What to Expect in Worship
While our services vary widely, we have rituals that remain consistent from week to week. Below are some of the ritual words we say each week:
Lighting the Chalice
This hour is sacred, because we make it so.
We light this chalice for the light of truth, the warmth of love, and the energy of action.
Love is the doctrine of this church,
The quest for truth is its sacrament,
And service is its prayer.
To dwell together in peace,
To seek knowledge in freedom,
To serve the world in fellowship,
To the end that all souls shall grow into harmony with the divine,
Thus do we worship together.
-L.Griswold Williams, early 20th century Universalist minister, adapted
We are Unitarian-Universalists: People of open minds, warm hearts and welcoming hands.
Somos Unitarios-Universalistsas: Gente de mentes abiertas, corazones generosos y manos solidarias.
Closing Words and Extinguishing the Chalice Flame
We extinguish this flame, but not the warmth of love, the light of truth, or the energy of action.
-Elizabeth Selle Jones, 20th century Unitarian-Universalist minister