First Time Visitors

Everyone is welcome at our Sunday Services. Come as you are and experience a time to reflect, celebrate, learn, and connect.

Sunday Services Committee strives to present engaging speakers and topics which support the diverse journeys and beliefs of all present. Our services can vary greatly from week to week, and speakers include not only our minister but guest ministers, members of our church, and guest speakers. Please visit us as often as you can to get a better understanding of our services and community.

Services start at both 9:00 and 10:30 after the "ringing" of the bells.

9:00 a.m. Service Description

The 9:00 am service it more intimate than the 10:30 service. It runs 45 minutes and includes hymns sung acapella. Friendly greeters will be available to answer any questions, provide a program and help you find a seat. First-time visitors are invited to sign our guest register and encouraged to wear a guest name tag.

10:30 a.m. Service Description

We have higher attendance at this service which includes Religious Education and childcare for all families. The service includes what we call “special music” offered by church vocal and musical groups as well as performers in the community. Each week, we include a story for all ages. The service runs for one hour.

Friendly greeters will be available to answer any questions, provide a program and help you find a seat. First-time visitors are invited to sign our guest register and encouraged to wear a guest name tag.

Child care is available, just ask a greeter for assistance. If you have school age children, they are invited to join our Religious Education classes. Most of the time the children start out in the sanctuary, and go to class after the children's story. Children are welcome to stay in the sanctuary with their parents for the entire service if they feel more comfortable doing that. Please talk to a greeter for more details.

If you come a little late, not to worry. We've saved a spot for you in the back of the church. The last several pews on the right side of the sanctuary are reserved for latecomers. We know it is not always comfortable to walk up the aisle to find a seat. Our greeters/ushers will help you find a seat when there is a break in the service.

During the service, we are invited to rise "in body or in spirit" for hymns, and we often applaud special music, good news, and the speaker. For Joys, Concerns, and Milestones (a time to share events and milestones in our lives) please wait for the greeter to bring you a microphone.

We take an offering during the service, and there is a basket in the lobby. Give as you are comfortable and able. The second Sunday of the month, the offering is donated to a charity, which will be announced and will often tie into the Sunday Service theme. The Sunday Services Committee strives to engage speakers/topics which support the diverse journeys and beliefs of all present.

At the end of the service, we all stand up and hold hands and sing, so don't be surprised when someone turns around and offers a hand. If you don't know the words, just smile. And if you are uncomfortable holding hands, you can offer your elbow or arm.

After the service, please join us for coffee, treats and conversation in the Fellowship Hall. Periodically we have a potluck lunch after the service. We always have plenty to share at potluck so please join us even if you didn’t bring anything.

MSUS is a social and inviting place for members and friends. In addition to offering coffee and treats after service each Sunday and our occasional Potluck Lunch, we offer a variety of mixers and events.

The Caring Committee also provides support when members experience hardship, illness, or death in their families.

If you would like more information about our church, talk to the greeters, the minister, or anyone with a name tag. We will be happy to answer your questions or talk to you about MSUS. Our current newsletter and brochures about our programs are in the lobby. If you have more questions, call or send us an email.

We would really love to see you, so we hope you join us this Sunday!

 

A typical Sunday Service may include:

  • Welcome

  • Announcements are printed in the bulletin, but there are always a few more to be shared!

  • Opening Words set the tone for the Service.

  • Chalice Lighting - The chalice has become a well-known symbol of our denomination. It unites our members in worship and symbolizes the spirit of our work. The flaming chalice, like our faith, stands open to receive new truths that pass the tests of reason, justice, and compassion.

  • Opening Hymn

  • Joys, Concerns, Milestones

  • Children's Story for all ages - Children of all ages come to the front of the sanctuary for a brief story.

  • Special Music by members or special guests reflects the topic for the morning or the season.

  • Afterwards, the children are sung out of the sanctuary to the Religious Education classes. It is our tradition to sing the children out with this brief song:

Go now in peace, let love guide all your ways.
Beauty be the blessings of your nights and days.
Truth on your lips and kindness in your deeds,
faith to follow where the human spirit leads.

  • Readings reflect or enhance the topic of the service.
  • Sermon/Speaker expands the theme of the service. Because Unitarian Universalism is a truth-seeking faith, and because MSUS honors spiritual inquiry, our speakers may challenge, comfort, educate, or sometimes anger us.
  • Offering
  • Closing Hymn
  • Closing Words summarize the spirit of the service or the season.
  • The service concludes with these words to each other as we hold hands:

Go now in peace,
Go now in Peace,
May the Spirit of Love surround you,
Everywhere, everywhere, you may go.

What Is a Unitarian Universalist? from On Being on Vimeo.

This is a great video from the 2010 GA here in Mpls of UU's describing what it's like to be a UU.