We come together at 10:30 am each Sunday morning to shape and define what is of value and worth to us, and to sing, meditate, and share our lives with one another. Our services focus on topics of spiritual, social and current concerns. Our Worship is designed to meet the diversity of spiritual paths that are embraced within Unitarian Universalism. Sunday mornings offer a celebration of community, an intellectual challenge, and a deepening of the heart.
Our Sunday Services are varied and unique, but generally we have an opening piece of music followed by a welcome statement, then a call to worship. Next there is a time for church announcements, and that is often followed by a time for sharing brief personal joys and sorrows. Then we often sing a hymn, which is followed by a children’s story.
After the children’s story, our children usually leave the service to attend classes or play. After the children’s recessional we collect the weekly offering with musical accompaniment, and then the main speaker is introduced. The Minister or guest speaker delivers the sermon, and we conclude with another hymn followed by closing words and then a final musical postlude. After the service we usually have a light lunch, coffee, and refreshing conversation.
There is no dress code requirement for our church. Some folks wear blue jeans and a T-shirt, others wear shorts and a tank top, and a few dress more traditionally in a conservative style. Wear what you are comfortable in, and you will be welcomed!
Upcoming Worship Services
June 3: Diversity in Creativity
By Rev. Christiane Heyde
Rev. Christiane is continuing our May theme of Creativity into June as she presents a sermon on the many creative expressions that come from diverse groups of people and how to see and hear them and be aware of cultural backgrounds.
June 10: Communing in Unity
By Claire Goldsberry, from the Theosophical Society.
Two words are in community — commune and unity. To commune is to converse with profound intensity. But what is unity, and what do we mean when we say we are one? How do we develop community in such a diverse world? We’ll explore these questions from a theosophical and Eastern philosophical viewpoint.
June 17: Endings and Beginnings
By Rev. Christiane Heyde
Three years ago, Rev. Christiane and the 2015 WVUUC Board President, Onna Johnson, started to correspond. They came up with a way for WVUUC to have a minister without having the money to hire a full-time one. For Rev. Christiane, presenting two sermons a month was great because she was working her way from parish ministry to community ministry and chaplaincy. Over the last three years, Rev. Christiane has presented 62 sermons at West Valley, and her 63rd will be her last, for now. She will reflect on this congregation, on ministry, and on her path into the future.
June 24: Water Sentinels
By Jennifer Martin, from the Sierra Club
Jennifer Martin is coordinator for the Sierra Club’s Grand Canyon Chapter Water Sentinels program that mobilizes volunteers to protect, improve, and restore our waters. Current projects focus on the San Pedro and Verde Rivers and the Rio Salado Habitat Restoration Area in Phoenix.