Sample Chalice Lightings
Worship begins with the lighting of the chalice and the recitation of opening words. This simple ritual, a combination of gesture and word, evokes within us a spirit of reverence, shared community, and hope.
be to the earth and the wind.
Glory be to the sun and the rain.
be to animals and children
and women and men.
be to our holy flame
which calls us together as one."
—Bettye A. Doty
into the circle of love and justice.
Come into the community of mercy, holiness, and health.
Come and you shall know peace and joy."
—Israel Zangwill, adapted
is a gift for which we are grateful.
We gather in community to celebrate the glories and the mysteries of this great gift."
the light of this chalice give light and warmth to our family,
On good days and bad, happy and sad,
And may we feel the warmth spread from our family circle
to wider and wider circles,
Until we feel our family part of the one circle
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Last updated on Wednesday, June 2, 2010.