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. In our congregation you’ll find that our worship services run about an hour in length, and include choral, instrumental and solo music, readings and a time of spoken and silent meditation, and a thought-provoking sermon or homily. We joyfully light our chalice – symbol of our faith – to begin our worship, and extinguish the flame (but not the faith we carry in our hearts) at worship’s end. Our worship is followed by a coffee hour to which all are welcome!
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.
Worship sometimes incorporates holiday celebrations, plays and pageants, and coming-of-age ceremonies. We offer childcare and learning programs for children and youth during the Sunday service.
In addition, our congregation also incorporates a Homecoming Ceremony in September, a Winter Solstice service, Christmas Eve service, Easter service, and a Flower Communion in June.
Read more about our beliefs and history.