by Patricia Shuttee
You and I and all of us blew about
with the winds of summer,
following the sun in different ways
of freedom and of play,
finding rest in the cool stillness of shadows,
and moving to the slow heartstruck rhythms
which turned the long hours of summerlight.
Now it is time for gathering-in.
We come together at this time
and in this place on the bridge of autumn.
Summer is fading backward into memory,
and winter waits in snowy brilliance,
offering its months as our learning-time
and its celebrations for our special joy.
We meet with eagerness and delight,
need one another for sharing.
We have joys and sorrows and hopes to share,questions,
things we care about and want to help make better,
things that we would like to understand,
ideas waiting to be heard.
Today, we are together in gladness,
once more the special big family
that we call our Church,
a family of all ages that sings its songs,
tells its thoughts, asks its questions,
and searches together in peace and understanding
with courage and with love.