What to Expect in Worship
When Unitarian Universalists speak of “worship,” they are usually referring to the shared religious life of their congregation: attending Sunday worship services, creating religious music, honoring life passages such as marriage and death, and celebrating special holidays together.
Our services are filled with music, poetry, ritual, and the words of many prophetic men and women. We learn to live with more wisdom, more connection, and more compassion. Sunday mornings are central to our life together. This is the day our community comes together to participate in the Sunday worship services and to deepen relationships. New to UUFRC?
Everyone is Welcome
Child care for infants and preschoolers (ages 6 and under) is available from 10:00 to 12:00. If you are bringing children on a first-time visit to the Fellowship and would like your child to join other children in Sunday school, you may wish to arrive a bit early to meet the teacher and/or child care provider. You are also welcome to keep your child with you in service until they are comfortable trying out something new.
Dress code is individual, and usually casual; please come in whatever makes you comfortable. We welcome all persons, regardless of race, ethnicity, or national origin; gender or gender identification; affectional preference or sexual orientation; age; physical or mental challenge; or social, economic, or marital status.
Elements of a Typical Worship Service
Our Worship Services are weekly reflections that weave together our own thoughts and experiences with music, beauty, poetry, and words that both comfort and challenge. We value ceremonies and spiritual exploration.
Elements of a typical Sunday morning worship service 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 fellowship
- A meditation or prayer
- Readings—ancient or contemporary
- A sermon given by a professional minister, or a guest speaker
- An offering, collecting financial donations for the fellowship or for justice work in the community. First time visitors are encouraged to let the basket pass by.
From time to time, worships incorporate holiday celebrations, multi-generational plays and pageants, longer musical performances, child dedications, and coming-of-age ceremonies. Often there will be seasonal evening worship services led by Jewish, Christian, or Pagan members of the congregation. We are inspired not just by religious sources but by the people with whom we journey: the diverse and spirited Unitarian Universalists. View Upcoming Services.
Please join us any Sunday. We look forward to meeting you!
Learn more about our Sunday morning schedule.