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Openings: “How To Write Your Own Opening Words

Also appropriate as Opening Words

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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Last updated on Tuesday, February 26, 2013.

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