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Harvest Communion

Since time immemorial
people have gathered
around hearth fires and theologies
around alters and relationships
around births and deaths
to bear witness to passionate living
expressed in
laughter and touch
tears and tenderness
anger and pain
silliness and seriousness
fear and vulnerability
courage and valor

People have gathered
around water coolers and wine
around friends and enemies
around tables and in bedrooms
to share the intimacy of an imperfect life
to befriend regret, resentment and bitterness
to soothe grief and heartache
to rejoice in goodness and praise the holy
to companion loneliness and isolation
to find grace in the darkness of despair
to stand in awe of the beautiful and abundant

People have gathered since time immemorial
to bow before all that we don’t know,
all that is and was and shall be.

Gathered now to bear witness,
share the journey,
exchange the stories,
May we open our hearts and minds
And prepare the spirit for the ritual of communion.

Bound Up With Humanity

Bound up with humanity and united in life,
we gather in the shelter of faith, hope and love.
 
Nestled in the sweet company of
open hearts, curious minds, and generous spirit,
we settle into the beating pulse of transcendent mystery.
 
Called to truth,
guided by the ineffable,
the path opens,
the way is made clear.
the adventurous soul follows;
trust leads us on.
 
Called by life
Gather by faith
may our time together be an aspiration,
an emergence of goodness and light.

Opening Words in Celebration of 25th Anniversary Unitarian Universalist Community Church

On the occasion of the twentieth anniversary of Small Group Ministry at Unitarian Universalist Community Church in the twenty-fifth anniversary year of the consolidation of All Souls Unitarian Church and Winthrop Street Universalist Church in Augusta, Maine. (October 29, 2017)

Spirit of life, love and all that is holy,
in these sacred halls
in the bonds of community
in the well of that which nourishes and sustains
we gather in the comforting arms of the care that cares for us all.

Into this holy gathering, we come
in search of relationships that are real, and
healing communities to bear witness to the life forever unfolding
beautiful, complicated, and true.

In this holy time, we pause
for almost two hundred years, Unitarians in Augusta
have sought the unity in the oneness
that which is known by many names but never really known

In our desire to touch and be touched,
see and be seen,
love and be loved,
we seek out each other that we may know God as Love:
in our midst, in family, in friends, and in thy enemy.

In this holy time, we pause
for almost two hundred years, Universalists have celebrated
the goodness of all of humanity and the sanctity of a life well lived.

In our search for healing and wholeness, truth and justice,
we strive in word and deed to create and sustain
a world in which all of creation is held in the light and love

In this holy time, we pause
for twenty-five years
unified and strong,
vibrant and real,
dynamic and engaged,
One by one we arrive,
Unitarian Universalists, united in faith.
One by one we arrive
into the hallowed arms of a community
of Life, Love, and all that is holy!

In this holy time, we pause
for twenty years Unitarian Universalists of Augusta
have gathered in small group ministry
seeking deeper connection,
cultivating meaning and purpose.

In the company of others,
exploring this faith
sharing the spiritual journey.

Together we make
this space holy,
this time sacred
and this faith real.

Come, let us worship together
as we have done for countless generations,
as we will do well into the future.