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Chalice Lighting Words, Ordination Ceremony, March 29, 2014

Words for Chalice Lighting by Roger Jones

Ceremony of Ordination of Amy Moses Lagos to the UU Ministry

Saturday, March 29, 2014, in San Francisco

Good afternoon. When Amy Moses-Lagos was growing up in Springfield, Illinois, she attended the Abraham Lincoln Fellowship, Unitarian Universalist, now the Abraham Lincoln Congregation.

I know this, because when she was six, I was one of her Sunday School teachers there, when I was younger then, than she is now. Of course, this means that of everyone in this room who has had a formative influence on Amy as a Unitarian Universalist, I had the earliest influence, and therefore I guess the most profound…unless you count her mother, brother and sister, who are also here

Back then, in that congregation, at the start of every Sunday service, a child would lead the congregation in words for lighting the chalice.

Those words, and ours today, are combined from two sources: the late Rev. Elizabeth Selle Jones, now departed, the minister emerita of our church in Livermore, and from a Passover Haggadah, whose words are in the gray hymnal.


This flame affirms the light of truth, the warmth of community, and the fire of commitment.  [Selle Jones]

Please repeat each line after me:

 May the light we now kindle -PAUSE

Inspire us to use our powers -PAUSE

To heal and not to harm, -PAUSE

To help and not to hinder, -PAUSE

To bless and not to curse, -PAUSE

To serve you, Spirit of Freedom!


So may it be.


Global Chalice Lighting for September

Somewhere in Berkeley and in Boston and in Bujumbura,
someone lights a chalice, and its light shines on freedom;
Somewhere in Kansas City and in Koloszvar and in Kampala,
Someone lights a chalice, and its light illumines truth;
Somewhere in Tierra del Fuego, and in Tulsa, and in Honolulu and in Havana,
and in Nashville and in Nantucket and in Nairobi,
Someone lights a chalice, and love is made visible.
Today, we light this chalice and hold in memory,
the many chalices whose steady flames hold us.

Rosemary Bray McNatt, Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations of North America

(minister, 4th Universalist Society of New York City)


The International Council of Unitarians and Universalists announces the 97th in its monthly series of global chalice lighting readings.

Congregations worldwide are invited to participate.


All ICUU-affiliated groups have been asked to submit brief chalice lightings for the project.

Every month, a reading will be distributed to Unitarian and Universalist congregations around the world.


We ask each congregation to use the reading for at least one worship service in the designated month,
identifying it as the “Global Chalice Lighting” for that month and naming the group which submitted it.


Readings will be circulated in English and, where different, in their original language.


It is hoped that the ICUU Global Chalice Lighting Project will enhance the worship experience in our congregations
and raise awareness of the international dimensions of our religious movement.