Sunday Worship Services
In General. We gather each Sunday morning at 10:30 a.m. The majority of services are led by our Minister, Rev. Edmund Robinson. Usually on one Sunday each month a guest minister or other speaker fills the pulpit when Edmund is away. Our services continue throughout the Cape’s busy summer season, drawing many guests from other UU congregations, as well as newcomers to the UU tradition who may be curious or simply want to attend Sunday services.
Order of Service. Our regular Sunday service is progressive in content but comfortably traditional in style. We gather to a musical prelude and are welcomed with an introduction and announcements, then Light the Chalice, the symbol of Unitarian Universalism. We listen to and respond to readings; sing hymns together; pray and meditate; and listen to anthems by our choir and our minister’s sermon of the week. There is an offering and final hymn. The service runs about an hour.
Sunday School. Our church school children are present to begin the Sunday Service, and then retire next door for their Religious Education program, conducted by our Religious Education Director, assisted by members of the congregation. This regular program follows the usual school year and is discontinued during the summer.
Special Programs. Some Sundays have special programs. Often we have an intergenerational Water Communion Service on the first Sunday of the church year in the fall; anyone who wants to participate is invited to bring in a water sample collected from or symbolizing a favorite beach, pond, or any place that is memorable or significant to them. We talk about places and activities that inspire or renew us as we combine the water, in the process celebrating the way that we as individuals come together in community. Sometimes on the first Sunday in May, we place our May Pole on the front lawn and welcome Spring with traditional song and dance, a ritual particularly popular with children.
Music. Music plays an important and integral part in our worship experience. Our gifted music director Frank Toppa performs on our new Rodgers organ and our Steinway piano, brings in guest singers and instrumentalists, and conducts our choir. The choir usually performs during three Sunday Services each month. In the summer, talented guest musicians provide our music in place of the regular program.
The Choir. Our group currently consists of 10 to 15 members and friends of the Meeting House. No experience is necessary; anyone who likes to sing is welcome to join. The Choir normally rehearses each Sunday at 9AM and sings at the service three of the four Sundays each month. Come and join us!