Sunday Services

Worship Services begin Sunday mornings at 10:30am with the ringing of the steeple bell. The sanctuary is on the main floor (you can be greeted either by entering the front door on West Main St. or by the side door on Ruggles St.)  Some people come early to sit quietly or, to greet others. For those who need an assisted entrance, there is access to an elevator via the Ruggles St. door.

In addition to Sunday morning services, additional worship may be scheduled throughout the years for special holidays, special events, times of joy or sorrow that particularly impact our community. Check the announcements and calendar for additional worship that may be scheduled.

As you walk into the building, expect to be greeted. Greeters at the entrance to the sanctuary will offer you the order of service, provide directions about seating, nursery and child care, special assistive devices, and a newcomers packet. They will also offer you a name tag to help others to greet you after the service. From the foyer go on in and sit down where you are comfortable.

What goes on during the worship services?

No two services are exactly alike, yet familiar patterns are present. The Sunday service usually lasts about an hour and 15 minutes. Usually our minister conducts the service. At other times the lay worship leaders conduct the entire service, including the sermon or lecture.

Services typically include:

  • Music with the choir, and the congregation
  • Lighting the chalice
  • Announcements by members
  • Inspirational Readings
  • Sharing by those who wish to tell of joys or sorrows
  • Singing the children to their classes
  • Offertory
  • Sermon
  • Inspirational words to summarize the theme

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A sampling of service topics in past months include:

  • Christmas Eve Worship
  • Why I am a Unitarian Universalist
  • “Walking Toward Trouble” – putting values into action
  • Science and Religion, Polar Opposites?
  • “Inter-Being” – how we’re connected to each other and all life around us

(You can find copies of many sermons on another page.)

There is a  fellowship hour immediately after the service, with coffee, tea, juice and a variety of snacks served in the room behind the sanctuary.    Please stay and let us get to know you. There is always plenty of food and beverages for everyone.

For additional information about Unitarian Universalist beliefs and our congregational community, please see other menu items on this site.

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