What to expect in a service
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 and compassion.
Unitarian Universalist services are as varied as are the communities in which they are found! Some services are contemporary and high tech while others are more traditional and formal. Some feature exuberant music and some feature classical favorites.
Sunday morning services at UU Casper are also unique because we have developed a successful model of shared ministry and so services are a blend of professional and lay-led programs.
Weekly services are organized around a specific theme, for example, The Search for Truth and Meaning, and usually follow a traditional format of songs, readings, prayer/meditation, an offering, and a sermon or message. Throughout the year several traditional services are held, for example the Annual Flower Communion Service, the Buddhist-inspired Burning Bowl Service, Earth-based Seasonal Celebrations, and Intergenerational Services such as the Annual Children’s Holliday Program.
There is no requirement to show up dressed in your Sunday-best – unless you want to! We hope you will come with an open mind, open heart, and willing hands. Everyone is welcome!
Typical elements of our Sunday morning worship service include:
- Words of welcome
- Lighting a flaming chalice, the symbol of our faith
- Music, both instrumental and vocal and in a variety of styles
- A time for lifting up the joys and concerns of the congregation
- A meditation or prayer
- Readings—ancient or contemporary
- The sermon, presentation, or discussion forum
- An offering, collecting financial donations for the congregation.
We offer childcare and learning programs for children and youth during the Sunday service.