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Unitarian Universalists

Oct. 4 is the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi and World Day For Animals

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Blessing of the Animals

Joys and Concerns: (We throw a small stone into this bowl filled with water, to symbolize our thoughts, which move in circular rings eternally, like concentric waves.)

    We invite you to share your joys and concerns since our last meeting

Story for All Ages: Children leave for RE at the end of the story

St Francis and the Wolf

Hymn:  STLT # 203 All Creatures of the Earth and Sky (click title to hear music)

    All creatures of the earth and sky, come kindred, lift your vices high,
    Alleluia! Alleluia!
    Bright burning sun with golden beam, soft shining moon with silver gleam
    Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!
    Oh brother wind, air, clouds, and rain, by which all creatures are sustained,
    Alleluia! Alleluia!
    Oh rising morn, in praise rejoice, Oh lights of evening, find a voice!
    Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!
      Oh sister water, flowing clear, make music for all earth to hear,
      Alleluia! Alleluia!
      Oh brother fire who lights the night, providing warmth, enhancing sight,
      Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!
        Dear mother earth, who day by day, unfoldest bleassings on our way,
        Alleluia! Alleluia!
        The flowers and fruits that in you grow, let them your glory also show!
        Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

      First Reading: We Give Thanks This Day

        For the expanding grandeur of Creation, worlds know and unknown, galaxies beyond galaxies, filling us with awe and challenging our imaginations:
        We give thanks this day
        For this fragile planet earth its times and tides, its sunsets and seasons
        We give thanks this day
        For the joy human life, and for our animal companions in this life, their wonders and surprises:
        We give thanks this day
        For our human community, our common past and future hope, our oneness transcending all separation, our capacity to work for peace and justice in the midst of hostility and oppression:
        We give thanks this day
        For high hopes and noble couses, for faith without fananticism, for understanding of views not shared by others:
        We give thanks this day
        For all who have labored and suffered for a fairer world, who have lived so that others might live in dignity and freedom:
        We give thanks this day
        For human liberty and sacred rites; for opportunities to change and grow, to affirm and choose;
        We give thanks this day
        For our recognition of the interdependent web of all life and our duties and responsabilities to it.
        We give thanks this day. We strive and endeavor that we may live not by our fears but by our hopes, not by our words but by our deeds.

      Second Reading: attributed to Francis of Assisi

        Where hate rules, let us bring love; where sorrow, joy
        Let us strive more to comfort others than to be comforted,
        To understand others, than to be understood,
        To love others more than to be loved.
        For it is in giving that we receive, and in pardoning that we are pardoned.

      Discussion Theme: Kindness to Animals and all with whom we share this earth

      Extinguishing the Chalice:

        Be ours a community which, like sunshine, goes everywhere:
        Our temple, all space
        Our shrine, a good heart;
        Our creed, all truth;
        Our ritual, works of love;
        Our profession of faith, divine living: for it is our acts and deeds, not our words that make us a beloved community.

      *Hymn:    Go now in Peace     

        Go now in Peace, Go now in Peace,
          May the Love of God surround you
            Everywhere, everywhere, You may go