We gather together in spiritual community because we need constant reminders of what matters most in life. In a world of heartbreak and dehumanization, our congregations and communities call us to our better selves. We learn to live with more wisdom, more connection, and more compassion.
Our Worship Services are weekly reflections that weave together our own thoughts and experiences with music, beauty, poetry, and words that comfort, challenge, inspire, and awaken us to our capacities to make a difference in our own lives and in the world.
What to Expect in Worship
Unitarian Universalist worship styles vary by congregation, and even within congregations. Some congregations’ worship is contemporary and high tech. Some congregations’ worship is traditional and formal. Some features exuberant music, some includes long periods of silent reflection. Our congregation’s worship is generally quite traditional with beautiful music, readings and reflections, although, we occasionally include more modern music or have animals visit during service!
Elements of a typical Sunday morning worship service include:
- Words of welcome
- Lighting a 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, our worship incorporates holiday celebrations, multigenerational plays and pageants, longer musical performances, child dedications, coming-of-age ceremonies, Unitarian communion services, evening services and animal blessings. We offer childcare and learning programs for children and youth during the Sunday service.