Worship is the heart of any church community. We lift up that which is most beloved, most valued, most holy to us. It is a time when we gather to honor traditions, make meaning and to discover our deepest questions. It is a time to be authentically true to ourselves and open to the power of being together in the search for truth. Through worship we reach toward our wholeness, as we strive to live with more wisdom, more connection and more compassion.
Our Sunday worship services are weekly reflections that weave together our own thoughts and experiences with music, beauty, poetry, and words that both comfort and challenge. Elements of a typical Sunday morning worship service at Second Unitarian include:
- Words of welcome
- Lighting a flaming chalice, the symbol of our faith
- Readings—ancient and contemporary
- A sermon given by our minister, a guest speaker, or a member of the congregation
- A few moments for silent meditation
- A time for lighting candles to lift up the joys and sorrows of the congregation
- An offering, half of which we share with the community.
We typically offer childcare and learning programs for children and youth during the Sunday service, but from time to time, all ages join together for multigenerational worship services that might include holiday celebrations, multigenerational stories, child dedications, or coming-of-age ceremonies.