Our services are about an hour in length, and include lively music, hymns, readings, silence for
meditation, and a sermon.
Our services ordinarily incorporate the following elements:
- Prior to the service, some people choose to light a candle to honor a joy or concern.
- Musical preludes and postludes.
- The children are with us at the beginning of most of our services, and we enjoy a brief period of spirited worship and a conversation which includes them.
- We light the chalice, the symbol of our faith.
- We have a truly wonderful choir that sings in most of our services.
- Hymns sung by the congregation.
- Each Sunday, we read the names of those American soldiers who have died in the war in Iraq and Afghanistan, and we light a candle for peace.
- A time of silent meditation and reflection.
- Pastoral concerns of the congregation are shared by the worship leader, and the congregation is given the opportunity to speak the name aloud, or call to mind and heart, the name of someone whom we might hold in our care. A candle is lit to honor the joys and concerns that remain silent.
- A sermon, which frequently focuses upon contemporary themes as well as timeless issues of life.
- We share our gifts of generosity through the taking of an offering.