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.
Unitarian Universalist worship styles vary by congregation, and even within congregations.
Our diverse congregation draws not only on Unitarian Univeralist traditions in our worship services but also on the traditions and festivals of other religious faiths. We welcome people of all religious backgrounds into our church family.
Elements of a typical Unitarian Universalist Sunday morning worship service at Westminster include:
- Words of welcome
- Lighting a flaming chalice, the symbol of our faith
- 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.
- Occasional services include a multi-generational segment at the beginning, such as a “story for all ages.’
Our minister leads most services but volunteers from among our membership and outside guest speakers lead services in the summer and periodically during the rest of the year. From time to time, worship incorporate holiday celebrations, mulit-generational plays and pageants, longer musical performances, and coming-of-age ceremonies.
Always check the Upcoming Services page for the service schedule for an upcoming Sunday.
From September through mid-June, we provide religious education classes from 9-10:15 AM for children and youth kindergarten- grade 8. Infant, toddler and preschool child care is available during the 9 AM service during these months.