What happens at a typical Sunday Service at UUSRF?

Elements of a typical Unitarian Universalist Sunday morning worship service include:

UU logo in colors and black
  • 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.