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. Our 1747 Meeting House favors a plain and simple worship style that is personal and relational.
Our Sunday morning worship services typically include:
- Words of welcome
- Lighting a flaming chalice, a symbol of our faith
- A “message 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/prayer, including a time of silence
- Readings by a variety of authors, from different cultures both ancient and contemporary
- A sermon given by a professional minister, a guest speaker, or a member of the congregation
- An offering, when we accept financial donations for the congregation and for justice work in the community
From time to time, we have special worship services. Some of our annual special services include the Water Ritual (or Water Communion) in the fall, the Christmas Eve Candlelight service, and Flower Celebration (or Flower Communion) in the spring. Other special worship services include holiday celebrations, multigenerational pageants, Music Sunday with longer musical performances, child dedications, and coming-of-age services.
During the Sunday service, we offer childcare for young children and infants, and we offer learning programs for children and youth. Infants and young children may accompany their parents to the Sunday service in the Meeting House, or parents may leave their child in the care of our professional child care worker in the Parish House (across the street) at any time. Older children and teens should accompany their parents to the Meeting House. They will depart for their programs partway through the service.
Some of us continue to wear masks in worship services, while others do not. Please mask or not, depending on your personal needs or preferences.