Rev. Maureen Killoran 

Amari Poponne playing Castle on the Hill by Ed Sheeran

Chalice Extinguishing

Carry the Flame, performed by the First UU Winnipeg Choir

Transition to All-Congregation Town Hall

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

  • Leaders: Rev. Meghann Robern, Minister; P.J. Buchan, Music Director; the First UU Winnipeg Choir both past and present
  • Coordinator: M.C. Ziegler
  • Zoom Tech Host and Story Wisdom: Andrea James, Director of Lifespan Faith Development
  • Candles of Caring Host: Kitana Degen
  • Songleader Videos: PJ Buchan, Music Director; Paul Rodermond, accompanist; Josh Robern, editor
  • Zoom Chat Moderator: Carol Lindsey, Lifespan Faith Development Assistant