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In "Love Will Guide Us," a Tapestry of Faith program
Gather the children in a circle. Distribute Handout 1, Ten Million Stars, or point out the words posted on newsprint. Light the chalice and invite the group to read the words responsively.
Indicate the Night Sky display. Say, in your own words:
In Love Will Guide Us we have learned that people used to look at the night sky and ask big questions like how life began, why we are here, and how we should live.
Invite the children to name other questions people have asked.
Ask a volunteer to point out the North Star. Remind the children, in your own words:
This one star never seems to move in the Night Sky. It always hangs above the North Pole, so travelers use it to determine direction.
Unitarian Universalists believe love is like the North Star—it can always point us in the right direction.
We've also been learning about our Unitarian Universalist Sources. Does anyone remember what Sources are?
Explain, as necessary, that a source is a beginning and when we talk about sources of our beliefs we mean great thoughts and teachings that were the beginnings of our beliefs.
Continue, in your own words:
There are seven Sources. We have placed a star for each of our Sources in our night sky.
Ask the children to call out the UU Sources they remember. After a few responses, point out the UU Source Stars (and/or UU Source Constellations) and review the Sources, using this child-friendly language:
Explain, or remind the children, that a "source" has to do with origin, or beginning. When we talk about the sources of our beliefs, we are talking about where our beliefs begin and how we get ideas.
Say, in your own words:
We use the wisdom of many Sources to help us know what we believe and how we should live. We let our Sources and love guide us, like stars in the night sky guide travelers.
Distribute Handout 2, Love Will Guide Us Lyrics or indicate the lyrics you have posted. Sing "Love Will Guide Us" together.
For participants who are not fluent readers, take the time to teach the opening words and the song aurally, so children can come to know them from memory.
Use an LED chalice to avoid a fire hazard and to include participants who are sensitive to smoke or scents.
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Last updated on Thursday, October 27, 2011.
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