Topic: Ceremonies and Rituals

Fire Communion

In between the closing of the old year and the unfurling of the new, we come together in a ritual of reflection, letting go, and looking forward.

Fire Communion is an opportunity to cast the emotional baggage of the old year into the flames and, lighter in spirit, set our intentions for the year to come.

This year, Mary Bennett will offer some reflections on the element of fire in our lives.

Patrick Dubois will treat us to music.

Wendy Bryan will lead the ritual of burning rosemary sprigs in our cauldron of transformation.

This is the 8th day of Hanukkah and we will light a menorrah – Sheila Resels.

People silently toss their sprig into the flames.Following the service there will be a sharing circle (“covenant group”) in Hewett Hall where you will be invited to share your comments if you so wish.

Christmas Eve Service

Join us in this festival commemoration of Christmas.  We observe this special evening with carols, candles, readings, and the spoken word.

This is a special service full of meaning and peace; invite your friends and family.

Candlelight Service with the Chalice Choir

We celebrate the turning of the seasons and the many festivities of December in this, our annual Candlelight service.  Join us for this joyful event featuring holiday poems, prose, and music.  A great event for all—whether we come alone or in the company of family and friends.

A light, potluck follows in Hewett Hall—bring a holiday dish to share.

Water Communion / In-Gathering

We celebrate the in-gathering of our congregation and the beginning of its 2019-20 year with our annual Water Communion. Please bring some water from your summer experiences, as well as an object like a photo, seashell, stone, or feather, that’s special to you. We’ll fill our common bowl and create an altar.

(Image: print from Four Elements series by Joanne Brown; used with permission)

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Air Communion

Each year, our worship services feature classic elements of water, earth, and fire as means for celebrating our communion as a congregation. We share feelings and thoughts together in fellowship when we bring water in September, flowers on Mother’s Day and when we kindle flames on the last Sunday of the year. Today, we bring air, the fourth element to our service. Come prepared to breathe.

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Encountering our Ancestors XIV

It’s the season of Samhain/Halloween/Day of the Dead. For the fourteenth time, we summon eminent ancestors from our Unitarian Universalist history to experience their stories.

Join us to welcome these visitors from the past: an occasion to reckon our good fortune as heirs of an amazing religious tradition.

Walt Whitman poem here:

https://amiracarluccio.com/2018/06/01/preface-to-leaves-of-grass-this-is-what-you-shall-do-by-walt-whitman-part-one/

https://www.bartleby.com/39/45.html

See previous Ancestors services at: http://vancouverunitarians.ca/topic/ancestors/

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Print version

2018-10-28 Encountering Our Ancestors XIV – Wiszowaty Greg Farmer Stevenson (74.6 KiB)

Podcast
Encountering our Ancestors XIV

Water Communion / In-Gathering

We celebrate the in-gathering of our congregation and the beginning of its 2018 – 19 year with our annual Water Communion. Please bring some water from your summer experiences, as well as an object like a photo, seashell, stone, or feather, that’s special to you.

We’ll fill our common bowl and create an altar.

The Chalice Choir sings.

Order of Service

Order of Service