Worship for believers, seekers, and doubters
Join us for worship
Worship is the place where our connection with the divine brings us into relationship with one another. It is filled with music, prayers, and inspiring preaching. In worship you will hear the laughter of children, the wisdom of elders, and the shared values of our congregation’s covenant.
We offer worship at our University District campus in Seattle and livestreamed on Zoom on Sunday mornings at 10:00 am.
We have a digital worship service that airs on Facebook and YouTube at 5:00 pm on Sunday evenings and remains available for viewing online. The 5:00 pm online service is a combination of pieces from the morning service and other pieces created just for the online community. Our digital services are designed to be interactive and beautiful. Folks gather throughout Sunday evening and the week to worship at a time that works for their schedule [5:00 pm service on hiatus].
We have options to connect both online and at our Seattle campus. Worship is led by pastors, musicians and church members in the Sanctuary. Everyone is masked. The sanctuary has a new filtration system with five total air exchanges in an hour.
We also have a closed-circuit feed from the Sanctuary into the Turner Lounge and Library. The lounge is set-up as a family-friendly viewing area with toys and support for parents, grandparents, and caregivers from our Children’s ministry staff. It is not a drop-off room.
The Library is designed to be our most restrictive space with masking, no singing, and social distancing.
What is our worship like?
Our worship is both contemporary and traditional. It is reflective and lively. It is musical and visual and kinesthetic.
We follow patterns of sermon series that speak to the lives of our community and the direction of our congregation. These themes inspire our preaching, our musical choices, the visual art in the sanctuary, and other parts of the worship (liturgy in church-y language).
We celebrate communion – the ritual of bread and cup – on the first Sunday of the month. We baptize people into the faith – babies, children, teens, and adults.
Our worship is intergenerational and children are always welcome in church. Prior to the pandemic, preschool and elementary students started in the sanctuary and then moved to Sunday school before returning at the end of worship. These patterns look a little different right now.
UCUCC has a vibrant musical tradition and it fills our worship. Most songs are led with organ or piano, but we also incorporate other instruments – guitar, strings, brass, and ukuleles. Our large choir adds to the celebrations with anthems and leading congregational singing.
Covid-19 has changed some of the ways we share music – no choir or congregational singing right now – but it remains an essential part of our worship experience.
Our music spans many traditions—from European classical music to gospel to contemporary. In addition to our Chancel Choir and organ, we have a women’s choir (Veriditas), a children’s choir, a stringed orchestra (Joyful Noise Players), a drumming group (Sacred Groove), a hand bell choir, recorder ensemble and frequent guest musicians. Learn more about our music program here. Learn more about our music program here.
Arts and Worship
We believe that engaging all our senses can bring us closer to God. We worship with our eyes and ears and voices. We incorporate the arts into worship as much as possible. We seek to nurture inter-generational, community, and liturgical engagement through visual arts (banners, sculptures, stoles and other fabric arts), music and dance. A Creativity Council for the Liturgical Arts envisions ways to enliven worship with the arts, and welcomes your participation. Lean more about our Liturgical Arts Program.
“This is the day that God has made! Let us rejoice and be glad in it!” ~Psalm 118:24
10:00 am – service at UCUCC and on Zoom
5:00 pm – online service [on hiatus]