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.
What goes on during the worship services?
No two services are exactly alike, yet familiar patterns are present. The Sunday service usually lasts about an hour and 15 minutes. Lay worship leaders participate in all our services. Sometimes these leaders serve to do readings and specific rituals. At other times the lay worship leaders conduct the entire service, including the sermon.
Services typically include:
- Music with the choir, a band, or soloist (or all three)
- Lighting the chalice
- Inspirational Readings
- Sharing by those who wish to tell of joys or sorrows
- Singing the children to their classes
- Sermon (see upcoming topics)
- More music or singing
- Inspirational words to summarize the theme
- Closing words and chalice flame extinguished
As you walk up the stairs and into the foyer (or come up the wheelchair ramp directly to the sanctuary), expect to be greeted. Greeters at the entrance to the sanctuary will offer you today’s program with the Sunday Bulletin, provide directions about seating, nursery and child care, special assistive devices, and a newcomers packet. They will also offer you a name tag to help others to greet you after the service. From the foyer go on in and sit down where you are comfortable.
As a guest, you will be offered our newcomers packet which provides contact information for most activities. You may also sign up to receive the newsletter for a few months. Stay for conversation in the Social Hall following the service. Tell people about yourself and your interests. Attend some UUCCWC social events (listed on the Connection pages).
Will I be pressured to become a member?
No, not at all. If anything, Unitarian Universalists may come across as rather too reserved about urging people to join their group. This is a UU tradition stemming from resistance to religious persecution. Don’t mistake this for lack of interest in you and your engagement in our community. UUCCWC is eager for new friends and members, and eager to hear new voices and thoughts. Speak up and you will be listened to. Join a committee and you will help run things. You don’t need to be a member to be active in our congregation.
How do I get to know people?
There is a fellowship hour immediately following the service, with coffee, tea, juice and a variety of snacks (including gluten free) served in the Social Hall beneath the sanctuary. Often congregational groups such as Social Action, Covenant Groups, and a variety of Community Groups will have a table with information to share.
Please stay and let us get to know you. Feel free to ask questions. There is always plenty of food and beverages for everyone.