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. We gather in person and online; our services are published live and archived on our <Youtube Channel> for all who wish to take part.
The symbol of our faith is the burning chalice. We light it at the beginning and extinguish it at the end of every service as well as before and after most church gatherings.
We are blessed with wonderful musical talent of all ages in our congregational midst. Music is an important part of every service from bell ringers, to classical hymns, to old time gospel, and modern rock.
While each service is different, elements of a typical Sunday morning worship service include:
The week’s Worship Associate welcomes the congregation and reminds us of our purpose by reciting the First Unitarian Church Mission Statement.
A reflective piece of music sets the mood for a worshipful service.
Story for All Ages
The Time for All Ages invites everyone to focus on the message of the day’s service with an easily accessible story or object lesson. The Time for All Ages ends with a wonder question for later consideration.
The Time for All Ages ends when the children who are in-person are sung to religious education class.
Stones & Water
The worship leader takes the members gathered through a recitation of the week’s important news events, important happenings for our church community, and local state and national news. The emphasis is on human concerns, positive and negative, that the congregation is being asked for its mindful attention.
We often share a minute of reflective silence, accompanied by a musical selection offered from our choir or house band, often tied to the topic of the sermon.
The sermon is the centerpiece of the service, helping us as we seek the “still point of the turning world.” Our minister recently offered us stirring, challenging, and thought-provoking sermons. Our settled Minster has moved on in her career. We look forward to the day when a new face will replace the last one. UUA sermons, outside speakers, and congregation members are currently filling this role. You can check the sermon topic and speaker each week on our Upcoming Sunday Worship Topics page.
We leave each service with a benediction that asks us to be mindful of the hopes and needs of the community in the coming week.