To Bear Love into This World

We light our chalice this evening*
with our hearts turned to the work of our congregation.
We have inherited this institution
from X* generations of people
who believed in the power of human beings
to bear love into the world.
We carry this tradition
for those who find comfort, inspiration, and joy
within its real and virtual spaces.
We tend the spark of imagination and hope
for the world to come.

*This chalice lighting was written for a congregational Board meeting. Change "evening" and insert time period as appropriate.