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. Some congregations’ worship is traditional and formal. Some features exuberant music, some includes long periods of silent reflection.
Elements of a typical Unitarian Universalist Sunday morning worship 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, worships 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.
Our sanctuary floor is flat with moveable chairs, and is set up to provide spaces for people using electric and manual chairs, walkers, or other mobility aids. The accessible entrance is accessed via the upper parking lot.
There is a designated scent-free area of 3 rows in the back-left section.
Hearing assist headsets are available from the ushers, you can use the provided headsets, or bring your own headphones to plug into the receiver. ASL interpretation is provided on the 1st and 3rd Sundays each month during the 11:15 am service (or 10:30 am service in summer months).