|A Typical Service|
A typical service begins with the sounding of the rin gong (also known as a singing bowl or Himalayan bowl) to quiet the congregation. After some brief announcements and greetings, our minister or guest speaker offers an opening message, and our representative from the Board of Trustees lights the chalice. The congregation and/or choir sing hymns, and our minster or guest speaker offers readings from a variety of sources. After the “Story for All Ages,” during which our children gather to sit at the front of the sanctuary, an offering is taken. (Please note that visitors should feel no obligation to make a donation. You are our guest.) At this time, the children and youth exit the sanctuary and go to their Religious Education classes (aka “RE”).
After the children have departed, those remaining enter into a sacred time for sharing“Joys and Concerns.” We believe that our sorrows are diminished and our joys are multiplied when they are shared with others. Those who would like to share a brief expression of joy or a concern raise their hands and an usher brings them a microphone. Joys and Concerns are followed by a brief period of silent reflection, and then the congregation sings a centering hymn, followed by the sermon. The sermon is sometimes followed by a polylog, which is brief time for the congregation to share comments and questions regarding the sermon. Another hymn or reading may occur, and the service concludes with some postlude music.