Unitarian Universalist “Worship”

The origin of the word “worship” is in the Old English weorthscippen, meaning to ascribe worth to something, to shape things of worth. We worship, then, whenever we ascribe worth to some value, idea, object, person, experience, attitude, or activity—or whenever we give form or shape to that which we have already found to be of worth. Though it is often defined as reverence for a divine being or power, worship need not always have supernatural implications. We embrace a sense of wonder – awe, deep “mindfulness”, and serious reflection on the natural universe and mysteries yet beyond our grasp.

Schuylkill Unitarian Universalists presently meet on the 2nd and 4th Sundays at 10:30am. See the Calendar page for up-coming services. The theme and format is usually familiar, but may occasionally be “experimental”: from plain to fancy, from ‘low church’ to ‘high church’.

We plan to regularly feature outside speakers and lay-led services and we encourage members and friends to get involved! If you are interested in submitting a proposal for a guest speaker or a lay-led service please complete the proposal form.

Elements of a typical Unitarian Universalist worship service often include:

  • Words of welcome
  • Lighting a flaming chalice, the symbol of our faith
  • A multigenerational segment, such as a “story for all ages”
  • Music, both instrumental and vocal and in a variety of styles
  • A time for lifting up the joys and concerns of the congregation
  • A meditation or prayer
  • Readings—ancient or contemporary
  • A sermon given by a professional minister, a guest speaker, or a member of the congregation
  • An offering, collecting financial donations for the congregation or for justice work in the community.
  • Occasionally, special ceremonies to commemorate life’s passages.

Reverend Robert P. Throne has been speaking monthly since Feb. 2013, and has been Consulting Minister since July 2013. He is a pastoral and consulting resource.

“I had been ‘long retired’, having served UU congregations for two decades after a previous two decades in corporate work – primarily management development. But the warmth, energy and vision of this congregation has captivated me, as you will see for yourself upon a visit or two ! I live in Willow Grove, PA and take the easy drive up two or three times a month. Telephone, E-mail, our web site, and Facebook have made things so much easier this past decade ! My wife,Terry, and I have two grown children and four grandchildren .. a wonderful multicultural, multiracial family. I have loved organic gardening, camping, and a variety of sports over the years. ‘In retirement’ I have designed, built (in our back yard), and sailed a 15’9”, yawl rigged pocket cruiser sail boat. I can be reached at revbobthrone@gmail.com, or if urgent at 215/840-7423. And on FB.”