Last night I was part of the "WinterFest" celebration at the women's college in the town where I pastor. Knowing that although it would probably be fairly Christmassy, the students are of a myriad of faiths and no faith, I wanted to keep my parts--the opening and closing blessings--fairly universal or even neutral. Below is what I came up with. Please feel free to use and adapt to your needs, just give me credit.
Sphere: Related ContentOpening blessing:Let us gather.Let us gather and be warmed, protected from the cold and wind.Let us gather and be brightened, awash in light as the days grow ever shorter.Let us gather and be still, free for a moment from the busyness of holidays, finals, and end-of-semester preparations.Let us gather and be energized, allowing word and song to soothe and awaken our souls.Let us gather and be present, here in this place and time, open to whatever may move us.Let us gather, and may our gathering be blessed.Closing blessing:May we depart from this place having been blessed with warmth, light, stillness, energy, and presence, and may we go forth to bring the same blessings into the world.