What to Expect in Worship

Here is what to expect in worship: Services that make you think more deeply. Music that touches your soul and readings that are ancient or modern. We often have different services from week to week to meet the needs of various worship preferences.

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.

Please attend at least three services so that you can better understand how we worship.

Elements of our worship

Typical elements in our Sunday morning worship service include:

  • Words of welcome
  • Lighting a flaming chalice, the symbol of our faith
  • A multigenerational segment, such as a “story for all ages” (this is normally only at the 10:30 AM service)
  • Music, both instrumental and vocal and in different 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 or for justice work in the community.

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.