Worship doesn't serve a single, static purpose; rather, we gather for a multitude of reasons and needs. Whether it's on Sunday morning in a sanctuary or in a small group in someone's home, our people arrive for worship for many reasons: they long to be inspired, comforted, changed, opened, challenged, loved, forgiven, lifted up, seen, connected, or filled with wonder (among other needs).
By weaving together different components, a worship service serves the whole—the common good—and offers a shared emotional experience. Each worship component has its own relational purpose: a particular reason for connecting us to one another and That Which Is Larger Than Us.
Our Tool Kit for Worship Leaders is the most helpful guide for learning how to plan and lead worship services. In the fall of 2022, an 8-session online course will be available on the UUA website for in-depth learning.
- The UUA's LeaderLab Learning Center
- Books to learn about worship
- Copyright and Worship
- Resources Regarding Cultural (Mis)Appropriation