`Marking Time' includes rites for joyous occasions, such as a child's first day of school, beginning the process of adopting a child, or blessing a new pet. It also includes rites that mark the more difficult times, such as the death of a pet, times of unemployment, suffering due to natural disasters, the moving of a loved-one to an assisted-care residence, and many others. Rituals include simple instructions for preparation and use, and are suitable for photocopying". -- back cover.
Contents divided into four main sections: Celebration -- Consecration -- Encouragement -- Comfort.
Contents: Preface -- Introduction -- CELEBRATION -- In My Mother's Womb: Celebrating Pregnancy -- The Lord is Good: Celebrating the Birth of a Child -- That We May See Your Joy: Marking an Infant's Homecoming -- Gift of Belonging: The Naming of a Child -- Living Water: Preparation for Baptism -- This Good Work in You: Affirmation of Baptism -- The Household of God: Affirming the Covenant between Parent and Child -- God of Endless Possibility: Celebrating Personal Achievement -- That Your Joy May Be Complete: Marking an Engagement for Marriage -- By Wisdom a House is Built: Affirmation of Marriage -- From Generation to Generation: Marking the Gathering for Family Reunion -- CONSECRATION -- Praying Hands: Family Prayer -- This I Know: Preparation for a Child's First Day of School -- I Am the Vine: Marking the Beginning of a School Year -- Wonderfully Made: When an Adolescent Begins to Date -- A Light to My Path: Marking the Transition to Adult Driving Privileges -- Go in Peace: For a Young Adult Leaving Home -- The Work of Our Hands: Marking the Beginning of a New Job or Career -- All Creatures, Great and Small: Blessing of Pets -- The Seventh Day: Marking Retirement from One's Life Work -- Measure of Our Days: Marking the Preparation of a Will -- ENCOURAGEMENT -- Wait for the Lord: Marking Entrance into Labor -- In the Fullness of Time: Marking Entrance into the Adoption Process -- Let Your Heart Take Courage: Seeking God's Will and Direction -- Can These Bones Live ?: Times of Unemployment or Underemployment -- Wherever You Go: Farewell -- A Clean Heart: Confession of Wrongdoing -- From This Day Forward: Marking the Dissolution of a Marriage -- Our Trust in You: Preparation for Surgery -- I Will Be With You Always: Marking the Transition to an Assisted-Care Residence -- COMFORT -- Too Soon Ended: Marking Loss of a Pregnancy or Death of an Infant -- Crushed in Spirit: Times of Disappointment -- In Wisdom You Made Them: Marking the Death of a Pet -- The Shadow of Your Wings: Marking a Time of Natural Disaster -- Our Refuge and Strength: When a Loved One is Seriously Ill -- Deliver Us, O Lord: When Violence Has Been Experienced -- Yet Shall We Live: When a Loved One is Near Death -- A Place Prepared: When Life-Support is Removed -- Neither Death nor Life: Marking the Anniversary of a Loved One's Death -- About the Author.