Special services

Regathering Sunday

On the second Sunday of September, we give thanks for our congregation’s life and gather again in covenant and community as we begin a new program year together.

Healing Sundays

On four Sundays during the year at the morning service, we pray for health and wholeness in our lives, our congregation, and in the world. We are also invited to receive a sign of God’s healing love (prayer, soothing oil, “laying-on-of-hands”).

Blessing of the Animals

Annually, the church also opens its doors for a Blessing of the Animals, with cats, dogs, birds and other creatures joining us in worship (and often raising up their voices with us in “song”). Photos, toys or other symbols of animals who are at the service only in spirit are also welcomed for blessings by our ministers and lay leaders.

Commemoration of All Saints

The last Sunday of the Church Year, we celebrate the saints who surround us, living and dead, ordinary and extraordinary.

Christmas Eve and Day

In addition to a Christmas Eve candlelight service, we gather on Christmas morning for a service of holy communion and carol-singing.

Festival of Epiphany

On the night of January 6, we celebrate the light of Christ with a community supper, a candlelight procession, and a renewal of baptism.

Ash Wednesday

On the first night of Lent, we acknowledge our origins in the dust, our brokenness and our dependence on God, and receive ashes as a sign of mortality.

Palm Sunday

On the last Sunday of Lent, we remember Jesus’ final entry into Jerusalem. We greet him with a “parade” of young and old, waving palms and singing traditional songs, as we enter the sanctuary to begin the morning service.

Maundy Thursday

We recall the new commandment Jesus gave his disciples, to love one another as he loved us. We also remember his last meal with his friends by celebrating holy communion. And in a darkened sanctuary, we call to mind Jesus’ anguish and arrest in the Garden of Gesthemene.

Good Friday

We lament the world’s pain and injustice, and we honor the death of the Lord on the cross of shame.

Easter

On Easter, we celebrate Resurrection of Christ and proclaim the message the God's love is stronger than death!

Pentecost

Pentecost Sunday commemorates the day when the gift of God’s Spirit fell on the early followers of Jesus, and everyone experienced the universal reach and reconciling power of God’s mercy. 

Please consider signing the Jobs Not Jails perition found here.   Our Commonwealth should make funding jobs, not $2 billion more for jails. First Church joins Old South Church, the 10 Point Coalition, and Roxbury Presbyterian in collecting...

Visit the Massachusetts Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence to learn more about this important work!

An Act Providing Housing and Support Services for Unaccompanied Homeless Youth. The Mass Conference of the UCC supports the bill. Call Alice Kidder at (617) 276-6227 for information.