Have you ever been the recipient of an act of mercy? What was that like for you? How did that experience influence your understanding of what it means to give mercy?
The financial times in which we live are challenging. Many who work hard and play by the rules have been unable to find adequate employment. There is suffering in our midst. This morning we will explore what it might mean for us collectively, as a community and as a nation, to be merciful toward those who suffer.
September 11, 2001 was a day the world shook. Ten years later as we gather in worship we will mark the tenth anniversary of those tragic events with prayers of peace and mercy. Because this is also our annual Ingathering service, we are going to re-imagine our gathering of the waters ritual. This year we ask you to bring water with you to our services from a place which you find peaceful. Traditionally this service is a multigenerational service and we are going to keep that tradition this year. We are working hard to ensure that this service will be meaningful and appropriate for people in first grade and older. The Unitarian Universalist Church of Kent choir will help us create moments of peace and harmony as they return from their summer break with special music.
Do UUs have prayers? Do UUs pray? Do you pray? Most major world religions have prayers that are said in times of sorrow, joy and celebration. We do not share this practice in our UU tradition. Prayer can be a powerful tool in one’s spritual life and I, for one, feel the need to have some kind of prayer to rely on in times of need. I believe that poetry can open the doorway into prayer for UUs who wish to have this practice in their daily life. This service hopes to explore this idea and will offer some poems for your consideration as a possible opening to prayer.