Worship Services

Worship

Please join us for Worship every Sunday at 11:00 a.m.

The worship service at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Midland is similar in some ways to traditional churches you may have attended in that we have hymns, readings, and even a sermon by our minister or one of our members. Where we differ from other churches is the varied sources we draw from for inspiration and the diverse nature of our community’s theological beliefs.


Sources

yoga and sunAs a non-creedal religious tradition, we are not limited in our choices for inspiration and wisdom.  From week to week, you are as likely to hear a reading from the Hebrew or Christian Bible as you are to hear from texts of any of the great religious traditions of the world, including Hinduism, Buddhism, Sufism, and Taoism as well as the traditions of native peoples from all around the world.  Our sources are not limited to religious traditions, however, since you are just as likely to hear a quote from Albert Einstein, William Shakespeare, or even Dr. Seuss.  We believe that revelation of truth and meaning is ongoing and did not end 2000 years ago.


Music

Under the leadership of our music directors, Sonja Kassal and Scott Millichamp, our music program is blossoming.  Music at UUCOM is as diverse in style and form as our membership.  On any given Sunday you are likely to hear anything from a Mozart concerto to the Beatles and on at least one occasion, both Mozart and the Beatles.  And every Sunday we sing hymns that engage the congregation and serve to complement the theme of the day.


Intergenerational Services

We believe that children are an integral part of our community, and we also recognize their unique qualities and needs.  Children are welcome to stay in the service with their parents or guardians but most children choose to attend Religious Education classes from 11 to noon. There is also free, separate childcare available in the nursery for those too young to attend classes.

One Sunday a month, we have an intergenerational service. No classes are held, and instead children are encouraged to stay with their parents or guardians for the length of the service. These intergenerational services seek to engage people of all ages, especially children, by utilizing creative worship elements including, song, story, and play.


Sermon

The sermon each week can be as different from the last as night and day.  Freed from a strict adherence to a cycle of texts, our minister is able to draw on a wide variety of sources to address topics relevant to living an authentic, compassion-filled life.  Many of the topics addressed by the minister have their roots in current events or conversations with church members and friends.

 


Affirmation
Each Sunday, we read together this affirmation, a shortened version of the 7 Principles of Unitarian Universalism.

Leader:  In recognition of the interdependent web of all existence and the awe it inspires,
Congregation: To encourage one another in our pursuit of greater truth and meaning.
We gather in peace and love.
Leader: To affirm the inherent worth and dignity of all people and all life,
Congregation: To promote justice, equity, compassion, in all aspects of life and living,
We gather in Peace and Love
All: This we covenant with each other.     

New Member Sunday


Summer

Our summer schedule is the same as our regular schedule.