The Pathway to Healing

The Pathway to Healing

Friends, thank you for your witness to all that exists on the margins; thank you for your commitment to hold yourselves and one other in great and steadfast love. Moving forward from this space, may we continue to nurture spiritual growth. May we continue to travel along the winding pathway to...

R Roddy Biggs
The Lifelong Goal

The Lifelong Goal

To act so that our empathy is evident wherever we go—that's the object.

D David Hicks MacPherson
Awesome and gracious God

Awesome and gracious God

Awesome and gracious God -- you who are the power that brings us to life and the spirit that sustains us -- forgive us for being less than we might be. Guide us to become what is in our power to become, in your service....

P Polly Leland-Mayer
Blessed by Our Connections

Blessed by Our Connections

We leave blessed by our connections to one another, to the spirit of life. Walk lightly that you see the life that is below your feet. Spread your arms as if you had wings and could dance through the air. Feel the joy of the breath in your lungs and the fire in your heart. Live to love and be a...

S Susan Karlson
Loving and Responsible Action

Loving and Responsible Action

We have come together to share our deepest concerns, speaking and singing words of inspiration and hope. We have committed ourselves to do what we can to ease the burdens of those who suffer, to stand for decency and compassion....

R Robert F Kaufmann
Go in peace. Live simply

Go in peace. Live simply

Go in peace. Live simply, at home in yourself. Be just in your word, just in deed. Remember the depth of your own compassion. Do not forget your power in the days of your powerlessness. Do not desire with desire to be wealthier than your peers, and never stint your hand of charity. Practice...

M Mark L. Belletini
As we part now one from another

As we part now one from another

As we part now one from another, let these be our thoughts: If that which is most holy lies within the human person, and if the greatest power in the world shines flickering and uncertain from each individual heart, then it is easy to see the value of human associations dedicated to nurturing tha...

E Eileen B Karpeles
May our wisdom show itself

May our wisdom show itself

Now may our wisdom show itself in compassion and understanding; and may the fruits of the spirit be apparent in our lives.

P Philip Randall Giles
Loving and Responsible Action

Loving and Responsible Action

We have come together to share our deepest concerns, speaking and singing words of inspiration and hope. We have committed ourselves to do what we can to ease the burdens of those who suffer, to stand for decency and compassion....

R Robert F Kaufmann
Blessed with Questions

Blessed with Questions

Some came here to be blessed with answers in a tumultuous world. Let us hope too, however, that many of us have been blessed with questions to direct us with a clarity of mind to steer our logic towards kindness and justice always.

M Ma Theresa "Tet" Gustilo Gallardo
Four Element Blessing

Four Element Blessing

May the firmness of the earth be yours. May the flow of the water be yours. May the freedom of the air be yours. May the fierceness of the fire be yours. May all of the gifts of this life, The Below and the Above, Be with you now and remain with you always.

E Eric Williams
Our Grief Is a Holy Thing

Our Grief Is a Holy Thing

Our grief is a holy thing. It is that proof that another life touched ours in a profound way. It is the mark of love, the mark of connection, and the mark of a life well lived. We will mourn, we will cry, we will miss (Name)....

T Tracie Barrett-Welser
Go in peace, speak the truth

Go in peace, speak the truth

Go in peace, speak the truth, give thanks each day. Respect the earth and her creatures, for they are alive like you. Care for your body; it is a wondrous gift. Live simply. Be of service. Be guided by your faith and not your fear. Go lightly on your path. Walk in a sacred manner. Amen.

G Gary Kowalski
Majesty of Creation

Majesty of Creation

If we would but allow the majesty of creation to be, it would bless us. If we would incorporate the myriad aspects of creation instead of trying to incarcerate them, the war would end. If we could accept ourselves, maybe then we would accept others. If all these questions add up to confusion, all...

S Stephan R Papa
Be a Branch of the Tree of Life

Be a Branch of the Tree of Life

Our eyes and minds turn now toward the ordinary. Leaving this space made sacred by our presence, take with you at least some seed of understanding, hope and courage and drop it into the confusion of the world....

N Norman V Naylor
The Ship of State

The Ship of State

The Greek philosopher Plato compared the human mind to a ship on which the sailors had mutinied and locked the captain and the navigator in a cabin. On such a ship, the sailors feel free to steer the ship as they like, but their direction is erratic. The goal of our religious education and youth...

J Jeff Liebmann
The Force of Truth

The Force of Truth

LEADER: Truth manifests itself with its own force. Let us ride on the power of its revelation with a heart ready to receive, to forgive, and to learn.Source: UU Congregation of Quezon City, Philippines...

M Ma Theresa "Tet" Gustilo Gallardo
What I Know

What I Know

I do not know where we go when we die; And I do not know what the soul is Or what death is or when or why. What I know is that The song once sung cannot be unsung, And the life once lived cannot be unlived, And the love once loved cannot be unloved.

K Kenneth W. Collier
Into the sun-washed light

Into the sun-washed light

Let us go out now into the sun-washed light of the blossoming world. May the inner light of our own being add its bright blessing to the dappled days and enhance the glow of nightfall. Amen.

J Judy Welles
The Hand In Yours...

The Hand In Yours...

Invite the congregation to join hands. The hand in yours belongs to a person whose heart is sometimes tender, whose skin is sometimes thin, whose eyes sometimes fill with tears, and whose laughter is a beautiful sound....

E Erika A. Hewitt
If you are proud of this church

If you are proud of this church

If you are proud of this church, become its advocate. If you are concerned for it future, share its message. If its values resonate deep within you, give it a measure of your devotion. This church cannot survive without your faith, your confidence, your enthusiasm. Its destiny, the larger hope,...

M Michael A Schuler
Our connection to each other and this community remains

Our connection to each other and this community remains

Our time in this place may have ended, but our connection to each other and this community remains. Together may we walk the path of justice, speak words of love, live the selfless deed, trod gently upon the earth, and fill the world with compassion. Until we meet again, blessed be.

K Kathy A Huff
Closing Words by the Youth

Closing Words by the Youth

We are never complete. We are never finished. We are always yet to be. May we always allow others to be, and help and enable each other to grow toward all that we are capable of becoming. Amen...

A Anonymous
How To Write Your Own Closing Words

How To Write Your Own Closing Words

If the “opening words” called people to worship and opened the time and space for this purpose, the closing words bring the service to an end and prepare people to return home. If the service has been thematically tied together, the words can be a summation, a parting thought, a final nugget for...

E Erik Walker Wikstrom
Taking the Light with Us

Taking the Light with Us

Each week as we gather we light a common chalice. We sing and celebrate, we pray and think. Then we each gather strength from the flame and go out from here, taking the light with us.

H Heather Christensen
It Is Our Journey Together

It Is Our Journey Together

We are on a journey. We didn’t plan it. We didn’t have time for the bread to rise. We may find ourselves in the wilderness, hungry, thirsty, Doubting that we should have ever come. But look around: We are not alone. It is our journey together: A journey to our better selves, A journey to a...

D Debra Haffner
The Lord bless you and keep you

The Lord bless you and keep you

The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord keep all those whom you love, whether here or in some other place. May God be your companion and you be God's friend, as you walk together through all the days of your life; and at the journey's end, may you find the welcome of God's love. It keeps us all.

C Charles C Forman
Keeping faith

Keeping faith

Keeping faith, our faithfulness keeps us. Go in faith.

R Raymond R Nasemann
In our hungering for meaning

In our hungering for meaning

In our hungering for meaning, In our aching for friendship, In our yearning for justice, In our heart's remembering of finer days, May we look deep within the mystery of things and gather our strength....

B Bruce Southworth
Remembering our spiritual, courageous ancestors

Remembering our spiritual, courageous ancestors

Remembering our spiritual, courageous ancestors who forsook oppression with security to gain freedom with opportunity, may we go forth to master ourselves by accepting duty with responsibility, by showing balance in our judgments and by having breadth of vision in our deliberations. May we be...

R Rhys Williams
Benediction by the Minister

Benediction by the Minister

Now, go forth into the world in peace. Be of good courage. Prove all things and hold fast that which is good. Amen.

Because of those who came before

Because of those who came before

Because of those who came before, we are;in spite of their failings, we believe;because of, and in spite of, the horizons of their vision,we, too, dream.Let us go remembering to praise,to live in the moment,to love mightily,to bow to the mystery.(No.680, Singing the Living Tradition)...

B Barbara J Pescan
Depature

Depature

As we prepare to depart, we give voice to these hopes: May we know ourselves bound in community, even while we are apart. May a passion for justice burn in our lives. May we carry the light of compassion in our hearts and in our every interaction....

R Robin F. Gray
Wherever We Are, Love Is

Wherever We Are, Love Is

As we enter another week of uncertainty in the world, let us remember that there is only one side – that of humanity, and planet Earth. May we pray for peace; may we raise our voices with our elected officials and engage as we can in acts of resistance; and may we remember to take very good care...

D Debra Haffner
May our faith sustain us

May our faith sustain us

May our faith sustain us, our hope inspire us, and our love surround us as we go our separate ways, knowing that we will gather again in this beloved community. Amen.

J Jim Wickman
Let us bless and keep one another

Let us bless and keep one another

Let us bless and keep one another. Let kindness rule in our hearts and compassion in our lives, until we meet again. Amen.

J John C Morgan
In the end it won't matter

In the end it won't matter

In the end it won't matter how much we have, but how generously we have given. It won't matter how much we know, but rather how well we live. And it won't matter how much we believe, but how deeply we love...

J John C Morgan
Remembering that the universe is larger

Remembering that the universe is larger

Remembering that the universe is so much larger than our ability to comprehend, let us go forth from this time together with the resolve to stop trying to reduce the incomprehensible to our own petty expectations, so that wonder—that sense of what is sacred—can find space to open up our minds...

M Marjorie Newlin Leaming
Rosh Hashanah Benediction

Rosh Hashanah Benediction

The Book of Life is open before us. It tells stories of sadness and happiness, despair and hope, stagnation and change, and a peaceful stillness that transcends both. May you be written in the Book of Life....

A Amy Zucker Morgenstern
Let Us Be Humble

Let Us Be Humble

Let us be humble, for the worst thing in the world is of the same stuff as we are. Let us be confident, for we too are composed of the same stuff as the stars. Amen.

J Jay E Abernathy, Jr
Blessing at Departure

Blessing at Departure

We call for this blessing on all sheltered here whether in body or in spirit... May the flame of our community ignite a love bold enough to share. And, in return May we all be embraced by a love that remains constant in times of sorrow and in days of great gladness.

R Robin F. Gray
Winter Solstice Reflection

Winter Solstice Reflection

On this, the longest night of the year, we are warmed by the certain knowledge that tomorrow will welcome more light than today. As it has for eons—for billions of years—the coming of light brings life. May we be awed by the great miracles of light and life, and faithfully nurture the mystery...

G Gregory Jones
May our lives be blest

May our lives be blest

May our lives be blest according to the depth of our love, the persistence of our faith, our willingness to forgive and be compassionate, and in proportion to our yearning to be free. Amen.

P Paul H Beattie
Gathered Community

Gathered Community

The worship of the gathered community is now ended. Go in peace. Go in joy. Go in love to share in the ongoing worship of the community in dispersion. Carry with you what is precious to us all: reverence for all life, beauty that displays itself in love, deep, abiding peace.

G Gordon B McKeeman
In the river, the water continually flows

In the river, the water continually flows

In the river, the water continually flows on, yet the river is ever there. "Our lives flow on in endless song," yet life and joy shall never end. Quotation from the traditional Quaker song, "My Life Flows on in Endless Song," #108 in Singing the Living Tradition.

J John C Morgan
Participants of the Universe

Participants of the Universe

Reminded that we are part and participants of the Universe, let us go forth from the quiet of this hour encouraged to strive toward faithfulness to the best in ourselves, in others, and in the whole creation.

N Norman V Naylor
Peace Making Benediction

Peace Making Benediction

Every week we gather in this beautiful space to find peace. Each week words and music offer and celebrate peace with the hope of instilling it in us. Now, take the peace you have found here, back out into the world with you. Renewed in our faith and inspired to act, Let us be the peacemakers the...

S Samuel A Trumbore
Chalice Extinguishing

Chalice Extinguishing

The flame is extinguished, but not our hope for the future, our courage in the face of crisis, or the love we share in all the world.

R Robin F. Gray
Until We Meet Again

Until We Meet Again

May all our hours together be blessed as this one has been: by open-hearted sharing, learning from one another, and making beautiful harmonies together. And may we greet everyone we encounter with the same acceptance and grateful kinship, until we meet again. Blessed be.

A Amy Zucker Morgenstern