Music is an important part of our worship services. It can speak to the soul deeply and powerfully, creating a time of beauty and reflection. Unitarian Universalist congregations can be diverse. Each has their own musical styles and traditions. Some favor classical, others jazz; some draw from the Christian sacred music tradition, some from world music; some favor folk and guitar, and others have their own rock band. Some bring in all these styles with the regular participation of members of the congregation and professional musicians.
Here, at the UU Fellowship of Wayne County, we frame our worship service with a prelude and postlude. There might be two to three hymns, often drawn from Singing the Living Tradition and Singing the Journey, that involve the congregation in singing. Choirs or soloists often perform an anthem (a piece with lyrics that complement the service’s theme). Instrumental interludes can also accompany times of reflection or prayer. Our folk orchestra provides music once a month.
Joining the choir or folk orchestra can be a fun and meaningful way for adults to get involved in the life of a congregation.