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Ritual to Bless Elected UU church Lay Leaders at the start of a new church year

Blessings on our Lay Leadership

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Associate Minister:  If you are starting or continuing your service on the Board of Trustees, Program Council, Nominating Committee, or as Communications Facilitator, please come forward. Today is the first day of a new church year, when our new budget takes effect and many of our elected lay leaders start their terms of service.  So it’s a good day to recognize and celebrate the commitment of all of our elected lay leaders.   Please introduce yourself and tell us the position in which you are serving.

Lay Leaders introduce themselves.

Associate Minister:  We celebrate your decision to serve as our elected leaders.  In our tradition of congregational polity, it is the members who have the ultimate power for major decisions and future directions of the church.  Members entrust elected leaders with specific roles and authority, and promise our attention to church life and our participation in in it.  In our tradition of covenanted community, all of us together have the responsibility for supporting, sustaining and caring for the congregation.

Lay Leaders:  We promise to keep in mind the UUSS mission and covenant. We will care for the whole community, for its current and future generations.  We ask for your shared support and involvement.

Members: We promise to support you and the congregation. We will bring our concerns to you, trusting that you will hear them. We will express our opinions and questions, and also our thanks and praise. Whenever you are doing the work of this congregation, remember that our good will is with you.  We are humbled by your dedication to our community.  We bless you with our thanks and our trust.

All: The work of building the beloved community belongs to all of us together.  Our mission is a shared one.  In mutual trust, we will promote our religious values, embody our covenant, and respond with grace to the

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