Sunday Morning Worship
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, compassion and integrity.
Unitarian Universalist worship styles vary by congregation, and even within congregations. Our congregation’s worship style varies from week to week, so it is helpful to attend several services to get a feel for what services are like at Main Line Unitarian Church (MLUC). For more on what to expect, click Join Us On Sunday.
Elements of a typical Unitarian Universalist Sunday morning worship service include:
- Words of welcome
- Lighting a flaming chalice, the symbol of our faith
- A multigenerational “story for all ages”
- Music, both instrumental and vocal, in a variety of styles
- A time for sharing and lifting up the joys and concerns of the congregation
- A meditation or prayer
- Readings from wide variety of sources
- A sermon given by a professional minister, a guest speaker, or a member of the congregation
- An offering, collecting financial donations for the congregation or for justice work in the community.
From time to time, worship incorporates holiday celebrations, multigenerational plays and pageants, longer musical performances, child dedications, and coming-of-age ceremonies. We offer childcare and faith development programs for children and youth during the Sunday service.
Why We Worship
We gather together in spiritual community because we want to be reminded of what matters most in life. Our congregations and communities call us to our better selves. We learn to live with more wisdom, more connection, and more compassion. To share life’s joys and burdens and to help us understand ourselves better by understanding others.
Our Worship Services are weekly reflections that weave together our own thoughts and experiences with music, beauty, poetry, and words that both comfort and challenge. Our programs for all ages inspire us and awaken us to our capacities to make a difference in our own lives and in the world.
We are inspired not just by religious sources but by the people with whom we journey: the diverse and spirited Unitarian Universalists. Join us.