What to Expect at a Service
We gather in service to find meaning and live more deeply. Services 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’ service is contemporary and high tech. Some congregations’ service is traditional and formal. Some features exuberant music, some includes long periods of silent reflection. Our congregation’s service varies between these styles.
Elements of a typical Unitarian Universalist Sunday morning service 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, service 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 Fellowship service.