Worship Services

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Worship Schedule

Worship plans for each month appear here. On our Home Page you will find details about the worship service for the coming Sunday.

June 2024 Sunday Worship Schedule

Sunday worship is at 10:30 a.m. – both in-person and online. If you have trouble accessing the technology to join us online, please send an email to our Tech Team.

June 2, 2024 – “Outdoor Church” – Brunch Church Potluck in the Park! – No Online Service

Join us for church in Shepard Park next door to the sanctuary! We’ll have the shelter reserved for a potluck brunch picnic, but we recommend bringing camp chairs and picnic blankets because there may not be enough seating at the picnic tables. The all-ages “service” will consist of a short sing-along with Music Director Violet Vonder Haar – followed by eating, chatting, playground play, and enjoying one another’s company. The rain location will be the church sanctuary. There will be no online church on June 2.

June 9, 2024 – “UUtopias” – The Rev. Dr. Molly Housh Gordon

Rev. Molly will introduce our summer series with a look back into UU History and a look forward into our shared future. As we look at UU utopian visions over time, what are some of the possibilities – and pitfalls – of dreaming a better world?

June 16, 2024 – “SolarPunk Summer” – The Rev. Dr. Molly Housh Gordon

What if we stopped fearing a dystopian climate future and started dreaming – and enacting – possibilities for future thriving? This is the premise of the literary genre known as SolarPunk. Join us to awaken the imagination!

June 23, 2024 – “Weaving Our Lives” – GA Sunday Service – The Rev. Dr. Molly Housh Gordon

Join UUs from our 1,000 member congregations as we gather virtually for the largest annual UU Worship experience of the year – the UUA General Assembly Sunday Service. This year the service will be led by our own Rev. Molly! We will gather in the sanctuary to stream the service together.

June 30, 2024 – UUtopias – Lay-Led Service

Join lay leaders in our beloved tradition of sharing our pulpit with our members to hear their many varied takes on our summer theme!

The Zoom address for our 10:30 a.m. Sunday worship is:
You can also join by phone: 312-626 6799
Webinar ID: 380 411 489

Services are also streamed live to Facebook

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Description of Worship Services

Our minister, the Rev. Molly Housh Gordon, in the pulpit

We offer a worship service every Sunday at 10:30 a.m.. The current month’s schedule appears above. Services last about one hour.

Children are present for about the first 15 minutes, which includes a stones of joy and sorrow ritual. 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.

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Lay-Led Worship 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, we have occasional lay-led services, and many of the services are lay led during the summer. The Worship Associates organize the lay-led services. 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.

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