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Other Rituals: “Today We Honor You

Also appropriate as Responsive Readings

Today we honor the youth among us
You who are stepping beyond and away and toward
Today we share in your journey
And encourage your discovery

Young Adults (18-35):
Today we welcome your energy
And offer you a safe place to grow
Today we celebrate your hopes and dreams
Come live, breathe, thrive and rejoice
Your time is now

Non-Bridging Youth:
Today we applaud you
For all you have been
For all you are now
For all you will be

Today marks an ending
So that I may begin again
To hope and do and learn and be

Today you cross this bridge
Go now and explore with wonder
We will support and nurture you
You are the future.

Young Adults (18-35):
Today you cross this bridge
Go now and make choices that make you happy
We will support and nurture you
You are amazing.

Non-Bridging Youth:
Today you cross this bridge
Be patient and hopeful
We will support and nurture you
You are an inspiration.

Today I cross this bridge
And join in fellowship
Let me grow but don’t let me go.

Together we share a special place
Together we learn, Together we love
Together we grow.

Copyright: The author has given Unitarian Universalist Association member congregations permission to reprint this piece for use in public worship. Any reprints must acknowledge the name of the author.

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Last updated on Tuesday, February 19, 2013.

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