Sunday Services

Sunday Services begin at 10:00 am in the Summit Sanctuary. Before  service begins, members and friends observe a time of quiet reflection. Services follow this general format:

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  • Welcome & introductions
  • Chalice lighting: It is a UU tradition to light the flaming chalice, symbol of our faith and unity, at the opening of each service. The chalice lighting is accompanied by a reading performed in unison by the congregation. Here is an example:

“‘I’ and ‘You’ are but the lattices in the niches of a lamp through which the One Light shines. ‘I’ and ‘You’ are the veil between heaven and earth; lift this veil and you will see no longer the bonds of sects and creeds.”
–Shabistari (Sufi)

  • Intergenerational time: Each Sunday, the whole congregation — kids and adults — shares a brief story time together. Then, before the children go from the service to their classes, they lead us all in this affirmation: “We are Unitarian Universalists, people of open minds, loving hearts and helping hands.”  These 13 words say simply and clearly what we are working toward in our program for children and youth. Learn more.
  • Community news: This is the time to share operational news of the fellowship, news of upcoming events, requests for volunteer services, etc.
  • Joys & concerns: Open mic time, when members and friends of the fellowship briefly share personal joys (new babies, jobs, life milestones) and concerns (losses, worries, personal crises).
  • Reflection: The sermon or homily, presented by our minister, a member of the fellowship, or a guest speaker. Find past Summit UU Fellowship sermons here.
  • Offertory: During a brief musical interlude, members of the fellowship contribute to the ongoing efforts of our community.  Guests are requested not to contribute.
  • Closing words and song: The fellowship will generally read together a closing quote and then sing our traditional closing song.

Following the service: The congregation may meet other members at the  Sunday Cafe and then return to the sanctuary for a discussion of the day’s sermon topic.


Music is an important part of our weekly service, and musical interludes are generally interspersed throughout the service (the Summit Choir sings twice a month). Services are often embellished by musical presentations from our talented members and guest artists. Learn more!Choir

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