Closing Words: As you prepare to leave this sacred space, by Andrew Pakula

Andrew Pakula


As you prepare to leave this sacred space
Pack away a piece of this church in your heart.
Wrap it carefully like a precious gem.
Carry it with you through the joys and sorrows of your days –
Let its gentle glow strengthen you, warm you, remind you of all that is good and true
Until you gather here again in this place of love.

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Opening Words from Andrew Pakula

Andrew Pakula

Come into this circle of community. Come into this sacred space.
Be not tentative. Bring your whole self!
Bring the joy that makes your heart sing.
Bring your kindness and your compassion.
Bring also your sorrow, your pain.
Bring your brokenness and your disappointments.
Spirit of love and mystery; help us to recognize the spark of the divine that resides within each of us.
May we know the joy of wholeness.
May we know the joy of being together.

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Chalice Lighting from Dawn Skjei Cooley


We light our chalice this morning, grateful for the love that we experience in this beloved community. May the flame light the way for all who seek such abundance.

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What does it mean to create a community?

Community

by Marlene J. Geary
Chair, Sunday Services Committee
Unitarian Universalist Society: East
Manchester, CT, USA

 

“With humility and courage born of our history, we are called as Unitarian Universalists to build the Beloved Community where all souls are welcome as blessings, and the human family lives whole and reconciled. With this vision in our hearts and minds, we light our chalice.

–“A vision for Unitarian Universalism in a multicultural world” by the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) Leadership Council, adopted October 1, 2008

What does it mean to create a community?

The New Member Ceremony is a deeply powerful and moving segment of our Sunday services, celebrated several times per year. During the service, we explain what it means to become a new member and a key part of that is our community. The ceremony is an important one to introduce new members but also to remind all of us that we are a part of a larger whole and a part of each other.

These brief moments of community commitment clearly explain what it means to create a community: sharing values, action, talent, triumph, struggle, learning, growth and fellowship.

So, how about we take a moment to consider and renew our commitment as a part of March’s ministry theme of community? As you read this, consider what the community of your congregation means to you.

Dear reader,

We welcome into our community all who have chosen to make a commitment to this congregation.

We are also glad to have you here with us and that you have chosen this community of fellow seekers to travel with you on your life journey.

Will you accept our gifts of fellowship, discovery, and service?

Will you offer us your unique presence and gifts?

Will you add your name to the long history of Unitarian Universalist women and men who spread hope with our living faith?

Will you engage with us as we seek to create a community and a world dedicated to love and justice?

Will you welcome all new members with the warmth and comfort of your fellowship?

Will you seek to add your strengths and talents to the gifts they bring to us?

Will you share our triumphs and our struggles as our community grows and changes?

 

Community

Celebration of gathering in community as a part of our religious faith. So much of Unitarian Universalism is about connection to our community. Community is also about groups of people gathering together bound by similar interest.

Considering offering a service focused on a community-oriented favorite: the spirituality of sports and how the appreciation of sports (both as an athlete and a spectator) can form strong bonds within a community.