What to Expect on Sunday Morning
Thank you so much for looking into our congregation. 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.
We hope to see you next Sunday!
Here is a brief overview of what our Worship Services look like.
Our Sunday services reflect our Principles and Sources. These ideals offer us ways to lead a more engaged, informed and joyful life.
Our services begin at 10:30 a.m., though many choose to arrive earlier to visit. Child care is always offered and religious education for children is offered during the school year. As you enter the Fellowship, you will be greeted by a member and offered a printed bulletin. Below are key elements of our worship services.
Greeting & Announcements
This includes time for attendees to extend a personal welcome to each other.
Call to Worship
Words of wisdom that draw us into the sacred time together.
The flaming chalice has become a well-known symbol of our denomination. It unites our members in worship and symbolizes the spirit of our work. The flaming chalice, like our faith, stands open to receive new truths that pass the tests of reason, justice, and compassion.
Joys, Concerns, Milestones
Being part of a community means sharing highs and lows. During this time, we take a moment to reflect on the days since we were last together. If there is a joy or concern of particular significance, those present are invited to come to the altar, and use the microphone to briefly share as a candle is lit in their honor. This is followed by a moment of silence to acknowledge all that is unspoken in our lives.
Wisdom for all Ages
The children are invited to the front of the sanctuary for a fun, interactive time of storytelling which highlights the lesson of the day. Most days, the children are then excused to the Religious Education classes. It is our tradition to sing the children out with this brief song:
May peace surround you
May love surround you
As you go, as you go
On your way
Because Unitarian Universalism is a truth-seeking faith, and because the UUFM honors spiritual inquiry, our Minister may challenge, comfort, educate, comfort or anger us.
Extinguishing the Chalice
We say these words together as our worship concludes:
We extinguish this flame, but not the light of truth,
the warmth of community or the fire of commitment.
These we carry in our hearts until we are together again.
Singing Benediction: ”May the Longtime Sun” (sing through twice)
May the Longtime Sun Shine Upon You
All love surround you
And the pure, pure light that’s within you
Guide your way home