What to Expect in our Sunday Service
We gather to find meaning and live more deeply. Sunday services create connections within, among, and beyond us, calling us to our better selves, calling us to live with wisdom and compassion.
Unitarian Universalist service styles vary by congregation, and even within congregations. Some congregations’ services are contemporary and high tech. Some are traditional and formal. Some feature exuberant music, some include long periods of silent reflection. Our congregation’s Sunday service is varied and informal.
Elements of a typical Unitarian Universalist Sunday morning service include:
• Words of welcome
• Lighting a flaming chalice, the symbol of our faith
• A multi-generational segment, such as a “story for all ages”
• Music, both instrumental and vocal and in a variety of styles
• A time for lifting up the joys and concerns of the congregation
• A meditation or prayer
• Readings—ancient or contemporary
• A message 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, and coming-of-age ceremonies. We offer childcare and learning programs for children and youth during the Sunday service.