Celebrating Ingathering

On the first Sunday after Labor Day, many Unitarian Universalist congregations kick off the new congregational year with an Ingathering service, and some congregations include the Water Communion ritual (or Water Ceremony) in this service.

Themes often used include: reunion; re-gathering; re-covenanting as a community of faith; hospitality; returning home to the church community that holds us; hope; looking forward with excitement to church year. The service may be intergenerational in whole or in part.

Unitarian Universalist Perspectives

Search Words for Worship Services

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  • So are we bound together (WorshipWeb)
    By Elizabeth Lerner Maclay
    Tagged as: 7th Principle (Interconnected Web), Community, Connections, Earth, Earth-Centered, Nature, Relationships, Unitarian Universalism, Unity, WorshipWeb


  • Teacher Hand Blessing (WorshipWeb)
    By Charlie Dieterich
    Tagged as: 3rd Principle (Acceptance & Spiritual Growth), Beginnings, Body, Caring, Children, Earth-Centered, Education, Generations, Gratitude, Growth, Humanism, Prophetic Words & Deeds, Purpose, Tradition, Unitarian Universalism, WorshipWeb

Chalice Lighting

  • A Chalice Lighting for Ingathering (WorshipWeb)
    By Janet Parsons
    Tagged as: Caring, Commitment, Community, Connections, Discernment, Faith, Friendship, Growth, Hope, Unitarian Universalism, Unity
  • Chalice Lighting for the New Year (WorshipWeb)
    By Lisa Doege
    Tagged as: Beginnings, Faith, Gratitude, Hope, Unitarian Universalism
  • Thirsty (WorshipWeb)
    By Gregory Pelley
    Tagged as: 1st Principle (Worth & Dignity), 2nd Principle (Justice, Equity, & Compassion), 3rd Principle (Acceptance & Spiritual Growth), 6th Principle (World Community), Agnosticism, Body, Community, Compassion, Connections, Direct Experience, Earth, Hope, Humanism, Joy, Love, Nature, Searching, Secular, Unitarian Universalism, WorshipWeb


  • Degrees of Separation (WorshipWeb)
    By Gary Kowalski
    Tagged as: 2nd Principle (Justice, Equity, & Compassion), 6th Principle (World Community), Community, Friendship, Interdependence, Solidarity


  • Invitation to Join the Journey (WorshipWeb)
    By Lyn Cox
    Tagged as: 3rd Principle (Acceptance & Spiritual Growth), 4th Principle (Truth & Meaning), Courage, Diversity, Generations, Inclusion, Journey, Teamwork, Trust, Unitarian Universalism


  • The Home That Love Made (WorshipWeb)
    By Amanda Poppei
    Tagged as: Commitment, Community, Direct Experience, Interdependence, Love, Purpose, Relationships, Unitarian Universalism, Unity


  • All That We Have Been, All That We Will Become (WorshipWeb)
    By Leslie Ahuvah Fails
    Tagged as: 1st Principle (Worth & Dignity), 3rd Principle (Acceptance & Spiritual Growth), 7th Principle (Interconnected Web), Beginnings, Body, Calling, Commitment, Courage, Interdependence, Judaism, Playfulness, Prophetic Words & Deeds, Relationships, Trust, Unitarian Universalism
  • Bring Us Close to the Earth (WorshipWeb)
    By Lyn Cox
    Tagged as: 7th Principle (Interconnected Web), Change, Christianity, Community, Direct Experience, Earth, Earth-Centered, Humanism, Interdependence, Listening, Nature, Science, WorshipWeb