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.

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  • Blessing for Lay Leaders (WorshipWeb)
    by Lindasusan Ulrich
    Tagged as: Gratitude, Leadership, Unitarian Universalism
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    by Lyn Cox
    Tagged as: 1st Principle (Worth & Dignity), 3rd Principle (Acceptance & Spiritual Growth), Courage, Diversity, Gratitude, Hospitality, Journey, Reconciliation, Transformation, Unitarian Universalism


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    by Kendyl R Gibbons
    Tagged as: 3rd Principle (Acceptance & Spiritual Growth), Commitment, Community, Connections, Covenant, Integrity, Interdependence, Living Our Faith, Relationships, Unitarian Universalism, Unity
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    Tagged 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


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    by Tim Atkins
    Tagged as: Beginnings, Direct Experience, Discernment, Earth, Earth-Centered, Environment, Journey, Nature, Power, Strength

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  • Welcome Home (WorshipWeb)
    by Rachel Rott
    Tagged as: 1st Principle (Worth & Dignity), 3rd Principle (Acceptance & Spiritual Growth), 7th Principle (Interconnected Web), Anti-Oppression, Community, Living Our Faith, Universalism