During our weekly worship service, our Candles in Community ritual ends with the following words:
For the joys shared, we join you in celebration. For the sorrows and concerns spoken here, may you feel our sympathy and compassion. For all that remains unspoken, both joy and sorrow, may the caring of our community offer you both kindness and hope.
At First Universalist, our community is built upon the connectedness of all of us. Our community, both church members and ministers, help us in times of need. Our community includes learning opportunities so that we may grow spiritually, emotionally, and intellectually. And our community offers opportunity for service.
How we celebrate and remember:
We have a lot to celebrate! We have the hope of tomorrow and the excitement of discovery! We celebrate life and death, and the milestones in between. We celebrate the cycles of the earth and mother earth. We celebrate the teachings of prophetic women and men which challenge us to confront powers and structures of evil with justice, compassion, and the transforming power of love. We rejoice in our ability to reason and consider the results of science, and warn us against idolatries of the mind and spirit.
And in remembering those who have gone before us, we celebrate All Souls Day, the last Sunday in October. Our rituals are a touchstone.