Remember to collect some water this summer from a special place – near or far – in preparation for our Ingathering Sunday Water Ceremony next month. This annual ritual, which marks the “end of summer” for the Heritage community, this year falls on Sunday, August 26. As you travel this summer (or simply as you’re enjoying a local stream, river or pond), please remember Heritage and gather a small amount of water, from any place that has personal or spiritual significance for you.
Then, on Ingathering Sunday, everyone will pour their collected waters into one common chalice, for use (after sterilization, of course!) in our February Water Healing Service, as well as in baby dedications, memorial services and other rituals and rites of passage throughout the upcoming church year. The ceremony symbolizes our shared human connection, while emphasizing our oneness with nature and our Universalist belief that the individual ultimately merges with the whole.
So, collect some water this summer, and keep it in a safe place until August 26 – then bring it with you to church that morning for our Ingathering Sunday.