We do our best to make our
visitors feel welcome and comfortable, not only during
the service, but afterwards during our coffee hour in
Ministers' Hall, the south building.
We have a newcomer's table where you will find
friendly folks waiting to welcome you and answer your
questions, as well as printed materials to take home for
more in-depth exploration.
Sunday services are held at 10:30 AM year 'round in
our sanctuary - the north building. Services are led by
our minister, the Rev. CJ McGregor and lay leaders from
the congregation and exciting speakers from our
community. You can access our calendar or visit our
newsletter on this site to view the worship schedule.
Most services are traditional but, as is fitting for our
liberal tradition, they are not ceremonial. They feel
familiar to those who come from more conventional faith
traditions, yet altogether different as well, warm and
friendly and often laced with humor. Our minister and
other presenters strive to offer spiritual concepts to
help you in your daily life. After the service, there is
a chance to socialize over coffee and light refreshments.
Children from kindergarten and older attend the first
fifteen minutes of the service about once a month, which
includes a story or message for all ages. The children
are then dismissed to attend Religious Education classes
while the service continues. Preschool children attend
Religious Education classes during the entire service,
and a nursery is available in the RE department for
infants and toddlers. We have a vibrant and active Youth
Group for youth ages 14-18 who meet on Sundays from 10:45
After you are greeted in the
Narthex (the entrance hall to the sanctuary) you will
be given an order of service. You may sit anywhere you
please. Before the service begins, there is a normal
bustle and murmur of conversation.
At 10:30, a chime in the pulpit
is struck signalling that the service is about to
begin. The service leader begins the service by
greeting everyone and making a few brief
The service begins with a musical
prelude; the minister offers opening words and lights a
chalice at the front of the sanctuary, a ritual common
to contemporary Unitarian Universalist congregations.
The chalice lighting is accompanied by a recitation of
words printed in the order of service.
Then comes the first of the two
or three hymns, sung standing by those who are
When children attend the first
part of the service, there is usually a story or
message for all ages, after which the children leave
for Religious Education classes.
The order of service elements may
vary week to week, but there will almost always be a
prayer or meditation, before or after a time of
silence; a choir anthem, the offertory, the opportunity
to light a candle on the table to the right of the
pulpit, often a reading, a sermon which usually lasts
about twenty minutes, and then the final hymn, the
closing words or benediction, the extinguishing of the
chalice flame, and a postlude. To get a sense of some
typical sermons, visit the Sermon Archive.
In our congregation, it is
customary to remain seated during the postlude
After the service, there is a
chance to socialize in our social hall over coffee and
light refreshments, leaving the sanctuary by the doors
to the right and left at the south side of the
In the summer, services are
lay-led and also take place in the sanctuary. They
begin at 10:30, and are followed by socializing. The
structure varies week to week, but is generally
What to Wear on Sunday Morning
Wear whatever you feel comfortable in at a Sunday
service. You will see a wide variety of dress. There is
no way to get this wrong. Come as you are.
We hope you will join us!