What to Expect in Worship
We gather in worship to reflect and reconnect with what matters most. 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. Our congregation’s worship has traditional and contemporary elements. These typically include:
- Words of welcome
- Lighting a flaming chalice, the symbol of our faith
- Reciting our congregational covenant
- A story for all ages
- Music, which includes congregational hymn singing as well as performance instrumental and vocal performance pieces 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 our 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.
Our worship services sometimes include holiday celebrations, multigenerational plays and pageants, longer musical performances, child dedications, and other ceremonies. We also have special holiday celebrations for Christian, Pagan and other holidays such as Advent or Solstice, that are at different times of the week. We offer childcare and learning programs for children and youth during the Sunday service.