The first words spoken in the Hebrew Bible are, "Let there be light."
Let there be light today as we once again gather in community.
Let us feel the light of each others' lives.
Let us feel the light of the New Year, Rosh Hashanah, and the end of Ramadan.
Let us remember those we lost on September 11th.
Let this light remind us to bring our light into the world-our search for truth, appreciation of diversity and full inclusion.
Let it remind us to witness against those who would burn sacred texts, commit acts of terrorism, or deny that every one of us has inherent dignity and self worth.
Let this chalice represent what brings us back to our beloved community-the gifts of friendship, of wisdom, of insights, of encouragement, or support. Let this light remind us of our history, our knowing, our shared silence and our shared laughter, our shared tears, and our shared hopes for our futures.
May our lights be rekindled - as individuals, as friends, as family, as a church community.
Let there always be light.