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. Some congregations’ worship is contemporary and high tech. Some congregations’ worship is traditional and formal. Some features exuberant music, some includes long periods of silent reflection. Our congregation’s worship is lively and filled with various worshipful elements.
Elements of a typical UUCH Sunday morning worship service include:
- Words of welcome
- Lighting a flaming chalice, the symbol of our faith
- A call to worship from the minister, or a designated speaker
- A multigenerational segment, most commonly a “story for sharing”
- Music, both instrumental and vocal and in a variety of styles
- A time for lifting up the joys and sorrows of the congregation
- Readings, meditations, and prayers
- A sermon given by the 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, multi-generational plays and pageants, longer musical performances, child dedications, and coming-of-age ceremonies. We offer childcare and age appropriate learning and faith development opportunities for children and youth during the Sunday service.
Special services observed annually include the Bread Communion, Flower Communion, Water Communion, Fire Communion, and Solstice Service.