Modified on: November 9, 2016
Worship With Us
We gather at 11:00 a.m. on Sunday mornings for inspiring, uplifting, and thought-provoking worship services. In the back of our Hymnal, “Singing the Living Tradition” there’s an unattributed reading that goes like this:
May we be reminded here of our highest aspirations
and inspired to bring our gifts of love and service
to the altar of humanity.
May we know once again that we are not isolated beings but connected,
In mystery and miracle, to the universe, to this community and to each other.
In Unitarian Universalist Worship, we use the term broadly, as it was originally intended—from the Old English, “worshippen” which means, to craft or shape things of worth. We gather in worship to find meaning and live more deeply, helping us to live with greater wisdom and compassion. Worship services are typically led by our minister and a member of our Worship Associates team, but occasionally we also welcome guest speakers to our pulpit. Unitarian Universalist worship reflects our theological diversity in content and form. Most of our worship is thematic, exploring a particular idea or message.
Visitors are encouraged to come as you are—no special dress is required. Our service lasts about an hour and all are invited to stay afterward for coffee and fellowship.
Children in Worship
The first Sunday of the month, children begin the service in the Sanctuary, staying through a “time for all ages” story or lesson before going to Religious Education classes. 4 times a year, there are Intergenerational Services when the service is specifically welcoming for all ages; there are no RE classes on those Sundays. Nursery care is available during all services. Children are always welcome in our services with their parents or caregivers.
What to Expect
Every Sunday can be different in Unitarian Universalist church, however, usually each service at UUCS includes:
- Lighting a chalice, the symbol of our faith
- Music, provided by our choir, professional or amateur musicians, or both.
- Singing, with songs from our hymnbook or popular music
- A silent meditation or spoken prayer
- Ancient or contemporary readings
- An offering, collecting financial donations for the congregation or to support causes that align with our mission.
- A central Sermon or message