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.
Our worship styles vary from week to week in style and format, from the traditional to the modern. Some services feature exuberant music and the use of contemporary sources and elements. Some services include more somber elements and opportunities for quiet reflection.
Elements of a typical Sunday morning worship service include:.
Elements of a typical Unitarian Universalist Sunday morning worship service include:
- Words of welcome
- Lighting of our Flaming Chalice, the symbol of our faith
- A Story for All Ages, engaging our children, youth and adults
- Music, both instrumental and vocal and in a variety of styles
- A candle lighting ritual to honor our personal and communal joys and concerns
- A time of spoken and silent prayer and meditation
- Readings—ancient or contemporary
- A sermon given by our minister, Rev. Bruce Beisner, or a guest speaker
- An Offering, to either collect financial donations for the congregation or to support one of our non-profit community partners
From time to time, worship services incorporate holiday celebrations, multigenerational elements, longer musical performances, child dedications, and uniquely Unitarian Universalist rituals such as our Water Communion or Flower Communion.
We offer childcare and learning programs for children and youth during every Sunday service.