Sunday, September 1
A ritual during worship, where we pour a small amount of water that will represent a place that is special to individuals or families. The ritual is placed at the beginning of September to celebrate our return from travels and the many sources of water we met along the way. During the appointed time in the service, people one by one will be invited to pour water into a large bowl. As the water is added, the person who is pouring a small amount of water tells why this water is special to them. For example: This water represents the Atlantic. The beach is a sacred place for me because it is a place that allows me to let go of the buzz of modern culture. This year, it was special because I spent time in Cocoa Beach with extended family. The combined water is symbolic of our shared faith coming from many different sources. It is often then blessed by the congregation, and sometimes used as the congregation's "holy water" in baptisms and similar events.
Consider the “waters” you have been this summer that you can add to the bowl, with story and then be blessed? Come prepared on Sunday, September 1. It can be waters from neighborhood creeks, mountain side rivers, lakes, reservoirs, beaches and springs!