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.
We welcome announcements from members and friends of UUCL about programs of the church and connected events in the community. Please use wording that welcomes people in and doesn’t make assumptions about what people already know (e.g. using whole names and not acronyms, using full names and contact information for a “talk to so-and-so,” etc.). Worship Associates may use their judgment about whether to include an announcement if they have time constraints or questions about the announcement’s relevance to church life.