What to Expect in Worship
We gather in worship to find meaning and live more deeply.
Worship is a time for connection within, among, and beyond us. It calls us to our better selves, to live with wisdom and compassion.
ASC’s worship style varies. Some Sundays our Minister, Rev. Shayna Appel is in the pulpit. Other Sundays we have lay led services. We also have occasional services led by pastors from other churches, members of other religious communities, or with a sermon by a guest speaker.
Elements of our Unitarian Universalist Sunday morning worship service usually include:
- Words of welcome
- Lighting a flaming chalice, the symbol of our faith
- A multigenerational segment, such as a “story for all ages”
- Music, both instrumental and vocal and in a variety of styles
- A meditation or prayer
- Readings—ancient or contemporary
- A sermon or homily
- An offering, collecting financial donations for the congregation or for justice work in the community.
From time to time, worship incorporates holiday celebrations, plays, a music, story, or poetry service. Children are welcome to sit with their families or to take advantage of our quiet activity table at the rear of the sanctuary.