Worship

The hour-long Sunday Services begins at 11:00 am and usually include music, readings, a children’s time, meditation and a sermon. Our dress is casual. Coffee and fellowship are offered following each service.

At the start of each service we light our Chalice, the symbol of our Unitarian Universalist faith.

Although each service is unique, there is an Order of Service for you to follow.

Within services, we share as a community:

  • Holidays in the Judeo-Christian church year and reflections on the celebrations of other religious traditions
  • Readings and meditations drawn from sources of wisdom and inspiration from many spiritual traditions and times
  • The expressing of Joys and Concerns is a living tradition in our congregation. This is a time we set aside for the sharing of our lives. It is a covenant we have made to one another: to sustain, support, encourage and love one another. If you have a joy or concern you would like to share, you are welcome to do so.
  • Music is considered one of the most inspiring parts of our services. An Adult Choir provides music for most services. The choir is open to anyone who enjoys singing and if you are interested, the Choir rehearses on Thursday at 7:00 PM in the sanctuary.
  • Once each month and during July and August our Sunday worship is lay-led. This provides an opportunity for members of the congregation to create their own worship service and share their ideas or passions.
  • Please visit Worship Services for the month’s schedule of sermons.

Where do my children go?Unknown

Children leave for our Religious Education program after the Message for All Ages.

Infants & Toddlers

For parents with infants and toddlers, our nursery is located next to the sanctuary and is available during the Sunday morning service and opens 15 minutes before the service. It is a welcoming place where volunteers provide play opportunities in a nurturing environment.

Pre-S through Senior High

Religious education classes for kindergarten through high school aged children are held at 11 a.m. concurrent with the worship service. All children are in the service for the first 20 minutes.

 

The Unitarian Universalist Association of which we are apart, shares the following:

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.

Our 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.

Some congregations have special worship services for children or for youth. Some have seasonal evening worship services led by Jewish, Christian, or Pagan members of the congregation. Nearly all of our congregations have a Sunday morning worship.

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”
  • 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 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, multigenerational plays and pageants, longer musical performances, or special ceremonies to commemorate life’s passages. Most congregations offer childcare and faith development programs for children and youth during the Sunday service.