Our Sunday Morning Service is a time for letting your guard down, for comfort, for challenge, for compassion, for gratitude. Worship is a time to re-center around that which is of ultimate worth, whether that is to commune with the divine, to be reminded of one's sacred values, or to refocus on the human power to make good choices.
Oh, by the way, the word "worship" emphasizes the importance of your own articulation of the sacred . It's meaning derives from the old English terms, woerth + scipe, meaning "to consider things worthy." Yes, the word "Worship" encompasses a full range of philosophies and theologies. A typical service includes thoughtful readings, musical performances, singing together and a sermon by our minister. Our services are respectful of our Christian and Jewish heritage, but also cherish the inclusion of eastern, earth-centered and humanist traditions. Every Sunday after church, we pick-up the kids at the nursery or at their classrooms and gather for coffee and snacks with good friends in Hobart Social Hall. Childcare is provided until 1pm on Sundays. Won't you join us?
Our minister and others in our pulpit celebrate our diversity of theology, as well as our common values and principles. You won't hear talk about creeds or doctrines. Instead you'll hear messages that provoke thought, give hope, and encourage compassion and inclusiveness. You'll hear that personal experience, conscience and reason should be the final authorities in religion, and that religious authority lies not in a book or person or institution, but in ourselves.
Dress however you're most comfortable.
Park in either our west or east parking lots and proceed to the William Miller Sanctuary; follow the signs. Enter one of three entrances. Look for our Greeters in the Narthex (lobby). They'll welcome you, give you materials, provide a visitor nametag (if you want to wear one) and usher you into the Sanctuary. You may sit wherever you would feel comfortable to enjoy the Service. Plan to get there about 10 minutes early.
Children from pre-kindergarten - 12th grade attend the first part of the morning worship service, every Sunday at 10:30. They are sung out to their classes with their teachers with the song "Go Now in Peace" (Sleeth). At the end of service parents/guardians are asked to pick up their children from their classrooms. The Sunday morning RE program offers classes designed to help children develop spiritual values, ethical sensitivity and an understanding of our Judeo-Christian heritage as well as other world religions. Children sit with their parents for the first 15 minutes of the service two Sundays a month, and leave to go to their religious education (RE) classes after hearing a children's story. Occasionally, classes participate in a Children's Chapel Service.
The Sunday Morning Humanist Forum meets every Sunday morning before worship service at 9:15 a.m. in Hobart Hall to explore a wide variety of topics. Also check out our groups and activities.