Standard opening. See boilerplate page.
Quarter call from center.
Earth, Air, Fire, and Water! lend us you stability, communication, passion, and emotion as we explore the facets of love in our service. Welcome!
(ask Janice to invoke Grandmother Spider)
(chalice lighting) Three things will last forever–faith, hope, and love–and the greatest of these is love.
This is the day that is widely held as the most romantic day of the year. The truth is every day is the most romantic of the year if you let it be.
As a Boomer my early ideas of what love was about came from popular music, specifically the Beatles.
(play “She loves you”)
Then it seemed like love was about food.
(“Yummy, Yummy, Yummy”)
Then it was about developing Type 2 Diabetes.
(“Goody, Goody Gumdrops”)
Then it was something I grew far too familiar with, loss and separation.
(“She’s Not There”)
And sometimes reunions.
(“Some Velvet Morning”)
But in the final equations, all you really need is love. It’s got lyrics, sing along, it’s bad karaoke service Sunday.
(“All You Need Is Love”)
Some people do this outside of sacred space, but I think this is part of Holy Work. To keep on doing this we have to maintain the physical part of this sacred space, and to do that requires money. So for those of us who don’t keep their money on plastic may contribute their filthy lucre.(pass basket) We also have a Square reader for debit and credit cards, PayPal, and Patreon for those who wish to pay online.
And one final thing before taking down the service, Barbara Clary would you please stand up?
(kneel and present Reese’s Cup) Barbara, will you be my Valentine?
(extinguish chalice) We extinguish the flame in this chalice, but not the light of truth, the warmth of community, or the fire of commitment. These we carry in our hearts until we are together again.
We thank our patron for the year Grandmother Spider for the lessons she has taught, things she will teach, and things she will let us learn on our own.
Water, Fire, Air and Earth we thank you for your presence at our little ritual, stay if you will, go if you must.
Our circle is open but unbroken, merry meet, to merry part, to merry meet again. Turn on your cell phones.