What to Expect in Worship
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Our regular Sunday services include readings, music, candles of joys and sorrows, prayer and meditation and a sermon (with occasional visiting ministers and lay leaders).
Worship services include readings, music, a time for children, candles of joys and sorrows, an offering and a sermon. You are invited to center your thoughts as you enter to the beat of quiet drumming. Our minister, guest ministers and lay leaders offer sermons on a wide array of topics. During services, children are invited to Sunday school classes, led by volunteer teachers. A nursery is available for little ones.
From September through June, services are held in the magnificent sanctuary, featuring music from two organs, a grand piano and choir. We welcome guest musicians, like the New Wave Singers and Peabody students and professors. From July through August, services are held in the Enoch Pratt Parish Hall, where the temperature is cooler and setting is more intimate.
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.
Unitarian Universalist worship styles vary by congregation, and even within congregations. Some congregations’ worship is contemporary and high tech. Some congregations’ worship is traditional and formal. Some features exuberant music, some includes long periods of silent reflection. Our congregation’s worship is [insert adjectives].
Elements of a typical Unitarian Universalist 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”
- 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 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.
[Be sure to indicate if your congregation offers special worship services such as: worship services for children or for youth or seasonal evening worship services led by Jewish, Christian, or Pagan members of the congregation.]