Who Can Be A Worship Associate?

Formerly, people became Worship Associates at the invitation of the Parish Minister. Our new process invites all to apply who:

are members (including youth members) of UUCPA

want to engage in reflection and dialogue about the purposes of worship and the congregation

wish to serve UUCPA and our tradition

relish opportunities for creativity and exploration of spiritual questions

represent the diversity of the community

enjoy working as a team and getting to know members and ministers of UUCPA better

view worship as part of their spiritual practice.

In other words: you!

You do not have to feel 100% ready to step into the pulpit! On the contrary, a desire to learn and grow is a terrific asset to bring to the leading of worship.

Worship Associate Responsibilities

Help lead the service about once every three months.

Two or three weeks before the service, meet with the worship leader to brainstorm ideas together for hymns and other service elements.

Write a 1- to 2-page reflection on the service’s theme.

Commit to attending the three training & support sessions scheduled for the year.

For experienced WAs: When the speaker is a guest, be the host and “emcee,” and coordinate with the office staff for the printed order of service.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long do Worship Associates serve? We ask for a commitment of two years. At the end of your term, you can re-up for another one or two years. We are flexible; for example, teens who expect to go to college before their term expires are still welcome.

When does the next term begin? August 11, 2019, when our church year begins with the Water Communion.

Can I teach Sunday School / go to Forum / sing in the choir, and still be a WA? Many Worship Associates have held these dual roles, since they are the WA only once about every three months.

Do I have to write and speak my own words? Usually, yes. Some services, you might not write a reflection, if you prefer not to. However, attendees consistently say that the Worship Associate’s reflection is a highlight of the service, and WAs themselves report that delivering them is one of the most rewarding experiences, not only of being a WA, but of their time at UUCPA.

I was a Worship Associate once before and would like to do it again. Should I fill out an application? No—sit down for a conversation with Amy instead.

Who’s in charge? Our Parish Minister, Amy Zucker Morgenstern, is responsible for the quality of our worship services, so Worship Associates are accountable directly to her. Both Amy and the Worship Associates are ultimately accountable to the congregation.

Training & Support Schedule

In order to be a Worship Associate for the coming year, you must be able to attend these sessions (meals provided):

Saturday, August 10, 2-5: Worship Associates’ Retreat. A deep dive into why we have services and how you shape them, as the team members get to know each other and plan the fall schedule.

Sunday, October 20, 12:30-3: Review, ongoing training, and winter/spring planning.

Sunday, March 15, 2020, 12:30-3: Review, ongoing training, and spring/summer planning.

Additionally, on Sunday, August 11, 2019, you will be introduced and celebrated in a brief ceremony during the service, so please be at one of the services!

How to apply

Complete and return the application (UUCPA Worship Associate Online Application, UUCPA Worship Associate PDF Application by June 25, 2019.

Shaping Services

If you’re intrigued, but think that being a Worship Associate is not the role for you right now, there are many other ways to create inspiring worship. UUCPA members and friends have sung in the choir, created altars and other visual displays, preached sermons, danced, told stories, run the sound system, taught the children songs and conducted them, provided the morning’s special music–these, and whatever your imagination suggests, are all ways for you to contribute your creativity and care. Contact Amy at parishmin@uucpa.org for more information.