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We Open Ourselves to the Spirit

The following ritual was used throughout the 2007 World Conference in a variety of settings.  Consider using it in congregational worship when a time of reflections is needed.  You will need a chime or similar instrument that makes a sound that will be heard by all in your sanctuary.  Copies of the following script will also be needed for worshippers so they will know when to speak their parts.

Chime sounds three times.

As the sound diminishes, the leader says: Listen to the voice of the Spirit.

(Pause for one breath.)

Leader and congregation say: We listen.

Silence for five seconds.

Chime sounds once.

As the sound diminishes, the leader says: We trust.

Silence for five seconds.

Chime sounds once.

As the sound diminishes, the leader says: Receive the light of the Spirit.

(Pause for one breath.)

Leader and congregation say: We receive.

Silence for five seconds.

Chime sounds three times.

(The candle is lit while the chime sounds.)

Leader says: We open ourselves to the Spirit as we offer our silent prayers.

(Leader models cupping hands during the prayer.)

Silence for fifteen seconds.

Chime sounds once.

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