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Openings: “Motherless Child

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Sometimes I feel like a motherless child...
Here may you find
a warm greeting
a kind word
a gentle touch

Sometimes I feel like I have no friend...
Here may you find
a community of support
a pulse of liberation
a vision of hope

Sometimes I feel I am almost gone...
Here may you find 
a song to sing
a moment of silence
a hand to hold

Even when you are a long way from home...
may these walls give you shelter
may this community break through your loneliness

And may you feel the embrace of a larger Spirit of Life and Love.
Come, let us worship together.

Note: This piece was inspired by the African-American spiritual "Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child."

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 26, 2013.

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