What to Expect in Worship
We gather in worship to find meaning and live more deeply. Worship creates connections within, among, and beyond us, calling us to our better selves, calling us to live with wisdom and compassion.
Worship at the Unitarian Church of Baton Rouge is celebratory and transformational, creating a space for people do their own spiritual work in a welcoming community. We’re glad you are here, and we want you to be glad you are here, too.
Elements of a typical Sunday morning worship service at UCBR include:
- Words of welcome
- Lighting a flaming chalice, the symbol of our faith
- A contemplative time, during which all are welcome to walk forward and place a small stone in our chalice bowl to silently express a joy or sorrow
- A lesson, with a message to appeal to all ages
- Music, including congregational hymns, instrumental music, and choir singing
- A meditation or prayer
- Readings, encompassing sources from ancient to contemporary
- A sermon given by one of our ministers, or a pulpit guest
- An offering, collecting financial donations for the congregation or for justice work in the community.
From time to time, worship incorporates holiday celebrations, special musical performances, or child dedications. Children and youth are always welcome in the worship service, but we also offer nursery care and learning programs for children and youth during the Sunday service.