Each service begins by sounding a temple bell and settling into quiet.

This is followed by a welcome, musical prelude, opening words, chalice lighting, and hymn.

We greet one another, hear a story for all ages, share joys and sorrows, and occasionally hear from a guest who might briefly speak about an important topic.

We have silent meditation and spoken prayers, and readings from sources as diverse as the world’s religions, modern poetry or the front page of the newspaper.

Often we hear reflections from our own members as well as a minister’s sermon.

Every week there’s a chance to affirm our commitment to our chosen faith and practice generosity through our giving as we pass the plate.

The service ends with singing and words for going forth.