The roots of the word “worship” mean “to value” and “worth.” In our services, we seek to value what is worthy in life, to reflect on the deep questions of human existence, to express gratitude and joy, and, when necessary, to mourn and gather our courage. One service might include a multi-media presentation, while another might feature a dramatic presentation by young people. Most services include some common elements: singing, music by staff and volunteers, readings, lighting of the flaming chalice and of candles of joy and concern, a message by the worship leader or other participants. We normally close our service in a circle with a benediction.