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Leader Resource 1: Alternate Openings

Original sources are unknown for many readings commonly used in Unitarian Universalist congregations.

If you like, select your own opening words to use instead of those provided in the sessions. These readings could work well, or you may prefer to find or write your own. The Unitarian Universalist Association's online Worship Web provides more chalice lightings and opening words, some of which may work well with children.

We light this chalice to remind ourselves

to treat all people kindly — because they are all our siblings

to take good care of the Earth — because it is our home

to live life full of goodness and love — because that is how we will all

become the best people we can be.

We light this chalice to celebrate Unitarian Universalism

(Cup hands to make two Us)

This is the church of the open mind

(Cover eyes and open hands)

This is the church of the loving heart

(Cross arms over heart)

This is the church of the helping hands

(Stretch hands out, palms up)

May the light we now kindle

Inspire us to use our powers

To heal and not to harm,

To help and not to hinder,

To bless and not to curse,

To serve you,

Spirit of freedom. — from a Passover Haggadah, Reading 453 in Singing the Living Tradition

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Last updated on Friday, November 7, 2014.

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