Faith CoLab: Tapestry of Faith: Riddle and Mystery: A Program on the Big Questions for Grade 6

Alternate Activity 2: Song - Gathered Here

Activity time: 5 minutes

Materials for Activity

  • Copy(ies) of the Unitarian Universalist hymnbook Singing the Living Tradition
  • Optional: A recording of the song and a music player

Preparation for Activity

  • Decide how best to present the song "Gathered Here," Hymn 389 in Singing the Living Tradition-by reading the words aloud, singing together or playing a recording. If you wish, invite a musical volunteer to help lead this activity.

Description of Activity

Remind/tell the group that Unitarian Universalists often express our ideas in hymns. Introduce "Gathered Here" in a manner comfortable for you and the group.

Invite participants to respond to the hymn. What does "the mystery of the hour" mean? Do the words suggest that mystery is part of all religious services where the hymn is sung? Do youth feel a sense of mystery when they attend the congregation's worship services? When do they feel a sense of mystery?