Sunday Worship Services
Frank Toppa used a drum to create a wonderful Native American sound to accompany the words of poet-laureate, Joy Harjo.
UUMH opened on July 11th for the first time since the COVID shutdown. Participate via Zoom or request reserved seating at the Meeting House. See the Weekly Bulletin for instructions.
We are opening slowly and carefully, we will meet at the Meeting House on Sunday mornings, 10:30 AM.
Services will be led by our minister on two Sundays each month. A guest minister or other speaker will fill the pulpit on the remaining Sundays. Services continue throughout the Cape’s busy summer season.
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 are an offering and final hymn. The service runs for about an hour.
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.
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 the 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 plays an important and integral part of 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.
Our group currently consists of 8 – 10 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 9 AM and sings at the service on three of the four Sundays each month. Come and join us!