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.
Elements of a typical Pacific Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Sunday morning worship service include:
- Words of welcome
- Lighting a flaming chalice, the symbol of our faith
- Music, both instrumental and vocal
- Moment with the Children, when the children go to the stage for our speaker to read a story
- A time for lifting up the joys and concerns of participants
- An offering
- A sermon given by a our pastor, a guest speaker, or a member of the congregation
- Closing Circle, when we join hands and sing “Let There be Peace on Earth”
After the Children’s Moment, we “sing out the children” as they go downstairs with their teachers for the remainder of the service.
On the months when there are five Sundays, the fifth Sunday is usually dedicated to singing favorite hymns.
From mid-June to the first Sunday in September we have discussion services, where the sermon is replaced by a discussion of a pre-announced topic. The topic list is chosen by the members and friends of the fellowship, and are announced in the Sunday Service listing.