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Often called a “call to worship” these words bring the congregation from their separate lives and to this common place and time of the worship hour. They are, then, both a summons and an invitation. Think of the bell of a New England meeting house—when your opening words are as clear, concise, and commanding as that, you will have succeeded. (In Unitarian Universalist worship if there are Opening Words there is generally not an Invocation, and vice versa.)

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  • The Rev. Erik Walker Wikstrom is the former Worship and Music Resources Director for the Unitarian Universalist Association and has served congregations in Yarmouth, Maine, and Brewster, Massachusetts. He is the author of Teacher, Guide, Companion: Rediscovering Jesus in a Secular World and Simply Pray: A Modern...

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