Elements of a typical Unitarian Universalist Sunday morning worship service include:
- Words of welcome
- Lighting a flaming chalice, the symbol of our faith
- A multi-generational segment, such as a “story for all ages”
- Music, both instrumental and vocal and in a variety of styles
- A time for lifting up the joys and concerns of the congregation
- Meditation or prayer
- Readings—ancient or contemporary
- A sermon given by professional minister, guest speaker, or a member of the congregation/society/community
- An offering, collecting financial donations, for the organization or for justice work in the community.
Sometimes worship services incorporate holiday celebrations, multi-generational plays and pageants, extended musical performances, or special ceremonies to commemorate life’s journey. Most congregations offer childcare and faith development programs for children and/or youth during the Sunday service.