What to Expect in Worship
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.
Elements of a typical Sunday morning worship service at UUCM include:
- Words of welcome
- Lighting a flaming chalice, the symbol of our faith
- A multigenerational segment, such as a “time for all ages”
- Music, both instrumental and vocal and in a variety of styles
- An offering, collecting financial donations for the congregation or for justice work in the community
- A time for lifting up the joys and concerns of the congregation
- A meditation or prayer
- Readings—ancient or contemporary
- A sermon, given by our minister, a guest speaker, or a member of the congregation
- A closing circle with a benediction.
From time to time, worships incorporate holiday celebrations, multigenerational plays and pageants, longer musical performances, child dedications, and coming-of-age ceremonies. We offer childcare and learning programs for children and youth during the Sunday service.