What to Expect in Worship
Unitarian Universalist worship styles vary by congregation, and even from service to service. Our congregation’s services, held on Sunday at 10:30 a.m., are fairly traditional, yet relaxed at the same time. We believe flexibility is a good thing. Typical elements in our services may include:
- Words of welcome
- Lighting of a flaming chalice, a common symbol of our faith
- A multigenerational segment, such as a “story for all ages”
- Music and singing
- A time for community and the sharing of our joys and concerns
- Silent meditation or prayer
- Readings from ancient and/or contemporary sources
- A sermon by the professional minister, a guest speaker, or a member of the congregation
- An offering for the benefit of the congregation or for justice work in the larger community (our Dedicated Offerings)
- A closing circle and song
Our worship services incorporate holiday celebrations, and on occasion a child dedication, new member recognition, or youth-led service such as Coming of Age. We almost always have a Choir Sunday once a year, appreciating that music is an essential part of our spiritual lives.
Every year includes a Water Ingathering service in September and a Flower Ceremony service in June.
At the same time as our services, we offer both child care for the very young and a significant Unitarian Universalist religious education program for children and young adults.
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.