Flower Communion

Join us this Sunday for flower communion. Please bring a flower (or two or three) to share. If you are new to Unitarian Universalism, you are about to experience a ritual unique to our faith.


We are always delighted to welcome guests! If this is your first time visiting a Unitarian Universalist church or our congregation, here’s some idea of what to expect.

Order of Service

  • Prelude
  • Ring Tibetan Bowl
  • Opening Hymn: STLT #21, For the Beauty of the Earth
  • Welcome
  • Chalice Lighting: Alice Berry
  • The Story of Flower Communion: Reginald Zottoli
  • Flower Procession
  • Consecration of the Flowers
  • Reflections on Community, Honoring the Ohlone
  • Prayer, Candles of Joys, Sorrows & Gratitude
  • Sung Prayer: Rev. Rebecca Parker
  • Reading: “A Bouquet of People”, Claire Feingold Thoryn
  • Hymn: #396, I Know This Rose Will Open
  • Flower Communion Ceremony
  • The Communion Prayer
  • Hymn: Doxology for Flower Communion
  • Offertory
  • Shared Singing: Hymn #402, From You I Receive
  • Announcements
  • Children’s Song: “I Like the Flowers” (Choir with KIds)
  • Benediction
  • Extinguishing the Chalice
  • Invitation and Final Wave
  • Postlude