What to Expect at Sunday Service
We gather every Sunday to find meaning and live more deeply. Sunday service creates connections within, among, and beyond us, calling us to our better selves, calling us to live with wisdom and compassion.
Unitarian Universalist service styles vary by congregation and even within congregations. Some congregations call their services worship, some are contemporary and high tech, others are traditional and formal. Some feature exuberant music, some include long periods of silent reflection. Our congregation’s Sunday service aims to be uplifting and inspirational, and draws from a wide selection of humanist and religious sources.
Elements of a typical UUFNN Sunday morning worship service include:
- Words of welcome
- Greeting one another
- Lighting the flaming chalice, the symbol of our faith
- A multigenerational segment, usually a “story for all ages”
- Music, both instrumental and vocal and in a variety of styles
- A time for lifting up the joys and concerns of the congregation
- 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 and for justice work in the community
From time to time, services 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.