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Opening Words: “Opening Words for a Leadership Team Worship

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(This was written for the opening worship at a district board retreat. It could be used for any service where the thematic goal is to lift up professional and/or lay leadership or board work, and working together as a leadership team.)

All: We gather here this weekend,
A community of leaders within a larger community of faith.
Our work before us, we are called to "deliver the goods" with commitment, reason and foresight.

Reader 1: Remembering we are a religious community,
We strive to set our goals,
develop our policies and
express our opinions
With love at the top of all agenda items.

Reader 2: Remembering we hold open the door to welcome the multitudes who may yet enter,
We set the pace,
teach by example and
encourage growth
Sustaining a spirit of abundance and a connection to the greater good.

Reader 3: Remembering we hold the lamp to illumine others' visions,
We pledge our service,
listen to each other and our owners and
pool our individual gifts
With transformation as our overreaching goal.

All: Serving together,
We are building Unitarian Universalism,
We are bonding in unity and love
We are blessing each other.



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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