About Our Worship
We feel that worship is more than what transpires on Sunday morning. It is what happens in every moment of our lives as we face the challenges of our world, interact with other human beings or experience this magnificent world. It occurs when we express ourselves, when we offer acts of compassion and when we share in an act of social justice. Our lives speak to what we believe and therefore become avenues of worship. We invite you to join us on this quest of the soul: meaningful and worship-filled lives!
The origin of the word “worship” is the Old English "weorthscipe," which means “worthiness, acknowledgment of worth.” That is what we do when we gather on Sunday mornings—we remind ourselves of what matters most in life. Worship creates connections within, among, and beyond us, helping us find meaning and live with wisdom and compassion. Our services combine words of beauty, inspiration and challenge and opportunities for reflection, meditation, and celebration.
Our Sunday worship services begin at 10:30 a.m. with the ringing of our temple bell and a musical prelude. Elements of a typical worship service include:
- words of welcome
- lighting a chalice, the symbol of our faith
- multigenerational time, often including a story for all ages
- music, both instrumental and vocal, in a variety of styles
- a time for sharing the joys and sorrows of the congregation
- a meditation
- readings from a variety of sources of humanist and spiritual wisdom and inspiration
- a sermon or talk given by a professional minister, guest speaker or member of the congregation
- an offering of donations to support the work of the congregation and for community organizations that are aligned with UU principles
Our services vary in format, from formal to informal and contemporary. From time to time services incorporate holiday celebrations, multigenerational participation, longer musical performances, and special ceremonies to celebrate life’s passages. Services during the summer months are often lay-led or with guest speakers while our minister is away on vacation and study leave.