Ingathering: Water Communion

Each year we invite folks to bring water from a place or experience that was meaningful from the past year, share that experience with the congregation, and then pour that water into the well of the community. Do not worry if you did not set aside any particular water, we will provide symbolic water so everyone can participate.

We want to share with one another not only where our water comes from, but share what it means to us—what it symbolizes in our own lives.

First we will have a chance to share water that reminds us that while some have abundance, others struggle in scarcity.

Second we will share water that symbolizes travel, movement and change.

Third we will share water that reminds us of life’s storms: our concerns, worries, frustrations and losses.

Finally, we’ll share water that reminds us of the wellsprings of our lives.

Please don’t worry about which time for sharing is the right time; the great thing about symbols is that they are always open to many interpretations.