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
Blessing for Lay Leaders (WorshipWeb)by Lindasusan UlrichTagged as: Gratitude, Leadership, Unitarian Universalism
The Courage to Continue on the Journey (WorshipWeb)by Lyn CoxTagged as: 1st Principle (Worth & Dignity), 3rd Principle (Acceptance & Spiritual Growth), Courage, Diversity, Gratitude, Hospitality, Journey, Reconciliation, Transformation, Unitarian Universalism
Communities of Memory and Promise (WorshipWeb)by Kendyl R GibbonsTagged as: 3rd Principle (Acceptance & Spiritual Growth), Commitment, Community, Connections, Covenant, Integrity, Interdependence, Living Our Faith, Relationships, Unitarian Universalism, Unity
What Happens When We Stop Living? (WorshipWeb)by Nathan C. WalkerTagged as: 1st Principle (Worth & Dignity), 2nd Principle (Justice, Equity, & Compassion), 3rd Principle (Acceptance & Spiritual Growth), 4th Principle (Truth & Meaning), 5th Principle (Conscience & Democracy), Belief, Calling, Challenge, Change, Character, Direct Experience, Gratitude, Prophetic Words & Deeds, Respect, Trust, Unitarian Universalism, Worth
To Be Resilient (Braver/Wiser)by Tim AtkinsTagged as: Beginnings, Direct Experience, Discernment, Earth, Earth-Centered, Environment, Journey, Nature, Power, Strength
At the start of the Religious Education year (WorshipWeb)by Ruth E GibsonTagged as: Children, Commitment, Community, Leadership, Parents, Unitarian Universalism
A Ritual for Ingathering/Water Communion (international focus) (WorshipWeb)by Eric CherryTagged as: 7th Principle (Interconnected Web), Connections, Earth, Globalism, Interdependence, International, Nature, Unitarian Universalism
Commissioning of RE Teachers (WorshipWeb)by Katie Romano Griffin, Tania MárquezTagged as: Children, Direct Experience, Leadership, Unitarian Universalism
Welcome Home (WorshipWeb)by Rachel RottTagged as: 1st Principle (Worth & Dignity), 3rd Principle (Acceptance & Spiritual Growth), 7th Principle (Interconnected Web), Anti-Oppression, Community, Living Our Faith, Universalism