What to Expect in Worship
During the pandemic, we are focusing on live-streaming our Sunday worship services, with only a few people in the Sanctuary. Please join us each Sunday at 10 a.m. for our live-streamed worship service at this link.
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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 is traditional and formal. Some feature exuberant music; some include long periods of silent reflection. Our congregation’s worship is contemplative, smart, modern, and includes lots of singing.
Elements of a typical Sunday morning worship service here at the First UU Society 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 our senior minister, a guest speaker, or worship associates
- An offering collecting financial contributions of which we share 50% with a local non-profit agency
From time to time, worship 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.