What to Expect in Worship
We gather in worship to find meaning and live more deeply. Worship creates connections within, among, and beyond us, calling us to our better selves, calling us to live with wisdom and compassion.
Unitarian Universalist worship styles vary by congregation, and even within congregations. Some congregations’ worship is contemporary and high tech. Some congregations’ worship is traditional and formal. Some features exuberant music, some includes long periods of silent reflection. Our congregation’s worship is a combination of traditional and contemporary.
Elements of our typical Unitarian Universalist Sunday morning worship service include:
- Words of welcome and brief announcements
- Lighting a flaming chalice, the symbol of our faith
- A multigenerational segment, such as a “story for all ages”
- A personal reflection by a member of the Worship Associates team
- Music, both instrumental and vocal and in a variety of styles
- A time for lifting up the joys and concerns of the congregation, and for dropping pebbles into water to symbolize our personal joys and concerns
- A meditation or prayer
- Readings—ancient or contemporary
- A sermon given by one of our co-ministers, a guest speaker, or a member of the congregation
- An offering, collecting financial donations for the congregation and for justice work in the community
From time to time, worships incorporate holiday celebrations, multigenerational plays and pageants, longer musical performances, child dedications, and coming-of-age ceremonies.
Between Labor Day (beginning of September) and Memorial Day (end of May) we have two worship services on Sunday mornings, at 9:30 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. We offer closed captioning at the 9:30 a.m. service, and the choir often sings at this service also. Our Children’s Religious Exploration program is offered during the 11:15 a.m. service, with the children beginning in the sanctuary and then leaving for their classes after the Story for All Ages. Nursery care for the very young is offered during both services.
From Memorial Day to Labor Day (June through August) we have only one service at 10:30 a.m. with closed captioning and Children’s Religious Exploration at the same time.