Chalice Lighting

Carrying the Flame Forward

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Chalice Lighting for Ingathering 2018 (in four voices)        “Carrying the Flame Forward”

 

Voice One, Elder (with chalice)

Across the generations we have carried the flame.

We fought the injustice, sang the songs, spoke for truth, and built something lasting.

We join in the line and we carry the flame forward.

(pass chalice and mic to next speaker)

 

Voice Two, Active Leader (with metal candle lighter/snuffer)

Across the generations we are tending the flame.

Hand in hand together we share in the work of fighting injustice, singing the songs, speaking the truth

And we are here to build something lasting.

We join in the line and we carry the flame forward

(pass the chalice, candle lighter, and mic to next speaker)

 

Voice Three, Young Adult (with candle)

Across the generations we have been nourished by this flame.

We are singing new songs, breaking old barriers, sharing in the work

And as we find our own space in what has been, we are here to make space for the next person as well

We join in the line and we carry the flame forward.

(set up the chalice and candle on the table, pass the lighting stick and mic to next speaker)

 

Voice Four, Family with Young Child (with fire)

Across the generations, this flame comes to us.

We are here for the songs, for the justice, for the community sharing the work

We are here now, too, to build something new and lasting. We are ready for a new day together.

We join in the line and we carry the flame forward.

(Light the chalice)

 

Chalice Lighting

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Chalice Lighting

Rev Douglas Taylor

 

As we kindle this spark inside this chalice,

     Symbol of our faith community,

     To rest among us as we worship together,

Notice the spark inside yourself,

     Symbol of spirit and energy and life.

     You are the fire; every one of us is the flame.

Notice also how we are gathered,

     As a community containing the fires of many souls.

     Together we are the chalice.

 May the light of our flame lead us deeper and truer in our searching.

May the chalice of our community hold us all in care and trust.