In "Sing to the Power," a Tapestry of Faith program
The opening ritual invites children to practice leadership and experience the power of a group coming together in sacred space.
Gather the children in a circle around the chalice. Invite them to take a deep breath and release it, and create a deep silence for a moment.
Invite the day's worship leader to select a reading from the Opening Words Basket and read it aloud.
Invite a member of the group to lift up a symbol of earth from the centering table and say something they honor about the earth or earth power. Invite a member of the group to lift up a symbol of air from the centering table and say something they honor about air or air power. Invite a member of the group to lift up a symbol of fire from the centering table and say something they honor about fire or fire power. Invite a member of the group to lift up a symbol of water from the centering space and say something they honor about the water or water power. Light the chalice.
Sing "Sing to the Power." Include verses for all four elements: "Sing to the power of the earth below." "Sing to the power of the moving air." "Sing to the power of the fire within." "Sing to the power flowing deep within."
Invite participants to hold hands in a circle. Explain, in these words or your own:
Each time the group meets, we focus on ways we find and express our power. As part of each opening circle, we send a pulse of energy, or power, around the circle.
Begin the power pulse by squeezing the hand of the person to your left, who will then squeeze the hand of the person to their left, followed by each person in rapid succession. Send the power pulse around the circle several times.
Conclude the power pulse. While still holding hands, ask the group to take a deep breath together, bringing their hands up as they breathe in, and bringing their hands down as they breathe out.
Return the reading to the Opening Words Basket and extinguish the chalice.
Some participants may be uncomfortable being touched. Offer the opportunity to opt out of the circle during the time when participants are holding hands for the power pulse.
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Last updated on Wednesday, August 22, 2012.
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