What to Expect in Worship
At 9:15 and 11 am every Sunday, we gather in worship to remind ourselves of what matters most in life and to live more deeply. Our children and youth join us for the beginning of every service. At 9:15, children preschool – 5th grade are sung out of the sanctuary for religious education. Middle school and high school stay in the service. At the 11 am service, children and youth (preschool -12th grade) join us for the beginning of the service, and are sung out of the sanctuary for religious education. Nursery care is provided for both services.
If you are visiting for the first time, we invite you to arrive 20 minutes early so we can provide you with a name tag and a warm welcome!
Elements of our typical Sunday morning worship service include:
- Gathering music (on the third Sunday of the month, a hymn sing-a-long from 8:50 – 9:10 and again 10:30 – 10:50.);
- Words of welcome;
- Lighting a flaming chalice, the symbol of our faith;
- Music, both instrumental and vocal, in a variety of styles;
- A time for lifting up the joys and concerns of the congregation;
- A meditation or prayer;
- A reading, 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 and for nonprofit organizations in the community.
Worship sometimes incorporates holiday celebrations, multigenerational plays and pageants, longer musical performances, child dedications, ceremonies to welcome new members, and coming-of-age services.