Worship at PUUC

Our Sunday services are lively occasions that include music, caring rituals, social justice, intellectual and spiritual readings, and a sermon. While most of our services have common elements, we have recurring special services that celebrate seasonal transitions, life events, or special congregational talents. Our services regularly draw from many spiritual and religious traditions to help us celebrate a broad spectrum of beliefs. We offer these beliefs as part of worship in ways that can help us experience the beauty, spirit, and heart of traditions different from our own. Our Sundays services are at 10:15 am September through the third week of June.

SAFETY PROTOCOLS FOR WORSHIP

PUUC will adopt the following safety protocols during worship in the sanctuary as we open the church for in-person worship:

            w  all in attendance, including children over two-years-old, will be asked to wear masks

            w  when speaking from the chancel worship leaders will wear or not wear masks per their personal preference

            w  there will be no singing indoors

            w  seating will be socially distanced, though small groups of people comfortable doing so, ie, families, may sit together, but distanced from other congregants

                         - close some pews (possibly every other pew)

                         - close one or two rows of pews closest to the chancel

            w  use the balcony for seating, but close the first row of pews

            w  create one-way traffic patterns in the aisles of the sanctuary

            w  congregants will be asked to attend worship online if they are ill or have been exposed to Covid and its variants

            w  these protocols will be reviewed at the monthly board meetings, or sooner, per changes in the pandemic, and/or CDC or state guidelines

 

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION

The RE program at PUUC will be held outdoors for the first month of the new church year.  This will afford the board more time to consider and decide about a number of issues concerning holding the religious education program indoors in our RE space.

Common Elements of Regular Sunday Worship

Welcome & announcements
Minister’s welcome
Prelude
Chalice lighting
Opening words
Unison affirmation
Two to three hymns during service
Candles of joys and concerns
Minister’s prayer
Hymn #123 Spirit of Life
Time with children
Candle for social justice
Offering and offertory (choir sings every other Sunday)
One to two reading(s)
Musical interlude
Sermon
Extinguish the candles
Benediction
Postlude

Special services held annually

Special services are held throughout the year, such as the Water and Flower Communions at the beginning and end of the church year, intergenerational services such as the Winter Pageant, as well as Music Sunday and our annual outdoor service.

Lay-led Services

Lay-led services are a part of our shared ministry, and are created by the Worship Committee. The services include diverse areas of focus that are presented by congregants and by a variety of guest ministers/speakers.

In addition to creating collaborative, creative lay-led worship, we provide welcome and hospitality to ministers who come to PUUC via pulpit exchange with our minister as well as those seeking a neutral pulpit. When needed, we also support the minister in the preparation and delivery of regular, minister-led Sunday worship. The committee seeks and welcomes feedback and suggestions regarding all Sunday worship services.