Worship on Sunday, FAQ
Everyone is Welcome in Worship!
Worship comes from an old English word meaning to ‘ascribe worth’ to something. Traditionally, Jewish and Christian religions consider their idea of God to be that which holds ultimate worth. In Unitarian Universalist worship services we ascribe worth to our shared values and seek answers to life’s most difficult questions through many sources of wisdom, ancient and modern.
Worship services are one of the ways we come together in community to remind ourselves of our aspirations, hopes and dreams. Worship services also provide a time for comfort and reflection. During our time together we celebrate being alive alongside the challenge of knowing we will die one day. We choose to share the journey of our lives together as we embrace our different beliefs, knowing we share common principles and seek the greater good of all.
Assisted listening devices are available from the ushers. ASL and a Braille hymnal may be available with advanced notice.
Frequently Asked Questions
What should I expect on Sunday morning?
Worship begins with everyone in the sanctuary for the first 20 minutes or so. Typically we share a welcome, light our congregational chalice, sing a hymn, and experience a storytelling or brief conversation. Then children and teachers are recessed from the sanctuary by congregational singing.
Children and teachers go from the sanctuary to their classrooms or to a special children’s worship in the Fellowship Hall. Parents are welcome to accompany their children if they wish. Remaining adults hear a sermon, special music, sing, meditate or pray, and share brief joys and sorrows within the community on most Sundays. Holidays may differ slightly from this routine and during some services all ages remain in the sanctuary for the entire worship hour.
What should I wear?
Neat and clean casual attire is typical, but ‘Sunday best’ is welcome, too. You’ll see people wearing jackets and ties and others in jeans or shorts and sandals. Our building is air conditioned in summer, but with many windows, sunlight streaming in, and a desire to conserve energy, sometimes it feels a little warm. Please dress comfortably.
How long is a typical worship service?
Worship services last roughly an hour, though any given service may be slightly shorter or longer. We aim to start on time, at 9 and 11 am during the school year and at 10:30 am during the summer (Mother’s Day through Labor Day). We recommend you arrive at least 10 minutes before the starting time to park your car, get a nametag, and be seated.
Are there special holiday services?
Yes, throughout the year we recognize many holidays and holy days and we learn from the wisdom of many religious traditions. We also celebrate unique Unitarian Universalist holy days, particularly an ingathering service with a Water Ceremony, a candlelight Christmas Eve service, an Easter service with a Flower Ceremony, Earth Day, Solstice and Equinox observances, and more.
What do Unitarian Universalists worship?
Because we hold different beliefs, during worship we lift up what is most important to us, our shared values. Together we seek answers to life’s most difficult questions, learn how to be better persons, remind ourselves of our values and aspirations, and listen to wisdom from a variety of sources and faith traditions.
Who should I contact with any other questions I may have?
If you have other questions or concerns about worship at UUFA, please contact Rev. Alison Eskildsen or Herb West, Lay Minister for Spiritual Arts. We look forward to seeing you in worship and hearing from you, too.