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In "Spirit of Life," a Tapestry of Faith program
Add the bowl of stones to the altar or centering table. Gather participants around the table. Affirm the good work that participants have done in this workshop.
As we prepare to leave this space, I invite you to select a stone from the common bowl. If you like, you may name some ways this series has been a stepping stone on your spiritual path. Or, you may select a stone in silence.
After participants have each taken a stone, and have spoken if they wish to, you may offer your thanks and blessings with these words, or your own:
Thank you so much for your attentive listening, open sharing, and creative expression throughout this workshop. My deep wish is that our congregation can be for you a place to continue to grow, and a place where you will encourage growth in others.
Blessings for your journeys!
Invite the group to join in singing "Spirit of Life," with body movements as participants are willing and able. Before leading the song, demonstrate the body movements described in Leader Resource 1.
Lead the song slowly so participants can follow your movements. Sing the song twice, with the movements. If the group seems to be learning the movements well, invite them to repeat the movements in the quiet without singing the song.
Ask participants to form a circle, join hands, and move toward the altar or centering table. Extinguish the chalice together. Close with these words:
This is only the beginning.
Be sure to adapt body movements to "Spirit of Life" to suit the needs of members of your group. Invite participants to participate in the "Spirit of Life" body movements as suits their willingness and ability.
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Last updated on Thursday, October 27, 2011.
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