November 2015

ICUU announces the 147th in its monthly global chalice lighting readings. Congregations worldwide are invited to use the reading for at least one worship service in the designated month, identifying it as the “ICUU Global Chalice Lighting” for that month. This Global Chalice Lighting was originally submitted by the General Assembly of Unitarian and Free Christian Churches in the UK.

ENGLISH:
Bless the work that we do,
And the silence that falls upon us,
And the joy that stirs within us.
And let praise rise to our lips
Naturally out of the fullness of our hearts.
-Sheila Crosskey
British General Assembly of Unitarian and Free Christian Churches

FRENCH:
Bénis le travail que nous faisons,
Et que le silence nous enveloppe,
Afin que la joie se réveille en nous.
Et laisses la louange s’élever de nos lèvres
Venue tout naturellement de la plénitude de nos cœurs.
- Sheila Crosskey, Assemblée générale britannique des Eglises unitariennes et chrétiennes libres.

GERMAN:
Segne die Arbeit, die wir verrichten
und die Stille, die auf uns hernieder fällt.
Die Freude, die sich in uns rührt.
Lass einen Lobgesang zu unseren Lippen aufsteigen.
Natürlich aus der Fülle unserer Herzen.
-Sheila Crosskey
British General Assembly of Unitarian and Free Christian Churches

SPANISH:
Bendito sea el trabajo que hacemos
Y el silencio que nos envuelve,
Y la alegría que se agita dentro de nosotros.
Y que la alabanza suba hasta nuestros labios
desde la plenitud de nuestros corazones.
-Sheila Crosskey
Asamblea General Británica de Iglesias Unitarias y Cristianas Libres

(With many thanks to our volunteer translators: Jean-Claude Barbier (French), Freya Bednarski-Stelling (German) and Jaume de Marcos (Spanish).)