Why Weighs the Heart Heavy?

Note: Daylight Savings Time begins this day.

Among the many statues on the grounds of the Legislative Building here in Winnipeg are two on the west lawn: the small but poignant Holodomor Memorial, commemorating the Ukrainian Famine and Genocide of 1932-33, and the majestic Taras Shevchenko Monument, which was unveiled on the 100th anniversary of the poet’s death. Drawing on Shevchenko’s poetry, we will reflect on current events and the ongoing struggle for human freedom, independence, and peace.

Service Coordinator: Kelvin Seifert

Sermon Video


Order of Service

Centering Music

“Sweet, Radiant Mystery,” by Catherine Dalton


Kelvin Seifert

Gathering Hymn

#188, Come, Come, Whoever You Are

Chalice Lighting and Opening Words

Kelvin Seifert


Love Is The Spirit

Story Wisdom

Rev. Stefan Jonasson

Sung Response

#395, Sing and Rejoice

Sharing and Caring

Colleen Millikin

Unison Words

What a miracle this is: to share these moments,
to be nourished by each other’s presence,
to affirm the possibilities we bring,
to open ourselves to life’s renewing powers.
May we approach this time we share with gratitude and hope.
So may it be.


“Voices of Earth: Snow,” by Stephan Chapman


Kelvin Seifert

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Share the Plate Partner for March is Manitoba League of Persons with Disabilities


“Blackbird” by John Lennon and Paul McCartney, played by Daniel Clark


Two Ukrainian poems, read by Mykola and Yulia Kosarenko


#163, For the Earth Forever Turning


“The Peace of Wild Things,” by Wendell Berry

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


“Why Weighs the Heart Heavy?” by Rev. Stefan Jonasson

Closing Hymn

#162, Gonna Lay Down My Sword and Shield


Kelvin Seifert

Closing Words and Chalice Extinguishing

Rev. Stefan Jonasson


Gratitude to all who made this service happen! Among others:

  • Leader: Rev Jonasson
  • Coordinator: Kelvin Seifert
  • Tech Team: Ashlyn Noble, Arthur Burstow
  • Sharing and Caring Host: Colleen Millikin
  • Accompanist: Daniel Clark
  • 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
  • To contact Sunday Services Team: worship@uuwinnipeg.mb.ca