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 feature exuberant music, some include long periods of silent reflection. Our congregation’s worship is a mix of all these and we encourage you to come experience it for yourself.
Our services typically 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 meditation or prayer
- Readings—ancient and 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 and for justice work in the community.
From time to time our worships incorporate holiday celebrations, multigenerational services, longer musical performances, child dedications, and coming-of-age ceremonies. We offer childcare and Religious Exploration programs (Sunday School) for children and youth during the Sunday service.