as mysteries unravel, let grace adorn our lives (words for gathering)

This day

Sun day (even if it’s raining)

so many things to do, places to be

yet we choose to be here

to be present with each other for this time

to learn, to absorb, to share.


We acknowledge our own and each others’ needs.

If someone here - or someone who’s absent today -

has particular worries or concerns

we hold them in our hearts.


Even if we don’t know what their troubles are,

may they feel the strength of our support and care

this day, and until we meet again.


This day, we greet each other with friendship and challenges!

What will we learn?  From whom?  What can we share?


Let us listen well, listen with open minds and hearts,

listen as mysteries unravel, as grace adorns our lives.


* * * *


We give thanks for the words we have heard today.

We give thanks for [name] who has shared their insights, their musings, their conclusions and questions with us.


And as we go, may the insights we’ve shared

the frustrations surfaced and addressed

the spark of new ideas

and most of all, the love of this community

go with us

into the world beyond

gracing our lives, igniting our action

challenging us to live for peace and justice.


Go now, go well

Go with thankful hearts.


© Bronwyn Angela White (2006)—Wellington, New Zealand

This work by Bronwyn Angela White is licensed under a

Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 New Zealand License

BENEDICTION for new times

The form of this affirmation is drawn from the chapter, “Words of Power, the work of transformation” in Positive Magic: Occult Self-Help by Weinstein, Marion. 1985, Phoenix Publishing (WA)


The One Power that is known by many names—

creative life-force

goddess and god

collective subconscious

the ultimate energy source -

moves through us:


The One Power includes perfect love

and we are manifestations of this power.


Therefore perfect love, fulfilment, health,

harmony and prosperity are ours

here and now.

We dissolve and release any feelings of discomfort or guilt

any doubts about our right to claim and manifest this power;

we dissolve and release worry, fear, unhappiness, dis-ease;


We know that we are loved

that prosperity


health and fulfilment are ours,

for the good of all

and according to the free will of all


and so mote it be.


© Bronwyn Angela White (2000) Wellington , New Zealand

This work is licensed under a

Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 New Zealand License