- Description of Worship Services
- Lay-Led Worship Services
- Schedule of Future Services
- 2020-21 Worship Arc
We offer one worship service at 10:30 a.m. every Sunday. Services last about one hour. In normal times, the children are present for about the first 15 minutes, which includes a ritual of joys and concerns, and the children then leave for their religious education classes; nursery care and our full religious education program for preschool through junior high school are offered at this time.
Although each of our services is unique, services usually begin with a welcome from a member of our Board of Trustees and occasional special announcements.
Interspersed with a variety of music and hymn singing, the typical service also includes the lighting of the chalice, one or more inspirational readings, a sermon or homily, an offertory, an opportunity to express joys and sorrows, and a closing benediction.
After the service we gather for fellowship, conversation, and coffee.
Members of a group called the Worship Associates assist in planning worship services and also participate in conducting services.
Our lay-led services honor our commitment to lay involvement in church leadership and our church’s history. We began in 1951 as a lay-led fellowship, and thus all services were lay led until we called our first minister in 1980.
From September through May, the minister steps down from the pulpit one Sunday each month, and the service is entirely lay led, usually by one of the groups in the church, such as the Writer’s Group, Social Action, or the high school youth group.
During the summer, the minister is in the pulpit half the time, and the Worship Associates organize lay-led services the rest of the time. These services are often non-traditional and unique, and allow individuals to speak to a topic of interest or lead the congregation in exploring a variety of activities related to the many facets of worship and spirituality. Summer service topics have included an Animal (Pet) Blessing, Silence, What It Means to be an American, and the Honduras service trips.
We offer a worship service at 10:30 a.m. on Sundays. On our Home Page you will find details about the worship service for the coming Sunday. Worship plans for each month appear here.
May 2021 Sunday Worship Schedule – 10:30 a.m. online except as noted
As we continue worshiping online, if you have any trouble accessing the technology to join us, please email our Tech Team with your contact information. Someone will reach out to help!
Sunday, May 2 – “Love and Liberation Beyond Borders”
Rev. Mary Katherine Morn and Rev. Laura Randall from the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee will join our Affiliated Community Minister, Rev. Dottie Mathews, to share the history and mission of the UUSC and highlight some of the important work the committee is doing around the world with our support.
Sunday, May 9 – Worship Associates – Annual Flower Ceremony Service
Created by Czech Unitarian Universalists Norbert and Maja Capek as a celebration of diversity in defiance of Nazi supremacist ideology, the Flower Communion is one of the most cherished UU traditions. It is a service in which we celebrate the unique beauty and worth of every individual – and how through the diversity that each individual brings to our community, we create together the greatest beauty of all.
We will be holding a flower communion celebration in person on the church grounds! For those who choose to come, we will have a stations-based experience on the church grounds, where you can move along a path engaging with music, poetry, reflection and fun, while getting a chance to see beloved (though still masked) faces. We will also stream the service live for those who cannot or choose not to come.
If you attend in person, please park on the street and in the parking lot of the school across the street. Save street parking spots closest to those with mobility needs. And if you can, bring a flower to add to our collective bouquet.
Sunday, May 16 – Rev. Dr. C.W. Dawson, Jr. – “Lessons on Love”
Sunday, May 23 – Worship Associates – Annual Bridging/Graduation Service
Join us to celebrate our graduating seniors as they make their transition from youth to adults in our church community. We will share letters from their parents, offer them blessings, and welcome them into this new chapter of their lives. If you have a youth who will be graduating high school this year and would like to participate in this service, please email DRE Jamila Batchelder.
Sunday, May 30 – Rev. Dr. C.W. Dawson, Jr. – “Character”
Worship services are offered via Zoom. Services are followed by a weekly digital coffee hour.
The Zoom web address for our Sunday 10:30 a.m. worship is:
You can also join by phone: 312-626 6799
Webinar ID: 380 411 489
The Zoom web address for our weekly 11:30 a.m. coffee hour is:
You can also join by phone: 312-626 6799
Webinar ID: 652 315 354
Services are also streamed live to Facebook
How do we do this?
Although the origins of the phrase are lost to history and misattribution, it has long been quipped that one might effectively curse a foe by wishing them, “May you live in interesting times.”
Surely we are now living in quite interesting times! We are encountering challenges we never quite imagined. We don’t know how to do any of this: How to live well through climate change, threatened democracy, anti-racist revolution, and global pandemic. But through the power of community I believe we can weather these interesting times not cursed, but blessed by one another and by our shared compassion and wisdom.
This year’s worship arc is a simple and pressing question: How do we do this? Each month we will wrestle together with one of the practical questions that are arising for us in these unprecedented times. How do we…
- Navigate Uncertainty?
- Transform Rage?
- Keep Going?
- Seek Delight?
- Stay Grounded?
- Love Well?
- Pay Attention?
- Nurture Beauty?
- Find Belonging?
Join us and perhaps together we can find out.