Worship at UUFRC
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. Sundays 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?
10:30 AM – 11:30 AM: Service
Music, poetry, silence, and generosity are woven together during the worship hour, giving expression to the vibrancy of this “living tradition” while inviting personal connection with eternal truths. In the first portion of the worship service, children are encouraged to join the minister at the chancel for a story or conversation, before being ushered to the classes.
We offer childcare and learning programs for children and youth during the Sunday service. Except as noted, children start in the Sanctuary at 10:30 and are sung out to their classes and activities. Classes go until 11:30 or 11:40. Children are expected to remain in the Sanctuary for multigenerational services.
11:30 AM – 12:30 PM: Social Hour
Fellowship continues with coffee and conversation in the Social Hall. We invite you to join us, meet other people, discuss the service, and learn more about our congregation.
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, we recommend that you arrive early to meet the teacher and/or child care provider.
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, multigenerational 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.