with Rev. Mary Francis Comer
Today is our Ingathering Service. Masaru Emoto, the author of The Hidden Messages in Water wrote: “Water records information, and while circulating throughout the earth distributes information. This water sent from the universe is full of the information of life...” Today you're invited to bring a small amount of water from home or perhaps from a special place you've visited this summer to add to our common bowl in an annual ritual known as Water Communion.
Water Communion Described
Rev. Lee Bond-Upson
The Water Communion, also sometimes called Water Ceremony, was first used at a Unitarian Universalist (UU) worship service in the 1980s. Many UU congregations now hold a Water Communion once a year, often at the beginning of the new church year (September), as we will do, on September 10th.
Members bring to the service a small amount of water from a place that is special to them. This can be rainwater, or dew, or water from a spring, or from a snowfield, or a brook, or a lake, or an ocean, or vapor from the ionosphere. During the appointed time in the service, people one by one pour their water together into a large bowl. As the water is added, the person who brought it tells why this water is special to them.* The combined water is symbolic of our shared faith coming from many different sources. It will be blessed by the congregation, and is later purified and used as our congregation's "holy water" in child dedication ceremonies and similar events.
(* Participants are asked to keep it spiritual, and try their utmost to refrain from using the occasion to deliver a travelogue of their recent vacation.)