UNIVERSAL ETHICIAN CHURCH
HOLY TRINITY WILDERNESS CATHEDRAL
FM 135 Waterwood, Texas 77340
ONE HOUR BEFORE SUNSET
EVERY SATURDAY EVENING
We welcome those who come in peace and harmony to join us in celebrating the gift of life granted by God to all Creation.
At this time we ask that all who attend extend to each other a warm greeting and sincere blessing in the name of God and His/Her many children of all nations, races, faiths, as well as on behalf of all of God's creatures great and small which cannot speak for themselves.
PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING IN HONOR OF ST. FRANCIS AND ST. NOAH
Praise be to God for every breath we take,
Which gives us life.
Praise be to God for all Creatures great and small,
For they are our brothers and sisters.
Praise be to God for the gift of sight,
With which to wonder at the beauties of Creation.,
And if we cannot see,
Praise be to God for the gift of hearing,
With which to enjoy the sounds of Creation,
And if we cannot hear,
Praise be to God for the gift of smell,
With which to glory in the fragrances of Creation,
And if we cannot smell,
Praise be to God for the gift of touch,
With which to marvel at the texture of Creation.
At this time, those who wish may pour themselves a cup of wine, pure fruit juice or spring water, along with a product made with grain, such as bread or animal crackers.
Therefore may God give you
Of the dew of heaven,
Of the richness of the earth,
And an abundance of bread and wine.
PLACE YOUR CUP TO YOUR LIPS AND SAVOR THE BOUNTY OF THE EARTH.
PRAISE TO GOD FOR THE GIFT OF CREATION
"All praise be Yours my Lord, through all that you have made"
For Brother Sun, and Sister Moon and Stars;
For Brothers Wind and Air,
For Sister Water and Brother Fire,
"All praise be Yours, my Lord, through Sister Earth, our mother,
Who feeds us in her sovereignty"
And feeds our bodies with her fruits,
And our souls, through Your Spirit, which lives within her.
(after the Canticle to Brother Sun: St. Francis of Assisi)
PREPARATION FOR THE MEDITATION MOMENT
In preparing to open our hearts and souls to the presence of God and to be able to 'Feel God', we must become aware that we are in God's Wilderness and that the spirit of God dwells herein. Surrounded by the awesome beauties of Creation you will become aware of God's presence.
Be still and soon you will begin to feel a special warmth within your soul as the Spirit of God begins to fill your being.
Listen to the sounds of nature for they are the voice of God. Feel the wind for it carries the breath of God. Breathe deeply and know that God is giving you the breath of life.
Place your hand over your heart and feel the rhythmic beat of the power of God flowing through your veins. Look, listen, smell, touch, taste, and be aware of the Spirit of God as it enters every cell of your being.
The call of the wild is the voice of God. The breeze against your skin is the caress of God. The essence of the earth is the fragrance of God. The sparkle of sunlight on the waves is the twinkling of God's eyes. The warmth of the sun is the warmth of God in your heart.
Be still and "Feel God".
Now, we are prepared to communicate with God in order to achieve peace and enlightenment.
At this time members and guests (with the exception of God's non-human creatures, which are encouraged to sing praises to their Creator at this time) are asked to observe from one to three minutes of silent prayer or meditation.
PRAYER OF HOPE AND JOY
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace,
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
where there is sadness, joy
(from Peace Prayer of St. Francis)
At this time the Prelate, an Ethician Deacon, or guest Minister may deliver a "Sermonette" that should not exceed three minutes in length.
DISCUSSION AND PARTICIPATION
At this time members and guests may, either discuss the Sermonette, recite their blessings to others, point out the beauties of Creation, read a short poem or a verse of Scripture.
Those who wish to dedicate their lives to serving God by attempting to bring peace, harmony, and joy to the world, and who will attempt to live their lives according to The Golden Rule of The New Millennium may come forward to be anointed as Deacons in The Universal Ethician Church. (visit www.goldenruleministries.org)
Words to remember throughout our daily lives-
(attributed to Kent M. Keith and others)
People are often unreasonable, illogical and self-centered;
Forgive them anyway.
If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives;
Be kind anyway.
If you are successful, you will win some false friends and some true enemies;
If you are honest and frank people may cheat you;
Be honest and frank anyway.
What you spend years building, someone may destroy overnight;
If you find serenity and happiness, they may be jealous;
Be happy anyway.
The good you do today, people will often forget tomorrow;
Do good anyway.
Give the world the best you have, and it may never be enough;
Give the world the best you've got anyway.
You see, in the final analysis, it is all between you and God;
It was never between you and them anyway.
May the love of God for all Creation sustain us.
May the breath of God fill our lungs.
May the spirit of God fill our hearts.
May the essence of God fill our souls.
May the bounty of the earth nurture our bodies.
And in return,
May we show our thanks to God for our many blessings,
By our loving care of God's most precious gift,
Of the marvelous tapestry,
Woven with precious strands,
From which has evolved the intricate web of life,
Which sustains all creatures great and small,
On God's most beautiful planet,
"Have a great week. Dispense lots of love and kindness toward all of God's children and all Creation".