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 or traditional and formal. Others feature exuberant music, or include long periods of silent reflection. We use the word “God” in our opening words each Sunday, which we expect may mean something different to each person.
Elements of our typical Unitarian Universalist Sunday morning worship service
- Words of welcome
- Lighting a flaming chalice, the symbol of our faith
- A multigenerational segment, “Time 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
- A brief time of silent meditation
- Readings—ancient or contemporary
- A sermon given by our senior 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, worship services incorporate holiday celebrations, multigenerational 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.