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Elements of a typical Unitarian Universalist Sunday morning worship service here at St. Paul’s Church include:
- Words of welcome
- Lighting a flaming chalice, the symbol of our faith
- A “story for all ages” (during the school year)
- Music, usually including several hymns sung by the congregation, short instrumental piano interludes, and occasionally choral pieces sung by our choir.
- A time for lifting up the joys and concerns of the congregation
- A meditation or prayer
- Readings—ancient or contemporary
- A sermon given by a professional minister, a guest speaker, or a member of the congregation
- An offering, collecting financial donations for the congregation
From time to time, worship services incorporate holiday celebrations, longer musical performances, child dedications, and new-member ceremonies.
During the school year, we offer religious exploration programs for children during the Sunday service. Children attend the first few minutes of the service and then leave with their teacher to attend “Funday School” class.
During the summer, we participate in the Palmer Ecumenical Summer Union Services, which means we join in worship with members of the Second Congregational Church and the Second Baptist Church. The services rotate between churches. While each congregation has distinct theologies, the structure of our services are very similar, and we all enjoy the opportunity to hear fresh ideas. During the summer months, be sure to check our Upcoming Services page for further information on these services.