What to Expect in Worship
We gather in worship to find meaning and live more deeply. Worship creates connections within us, among us, and beyond us, calling members to our better selves, calling us to live with wisdom and compassion.
Unitarian Universalist worship styles vary by congregation, and even within congregations. Our congregation’s worship is traditional, but not formal.
Elements of a typical Sunday morning worship service at UUCCI include:
- Words of welcome
- Lighting a flaming chalice, the symbol of our faith
- A multi-generational segment, such as a “words for all ages”
- Music, both instrumental and vocal, in a variety of styles
- A time for lifting up the joys and sorrows of the congregation
- A time for 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, Sunday services incorporate holiday celebrations, multi-generational plays and pageants, longer musical performances, and graduations. Our congregation often has special (non-Sunday) seasonal earth-centered faith observances. We offer childcare and learning programs for children and youth during the same time as the Sunday service.