What to Expect in Worship
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.
For those steeped in highly ritualized religious traditions, you may find our services to be friendly and informal. For those who have never been inside a church or temple or anything else like it, you may find our services to be ritualistic and inspiring. We try to combine these elements, incorporating some ritual such as the Lighting of our Chalice, along with friendly greetings and opportunities for all to share the joys and sorrows of their lives. We usually sing together, listen to a sermon or thematic presentation, and join in responsive readings or quiet meditation.
Approximately half our services are led by our Minister, the other half led by members of the congregation or guest presenters. During the summer, our services tend to be more informal and are held in the Fellowship Hall. Most of the rest of our services are held in our beautiful, historic sanctuary, lit by an artistic array of stained-glass windows.
From time to time, services incorporate holiday celebrations, multigenerational presentations, musical performances, child dedications, and coming-of-age ceremonies. We offer childcare and learning programs for children and youth during the Sunday service.
We also hold monthly Vespers services, which focus on quiet meditation in a more intimate setting.