Worship at PUUC

Our Sunday services are lively occasions that include music, caring rituals, social justice, intellectual and spiritual readings, and a sermon. While most of our services have common elements, we have recurring special services that celebrate seasonal transitions, life events, or special congregational talents. Our services regularly draw from many spiritual and religious traditions to help us celebrate a broad spectrum of beliefs. We offer these beliefs as part of worship in ways that can help us experience the beauty, spirit, and heart of traditions different from our own. Our Sundays services are at 10:15 am September through the third week of June.

Common Elements of Regular Sunday Worship

Welcome & announcements
Minister’s welcome
Prelude
Chalice lighting
Opening words
Unison affirmation
Two to three hymns during service
Candles of joys and concerns
Minister’s prayer
Hymn #123 Spirit of Life
Time with children
Candle for social justice
Offering and offertory (choir sings every other Sunday)
One to two reading(s)
Musical interlude
Sermon
Extinguish the candles
Benediction
Postlude

Special services held annually

Special services are held throughout the year, such as the Water and Flower Communions at the beginning and end of the church year, intergenerational services such as the Winter Pageant, as well as Music Sunday and our annual outdoor service.

Lay-led Services

Lay-led services are a part of our shared ministry, and are created by the Worship Committee. The services include diverse areas of focus that are presented by congregants and by a variety of guest ministers/speakers.

In addition to creating collaborative, creative lay-led worship, we provide welcome and hospitality to ministers who come to PUUC via pulpit exchange with our minister as well as those seeking a neutral pulpit. When needed, we also support the minister in the preparation and delivery of regular, minister-led Sunday worship. The committee seeks and welcomes feedback and suggestions regarding all Sunday worship services.