Worship

Worship2018-09-24T22:42:46+00:00

Beauty, Comfort and Challenge…

Worship at UUCW means gathering to lift our hearts in thanks, think deeply about the issues of the day, reflect in graceful silence, and sing with gusto! Our services are filled with art and life: people of all ages and faith perspectives, great music from our musicians, and reflections crafted with care by our ministers and lay leaders. Sunday mornings at UUCW offer beauty and comfort and challenge us to live with integrity and joy all week long.

Music in Worship

Music in worship provides beauty and touches powerful emotions, inspiring us to spiritual depth. UUCW music programs like choir, band and vocal/instrumental ensembles are open to your participation, too – they’re a great way to feed your spirit and connect with others.

Common Questions about our Sunday Services

Sunday Services at UUCW are held at 9:15 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. from the Sunday after Labor Day in September through the Sunday before Memorial Day weekend  in May. From Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day weekend (and occasionally on winter holiday weekends) we hold a single service at 10:00 am.

Please dress as you feel comfortable – casual clothing is welcome! Children especially are encouraged to wear clothes that allow free movement.
There are two large parking lots on the east and west sides of the UUCW building with designated handicapped-accessible parking spaces. The lots are joined by a driveway on the north side of the building. There are entrances on both the east and west sides of the building. For more information, see “Accessibility”.
The UUCW building is “partially accessible” for those who use wheelchairs, scooters, or walkers. There are three levels in the building.

Main Level (Accessed via East Entrance)
The East Entrance on the Main Level is barrier-free, and there is a single-stall, non-gender specific, accessible restroom on the same level along with the Church Office and Sanctuary.

Upper Level (Accessed via East Entrance/East Foyer):
The Upper Level offices and meeting rooms are accessible via a gently sloping ramp off the Main Level East Foyer.

Lower Level East (Accessed via West Entrance):
The Lower Level East classrooms and single-stall restrooms are mainly used by our tenant, the Elmbrook Preschool.
Our Lower Level Library is accessible via 3-4 steps from the West Entrance. The Lower Level East area and Library may also be accessed via stairs from the Main Level East Foyer.

Lower Level West (Accessed via West Entrance):
Most of our Religious Education classrooms for children are in the Lower Level West, and some adult meeting rooms are located there as well.
The main West Entrance provides barrier free access to the Lower Level East rooms; however, accessing the Lower Level West rooms requires navigating three steps.

Secondary West Entrance:
There is a secondary west entrance that provides barrier-free access to our Lower Level West rooms. Please call the Church Office (or the leader of the program or meeting you plan to attend) if you need to access the Lower Level West rooms via wheelchair or other mobility-enhancing device. The Lower Level West restrooms are not wheelchair-accessible. The Sanctuary may be reached by a flight of stairs from the Lower Level West Entrance.

Restrooms:
Accessible and non-gender specific restrooms are available on the Main Level, and non-accessible restrooms designated for men and women are available on the Lower Level.

Other Accessibility Features:
For Sunday worship services, assistive listening devices, large print hymnals, chair cushions, and assistance with seating are available from the Ushers.

An accessible, non-gender-specific restroom is available on the Main level, and restrooms designated for men and women are available on the Main and Lower Levels.

We encourage you to arrive 10 minutes before a service begins. You will be welcomed at the door by a friendly greeter who can help you find the coat racks, rest rooms and the East Foyer Welcome Table. The Welcome Table staff will happily offer you with newcomer information, including about children’s programming.

Children and teens begin the morning in the worship service with their parents/guardians (except during the summer months). When the children exit the service, teachers meet the younger students in the foyer to help them find their classrooms (parents/guardians often assist younger children). If a family prefers, children may stay in worship with their parents for the full service.

Nursery care and learning is offered for babies and toddlers in our Nursery/Preschool rooms on the Lower Level West. The nursery is available beginning 10 minutes before the start of each worship service. Parents in the sanctuary will be notified if their presence is needed for the welfare of their child.

Senior High Youth Group meets during the 11:00 service only.

Visiting children are welcome in our Religious Education classes and youth groups; for your child’s safety, we will ask you to fill out a visitor sign-in form.

Come into the Community Room after the service for refreshments and conversation. Here you can often find info about various groups and activities, check out the “book nook” book exchange cart, and meet some wonderful UUCW members and friends.
After each service, the Board Representative and one or both of our ministers are available at the doors of the Community Room to greet you as you enter the social hour. We love newcomers and welcome your questions. Volunteers also are available at the Welcome Table.
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Upcoming Services

What's really at the bottom of all the holiday hoopla? Is December 25 really the birthdate of Jesus of Nazareth? Did 19th century Unitarians and Universalists play a role in the way we celebrate Christmas in the U.S.? Answers to all of these questions and more will be provided. Kaleidoscope Band plays popular Christmas music [...]

10:00 am - ONE SERVICE ONLY In our culture, darkness is viewed as something unpleasant - something frightening — something we need to drive away with bright lights and shiny tinsel. This morning we shift our lens to see darkness in a different way. Music from UUCW student Spencer Harris.

10:00 am - ONE SERVICE ONLY The Rev. Suzelle Lynch and Kimberlee Tomczak Carlson, Intern Minister The turning year is an opportunity to pause, take stock of where we are, release what needs to go and recommit to practices and pathways of heart, mind, and spirit. Join us for a four-fold service of reflection, releasing, [...]

Sermon Archive

Our Call

Sunday, October 21st

Worship Leader: Karen Engelking How are you called? Have you fallen into the trap of thinking that what you’re doing does not make a difference? Our guest, the Rev. Ron Ballew speaks to the importance of following our call, and who it is that suffers when we ignore it. Great music today from [...]

The practice of prayer creates a space for connection, a sanctuary in which gratitude and struggle, courage and blessings can be shared. Rev. Suzelle and Kimberlee share their experiences around renewing and reclaiming time-honored prayers and practices today. Kaleidoscope Band is with us for heart-opening music today.  

How to be a Bodhisattva

Sunday, September 23rd

What vision of salvation does Buddha offer in the Lotus Sutra? A sutra is a teaching from religious literature; taking the form of stories, sayings, and history of Buddhism. The Lotus Sutra is one of the most influential Mahayana Buddhist sutras. For Mahayana Buddhists, the Lotus Sutra contains the final teaching of the Buddha, [...]