The Un-Pageant is a fun and funky tradition at First Church! On the fourth Sunday of Advent we tell the Christmas story as a congregation in Morning Worship by donning costume bits found in the pews that transform us into angels, shepherds, sheep, wise folks, and villagers of Bethlehem. We sing the well-loved carols and gather close around the Baby Jesus to experience once again that miraculous love and light and hope and peace. Because it’s unrehearsed, expect a few surprises and expect joyful hearts!
Every Sunday11 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
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The annual First Church Christmas Party and Potluck will be held after church on Sunday, December 15, in Margaret Jewett Hall. Watch for more details coming soon. Organized and animated with great affection and skill by the Friends of Fellowship!
Each year our special Choral Music Sunday service highlights the incredible heritage of great music composed for the Advent season. This year the choir will sing”Machet die Tore Weit,” by George Phillip Telemann, on the Advent text “Lift high your heads ye mighty gates. The piece is for choir, strings, and continuo. If you would like to join the Choir for this project, come to rehearsals on Thursday evenings, November 14 and 21 and December 5 and 12, all at 7:45 p.m., in the Hastings Room, as well as on Sunday morning, December 15.
For more information and updates contact Peter Sykes.