What to Expect in Our Services
We gather to find meaning and live more deeply. Gathering creates connections within, among, and beyond us, calling us to our better selves, calling us to live with wisdom and compassion.
Unitarian Universalist service styles vary by congregation, and even within congregations. Some congregations are more contemporary and high tech. Some congregations are more traditional and formal. Some feature exuberant music, some include long periods of silent reflection. Our congregation’s services are varied though tend toward the traditional in harmony with the natural setting of our sanctuary. We are technologically adept to support the diversity and variety of our Sunday service programming.
Elements of a typical Unitarian Universalist Sunday morning 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.
From time to time, 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.