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.
Sunday Morning Worship
Our Sunday morning worship styles vary slightly from week to week. We have a wonderful Music Director who together with the Minister selects a wide variety of music from contemporary to world music to classical. Our choir performs once a month and the remaining Sundays are filled with talented musicians from within our congregation. We work to craft worship that is inspiring, spiritually rich, and engages people on multiple levels.
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 “Time for all Ages”
- Music, both instrumental and vocal and in a variety of styles, including hymns
- A time for lifting up the joys and concerns of the congregation
- A meditation or prayer
- Readings—ancient or contemporary
- A sermon given by a professional 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, multigenerational plays and pageants, longer musical performances, child dedications, and coming-of-age ceremonies. We offer childcare and learning programs for children and youth during the Sunday service.
Our monthly, mid-week contemporary service offers a more informal and intimate worship setting. Live, contemporary music plays a central role with readings, poetry, and ritual woven throughout. This service is coordinated and led by members of the congregation and features multiple voices and participants. We gather in a smaller, circular formation to create a more communal, participatory feel.