What to Expect in Worship
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 mix of more spiritually oriented services as well as informational type of services. The 4th Sunday Lecture Series was created for our humanist congregants.
Elements of a typical Unitarian Universalist Sunday morning worship service include:
- Words of welcome
- Lighting a flaming chalice, the symbol of our faith
- A multigenerational segment, such as a “story for all ages” or meditation
- Music, both instrumental and vocal and in a variety of styles
- A time for lifting up the joys and sorrows of the congregation
- A meditation or prayer
- Readings—ancient or contemporary
- A sermon given by a professional minister, a guest speaker, or a member of the congregation
- An offering, collecting financial donations for the congregation or for justice work in the community.
From time to time, worships incorporate holiday celebrations, multi-generational plays and pageants, longer musical performances, child dedications, new member as well as coming-of-age ceremonies. We offer childcare and learning programs for children and youth during the Sunday service.