Sunday Morning

Every Sunday

11 a.m. from September to June
10 a.m. in July and August

The morning service follows a warm, welcoming, and thoughtful “traditional” order of worship. It normally includes:

  • great choral and organ music (listen here);
  • congregational singing of hymns, old and new (listen here);
  • assurance of healing and pardon;
  • a time to greet each other and share Christ’s peace;
  • Bible readings that ground us in the story of God’s love;
  • a sermon that connects the readings to our lives;
  • prayers for the world, the church and ourselves;
  • an invitation to give of ourselves and our resources
  • a closing blessing
  • holy communion on the first Sunday of each month, and on other special Sundays during the year.

Occasionally the morning service includes other practices and rituals—for example, reception of new members, healing prayers, baptisms and blessings for people leaving the community. After worship, there's almost always an informal gathering in our Margaret Jewett Hall, a time to meet, chat and share refreshments. Childcare is provided. In addition, after-church is a time for newcomer's lunches, social justice forums, lectures and small group meetings.  

Learn more here about how families and children are invited to participate in our Sunday morning worship life.

Our Sanctuary and Lindsay Chapel are wheelchair accessible.  On Sunday mornings, large print service bulletins and assistive listening devices are always available. For more about accessibility concerns, please click here.

Upcoming Sunday Morning Events

August 2, 2015 - 9:00am (Sunday Summer Meditation)
August 2, 2015 - 10:00am (Morning Worship)
August 9, 2015 - 9:00am (Sunday Summer Meditation)
August 9, 2015 - 10:00am (Morning Worship)
August 16, 2015 - 9:00am (Sunday Summer Meditation)

Latest Sunday Morning News

Summer Sunday Meditation!
Posted: Jun 29 2015 - 12:00pm

Are you enjoying a quieter summer pace?  Looking for an oasis of calm and a way to center yourself?  Open your spirit to God’s presence!  

Come a little before Morning Worship on Sundays in July and August, and meditate with friends from First Church. We will meet 9:00 -9:25 a.m., in Lindsay Chapel.  (Morning Worship begins at 10:00 a.m.) Experience a variety of meditation styles led by Karin Case, Maggie Lowe, and Kate Layzer.

July 5, 12, 19, and 26, Karin Case leading

August 2 and 9, Maggie Lowe leading

August 16, 23, and 30, Kate Layzer leading

Share sandwiches and fruit drinks with persons experiencing homelessness on the first Saturday of each month. Gather at First Church at 4 PM and join a group heading out to Harvard and Central Squares. To join, please contact David Kidder at...

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...

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.