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. The elements of a typical UUCS Sunday morning worship service include:
- A gathering together song
- Words of welcome and greeting each other
- Lighting our flaming chalice, the symbol of our faith
- A multigenerational segment, generally 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 by lighting our Candles of Care
- A meditations or reflections
- Readings—ancient or contemporary
- A sermon or talk given by our 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, including multi-generational plays or pageants, longer musical performances, new member welcome ceremonies, and requiems. Families who attend the 9:15 a.m. service are welcome to use the Children’s Table in the Friendship Hall. We offer childcare and learning programs for children and youth during during the 11 a.m. Sunday service. Families with small children are welcome to use the nursery, which is staffed by childcare professionals and located in the Religious Education Wing, if they so choose. The Chapel, in the back of the Friendship Hall and Sanctuary and where services are live streamed, is also available.