Worship Services

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Description of Worship Services

Our minister, the Rev. Molly Housh Gordon, in the pulpit

From early September to late May, we offer two worship services on Sunday at 9 and 11 a.m. From late May to early September, we offer one worship service at 10:30 a.m. Services last about one hour.

The 9 a.m. service is interactive, intimate and family-friendly. Joys and sorrows are shared in a spoken-aloud format, and there are often other interactive elements of the service. Nursery care is provided.

The 11 a.m. service (10:30 a.m. during summer months) is inspirational, reverent and familiar, and there is less expectation of interaction. The children are present for about the first 15 minutes, which includes a ritual of joys and sorrows, and the children then leave for their regular religious education classes. Nursery care and our full religious education program for preschool through high school are offered at this time.

Although each of our services is unique, services usually begin with a welcome and announcements, after which newcomers and visitors are given an opportunity to introduce themselves (but are not obligated to do so).

Interspersed with a variety of music and hymn singing, the typical service also includes the lighting of the chalice, one or more inspirational readings, a “story of faith” from a member of the congregation, a sermon or homily, an offertory, an opportunity to express joys and sorrows, and a closing benediction.

After the service we gather back in the Greeting Area for fellowship, conversation, and coffee.

Members of a group called the Worship Associates assist in planning worship services and also participate in conducting services.

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Lay-Led Worship Services

Our lay-led services honor our commitment to lay involvement in church leadership and our church’s history. We began in 1951 as a lay-led fellowship, and thus all services were lay led until we called our first minister in 1980.

From September through May, the minister steps down from the pulpit one Sunday each month, and the service is entirely lay led, usually by one of the groups in the church, such as the Writer’s Group, Social Action, or the high school youth group.

During the summer, the minister is in the pulpit half the time, and the Worship Associates organize lay-led services the rest of the time. These services are often non-traditional and unique, and allow individuals to speak to a topic of interest or lead the congregation in exploring a variety of activities related to the many facets of worship and spirituality. Summer service topics have included an Animal (Pet) Blessing, Silence, What It Means to be an American, and the Honduras service trips.

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Schedule of Future Services

From early September through late May, we offer two worship services at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. on Sundays, unless otherwise noted. From late May through early September, we have one worship service only at 10:30 a.m. on Sundays. On our Home Page you will find details about the worship service for the coming Sunday. Plans for worship services also are included in the Church Calendar.

June 2018 Worship Schedule

Sunday, June 3 – 10 a.m. at riverside – 10:30 a.m. at church – “Down by the Riverside” – Peter Holmes & Green Sanctuary Team

We’re taking church outdoors! Our main worship service on June 3 will be at 10 a.m. down by the riverside at Katfish Katy’s campground on the Katy Trail in Huntsdale. For details and directions to the campground, see the article immediately above.

Those who cannot or would prefer not join us at the campground can hear the same worship content at the church at 10:30 a.m.

In case of inclement weather, the main worship service will be moved to the church.

The services at the riverside and at church will be multi-generational. Children are invited and welcome to attend, and there will be no religious education classes on June 3.

Sunday, June 10 – 10:30 a.m. – “Maintaining Hope Amid Despair” – Rev. Dr. C.W. Dawson, Guest Preacher

Join one of UUCC’s favorite guest preachers for a rousing and thought-provoking service. The Rev. Dr. C.W. Dawson is pastor of Dawson Journeys Ministry and is a teacher of philosophy and religion at several area colleges.

Sunday, June 17 – 10:30 a.m. – “You Are Always, and Never, Enough” – Rev. Molly Housh Gordon

Join us for Rev. Molly’s return to the pulpit after her parental leave to explore our place in solitude and in community.

Sunday, June 24 – Special Time – 9 a.m. – “Live from General Assembly”

More than 3,000 UUs from all around the country will worship together at 9 a.m. June 24 just down I-70 in Kansas City at the annual UUA General Assembly. A strong delegation of our congregation will be there, and you can join them virtually as we will be live-streaming the service at UUCC. Please note the service is at 9 a.m. If you are interested in making the journey for G.A. Sunday morning worship in person, you can find more information at UUA.org/ga.

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2017-18 Worship Theme

Weaving Resilient Community

It’s a new program year at the UU Church of Columbia – another year of exploration and growth and another year of courageous love. We know there are many challenges to our values in this time, as in every age. We wonder what it takes to live with love into a climate-changed world and a national narrative of division and fear.

So this year’s big, overarching question is this: What does it take to weave together a church and Columbia community that is resilient in the face of those challenges?

A strong weaving cannot be singular and homogenous – it must have threads stretching up and across and full of difference if it is to be resilient. Our monthly themes this year will be paired as complementary strands of warp and weft. We will be exploring:

  • Kinship & Difference
  • Struggle & Faithfulness
  • Clarity & Flexibility
  • Memory & Imagination
  • Celebration & Solitude
  • Resistance & Release

We are looking forward to a deep and rich year together.

See you in church!
Rev. Molly

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