Worship

Worship on Sundays at the University Church is warm, deep and diverse.  We sing a lot: in a “normal” service, we might sing “God of Grace and God of Glory” with choir and organ, an African Christian chorus with djembe and tambourines, a call-and-response Communion Setting in Spanish and English, and a classic American Gospel song with soloist and saxophone. Plus lots of sung responses!  Our Choir sits scattered through the congregation to make it easy to hear someone with a strong voice near you.  Our worship service is divided into four movements: Gathering in God’s Name, Proclaiming God’s Word, Responding to God’s Word and Going Forth to Serve.  Our pastors and guests from the Yale faculty and outside preach the Scriptures with a special focus on Christian life in an academic community.  We celebrate Holy Communion on the first, third, and fifth Sundays of the month.  Our spoken liturgy draws on the best of Christian liturgy across the denominations and the globe.  Originally created with the leadership of Siobhán Garrigan and Patrick Evans from the Yale Divinity School, our worship intentionally stretches us — musically, culturally, and spiritually.  

During this time of COVID 19, when we are not able to gather in our beloved Battell Chapel, we have moved worship online. Join us every Sunday for a pre-recorded worship service on YouTube and our Zoom Community Gathering & Prayer at 11:15am.

Each week we will post the weekly worship service below. 

 

This Week's Virtual Worship Service: Sunday, May 31, 2020

Join us for virtual worship for Pentecost. Rev. Ian Oliver preaches, Claire Repsholdt leads us in prayer, and our wonderful singers and organist serenade us in music praising and calling the Holy Spirit. 
 

 

UCY Community Gathering & Prayer:

After the 40 minute service, you’re invited to join us on the online platform, Zoom, for a live UCY community gathering and prayer at 11:15 a.m. EST on Sunday.
 
To join us, email Rev. Jenny Peek (jennifer.peek@yale.edu) or Rev. Ian Oliver (ian.oliver@yale.edu) and we will send you the information. To stay in the loop in the future, sign up for the newsletter on our homepage.
 
All are welcome. Alums, current students, community members--we're looking at you!

 

Access our previous services at our University Church in Yale YouTube account