In "Spirit in Practice," a Tapestry of Faith program
Distribute and explain your customized Taking It Home handout. Review the suggested resources for continuing to explore spiritual practices on one's own or with friends and family.
Close the workshop with this ritual: The leader takes the hand of the person on his/her right while saying, "I put my hand in yours so that we might do together what we cannot do alone." That person, still holding the leader's hand, then takes the hand of the person on his/her right, saying the same thing. When this saying has gone completely around the circle and everyone is holding hands, the workshop has ended.
As a benediction, offer the song "Go Now in Peace," 413 in Singing the Living Tradition. Your group may have the song memorized, especially if your congregation has a tradition of singing this song to the children during worship services. Ask participants to consider the lyrics to the song and to sing them to one another as a blessing for the journey home.
Extinguish the chalice.
Be sure to be inclusive of people with a variety of living situations—living alone, with a significant other, in a family, with housemates, etc.—in the way you explain the Taking It Home activities.
You may wish to adapt the closing ritual to make it more comfortable for people who are averse to holding hands. You can change the words to "I reach out to you so that we might do together what we cannot do alone" and change the accompanying gesture to reaching rather than holding hands.
If your congregation has large-print and/or Braille versions of Singing the Living Tradition, make those copies available for participants who might need them.
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Last updated on Saturday, October 29, 2011.
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