What to Expect on Sunday Mornings
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. Some congregations’ worship is contemporary and high tech. Some congregations’ worship is traditional and formal. Some features exuberant music, some includes long periods of silent reflection. Our congregation’s worship style is a blend. A service typically lasts 60-75 minutes. To experience QUUF’s service style, please come and visit.
Elements of our Sunday morning worship service include:
- Words of welcome
- Lighting a flaming chalice, the symbol of our faith
- An intergenerational segment, called “a time for all ages”, at the 9:15am service
- A time to welcome visitors and guests and invite them to briefly introduce themselves
- Music, both instrumental and vocal and in a variety of styles
- A time for lifting up the joys and sorrows of the congregation
- A meditation or prayer
- Readings — ancient or contemporary
- A sermon given by one of our ministers, a guest speaker, or a member of the congregation
- An offering, collecting financial donations for the congregation or for justice work in the community.
As for what to wear, we are an informal group. Most wear what is called “northwest casual”. So please wear what feels comfortable to you.
After the service, a social hour is held in the Fellowship Hall, where coffee and tea are served and newcomers can talk with greeters at the greeter table. All are welcome.
From time to time, worship incorporates holiday celebrations, multigenerational plays and pageants, longer musical performances, child dedications and rites-of-passage ceremonies. We offer childcare for children under 3 and religious education for children and youth.