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Opening

Opening
Opening

Activity time: 5 minutes

Materials for Activity

  • Chalice and LED/battery-operated candle
  • Optional: Newsprint, markers, and tape

Preparation for Activity

  • Write the chalice lighting words on newsprint, and post.

Description of Activity

Gather participants in a circle around the chalice. Welcome new participants, and welcome back participants from the previous session. Review names as appropriate.

Indicate the chalice-lighting words you have posted. Light the chalice, or ask a volunteer to light it, and invite participants to join you in reciting the opening words:

We light this chalice

Knowing we are surrounded by miracle,

Knowing we all,

And the world around us,

Are miracle upon miracle.

We gaze with awe,

Wonder seeing wonder.

Extinguish the chalice.

Including All Participants

To include vision-impaired participants, lead the group to say the chalice-lighting words one line at a time in a call and response.

For more information contact religiouseducation@uua.org.

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