What to Expect in Worship
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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.
Our congregation’s worship is ecclectic. Our services have a regular but flexible format, and we draw from many traditions and styles in our words, music, and themes.
Our minister, the Rev. Barbara Threet, is with us the third Sunday of each month from September through May to conduct the service. The rest of our service are arranged by the Worship Committee, and feature a variety of guest speakers and member presentations.
A typical Sunday service at UUCGF includes:
- Opening words
- Lighting a flaming chalice, the symbol of our faith
- Music in a variety of styles, led by our choir with piano or guitar accompaniment
- A time for lifting up the joys and concerns of the congregation
- Announcements and a welcome to visitors, at which time new visitors may introduce themselves if they choose
- A 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, worships incorporate holiday celebrations, multigenerational plays and pageants, longer musical performances, child dedications, and coming-of-age ceremonies. During our Sunday services, we offer child care year-round and a Religious Education program for children during the school year.