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Closing (5 minutes), Workshop 5: God's Gonna Trouble the Water – Martyrs and Sacrifice

In "Faith like a River," a Tapestry of Faith program

Materials for Activity

  • Chalice, candle, and lighter or LED battery-operated candle
  • Taking It Home
  • Optional: Faith in Action from this workshop and/or Spiritual Preparation from Worshop 6

Preparation for Activity

  • Download and customize Taking It Home as a handout. You may wish to add the Faith in Action activity suggestion from this workshop and/or the Spiritual Preparation questions for the next workshop.

Description of Activity

Distribute Taking It Home. Announce the date, time, and place of the next workshop and any other "housekeeping" information. Request or remind volunteers if you want participants to read material aloud or perform other roles at the next meeting.

Invite participants to gather around the chalice. Share these words, adapted from Christine Robinson:

What a debt we owe!

To the elders of the human race—its inventors, its wise, its lovers, thinkers, creators. In the course of their lives, they left gifts for us, gifts beyond measure.

Some are anonymous, some names we know. How great a cloud of witnesses dwell in the history of our world.

This is the challenge of our remembering:

To be reminded of the dependence on others which brings meaning to our lives.

To resolve to live our lives to the best that we know—to contribute to our world and to love in our turn. That our witness, too, will be added to theirs, and our gifts, too, will be given to a world which has given us so much.

Extinguish the chalice.

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Last updated on Wednesday, October 26, 2011.

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