non religious reflections for meetings
Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned? Freedom from hunger, from oppression, from sickness. Keeping in mind always the enduring values of life, exerting our efforts in those areas and on those things upon which future generations can build with confidence. Let My Eyes Be Opened

And help us, as Rotarians and humans, to faithfully fulfill our obligations as neighbors to our community, our nation, and the world. We are thankful for this time together. With our goals before us, MARCH - Water and Sanitation Month

Amen. Let us offer thanks for our food, blessings for one another.

Amen. Gilliard said an atheist giving an invocation is an affront to our troops because they are "fighting for our principles, based on God." Amen. It is good to recognize how different we are. If you would like the exact wording of special graces [ although I believe that my words wouldn’t fit your particularities] I would be happy to recollect some for you. Many religions say a short prayer before a meal, in which a blessing is asked and thanks are given. Amen. And no person beneath us,

First, the Republican: Invocation for Rotary meeting (script BEFORE silent invocation) composed by. Or how about this variation on a Native American thanks giving: We give thanks for the plants and animals who have given themselves so that we can enjoy this meal together.

Thyme for each other

3. We reaffirm our commitment to high ethics in all we do. You nourish and sustain us and do good to all.

We continue in this new millennium with optimism, renewed energy, and a commitment to service to you and our fellow men and women. and contentment for those who are lonely. Amen. Let us enjoy ourselves, without guilt, Past 7670 District Governor and Past Blowing Rock Rotary President Bill Parker distributing wheelchairs in Belize. It did NOT, however have Moslem or Buddhist or any other religious body represented and so, unless we had guests I didn’t recognize who could have been other than Christian or Jewish I did not especially attempt to include blessings from those disciplines [ although I know some]. In Christianity this prayer is called "Grace."

We are thankful for this day that you have given us, for its blessings, its opportunities, its challenges. and for those with whom we are about to share it, Is it the TRUTH? First, let us think of the people we are with today, and make the most of the pleasure of sharing food and drink together. With our friends beside us, Let me thank God for my health that has been good to me so far. We also give thanks for our friends and family who have traveled here today. No one’s…. Amen. We stay focused on the objectives we have for the world: Peace. Guide us in our service. In those many years during which I was the ” designated Prayer” [ I am an episcopal Priest, now retired] I generally began “Baruch attai Adonai” “Blessed are you O God” and then followed with any specifics I felt needed at that particular meeting [ such as illness, etc] then blessed God for allowing us to meet together in ” fellowship, in peace and in service” Thanked God for our blessings at His hand, gave thanks for the food and the chance to serve all His creatures and asked God to continuously remind us of the needs of those people who depend upon us ” I never used the name of Jesus, Our club had many good Jewish members.

Please, Lord of the Universe, help us so to serve! 3. Phil Morris – Rotary Club of Furnitureland, High Point, North Carolina, 17. 3. 7. Blessed are you, Lord, God of Creation. Amen. Rotary is a non-discriminatory, non-political, and non-denomination organization. Let us pray silently together, each one of us, according to our individual beliefs. Please make us comprehend that the various talents you have allowed each of us are gifts from you and must be shared with others and with proper humility.

First Methodist Church, 309 Church St NW.

Let the feelings of love, kindness, and a well-directed, yet gentle spirit always be reflected in our actions.” THEN FOLLOWS A 30 SECOND PAUSE AND THE ANNOUNCEMENT “Amen” Jim Gray. It is the only invocation to ever garner applause at our meetings. There is also this from the humanist writer Nicolas Walter: Let us think thrice while we are gathering here for this meal. Here are a few quick details about us & our, Life can be fun and entertaining if you know how to let it. Perhaps we can now become effective in making Charleston a more progressive community that celebrates, rather than fears, its diversity. those who cannot share this plenty Bless us as we meet together. Phil Morris – Rotary Club of Furnitureland, High Point, NC, 19. For the meal we are about to eat, I think that all of us can try and better ourselves. Lettuce be faithful

Our talents, our dreams, our backgrounds, our occupations. Bear’s Lair, Lenoir-Rhyne, HICKORY DECEMBER - Disease Prevention and Treatment Month As each of us give our own thanks according to our personal persuasions let us dwell on some thoughts that bind us together: “You’ve blessed us with friends and laughter and fun With rain that’s as soft as the light from the sun — You’ve blessed us with stars to brighten each night You’ve given us help to know wrong from right — You’ve given us so much please, Lord give us too. May this meal bring us strength and health. 9. We do not, like too many times in the past, wish to soon forget these words of thoughts that we, heartfelt, and under no sense of obligation, now present to you. let us be truly thankful Help us to review our checkbooks, and, indeed, the registers of our lives with honesty as we consider our priorities, and our opportunity to help others. Remind us that You are a perfect Father who listens carefully to His children and desires the very best for us. Fortunately, lemonade is now being squeezed from these lemons. Keep us always mindful of the needs of others and keep us always atuned to our calling in Rotary. Remind us, as You do in nature, that above the tree line the mountain-tops are barren and only in the valleys can we find the opportunity for true growth. NON-DENOMINATIONAL INVOCATIONS FOR ROTARY CLUB MEETINGS. Please show us that if we can just sensitize ourselves to your Love which, unknowingly to most of us, continuously circulates throughout our bodies, then and only then, will we be able to spontaneously metamorphose into radiant beacons which can then happily reflect back to others just a fraction of the overflowing warmth of your all encompassing Love.

let us be truly thankful .

to accept the things I cannot change, And our worries behind us, However, when governments and other groups refuse to stop all religious commencements and invocations, they may sometimes agree to a humanist benediction as an alternative.

First you come to the garden alone while the dew is still on the roses….

But let us not forget that many are less fortunate. An invocation is a traditional prayer for the support, counsel, or indulgence of an almighty power upon the works of a body of people such as our Rotary Club. Can you now understand how uncomfortable many non-Christians feel when they are continually subjected to Christian prayers at secular events? We are humbled by the world’s loss of a man who served as a symbol of goodness, who though from a different culture and raised in a different faith than most of us, taught us that all humans have the same need for peace and good will among men. Gilliard apparently believes our troops are involved in a holy war. Thank you, Lord. Blowing Rock Rotary member Alice Salthouse tends to a patients medical needs in Haiti.

We reaffirm our commitment to our simple Rotary Four Way Test for all we do and support: Is it the truth?

10. I don't ask you to close your eyes, but to keep your eyes constantly open to the serious issues that city government can and should solve or improve. Lord of the Universe, this is a time in our year when many of us turn our attention to the spiritual side of our lives, when we consider what light we will follow .

The Career Day is in it's 9th year in 2015. Lord of the Universe: One of your wise ministers said recently, You can judge a person by his checkbook stubs. In fact, a godless grace can be very moving: it allows time for reflection and thanks focused on this world, appreciating the value of nature and acknowledging the human effort which went into bringing food, family and friends together for a meal. Amen. Wisdom is an oft-valued, yet rarely seen trait across the world. Let us continue to strive to make a better world. Please make us see!! . We pray that you continue to bless the work that we as Rotarians, from many nations and of many faiths, do to help those less fortunate, for we believe that one manifestation of this Golden Rule is in our Rotary motto, Service Above Self. to those who prepared it and those who served it. Sources are acknowledged when known. God of the Universe, since we are not conscious enough to fathom your ebb and flow, help us then to bring our best efforts to what we can know.

I have received numerous apologies from Christians for the behavior of the Christian council members who walked out. Finally, we fervently ask that you widely open our hearts and shine your light of love into the depth of our souls so that we will truly see that part of You which you, dear Lord, in your infinite wisdom have placed within us all.


“Will you please bow your head with me. A Safe place for those seeking Recovery from Substance Abuse to share their experience, strength and hope without Religion. For those who find these humanist graces too long, or don’t want to be reminded of the suffering of others just before a celebratory meal, there are these simple words of secular thanks and good wishes: We are thankful for the food on this table. 22. Will it be beneficial to all concerned?


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