Come join us Sunday morning for an inspiring, uplifting and thought provoking worship service. Here’s a little of what you can expect:
Our services begin at 10:45 a.m with 15 minutes of musical meditation. We suggest that you arrive a little early so you can fill out a guest registry and get a name tag from the Welcome Table. The guest registry will allow you to receive a six-month trial subscription to our newsletter so you can learn more about what’s happening at the Society.
The service begins with a time of welcome during which we exchange greetings, handshakes and hugs. The welcome is followed by announcements and a hymn. The service begins in earnest with a Call to Worship and Chalice Lighting. The chalice is the symbol of the Unitarian Universalist faith and lighting one at the begin of a worship service is one that we symbolize our unity with other Unitarian Universalist congregations and each other. As part of our Chalice Lighting ritual a member of the congregation shares why he or she is an Unitarian Universalist.
The service continues with a sharing of joys and concerns and a song to see the children off to their religious education classes. After that song there is a time for prayer and meditation, a time of silence and our sung meditation, the moving Unitarian Universalist hymn “Spirit of Life.” The sung meditation is followed by more music and a reading or two.
The sermon, normally 15-18 minutes is usually given by our minister and is central to the worship service. Our sermons uplift both heart and the spirit as well as stimulate the mind. The sermon is followed by a hymn and then we are sent on our way with a Benediction.
After the worship service members of the congregation gather for coffee, tea and conversation downstairs in the Fellowship Hall. We share a potluck lunch the first Sunday of every month and guests are invited to break bread with us for free. Frequently there are other activities are the service and the congregation bustles with energy. The Welcome Table is staffed and our minister is usually available should you have any questions about the Society or Unitarian Universalism. If you are interested in learning more about membership at the Unitarian Universalist Society of Cleveland please visit our Membership page.