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Worship

Worship in the Unitarian Universalist tradition is shaped by our faith’s historyprinciples and purposes as well as the congregation’s identity and culture, the minister’s religious beliefs and style, and the great diversity of sources from which we draw inspiration and through which we seek guidance and insight.

Our worship services are offered on Sunday mornings. Visitors are warmly invited to attend and may participate in whatever way is most comfortable for you. We also offer child care for the youngest children.

Though worship at First Parish of Sudbury varies Sunday to Sunday, these elements are typical of our services:

  • Lighting a flaming chalice, the symbol of our faith
  • Music, both instrumental and vocal and in a variety of styles
  • A time for sharing joys and concerns – we call this time Milestones
  • A meditation or prayer
  • A reading relevant to the sermon topic or service theme
  • A sermon given by a minister, guest speaker, or lay leader
  • A multigenerational segment – we call this Moments for All Ages

On special occasions, worship will incorporate holiday celebrations or other special ceremonies to commemorate life’s passages. After Moments for All Ages, our children and youth go to their Religious Education programs.

What members and visitors wear for Sunday services varies from congregation to congregation. Respectful dress is appreciated.  Casual and comfortable is just fine.

Following the service, there is a coffee hour in the Parish Hall.  This is a casual gathering where members and visitors can get to know one another. This is an excellent time to find out more about Unitarian Universalism and First Parish of Sudbury.