What to Expect

Worship

At our worship on Sundays you are welcome to come as you are. Please check the Upcoming Services page to check the service topics and times. Many of us Worship 2015 02 08choose casual dress!  We gather together as a community and sing. Whether singing from our hymnals or listening to our church choir, or special guests, we celebrate the inclusion of music in our lives. One of the best ways to get to know us is to come and listen to the lyrics and appreciate the diversity of the music.

Regular Schedule:

Service is held at 10:30 am on Sundays. Nursery care and a children’s program is held during each service.

Services typically include:

Announcements: This part of the service helps keep members, friends and guests informed of activities happening in our community.

Children’s Story: On the first weekend of the month, children participate in the first part of services. There is a story or a special message from the minister, Director of Religious Exploration or from a member of the congregation. The children then go to their classes.

Joys and Sorrows: Community connections are strengthened through this weekly sharing of personal joys and concerns.

Music: The congregation often sings two hymns together during the service.  Many services feature special musical performances by members or other musicians, including a performance by the choir.

Meditation of Shared Compassion: This is a time when people may choose to pray, meditate, or simply enjoy a moment of reflection.

Readings: Our service usually contains a reading for the day--it may be from any of a variety of traditions, a topical poem, or a snippet of philosophy or literature.
 
Sermons: Three Sundays per month, Rev. Antonia Won delivers a sermon, though sometimes we observe or participate in a ritual. Some of the church's favorite rituals are September’s water communion, and spring's flower communion, to mark the beginning and ending of the "formal" church year. In the absence of our minister, our Sanctuary Services Committee arranges for a lay-led service.  These talented lay people, including guest ministers and community leaders, bring a wide variety of insights to the rest of us.  During the summer, which is the "informal" part of our church year, lay people lead more of our Sunday morning services. You can listen to a recorded sermon.
 

Some churches distribute bulletins as a guide to the service. At the Unitarian Universalists of Central Oregon, we use an Order of Service.

A typical Order of Service looks something like this:

  • Call to Service: Ringing our temple bell
  • Singing a Gathering hymn
  • Prelude
  • Welcome to our church, Announcements, Welcoming of Visitors
  • Opening Words - brief meditation, poem, or excerpt related to today's Sermon topic
  • Chalice Lighting and Singing of Chalice Lighting Hymn (learn about chalices and why we light them at http://www.uua.org/beliefs/chalice/flaming-chalice)
  • Unison Reading of Our Covenant (Read the Covenant on the Our Congregation page.)
  • Children's Time (Children's Story and Reading of Children's Covenant.)
  • Sharing Joys and Sorrows
  • Meditation of Shared Compassion
  • Offering
  • Reading
  • Sermon & Congregational Reflection & Response (if time permits)
  • Closing Hymn
  • Extinguish the Chalice
  • Unison Reading of Closing Words
  • Coffee, Tea and Conversation

Finding Information

If you're a newcomer, be sure to stop by our Visitor Table in the Pete Seeger Gathering Hall following the worship service. Friendly greeters will answer your questions, and provide other information about UUFCO. You may also pick up a Visitor packet, fill out a visitor information form, sign up for a name tag, and learn about upcoming membership-related classes and which dates they are offered.

 

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