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Services: “Friendship

Also appropriate as Other Rituals

Overview: Our lives often become busy and we forget to take the time to be thankful for the people in our lives that mean something to us. This worship lets us take that time and reflect on friendship and friends. This not only makes us thankful, but better friends to the people we are thinking of.

Theme or Background: Friends are one of the most important things in our lives. They are our support in hard times, our joy and laughter in good times. Our friends are our sanity and comfort. Those who accept us as we are and affirm us as humans.

Materials involved: paper/writing implements, Readings

Description: Activity Gather everyone outside the sanctuary (or worship room). Lead them into the dimly lit room. Have someone light a chalice (suggested words #418 or 429 from singing the living tradition). Introduce the worship, say something about friendship. the importance of it, etc. pass out a piece of paper/writing implement (have these ready before the worship) to everyone and have them think about who in their life is important to them and write them down. (people can just keep these lists). then have a sharing about what it means to be a friend, or a special friend story. end with the dear friends chant. hug.

Comments: This is a good worship for any number of people, mind you though, the more people the longer the sharing part will be. It is a good worship for a Friday night at a weekend conference (especially if there are a lot of new people unfamiliar with alternative worships), early on in a longer conference, or for a one night thing with a young adult group. It doesn't take that much planning. It's also not very intense, not much stretching. It's an easy feel good worship.

Copyright: The author has given Unitarian Universalist Association member congregations permission to reprint this piece for use in public worship. Any reprints must acknowledge the name of the author.

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Last updated on Monday, March 25, 2013.

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